Wheelchair Accessibility in Paradise: St. Martin (Part 2)



My wife and I recently took a cruise to the Caribbean. Each port offered exciting and beautiful adventures. Follow our journey in this three-part series called Wheelchair Accessibility in Paradise.  

Saint Martin is part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It is comprised of two separate countries, divided between its northern French side, called Saint-Martin, and its southern Dutch side, Saint Maarten. The island is home to busy resort beaches and secluded coves. It’s also known for fusion cuisine, vibrant nightlife and duty-free shops selling jewelry and liquor.  

Access to the shops from the dock is via a “water taxi,” a small boat capable of traversing the shallower inlets and costs $7 for an all-day pass. No worries, the taxi is accessible and has an aluminum roll out ramp that easily handled my heavy power chair.  

Building access is clearly marked by blue ramps and most were fairly easy to get in to, with exception to the bathroom at The Blue Bitch Bar. It has a ramp, but the doorway is far too narrow. But their food and drinks are fantastic.  

Umbrellas and lounge chairs are for rent along the beaches, but the thick sand limited our trekking. The concrete boardwalk is easily traveled and follows the contour of the shoreline, so the views of aqua blue waters are inspiring.  

All in all there is plenty to see and do, even without beach access. It’s definitely worth the trip. 

Read about Josh’s first experience on a cruise in First Solo Flight and Cruise. 


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