|Orange Beach, AL|
|Mr. and Mrs. Brobst|
Orange Beach is a much more family oriented place than the party atmosphere of it's neighbor to the east. There are lots of restaurants and things for the kids to do beyond the shore line. We took our three year old to a park with rides and go-karts. He had an absolute blast.
For the shopper in the family there is an enormous Tanger Outlets just up the road in Foley, AL very close to the world famous Lamberts, the home of the thrown roll. All of the usual touristy type of shopping spots like Alvin Island and SurfStyle are numerous.
|What'd ya catch - Red Snapper?|
For the hard core fisherman, there are plenty of private charter captains available.
Now to the stuff you want to know about. How does someone with a disability fair in Orange Beach?
The city and area was very accessible. I was gladly surprised that every restaurant we visited was accessible and had seating that was convenient for me in a wheelchair.
|Perdido Key resort|
The only problem was I had booked via Hotels.com and made double certain that the room would have a roll in shower. I even stayed on hold while they called the resort to check on this. But upon arriving, to my dismay, not only was the shower not a roll in, but there were not ANY rooms with a roll in shower on the entire premises. This struck me very odd as they host business conferences there all the time. The toilet was a handicapped sized commode, but there was barely enough space to get on and off of it.
|Oops, a wheelchair can't go in there!|
There are plenty of big box Hotel chains on this beach and if you reserve early enough, you will get what you want instead of having to settle for something that is less than ideal. Okay, enough of this, let's get to the good stuff.
|Beach Power Rentals|
I have played around with a lot of beach solutions for the disabled and this by far was the best I have ever been on as far as handling the sand. The foot stools were a bit too high and were uncomfortable after long stents of sitting in the chair but they are like that for a reason. This chair was straight up master of the sugar sand. The Florida/Alabama coast has some of the finest sand in the world. It has a tendency to bog down beach solutions, but not this one. I went wherever I wanted to go!
Being a powered chair, you cannot get it wet, which is understandable. I had so much fun watching my little boy in shore break and searching for shells. We had a blast.
The price of the chair is super reasonable. For two days we paid about $140 They charge a $40 delivery/pickup fee that was strange to me at first but as Ben Franklin said, "Time is money." The guy that delivered the chair walked me through all of the aspects of it and I didn't have to worry with returning it, so the fee seemed well worth it in the end. No hassles was worth the $40.
Book a trip to Orange Beach. You are going to love the place! There was much more to do there than we had time or budget for so, scour the internet and find what you want to do.