Beach Wheelchairs

 

Man using a beach wheelchair 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 on the map below own their own wheelchairs and lend them 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 sharing this information as part of a commitment 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 to borrow, explore the map below or view the beaches as a list.

Please contact beaches directly to make arrangements to use their chairs.


View Beach Wheelchairs in California in a larger map

Other Accessibility Resources:

Find detailed information on accessible beaches in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties: hilltromper.com/article/wheelchair-accessible-santa-cruz-beaches.

Motorized beach wheelchairs can be rented by the day in San Luis Obispo County by contacting California Coast Beach Power Chair at (661) 331-7059 or Info@RentBeachPowerChair.com.

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/resources/beach-wheelchair-rental/.

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

For more information, please contact us at
(800) Coast4u or coast4u@coastal.ca.gov.

Other Beach Access Resources:

Explore thousands of California Coastal Access locations with the YourCoast Web app

 

To find out which California beaches offer wheelchairs to borrow, click on the county of your choice. This is the same information found in the map above.

Please contact beaches directly to make arrangements to use their chairs.

Alameda
Del Norte
Humboldt
Los Angeles
Marin
Mendocino
Monterey
Orange
San Diego
San Francisco
San Luis Obispo
San Mateo
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz
Sonoma
Ventura


San Diego County

  • Imperial Beach, Imperial Beach (motorized chair), (619) 685-7972
  • Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, (619) 435-0126
  • Coronado City Beach (motorized & manual chairs), (619) 522-7346
  • Ocean Beach Park, 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, (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

  • Toyon Bay and other Catalina Island locations
    Catalina Island Marine Institute, (310) 510-1622
  • Belmont Shore, Long Beach
    Alfredo's Granada Ave. concession stand, (562) 477-6820
  • Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, (310) 372-2162
  • Torrance County Beach, Torrance, (310) 372-2162
  • Hermosa 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 at Venice Beach Rentals
    3100 Ocean Front Walk, (310) 823-6730
  • Santa Monica Beach at Perry's Café
    2400 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 Park, 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
  • Arroyo Burro Beach, Santa Barbara (805) 687-3714 or (805) 729-7508
  • Goleta Beach County Park, Goleta, (805) 967-1300 or (805) 729-7508
  • El Capitan State Beach, (805) 968–1033
  • Refugio State Beach, (805) 968-1033
  • Gaviota State Park, Gaviota, (805) 968-1033
  • Jalama Beach County Park, (805) 736-3504 or (805) 729-7508
  • Rancho Guadalupe Dunes County Park, (805) 729-8461 or (805) 729-7508

San Luis Obispo County

  • Oceano Dunes at beach entrance kiosks at Pier Avenue and Grand Avenue, 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 Beach, Avila Beach (motorized chair), (805) 748-2434
  • Avila 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 (chair & walker), Pacific Grove
    (831) 372-8016
  • Monterey State Beach and area beaches
    (831) 649-2808

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) 420-5715
  • Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz, (831) 420-5715
  • 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; e-mail goga_accessibility@nps.gov or call (415) 561-4958. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/beach-wheelchairs.htm.
  • Baker Beach, San Francisco, (415) 561-4958
  • East Beach, Crissy Field, San Francisco, (415) 561-4958
  • Other San Francisco locations: reserve a chair ahead of time from Fort Mason to pick up and drive to a beach. E-mail goga_accessibility@nps.gov or call (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
  • Fort Ross State Historic Park (at the visitor center), (707) 847-3437

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 Headlands State Beach
  • MacKerricher State Park

Humboldt County

  • Manila Dunes, at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, (707) 444-1397
  • Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary, at the Interpretive Center, (707) 826-2359
  • Gold Bluffs Beach, Orick, (707) 465-7331 or (707) 601-4634

Del Norte County

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

 


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