If you think that mobility issues forever shut the opportunity for travel, you could not be farther from the truth.
Travel for handicapped seniors or those with disabilities is 100% feasible, you just need to choose the locations carefully!
We’d like to give you a small head start today. Below, we will have a look at the 10 best vacation destinations for seniors with limited mobility!
Top 10 Best Vacation Spots For Senior Citizens With Mobility Issues
1. Las Vegas, Nevada
Needless to say, the most famous activity in the city of Las Vegas is gambling. Although we strongly suggest that you don’t indulge yourself too deeply in this activity, it may be fun to test your luck in one of the many of the city’s casinos.
If you would like a more reserved and low-risk vacation, then we’d like to draw your attention toward museums. Of particular note is the National Atomic Testing Museum dedicated to nuclear testing in Nevada Test Site.
2. The Bahamas
You can’t miss the chance to have your feet pleasantly tickled by billions of tiny granules of sand scattered around the beaches of the Bahamas. The crystal-clear water is an eye-pleasing spectacle if we ever saw one, and you may enjoy the stunning views whether you are a youngster filled with vim and vigor or a senior wishing to spend a few tranquil days in some of the most astonishing places in the world.
If you aren’t up to swimming or snorkeling, you may give a shot to catamaran or speedboat tours to see and interact with dolphins or turtles. Fishing is a popular tourist activity here as well, giving seasoned anglers a chance to relive the glory of their past days.
And- pursuant to this article’s focus- the Bahamas is very accommodating to those with limited mobility or disabilities, likely due to the strong US-influence on the region and the many decades of hospitality the local resorts have under their belts!
3. Washington, D.C.
The District of Columbia (the formal name of Washington, D.C., if you didn’t know) is the heart of the American nation. For the elderly, the main attraction in the American capital is its museums infused with history and culture.
D.C. is home to 11 of the 19 Smithsonian museums in the United States. Of these, we’d like to note the National Air and Space Museum, a monument to the American successes in aeronautics and space travel, as well as the fifth most visited museum in the world in 2018. We are yet to conquer the vastness of space and fine-tune air travel, but the National Air and Space Museum shows how far we’ve come.
4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is one of the most wheelchair-friendly locations in the world – most of the city’s top attractions are wheelchair-accessible.
Undeniably, the highlight of Dubai is Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world since 2010, measuring 2,716 feet or nearly 828 meters from base to peak. Burj Khalifa proudly towers over its surroundings, allowing you to survey the astonishing cityscape and enjoy the influx of adrenaline.
You’re completely safe at the top of this monumental structure, but there’s no denying that the sight of the entire city under you can be rather frightening.
Dubai is also home to some of the most luxurious beaches in the world, and it’s also rich in museums, in case you fancy having a closer look at the culture and history of the region.
5. Tenerife Island, Spain
Home to Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife – one of the largest carnivals in the world – Tenerife is one of the gems of Spain. Situated at quite a considerable distance from Mainland Spain, the island of Tenerife contains many wonders not known even to the Spaniard.
Remarkably, Tenerife was the first location in Spain to have been certified to be offering Universal Accessibility. The island is extremely wheelchair-friendly and is a paradise for seniors with limited mobility.
Tenerife is known for its diverse marine life, and you can see dolphins and whales here all year round. Just book a tour with one of the local providers, like Tenerife Dolphin.
Make sure to spend some time in the city of Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife’s north too. This tourist city houses a lively community, beautiful beaches, and a multitude of shops ready to strip you of your hard-earned money.
6. Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Riviera Maya resort district in Mexico by itself isn’t as senior-friendly as American or European cities, but some of the resorts and hotels here have taken it upon themselves to become fully inclusive. Some hotels offer beach wheelchairs and scooters. Just make sure that the place you will be staying at has all the facilities you need!
You can also book wheelchair-accessible tours in the city to have a look around.
There is a lot to see and do in this area of the country, and arguably the best way to soak in all the beauties of Riviera Maya for seniors is a cruise. Make sure to partake of the finest dishes of the local cuisine as well, but be wary of spices!
7. Oahu, Hawaiian Islands
Oahu – the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands – features an exceptionally diverse range of beaches, mountain cliffs, and extensive valleys.
If you can, do make sure to have a stroll along the two-mile Waikiki Beach. This beach is amazing not only for the energetic tourist but also for the more reserved senior. For the latter, the Fort DeRussy Beach Park provides a shaded area and picnic tables for a BBQ party.
Wildlife is a strong suit of Oahu as well. Among many other things, you get the chance to see spinner dolphins and humpback whales. The monk seal – an endangered species with a frame that reaches 400 pounds – occasionally makes an appearance on the beaches too.
Beach sights are just a small fraction of one’s experience on Oahu – restaurants and luxury shops are also waiting to be visited. Tours are again the most optimal way to travel on the island – options include the private Donna’s Detours or bus tours from Polynesian Adventure.
Much like the Bahamas, Hawaii has a long-history of tourism, and as a result the resorts and tour operators there have become extremely-adept at supporting those with limited mobility or disability issues. If you are looking for enjoyable vacations with little walking, add this one to your list! We can assure you that you will love Hawaii no matter how mobile you are!
8. San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio’s wide and mostly flat streets are extremely walkable and wheelchair-accessible. Even the famous River Walk – a 2.5-mile stretch lined with cobblestone and laden with cafes and pubs – has recently become quite friendly to seniors, although users of wheelchairs, walkers, and canes should be wary of the uneven ground.
For more details about the accessibility of San Antonio, check out the city’s website.
The historic value of the city is unparalleled – after all, San Antonio is home to five Spanish Colonial Missions. The Mission trails are largely accessible to wheelchair users, although some areas may pose challenges. Wheelchairs are available for rent at the missions as well.
For Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and Latin American art, pay a visit to the San Antonio Museum of Art. Aside from the listed forms of artwork, the museum surprisingly contains the largest collection of Asian art in the southern US.
9. London, the United Kingdom
Many of London’s attractions – including but not limited to the British Museum, the London Eye, and the Buckingham Palace – are wheelchair-accessible, and so are public busses. Accessibility in the UK is quite good compared to many other countries in Europe, in fact.
Accessibility aside, London has a wealth of attractions for tourists to see and visit. Museums, like the National Maritime Museum, and iconic buildings – such as the aforementioned Buckingham Palace – give you a peek into the art, history, and culture of the city. London is laden with shops and restaurants as well, so you are very unlikely to get bored while in Albion (an old name for Britain, in case you didn’t know).
10. Cruise vacation
Finally, we would like to recommend you consider a cruise vacation. During a cruise, you will spend most of your time on a ship, but you will get the chance to visit a wide range of locations along the way, and you’ll almost certainly have many senior-friendly activities to engage in!
Cruises last a long time (typically 90 to 120 days, sometimes more) and may make you feel isolated if you don’t have good company, but they are great since modern ships are well-equipped to handle the needs of people with disabilities. In fact, they can be some of the most relaxing, amazing vacations available for those seeking a slower pace.
In addition, the cruise ship industry is highly geared toward seniors, and therefore much more likely to have options for those with limited mobility.
In the end, no matter where you go, make sure that there will be plenty of senior-friendly activities to engage in! Keep an eye out for senior traveling groups, senior travel tours, AARP vacation packages, and look for companies that book trips for seniors with mobility issues!