Disabled Beach-Goers Have Options
Have you looked around for somewhere to take your family to the beach, but because of disability concerns, you questioned whether to visit a beach at all? Well, the Grand Strand area would like 3km to assure you that vacationers of all capabilities have a fair chance of having a good time here at the beach. Many organizations, public and private, offer resources, such as the City of Myrtle Beach which endeavors to make certain that Grand Strand beaches are accessible.
Additional resources, below, can help you find your “kingdom by the sea” here along the Myrtle Beach coast line:
o Beach-going wheelchairs with soft wheels (free but limited to 1-hour use) at 22 different life guard stations in Myrtle Beach in summer (off season available at the police station). Beach going wheelchairs and handicapped parking are available at the following locations: 77th Ave. N., 72nd Ave. N., 54th Ave. N., 24th Ave. N., 8th Ave. N., 5th Ave. N., 8th Ave. S. In North Myrtle Beach, go to 1st Avenue South. Call North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department, 843.280.55784 or 843-626-7645×129 to reserve a beach chair.
o Golf cart rental. If you display your handicap parking sign on your golf cart, you can drive the cart on Grand Strand beaches (not touring but driving it to a spot on the beach). Golf cart rentals are available through Jack’s, 843.249.6445. One golf cart access with van parking is at 9th Avenue, and others are available, as well.
o Beach access points: Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach — 27 handicap-accessible sites) enjoymyrtlebeach.com — Some are pathway only (widths vary); others are free parking. ADA-compliant beach access crossover at 15th Avenue North.
o Van-access handicap parking places vary. See 9th Avenue South (crossing Ocean Drive). Wheelchair-accessible van rentals: Wheelchair Getaways of South Carolina, 866-288-8118.
o The Cherry Grove Pier, located at the front door to the Prince Resort, is wheelchair accessible, but bathrooms do not include grab-bars (call 843.249.1625 for further details).
o Mini-Golf: Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf at Broadway at the Beach has a wheelchair-accessible course (the one through the castle) and features a special putter for users of wheelchairs. If off season, ask for a special seasonal discount. (843) 444-3215.
o Ripley’s Aquarium: Exhibits at a go-at-your-own pace, stingrays and crabs to touch, wheelchair accessible. Call 800.734.8888.
o Broadway at the Beach. Miles of boardwalk over and around water for viewing and strolling. Park your wheelchair by the bridge and use the vending machines for food to feed the ducks and large koi. Also, check out the IMAX Theater for a virtual experience into many options. Call 843.444.3200.
o Hard Rock Park. The Park offers wheelchair rentals for the convenience of Park guests with disabilities. Both wheelchairs and Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECV) are available for rent at the Rentals Office located at the front of the All Access Entry Plaza. Wheelchair Rental Fee: $10.00/day; ECV Rental Fee: $35.00/day. You must be at least 18 years of age. Valid photo ID required. Rentals must be returned to the Rental Office.