Planning Beach Vacations with Special Needs Children
Planning a family vacation can be stressful to anyone, but parents with special needs children need to invest more time in the planning process. The world is becoming more accessible to those with special needs, but this awareness is not ubiquitous. Beaches may be especially hard to navigate, but with the proper planning, the beach can be the ideal spot for the whole family.
The Beach Itself
The most obvious thing to look into is the beach itself. When planning beach vacations, the internet is an invaluable tool. You can find the beaches that have more space, large accessible boardwalks and even beaches that provide visitors with beach wheelchairs. Also be sure to look up the down times for beaches if you don't want to navigate through throngs of people. Sometimes hotels near the beach can provide beach wheelchairs even if the beach itself does not.
The second aspect to consider is the hotel. A good rule of thumb is to try to choose a hotel or resort with fewer than 250 rooms. This ensures that there won't be too many people in the hallways and lobby areas, enabling special needs children to feel more comfortable. However, it should be warned that choosing very small hotels could mean more confined hallways and bedrooms. Always be sure to call ahead to make sure the hotel has the right accommodations to suit your family's needs.
Having a child with special needs doesn't mean your vacation will be anything less than wonderful. For additional information or help in planning your next vacation, don't hesitate to contact us.
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