The following information is intended only as a guide. Visitors who are physically challenged are strongly advised to inform the hotel of their choice at the time of booking as to any special requirements. This will enable the hotel to allocate a suitable room and make such arrangements as may be required.
Bermuda's resort hotels are best suited for the accommodation of visitors who are physically challenged. They offer full service and dining facilities, have large elevators, wide doorways, more accessible bathrooms, public rooms with a minimum of steps and reasonably accessible recreational areas. They have wheelchairs available and sufficient hotel staff to assist.
Suggested suitable resort hotels:
(For visitors who are physically challenged but who do not use wheelchairs, the choice is wider. However, it is advised that visitors check with the hotel regarding any special requirements when booking. Then, if facilities are unavailable, other arrangements can be made.)
"Accessible Vacation Relief Apartment" - available by contacting in advance:
Mrs. Ianthia Wade
There is one wheelchair-accessible taxi in Bermuda: Mr. Sam Matthews, tel 234-7205.
Station-wagon taxis with their large door openings and space in the back for the storage of wheelchairs, crutches, etc. are available for sightseeing tours or point-to-point transportation, but these are only accessible to those who can transfer.
The Somerset/Dockyard ferry is accessible by wheelchair. At present, the Paget/Warwick ferry is not, but it can be boarded in a wheelchair for a roundtrip harbour cruise as the ferry is accessible from the Hamilton ferry terminal.
The Bermuda Physically Handicapped Association has a bus with hydraulic lift which can be used by manual wheelchairs only. It is operated by volunteer drivers and on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrangements should be made in advance through the kind assistance of:
Mr. Willard Fox
(Note: One bus for use for electric wheelchairs can be made available from Willard Fox, on advance notice, subject to availability.)
The public buses in Bermuda are not accessible to those persons who use a wheelchair, but with assistance might be entered by persons with limited mobility. There are no buses with hydraulic lifts or storage space.
SEEING EYE DOGSA permit to import a dog must be obtained in advance of arrival in Bermuda from:
The Director of Agriculture
For convenience, application forms may be obtained from any of the Department of Tourism offices abroad. If satisfied, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Parks will mail to the importer the Import Permit which must accompany the animal at the time of arrival.
Note: Refer to "Animals (Import to Bermuda)" for complete details, as strict laws are enforced.
RED CROSS EQUIPMENT RENTAL
The Bermuda Red Cross, offices on the second floor of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, has a comprehensive stock of equipment for hire by visitors and residents at very reasonable rates. This equipment ranges from special beds, hoists and pulleys, crutches of various sorts, walking sticks, wheelchairs, walkers (regular, tripod and quad), nursery equipment and a variety of other items. Persons interested in hiring such equipment for the duration of their stay should telephone:
Bermuda Red Cross --- Tel: (809) 236-2345
RECREATIONAL SWIMMING POOL
St. Brendan's Hospital has a swimming pool equipped with ramped entrance and hydraulic lift. Enquiries should be made in advance, booking through:
Recreational Therapy Department --- Tel: (809) 236-3770
The following can be used as a general guide. Suggestions and assistance regarding sightseeing can be provided by contacting:
Mr. Willard Fox
The West End
This is a good place to go for the day. The Somerset/Dockyard ferry will get you there in a pleasant fashion. The Bermuda Maritime Museum is accessible by wheelchair and is a first class attraction. Nearby is the Craft Market. The Neptune Theatre is accessible by wheelchair, as are the restaurants and the new shopping mall.
The East End
This is a good place to take the Physically Handicapped Association's bus to George's for a day of sightseeing - the Town Square, the replica of the "Deliverance" (viewing from the ground only), the Statue of Sir George Somers, the quaint alleys. There is an attractive outdoor shopping mall on the waterfront which is partially accessible by wheelchair.
Fort St. Catherine is a few minutes away by taxi and offers partial access by wheelchair. At nearby Tobacco Bay, a person in a wheelchair can get down near the water.
Bermuda Aquarium, Natural History Museum & Zoo are easily accessible to wheelchairs and offer first class exhibits.
Bank of Bermuda Coin Collection, Head Office on Front Street, Hamilton. Accessible to wheelchairs using side elevators and by arrangements with Security.
Bermuda Railway Museum near the Aquarium, is also accessible.
Bermuda Historical Society Museum at the Par-la-ville Library in Hamilton is accessible; the lending library is not accessible.
Enquire in advance about accessibility. Some crews have had experience getting persons who are physically challenged on board, such as Looking Glass Cruises and Jesse James Cruises.
Paved roads will afford the opportunity to explore quite a bit through these properties.
Surf chairs for use on the beach (for those who can transfer) are available for use free of charge on Horseshoe Bay and John Smith's Bay. See lifeguard for chairs or see rental outlet by the restaurant on Horseshoe Bay.
Warwick Bowling Alley, the National Tennis Stadium and the Bernard Park Softball Diamond are all accessible by wheelchair.
(This is not a complete list; enquiries should be made to individual churches regarding access.)
The large hotels all have shopping arcades comprised of branch shops of the major Hamilton stores. This is the most convenient shopping for those who are physically challenged, as not all the sidewalks in Hamilton are ramped, and some of the curbs are 6" or more above street level.
Restaurants within large hotels are usually accessible to wheelchairs. however, it is advisable to call ahead to the maitre d'. Those persons using a wheelchair should always call ahead to double-check on accessibility and space to accommodate a wheelchair, and whether the restrooms are accessible. The following is a partial list of restaurants accessible by wheelchair:
Medium Priced Restaurants:
Pub Style Restaurants:
Moderately Priced Restaurants:
Nichtclubs with restrooms:
Otherwise, nightclubs within large hotels are usually accessible by wheelchair, but again, it is advisable to call ahead regarding accessibility, space for wheelchairs, and accessibility to restrooms. Advance arrangements can often be made to facilitate persons who are physically challenged who wish to enjoy the local night life.
Physically challenged visitors to Bermuda should advise the airline at the time of ticketing of any requirements they may have. Airline personnel will make arrangements at point of departure and point of arrival. Descent from the aircraft in Bermuda is by a "carry chair."
ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC RESTROOMS
or if you would like to make any comments about accessibility in Bermuda, please write to
P.O. Box HM 8
Hamilton, HM AX
or call (809) 292-5025 or 293-8148.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please