How do handicapped people get to enjoy the beach? I would love to be able to get to the water.

by barb
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I am battling cancer and am temporarily handicapped because of the side effects of chemo. My question is how do i get to the water when i can only walk very small distances? Any help would be deeply appreciated.

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Handicapped Access to the Beach
by: Dan

Dear Barb,

First of all, I wish you success in your battle against this insidious disease. I lost both of my parents to cancer and I understand what your family is going through. My hope and prays are that you stay strong and beat this thing.

As far as getting to the beach on the Outer Banks, there are several options. If you vacation on Hatteras Island and have a four wheel vehicle, you can actually drive on the beach. The story is the same with Carova, as you there are no roads and only 4 wheel drive vehicles will work there.

In the Northern Outer Banks, the Duck Fire Company have loaned out big wheeled wheelchairs that can be rolled right onto the beach. I am not sure if there are other such facilities, but it is worth a check. Should you decide to be in the Duck area, make sure you contact the Duck Fire Company well in advance so as to reserve your chair. There number is (252) 255-1234.

Best of luck and I hope you enjoy the beach.

Kind regards,
Dan

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I can get to the water
by: barb

Dan, thank you so much for the information. I was totally unaware of being able to get a chair.
See you soon and keep on relaxing!

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