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    Aruba without limits or Aruba for those with limitations

    http://aruba-daily.com/newspaper/kri...ss-conference/

    Do any of you have physical limitations and experiences of Aruba's access?

    Do the American Chain hotels/resorts (Hyatt, Marriott etc) have to comply with the American Disability Act?

    I am interested in reading of your experiences.

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    Aruba is not subject to US laws.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply in Aruba.

    Queen Beatrix International Airport is fully ADA compliant.


    Aruba Resorts While Traveling With Disabilities
    Having a grandmother who traveled to Aruba up to the age of 99, I know this information on Aruba resort vacations with disabilities will be useful to anyone with special needs. Though not comprehensive, it will get you started on your research. Contact each resort individually for specifics and availability. We did not book a handicap room until the resort guaranteed we would have a handciap room as oppossed to just accepting the request and telling us it would be based upon availability.

    Travelers with Disabilities

    Details on hotel facilities for the physically challenged are available through the reservations staff. Room reservations are on a special request basis and are subject to availability. Wheelchairs are not available at hotels. Seeing-eye dogs are generally allowed, with proper documentation. Below are resorts with special facilities and amenities for the disabled:

    Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
    2 wheelchair accessible rooms (standard category)
    2 ADA rooms (comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act) on ground floor with good pool access.

    Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino
    One disabled room - Garden view, King bed.
    Resort is wheelchair accessible.

    Riu Antillas Resort Aruba
    Handicap suite (one bedroom) on 9th floor with bathroom amenities that include roll-in shower, handrails, low basin. This suite can be booked in advance based on availability.
    Two semi-handicap rooms (with bath railings only)

    Divi Village
    One building with elevator and ramps
    One unit with wheelchair accessible doorway

    Divi Dutch Village
    Request a ground floor room for wheelchair accessibility

    Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Resorts
    Each resort has one ground floor room with two queen beds. Roll-in shower, grab rails, special height toilet and light switches in bathroom.

    Radisson Aruba Resort
    6 rooms on ground floor with bath rails and wheelchair accessible doorways.
    2 of these rooms also have roll-in showers.

    Occidental Grand Aruba
    3 wheelchair accessible rooms with roll-in shower

    The Mill Resort & Suites
    1 wheelchair accessible room on ground floor. Special bath chair and railings in shower.

    Aruba.com: Travelers Disabilities
    Includes includes information on resort facilities as well as medical equipment rentals.

    References to beach wheelchairs on the island. I would definitely verify this information directly with the resort(s).

    Reference to June 15, 2005 visit

    "Aruba Marriot Resort ... Marriott has a beach wheelchair and we found it to be a well kept secret. After a lot of persuasion and insistence, we managed to get them to dig it out of the storage where it has been kept. We met at least three of their guests who were delighted to find out about the beach wheelchair since someone in their group needed it to be together with the rest of them at the beach. The lobby, the restaurants, and the casino have wheelchair accessibility. The public rest rooms and the guest bathrooms have raised toilets with grab bars. According to their manager who showed us around, they do not have any roll-in showers. Nor do they have hand held shower heads "

    Reference to beach wheelchair at the Costa Linda Resort.

    Hyatt Regency Aruba Hotel- Accessibility ADA Devices

    Adapted Happy Wheels Provides Products for Vacationers With Special Needs
    Various companies on Aruba offer products that cater to the disabled. Adding to its line of such products, Adapted Happy Wheels offers the Roll-A-Ramp. This easy-to-assemble aluminum ramp is very resistant and can be rolled up and stored. It gives persons with limited physical mobility accessibility in a practical and faster way. The ramp can be bought or leased on a short or long term.

    Mobi Mat is designed for foot traffic as well as vehicle traffic in sensitive areas such as sand and beaches, lakes and parks, hotels and resorts, and other natural sites. It is a portable and removable rollout access pathway that can be used for pedestrians, disabled persons, wheelchair users, strollers, bicycles and vehicles including ATVs, golf carts, maintenance and emergency trucks. Made of super resistance plastic, it is highly recommended for hotels and persons who want to go with a wheelchair on sand. The mat can be bought or leased for a long or short term.

    The Mobi-Chair is a high quality, amphibious beach wheelchair that provides its user with a seamless transition from boardwalk-to beach-to water, high maneuverability and the ability to float persons up to 300 lbs. It provides a one-of-a-kind experience for those individuals with disabilities who have never before been able to go into the water. The Mobi-Chair can be assembled or disassembled within two minutes and can fit quite easily into the back of an SUV or large trunk

    All these products are available at Adapted Happy Wheels, via e-mail adaptedhappywheels@hotmail.com] or on Facebook. Story courtesy of The Morning News

    Lite Life Medicab provides professional door-to-door, including airport transfers, medical transportation to those in need of wheelchair and specialized transportation. Family members may ride along at no charge when desired capped at a maximum of five persons.

    Handicap Facilities at Queen Beatrix International Airport

    The airport meets all the requirements of the ADA (American Disabilities Act).
    Restrooms and waiting rooms at the airport are including within the standards of the Act.
    Contact your airline in advance to advise them of any special needs for arrival and/or departure.

    Information courtesy of http://www.arubabound.com/article/ar...sabilities.htm

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    thanks lisa

    Good information.

    I am looking for those with personal experiences and reading of them.

    I have seen numerous people with appliances....wheelchairs, scooters, crutches, service dogs.....i am wondering of their experiences.

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    I am looking for those with personal experiences and reading of them.
    My grandmother was completely wheelchair bound on her last visit. She is dead so cannot relate her own experience but I made all of the arrangements and was with her the entire trip with the exception of the flight to Aruba and one night off property for dinner when her nurse stayed with her. I will gladly answer questions specifically on the Tamarijn from those who are limited to a scooter or wheelchair. Though my grandmother had an ordinary wheelchair, we did meet a woman one year during a different stay (though again it is not my PERSONAL experience, it is a first hand observation) who was using a power scooter. She parked the scooter outside the door of 1319 each night. I regret now since we are speaking of only personal experiences, how she charged her scooter. Sorry maybe I should not have even mentioned it.

    To transport my grandmother we used the airline's wheelchair to get my grandmother off the plane and out to our airport transportation. Once we arrived at the Tamarijn we grabbed the rental wheelchair we had prearranged with Labco, at the front desk waiting for us when we checked in to take her from the transportation to her hotel room. We also rented a walker from Labco. Again not MY experience, but from traveling with my parents and grandmother and walkers and wheelchairs, the airlines treat equipment not their own extremely roughly. We have had airlines damage a wheelchair in the past which resulted in a bent wheel.

    For those not familiar with the Tamarijn, I can tell you from wheeling my grandmother around the resort, it is fully wheelchair accessible. If you have an electric wheelchair or scooter with enough of a charge, you can also use the sidewalk between the Tamarijn and Divi in order to get from one to the other. Or someone willing to push you the distance.

    The Tamarijn supplied the handicap room complete with grab bars and roll in shower. The Tamarijn also supplied a shower chair. Again, I personally did not use the chair, but am providing the photos should it help someone who is considering the Tamarijn.




    A friend on the island supplied the name of a private duty nurse Lucia Kanaar who for a reasonable fee, came in to assist with showering and dressing. She also sat with my grandmother one evening when she was not up to going out to dinner.

    Delta is a #1 in my books for treatment of passengers with disabilities. They unlike American, offered complimentary Economy comfort seating in the first few rows of coach.

    If the above information is not deemed a personal experience by the moderators, please feel free to delete this post should it be deemed useless. I originally had 13 images in my message. The maximum number that you may include is 10, so less emoticons.

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    AWESOME Lisa
    That is a great review of your Grandmother's experience @ the Tamarijn.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    Lisa, great info! You certainly covered everything.
    My mom has now graduated unfortunately to a walker, we were just saying how could we ever take her again.
    I fear what is next.
    Info you posted was awesome.

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    hi all,,, know i'm couple of years behind here,, but my biggest complaint was the sidewalks are not made to handle scooter/wheelchair,, for example i normally stay at the now Hilton, and to get across the street to casa tua,, i have to go down the sidewalk, to the hyatt driway to cross the road to get to driveway by salt and peper, just to get to casa tua,, but i also found just going for a ride on my scooter/wheelchair,, so many times i would have to exit and enter on driveways, which means driving a bit on the road.. both my friend and I agree sidewalks not scooter friendly.. Dont know if things have changed,, complained to many vendors.. Also do they have a van that can take you on your scooter ,, for example again, i've always wanted to go to the town, but how to get me and scooter there is a no way, which stinks also..

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    i would recommend that you write to the ATA (aruba tourism authority) . They are a government agency, overseen by the Minister of Tourism. I recommend that you email Minister oduber, state your concerns. go to the bottom of this page where it says EMAIL/Contact us.

    also i would contact depalm tours or fofoti tours or arubus.com to make inquiries about the bus/scooter transport.
    how do you get from the airport to the hilton with your scooter? would that be an option for you taking a shopping trip downtown?

    and please check this out http://www.aruba.com/our-island/special-needs


    Quote Originally Posted by KATH2ME View Post
    hi all,,, know i'm couple of years behind here,, but my biggest complaint was the sidewalks are not made to handle scooter/wheelchair,, for example i normally stay at the now Hilton, and to get across the street to casa tua,, i have to go down the sidewalk, to the hyatt driway to cross the road to get to driveway by salt and peper, just to get to casa tua,, but i also found just going for a ride on my scooter/wheelchair,, so many times i would have to exit and enter on driveways, which means driving a bit on the road.. both my friend and I agree sidewalks not scooter friendly.. Dont know if things have changed,, complained to many vendors.. Also do they have a van that can take you on your scooter ,, for example again, i've always wanted to go to the town, but how to get me and scooter there is a no way, which stinks also..
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 03-13-2016 at 05:58 PM.

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    i don't bring my scooter with me, so when i get off plane i have a wheelchair greet me and husband, they wheel us out to get into Bullys van and than when we get to hotel they bring us the scooters , larry ( husband ) can walk much better and further than i can, so he usually goes in and gets on his and has valet bring me my scooter,
    Thanks will do that , and write to Minister

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