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    wheelchair accessibility for aruba beach wedding

    Hello!
    My fiance and I are dreaming of getting married in Aruba and I am hoping for some advice. I would love to get married on Renaissance Island, but I have an important family member who is in a wheelchair and it is very important to me that he can attend. Does anyone know if there is a way for him to get to the island, or whether there are any better venues for an accessible wedding?

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    you definitely need to talk to the wedding planner at the renaissance!

    also, there is a concrete walkway all along the beach from the boat dock (which is wooden) and then the concrete walkway extends from the boat dock area to the restrooms, along the beach and the restaurant.

    if i remember correctly, there is a step into the restrooms.

    would the wheelchair person be able to transfer from the wheelchair into the boat?

    i am thinking that if the person cannot transfer, then that would be a huge issue. but, the renaissance staff can probably figure out anything!!!

    quite possibly the radisson or manchebo might be a better wedding location??
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    Quote Originally Posted by angiesunshine81 View Post
    Hello!
    My fiance and I are dreaming of getting married in Aruba and I am hoping for some advice. I would love to get married on Renaissance Island, but I have an important family member who is in a wheelchair and it is very important to me that he can attend. Does anyone know if there is a way for him to get to the island, or whether there are any better venues for an accessible wedding?
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 10-09-2012 at 11:38 AM. Reason: added manchebo facebook link

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    Thanks Andrea!

    He can't transfer, would be at least a 2 person lift. I am going to be in touch with the renaissance soon but thanks for the other suggestions!

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    hmmmm,
    difficult.

    i hope that the renaissance wedding planner can offer suggestions/solution. i am wondering if there is a ramp like thing that the boat and dock has?i am also wondering too about the boat that they use to bring over supplies for the restaurant.......it might have a different set up and the wheelchair can be rolled right on!!!

    please ask!!!


    both of my parents had polio.
    both walked with the aid of crutches and leg braces, but into their later years they were both wheelchair bound.

    made for GREAT difficulties re: accessibility

    if you are frustrated, feel free to vent. it will not go on deaf ears!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by angiesunshine81 View Post
    Thanks Andrea!

    He can't transfer, would be at least a 2 person lift. I am going to be in touch with the renaissance soon but thanks for the other suggestions!

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    Wheelchair Accessible for Beach Wedding

    Although I love I love Renaissance Island, for a handicapped guest, I would not recommend that location for your handicapped guest because of the ride over in the motor boat. Marriott and Westin have walkways close to the beach and that might be the way to go. My handicapped son joined us in Aruba several years ago, besides the fact that he was on kidney dialysis. He was in a wheel chair and wanted to join us on a day catamaran trip for the sake of our daughter-in-law and grandson for wanted to snorkel. We went on a redsails catamaran that left close to Hyatt's beach. We parked on the little street close to Hyatt. While my son, daughter-in-law and husband waited at the edge of the beach, I walked to the pier of the catamaran and spoke to a staff member to help us. Two of the fellows walked to where my son was waiting and carried him through the send, helped him on the the pier and then lifted him in his wheelchair on to the catamaran. I will never forget their kindness. As far as your hanicapped guest is concerned, make it easy for him or her by choosing a location for your wedding that will be close the beach by a walkway. As a matter of fact, if you can make a trip to Aruba with your fiance to choose your wedding location, you can see for yourself which location will work best for your handicapped guest.
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