CAREFREE CARRIBEAN HOLIDAYS FOR THE DISABLED
Planning your Great Escape to the Caribbean?
The disability experts are here to help.
What better way to get away from it all than to plan an escape to the Caribbean? If you’re dreaming of a white beach, blue skies and a rainbow coloured cocktail, we have the perfect disability-friendly destination trip for you.
If you have a physical impairment, this is our top pick of Caribbean destinations to visit.
With lots of accessible beachfront getaway hotels, Barbados is a gorgeous place to settle for your stay. If you can pull yourself away from your beach chair and hotel balcony with its ocean view, consider these relaxing outings:
For Fervent Fishermen
Those with a passion for fishing will enjoy a relaxing day by the sea in Christ Church, throwing their rod off from the scenic south coast boardwalk. Fisherman’s Corner, situated in Carlisle House on Hincks Street, Bridgetown, is a wheelchair accessible shop selling all the fishing supplies you need.
For the Explorers
Harrisson’s Cave, in St Thomas, is an otherworldly crystallized limestone cavern with wheelchair fitted trams that lead you through the enchanting maze of stalactites and stalagmites. A one-of-a-kind experience accessible to most.
For the History Buffs
Those interested in learning about Barbados’ history might want to visit the 7 permanent galleries of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, where the island’s history and heritage are explained and presented, and/or the George Washington House – the historic plantation house where George Washington and his brother resided for two months in 1751. Both venues are mainly accessible to wheelchair users.
The Dominican Republic
A holiday in Punta Cana, the most eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, will feel like paradise to the disabled traveller. The accessible resorts which we recommend here will make you feel comfortable and cared for from the very first minute. If you decide to venture out into the wild, perhaps a day trip might please you:
For an Immersive Experience
Get a taste of the real Dominican lifestyle, culture and customs as you travel out into the countryside in a Jeep, making stops at a local school, a typical house, a coffee and cocoa plantation, and a local coconut oil production farm. The friendly staff will gladly help disabled travellers get in and out the vehicle.
Mexico on the Caribbean Sea
Did you know that the Mexican city of Cancun is known to be one of the most wheelchair accessible beach destinations on the planet? The resorts that we work with here have wide paths, private beach access, and plenty of accessible boardwalks. On those days that you want to go out and explore, don’t miss these excursions:
For the Flora and Fauna Lover
The Xcaret Theme Park, somewhat over an hour away from Cancun, is basically guaranteed to exceed your wildest expectations, giving you a taste of the very best of Mexico. Admire the colourful fauna (ranging from fishes to parrots and from turtles to butterflies), the exciting jungle surroundings, float around in the underground rivers, or watch one of the high-rated performances – suitable for the disabled traveller.
For the Beach Boys & Girls
Located just off the shore of Cancun, Cozumel can be reached by a ferry which has (slightly challenging) wheelchair ramps. Once on the paradise island, either explore the accessible beach, enjoy accessible snorkelling, or go shopping at the numerous accessible souvenir shops!
For the Culture Seeker
A visit to Tulum National Park, only 1 hour and 45 minutes away from Cancun, is not to be missed! The 13th-century, walled Mayan archaeological site is an impressive sight to see, and visitors can learn lots about the Mayan culture. Ask a member of staff to show you the accessible routes to get through the Tulum ruins, and try to bring a companion, as some of the ramps are pretty steep.
Where To Stay
At Can be Done we select only those resorts that comply with our elevated standards for disabled-friendliness. Book your holiday with us, and you can rest assured that you’ll be able to get around with ease and confidence.
The luxurious Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados is a beachfront getaway hotel located on Needham’s Point in pristine Carlisle Bay. Boasting everything you need to enjoy a true Caribbean holiday.
An oasis of sparkling tranquillity, this 4-Star facility is located on the lively south coast.
This dream-like hotel has reinvented itself following a total overhaul to become an exclusive hotel for adults. The hotel has rooms with a Caribbean feel and top quality finishes. 80% of the rooms are on the beach, making it the ideal spot for romantic getaways and holidays with friends and partners.
Set in a fantastic coconut plantation right on the beach, this hotel has 1,402 rooms offering various types of accommodation for those wishing to enjoy a luxurious vacation: impressive rooms with direct views of the sea; units specially designed for families, and a new golf section overlooking our spectacular new The Lakes Barceló golf course.
The Barceló Costa Cancún hotel is a beautiful complex built in the Mediterranean style in the Bahía del Caribe with views of the Playa Linda. The Barceló Costa Cancún hotel stands out for its quality and its comprehensive Barceló All Inclusive program, which lets you to enjoy all its services and facilities.
Barceló Punta Cana is a Barceló All Inclusive for adults, singles and families, where all meals, wines, local and international beverages, land sports and non-motorized water sports with equipment and some instructions, entertainment, and other activities are included in one single price.
The Hilton Barbados Resort features a sprawling pool complex with hot tub, a fitness center, treatment rooms overlooking the pristine waters of the Caribbean and three premium tennis courts.
Located on over 700 yards of picturesque palm-studded white sand beach on the majestic turquoise Caribbean Sea, Now Larimar Punta Cana offers all the privileges of an Unlimited-Luxury® escape in exquisite seaside settings.
Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort offers Unlimited-Luxury® with a collection of amenities, led by unlimited gourmet food and premium beverages, pool and beach wait service, and 24-hour room and concierge service, comes without the wristband many resorts require.
On the palm-studded, sugar white beach in Playa Bavaro, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana offers adults a seaside getaway to paradise, only 30 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport.
Surrounded by warm crystal waters, this adultsonly Unlimited-Luxury® resort features an expansive 43,000 sq. ft. of pool areas complete with swim-out suites and manicured gardens.
Secrets The Vine Cancun is located on one of the world’s most picturesque beaches, by the enticing white sand beaches of the Caribbean Sea. This resort presents 495 graciously appointed guest rooms with private balconies revealing awe-inspiring views of the Caribbean Sea and Laguna Nichupte.