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A Wheelchair Rider's Guide to the California Coast,
Compiled by Access Northern California -- Accessible parks, trails, historical sites, and other points of interest.

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Book Cover: A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide to the Los Angeles and Orange County Coast

Coastwalk and the State Coastal Conservancy have published A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide to the Los Angeles and Orange County Coast, 2001. [in PDF]

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Beach wheelchairs can be rented by the day or by the week in Santa Cruz County by contacting Shared Adventures, a nonprofit organization, at www.sharedadventures.org/pages/resources.beachwheelchair.html.

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Now available from the State Coastal Conservancy Association (with funds from the Conservancy) is A Wheelchair Rider's Guide: San Francisco Bay and Nearby Coast by Bonnie Lewkowicz, 2006. [in PDF]

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Trash grabbers are available with some beach wheelchairs for users wishing to participate in coastal cleanup events.

For more information, please contact
(800) Coast4u or e-mail coast4u@coastal.ca.gov.

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Beach Wheelchairs

Beach Wheelchairs are equipped with large, wide wheels which can roll across the sand without sinking. They usually require users to be accompanied by someone pushing them, although several California locations offer motorized chairs which may be self-propelled.

All of the beaches listed below lend wheelchairs free of charge. Users may be asked to leave a form of personal identification while borrowing the chair. Chairs are most commonly available from a lifeguard or the entrance kiosk at a beach, although a few are handled by concessionaires whose names appear on the list. Some may be reserved ahead of time, while others are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call ahead for availability.

The California Coastal Commission is committed to helping all residents of the state experience the beach firsthand. Do you know a California beach with a wheelchair that is missing from this list? Please e-mail coast4u@coastal.ca.gov and let us know.

 

To find out which California beaches offer wheelchairs, explore the map below or view the teXt-only list.




View Beach Wheelchairs in California in a larger map



 

San Diego County

  • Imperial Beach, Imperial Beach (motorized chair), (619) 685-7972
  • Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado (motorized chair), (619) 435-0126
  • Coronado City Beach (motorized & manual chairs), (619) 522-7346
  • Ocean Beach, San Diego, (619) 525-8247 or (619) 221-8899
  • Mission Beach, San Diego (motorized & manual chairs), (619) 525-8247 or (619) 980-0275
  • South Pacific Beach, San Diego, (619) 525-8247 or (619) 221-8899
  • La Jolla Shores Beach, La Jolla, (619) 525-8247 or (619) 221-8899
  • Torrey Pines State Beach, San Diego (at the South Beach Kiosk), (858) 755-1275
  • Del Mar City Beach, (858) 755-1556
  • San Elijo State Beach, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, (760) 753-5091
  • Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, (760) 633-2750
  • South Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad, (760) 438-3143
  • Oceanside City Beach (motorized & manual  chairs), (760) 435-4018
  • Harbor Beach, Oceanside, (760) 435-4018
  • San Onofre State Beach, San Onofre, (949) 492-7414

Orange County

  • San Clemente State Beach, San Clemente, (949) 492-5172
  • San Clemente City Beach, (949) 361-8219
  • Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, (949) 496-6172
  • Salt Creek Beach Park, South Laguna, (949) 276-5050
  • Aliso Beach, South Laguna, (949) 276-5050
  • Main Beach, Laguna Beach, (949) 494-6572
  • Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Coast, (949) 494-3539
  • Corona del Mar State Beach, Corona del Mar, (949) 644-3047
  • Balboa Beach, Newport Beach, (949) 644-3047
  • Newport Beach, (949) 644-3047
  • Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach, (714) 374-0602
  • Huntington City Beach at Dwight’s Beach Concession
    201 Pacific Coast Highway, (714) 536-8083
  • Bolsa Chica State Beach, (714) 846-3460 or (714) 377-5691
  • Seal Beach, (562) 430-2613

Los Angeles County

  • Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, (310) 372-2162
  • Torrance County Beach, Torrance, (310) 372-2162
  • Hermosa City Beach, (310) 372-2162
  • Manhattan Beach, (310) 372-2162
  • El Porto Beach, Manhattan Beach, (310) 372-2162
  • Dockweiler State Beach, Playa del Rey, (310) 372-2162
  • Mother’s Beach, Marina del Rey, (310) 394-3261
  • Venice Beach, (310) 394-3261
  • Santa Monica Beach at Perry's Café
    400 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, (310) 452-2399
  • Will Rogers State Beach, Pacific Palisades, (310) 394-3261
  • Topanga Beach, Malibu, (310) 394-3261
  • Zuma Beach County Park, Malibu, (310) 457-2525
  • Leo Carrillo State Beach, Malibu, (310) 457-4665 

Ventura County

  • Sycamore Cove Beach, Pt. Mugu State Park, (805) 488-1827
  • Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard, (805) 382-3007
  • Hollywood Beach, Oxnard, (805) 382-3007
  • McGrath State Beach, Oxnard, (805) 648-3321
  • San Buenaventura State Beach, Ventura, (805) 648-3321
  • Emma Wood State Beach, Ventura, (805) 648-3321

Santa Barbara County

  • Carpinteria City Beach, (805) 684-5405
  • Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria, (805) 566-4984
  • East Beach, Santa Barbara, (805) 897-2680
  • Goleta Beach County Park, Goleta, (805) 967-1300
  • Campus Point, UC Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, (805) 448-6740
  • El Capitan State Beach, (805) 968–1033
  • Refugio State Beach, (805) 968-1033
  • Gaviota State Beach, Gaviota, (805) 968-1033
  • Jalama Beach County Park, (805) 736-3504

San Luis Obispo County

  • Oceano Dunes, Oceano, (805) 473-7220
  • Cayucos State Beach, Cayucos, (805) 781-5930 x4
  • Pismo State Beach at Wheel Fun Rentals,
    150 Hinds Avenue, Pismo Beach, (805) 773-0296
  • Avila State Beach, Avila Beach (motorized chair), (805) 748-2434
  • Avila State Beach at Avila Lighthouse Suites Hotel
    550 Front Street, Avila Beach, (805) 627-1900 or (800) 372-8452
  • Morro Bay area beaches, (805) 772-6254 or (805) 772-6278
Monterey County
  • Asilomar State Beach and area beaches, Pacific Grove (831) 372-8016
  • Monterey State Beach at Monterey Bay Kayaks
    693 Del Monte Avenue, Pacific Grove,
    (831) 373-5357 or (800) 649-5357

Santa Cruz County

  • Sunset State Beach, Watsonville, (831) 763-7063
  • Manresa State Beach, Watsonville, (831) 763-7063
  • Seacliff State Beach, Aptos, (831) 685-6500
  • New Brighton State Beach, Capitola, (831) 685-6500
  • Capitola City Beach, (831) 462-3125
  • Twin Lakes State Beach, Santa Cruz, (831) 427-4868
  • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, Santa Cruz, (831) 475-6161
  • Seabright Beach, Santa Cruz, (831) 427-4868 or (831) 427-4869
  • Santa Cruz Beach, Santa Cruz, (831) 420-6015 x3
  • Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz, (831) 420-6015 x3
  • Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, (831) 423-4609

San Mateo County

  • Año Nuevo State Reserve, Pescadero, (650) 879-2025
  • Francis Beach, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Half Moon Bay, (650) 726-8820 or (650) 726-8819

Alameda County

  • Crown Memorial State Beach, Alameda, (510) 544-3187 or (510) 544-3170

San Francisco County
(Chairs must be reserved ahead for delivery; to reserve visit www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm.)
  • Ocean Beach, San Francisco, (415) 561-4958
  • Baker Beach, San Francisco, (415) 561-4958
  • Crissy Field, San Francisco, (415) 561-4958

Marin County

Sonoma County

  • Doran Beach Regional Park, Bodega Bay, (707) 875-3540
  • Bodega Dunes Campground, Bodega Bay, (707) 875-3483
  • Wright’s Beach Campground, (707) 875-3483

Mendocino County
Chairs must be reserved ahead for delivery; call (707) 937-5804.

  • Van Damme State Park, Little River
  • Big River Beach, Mendocino Headlands State Park
  • Russian Gulch State Park
  • Caspar State Beach
  • MacKerricher State Park

Humboldt County

  • Gold Bluffs Beach, Orick, (707) 465-7331

Del Norte County

  • Tolowa Dunes State Park, Crescent City, (707) 465-7331
  • Pelican State Beach, Smith River, (707) 465-7331

 


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