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Old 12-14-2004   #1 (permalink)
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How handicap accessible is Playa?

Hi everyone,
Very excited to be returning for our second trip within a year in January. My husband and I planned a trip back some months ago because we loved it so much. We are having a little dilema and thought we could get some help, suggestions (good or bad) here it is: My mom's breast cancer (that we thought was gone) has gone to her bones and is moving faster than we thought it was going to. We have been working very hard at doing the things she loves and wants to do and having happy times. There will be plenty of time to be sad later.....Anyway, she has never been to Mexico and we know she would love it there as much as we do. We know that she would be happy even to sit on the patio at the hotel and read a book; we don't have to watch her at all and we don't have to entertain her every second. We thought it would be nice to share as much of this as we could with her. So with that said, our concern is that she really needs to be in a wheelchair because she can only walk very short distances, even stairs are hard. We were wondering how accessible Playa really is in a wheelchair. We really don't think it is very accessible but we hoped those of you that are there all the time and/or often could give us your thoughts. We are staying at the Parrott and hadn't planned on renting a car. How easy would it be to rent a wheelchair? Thanks for any and all feedback, suggestions, comments etc.
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I went through the exact same thing with my mother 3 years ago. I feel for your situation... haven't been to Playa yet so I can't help there, but if you need any emotional support please feel free to PM me.

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The area where you'll be most likely to hang out is pretty accessible by wheel chair. 5th Avenue is nice and paved and many restaurants have tables spilling out on the street, with easy access to wheel chairs. The more non-touristic part of town is not easy to access with wheel chair or even a stroller, I'm learning now as I'm out with my little daughter. There are trees and poles in the middle of the sidewalk, not to mention holes and sudden drops by random changes of elevation - it's sometimes a challenge just to walk with healthy legs... But I see people in wheel chairs all the time around 5th, so that shouldn't be too hard. Renting a wheel chair will probably be a bit difficult though - if you can bring your own, you should.
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There are trees and poles in the middle of the sidewalk, not to mention holes and sudden drops by random changes of elevation - it's sometimes a challenge just to walk with healthy legs...
No kidding! When walking around further back in Playa, you can't take your eyes off the sidewalk. Look up or back for a moment, and next thing you know you're spilling onto the street, tripping yourself on uneven pavement, holes, or abandoned bricks. My kids have fallen victim, and are learning to watch!
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If you can find a nice, well located hotel, you should have no problems. 5th av. is pretty user friendly in that sense and eventhough there are not too many ramps, etc. people are more than happy to help. I would probably try to find a floor room at El Faro or something like that with easy access to other places and a nice pool with view to the beach...

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HI I am new here, We were in Playa in2002 my husband had a crushed foot and was in a wheel chair. He is a big guy and not the easiest to push. We stayed at the Iberostar but went into town I pushed him up and down the hills there also went over to Cozemel for the day and rented a car. We took our own wheelchair with us becuase he needed a larger one but there are places in town to rent them the hotel can sometimes help with that. The next year we were there a man fell and his wife rented one for him. Good luck hope this helps

We will be in Playa on 12/26 till 1/2 cant wait

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The only thing I will add to what Anna said is that last week I saw three different people in wheelchairs in PDC. One elderly couple in there 70's or even 80's and they seemed to be getting around just fine.... for the brief time I saw them.

Make sure the hotel you stay at has an elevator, not all of them around town do.

Just add a quick note, I saw a man in his 60's last week who's wife was in a wheelchair with obvious paralysis of some kind. Every day they would come down to Tukan beach and with great difficulty he would drag his wife through the sand to get to their chairs. I offered to help him one morning but he said "this is my exercise for the day" I watched this man dote over his wife all day long, adjusting her position, stretching her legs, making sure she was covered in lotion, carrying her down to the water so she could get cooled off. This man never sat down for more than 10 minutes at a time before he was back on his feat doing something for her and when he was sitting down he was reading to her!

What a guy, that man is my hero!
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Wow, great story Quinn!
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No kidding! When walking around further back in Playa, you can't take your eyes off the sidewalk. Look up or back for a moment, and next thing you know you're spilling onto the street, tripping yourself on uneven pavement, holes, or abandoned bricks. My kids have fallen victim, and are learning to watch!
You'll notice that in many places people walk in the streets, as they're safer than the sidewalks...in Cozumel, I took a NASTY fall walking on a sidewalk. Chipped one of my front teeth, tore up the inside of my mouth and fractured some bones in my right hand. One thing I WILL say is that people came RUSHING to my aid. Drivers even stopped in the street and got out of their cars. Not the type of reaction that I would likely encounter here in Tampa.

Pay attention when you are walking and you should be fine...
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I can't responds to your guestions, but playa is an friendly place to stay...i am shore when you need help there will be many people gladly willing to help you with everything...
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I just did a quick google search and didn't come up with much info about wheelchair rental in Playa; I did find that Xcaret does rent them, and some of the larger resorts. I also found a couple of websites based in the US that will rent wheelchairs to those in other states, not sure how that works. Beach wheelchairs might make your trip easier for your mom, but they are a bit bulkier than a standard chair.

Many of even the smaller hotels in town could most likely accomodate you on the first floor. Good luck, and please let me know if I can help in any way to plan your trip.
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You'll notice that in many places people walk in the streets, as they're safer than the sidewalks...in Cozumel, I took a NASTY fall walking on a sidewalk. Chipped one of my front teeth, tore up the inside of my mouth and fractured some bones in my right hand. One thing I WILL say is that people came RUSHING to my aid. Drivers even stopped in the street and got out of their cars. Not the type of reaction that I would likely encounter here in Tampa.

Pay attention when you are walking and you should be fine...
Gosh, that sounds terrible! Luckily, they are WAY better now than they used to be in Playa.

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Thank you all for your responses; some great ideas and encouragment. We are staying at the Blue Parrot so there will be a little push up hill to get to 5th ave, but that's okay. There are also lots of first floor rooms and I think she would be fine there. I just recently got her her own wheelchair so we could go "out" and buzz around, she loves the freedom to go into stores and look around. Now, I just have to convince her to go with us.

Quinn ~ great story, I wonder if that guy is for rent
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Look at the thread "fire dancers at Blue Parrot". It shows a new area with rugs, tables, sand ,seats and attitude! While I have never been to the Blue Parrot,it sure looks user friendly,& if you've already been there,you know what to expect. I think Mom would have a really lovely experience,near the sea,cool breezes,etc. Hope you convince her to go.
I took my Mom-in-law to St. Kitts W.I. years ago,several months after brain surgery. She had a blast. One bad moment,light headed in a restaurant,quickly passed,she raved about how cool it was for years. Best of luck......Gail
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