7 Florida Panhandle Counties with Wheelchair Accessible Beaches

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Florida - Panhandle - Wheelchair - Beaches

Florida is filled with some of the world’s most beautiful white sandy beaches, but if you need a wheelchair, never fear. The Florida Panhandle has covered you with over 21 beaches across seven counties offering accessibility.  

Let’s unpack 7 Florida Panhandle Counties with Wheelchair Accessible Beaches. 

#1 Bay County 

Bay County has five area beaches but, unfortunately, only one provides wheelchair access. However, M.B. Miller County Pier, on Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach, provides Mobimats. They have a wooden boardwalk with sand access, and beach wheelchair rentals are available. 

#2 Escambia County 

Escambia County has three beaches that offer beach wheelchair rentals as well as accessible restrooms. Pensacola Beach offers beach wheelchair rentals as well as accessible restrooms. Both are also available at Johnson Beach in the Perdido Key Area. Also in the Pensacola Beach area, Opal Beach offers visitors beach wheelchair rentals as well as restroom accessibility. 

#3 Franklin County 

Franklin County has two area beaches that offer access to beach wheelchair rentals, wooden boardwalks with sand access, and wheelchair-accessible restrooms. One is Bald Point State Park in Alligator Point, Florida and the other is Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park is located on Gulf Beach Drive in St. George Island, Florida.  

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#4 Okaloosa County 

Okaloosa County, Florida boasts five beaches that have beach wheelchair rental availability, wooden boardwalk with sand access, and accessible restrooms.  

The list follows: John Beasley Beach Park is located on Miracle Strip Pkwy SE in Fort Walton Beach. Henderson Beach State Park is found on Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin.  James Lee Park and Beach are located near the beach on the Walton/Okaloosa County line. 

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June White Decker Park is located next to Silver Shells Condominiums in Destin, Florida. And Shirah Public Beach, also known as Crystal Beach is located in Destin, Florida off of Highway 98. 

#5 Walton County 

Walton County, and South Walton in particular, has more than 50 beach and bay access locations along its 26 miles of shoreline. So, it’s not surprising that seven of those access locations have some form of handicap accessibility. 

Here is a list of the areas and what they offer:  

  • Ed Walline Beach Access, on Santa Rosa Beach, offers sand mats and accessible restrooms 
  • Grayton Beach State Park, also on Santa Rosa Beach, offers sand mats, accessible restrooms, and beach wheelchair accessibility.  
  • The Gulfplace Area provides access to wheelchair rentals as well as wheelchair-accessible restrooms.  
  • Inlet Beach offers wheelchair rentals, wooden boardwalk access as well as accessible restrooms. 
  • Miramar Beach, one of South Walton’s most popular spots has wheelchair rentals, a wooden boardwalk, and accessible restrooms.
  • Seagrove Area offers beach wheelchair rentals, and wheelchair-accessible restrooms as does the Seaside Area.  

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