Miami is famous for many reasons: movies like “Scarface”, starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer and “Raging Bull”, directed by Scorcese, are set in Miami, a city whose identity is so well defined that it becomes a true character in the plot. The crime series “Miami Vice” and the book “Miami” by Joan Didion are also works that even include the name of the city in their titles.
Besides having its modern lifestyle and the cosmopolitanism of any metropolis in the contemporary world, Miami stands out for its multiculturalism. Latin identity and culture are strongly rooted in its daily life. Parties, beaches and shopping sprees are other reasons visitors love Miami. Miami Beach, Dolphin Mall, and the bustling Ocean Drive are endless opportunities for fun and entertainment.
But we want to introduce you to another way of making Miami famous: wheelchair accessible Miami.
As mentioned, there are many reasons why most of us want to visit this particular destination and we don’t want anyone to miss it! Here is a brief travel guide about wheelchair accessible Miami: transportation, things to do, and places to stay.
Getting Around Wheelchair Accessible Miami
Miami’s buses are wheelchair accessible since they are all equipped with ramps or lifts and even bike racks! You can also track the latest routes, bus schedules, and closest stops from your phone by downloading the GO Miami-Dade Transit Tracker App.
All Metrorail stations in wheelchair accessible Miami are accessible for people with reduced mobility. Both the Metro-rail and bus, offer a backup accessible service: if you realize a certain station or bus stop isn’t accessible for you, or the accessible facilities are already occupied, another transportation will be available to you in a period of 30 minutes if requested to the department of the service you’re using. The Metromover, an above-ground subway that is also wheelchair friendly, offers the same service.
Wheelchair Accessible Shuttles
Accessible shuttle services are also available. There are shuttle services in Miami-Dade county that will provide you with a safe, professional, and convenient way to move back and forth between the airport and your hotel. They provide an accessible van with a wheelchair lift in the back, enough space to travel sitting in your own wheelchair and safety straps. No matter what Miami hotel you choose to stay in, getting to the airport will be easy and comfortable. Check out one option here.
Speaking of hotels, here are the top 3 recommendations of places to stay in Miami.
Where to Stay in Wheelchair Accessible Miami
AC Hotel Miami Airport West Doral
With modern décor and comfortable amenities, AC Hotel Miami Airport West Doral is an excellent choice for a stay in Miami. Located just a 10-minute drive away from Miami International Airport, this hotel offers a sophisticated breakfast every morning as well as cocktails at the hotel’s bar: AC Lounge.
As for its accessibility, here’s why we want to highlight this particular hotel. The establishment has step-free entrances to both the building and the accessible rooms, a pool-lift, and other accessible features such as visual notifications and Braille.
Both the Accessible king room with roll-in shower and the accessible quadruple room with bathtub have accessible private bathrooms, smooth floors and telephones and sockets reachable from the bed. Whether traveling as a couple or as a family, there will be an option for you at the AC Hotel Miami Airport West Doral! Learn more about the AC Hotel Miami Airport West Doral here.
JW Marriott Miami
If you are looking for a luxury option, this 5-star hotel in Brickel, Miami, features a pool with a pool lift, a step-free entrance to the accessible room, and free-parking. The spa offers many services and there is also a state of the art fitness center.
The accessible room has plenty of turning space for a wheelchair user, outlets and light switches at an accessible height, and features fresh air conditioning to cool down after a day shopping at the beach. Service dogs are allowed and there is a bar and restaurant on-site.
The hotel is in a convenient location near the Miami international airport and the Miami Beach district. Find out more about the JW Marriott Miami here.
If you are looking for a more relaxed and accessible stay, Generator Miami is the perfect choice for you. A modern yet cheerful hostel offering dormitory type rooms, this 3-star accommodation has an accessible entrance on 32 Street, a pool with a lift to enter and a public restroom with grab bars available.
Adapted private rooms are available for people with disabilities with the option between king beds or 4 single beds. Both are with private restrooms equipped with roll-in showers and toilets with grab bars.
For a meal, Hoja Taqueria, the on-site restaurant, serves hip Mexican food and cocktails. The hostel is pet-friendly and, assistive guidance for visual or hearing disabilities is available upon request. Learn more about Generator Miami here.
Things to Do in Wheelchair Accessible Miami
Getting around Miami can be hectic, however, renting a seated electric scooter for the day can make it easier to move around the city! Check out more information here, and explore the rental services Wheel the World offers.
Traveling by bus is also a great way to get to know Miami, and a Miami panoramic bus tour is an unbeatable option to do so. South Beach, downtown Miami, and Little Havana are just a few of the stops you will get the chance to explore. Bus drivers are happy to help with transfers for people with reduced mobility and service animals are more than welcome. Find out more about this bus city-tour, here.
Miami is well known for its beaches, so we cannot leave out a water related tour. Everglades airboat ride is a must do option, and an accessible one. It is wheelchair friendly and offers a more natural way to explore the outskirts of the city, observing wild animals in an ecological way. exploring Everglades National Park is included in the experience. Read more about this boat tour, here, and find out more about Everglades National Park accessibility here.
Last but not least, if exploring Miami’s food scene is your goal, we have a tour for you: Wynwood Food and Art Tour. Offering French, Mediterranean and even Jamaican foods that have influences the city’s culture, this walking or rolling tour features assistance from guides, accessible bathrooms and wheelchair-friendly places to visit. Get to know the details here.
Food, culture, beaches and accessible transportation. With so many choices of places to stay, and a little bit of everything when it comes to things to do, get to know what wheelchair accessible Miami is all about and start planning your trip! We hope this little guide will help you and encourage you to explore the world without limits. Click here to explore your options and find and book experiences in wheelchair accessible Miami.