Mexico may seem like one giant obstacle course to travelers in wheelchairs or on crutches -- and Baja California is no exception. Where curb cuts can be found, they are most often not up to standards, and cities like Loreto and San José del Cabo have difficult-to-navigate cobblestone streets. That being said, most high-end hotels have accessible rooms, including Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Guaycura, and the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
Disabled travelers can opt for a fishing excursion with Los Cabos Adventures (tel. 624/141-0790; www.bajaenterprises.com), a sportfishing tour operator that offers a wheelchair-accessible sportfishing yacht. Owner Larry Cooper, a wheelchair user himself, designed his sportfishing boat to be wheelchair accessible; he even offers free fishing tours to disabled kids and American veterans. Cooper also owns the Villa Tranquillo (tel. 624/141-0790; www.bajaenterprises.com/stay) in Los Barriles, a wheelchair-accessible villa; rates are $200 to $300 per night for accessible suites and casitas, with a 3-night minimum. He also rents out wheelchair-accessible vans and ATVs. In addition, most of the streets in the community of Los Barriles are well paved, allowing travelers the freedom to explore.
For ground transportation in Los Cabos, Transcabo (tel. 624/163-7373; www.transcabo.com) offers wheelchair-accessible vans. They can arrange for transportation to and from the airport and around the region. In Northern Baja Mexicoach (tel. 664/685-1470; www.mexicoach.com), offers first-class wheelchair-accessible buses and shuttles that take passengers from San Ysidro into Tijuana and Rosarito.
At the region's airports, you may encounter steep stairs before finding a well-hidden elevator or escalator -- if one exists -- and wheelchair ramps sometimes look more like alpine ski runs. Airlines will often arrange wheelchair assistance to the baggage area. Porters are generally available to help with luggage at airports and large bus stations, once you've cleared baggage claim.
The airports in Baja are relatively small compared to those in larger cities and none involve traveling through labyrinthine hallways. It's common in Baja to board from a remote position, meaning you either descend stairs to a bus that ferries you to the plane, which you board by climbing stairs, or you walk across the tarmac to your plane and ascend the stairs. Deplaning presents the same problem in reverse.
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