Accessibility issues in Ixtapa

by calis72, Thursday, October 31, 2019, 13:10 (20 days ago)

Hello there. Just found your forum online and first post.

I will be travelling to Ixtapa in January for the first time for a wedding Will be staying at the Park Royal. My 16 year old son is disabled and will be coming with us so I have some questions (this will be the first trip weve done with him since he became disabled so it will be a learning experience for sure).

1. Are wheelchair taxis readily available from the airport?
2. Are wheelchair taxis readily available within ixtapa?
3. Is it possible to rent a 'sand wheelchair' anywhere? These have oversized tires that would allow him to go onto a beach.
4. How accessible is the area typically? Anyone with experience with the Park Royal?

I'm sure there is lots I am forgetting to ask but appreciate any and all feedback!

Looking forward to the trip - Mexico is my favourite holiday destination - just not been to this location yet.

Dave

Accessibility issues in Ixtapa

by wisconsinjuan @, Thursday, October 31, 2019, 17:49 (19 days ago) @ calis72

I don't have knowledge on the taxis, but if you go to the homepage and click "how to get here" you will come to the taxi page and you will find the names and numbers of the taxi companies. It will be very helpful if you know Spanish when you call. My mother was wheelchair bound and she would have had a very tough time here. Ixtapa is probably way more accessible than Zihua because it is newer and the terrain is flat in the tourist areas.

Do not go to downtown Zihuatanejo. Cobblestone streets, lack of curb cuts and narrow sidewalks will make things very difficul overall, although some areas would be ok.

I have never seen a van with a wheelchair ramp, but there may be a few. The standard taxis are small and your wheelchair would need to fold up and fit in the trunk. I have also never seen a sand wheelchair but call Park Royal and see if they can arrange something. I don't see hardly any wheelchairs here.

Wish I could be more helpful. Good luck.

Accessibility issues in Ixtapa

by calis72, Friday, November 01, 2019, 06:15 (19 days ago) @ wisconsinjuan

Hey - thank you so much for the feedback!

I think we will be sticking to Ixtapa for this trip, don't want to be too adventurous until we get a bit more experience dealing with a disability. He's 16 and 6'4" so not like we can easily pick him up or anything.

Taxi with ramp is ideal, but the wheelchair can fold and he is able to transfer himself into a car with no issues, it just means that no space in trunk for anything else. I will definitely check out the taxi page though. I don't speak any spanish so i'm pooched there.

Zihua sounds lovely, i love old architecture and roads like that. I will definitely have to return sometime. I've been to mexico 7 or 8 times but always to the Yucatan.

Accessibility issues in Ixtapa

by midalake @, Friday, November 01, 2019, 09:00 (19 days ago) @ calis72

Hey - thank you so much for the feedback!

I think we will be sticking to Ixtapa for this trip, don't want to be too adventurous until we get a bit more experience dealing with a disability. He's 16 and 6'4" so not like we can easily pick him up or anything.

Taxi with ramp is ideal, but the wheelchair can fold and he is able to transfer himself into a car with no issues, it just means that no space in trunk for anything else. I will definitely check out the taxi page though. I don't speak any spanish so i'm pooched there.

Zihua sounds lovely, i love old architecture and roads like that. I will definitely have to return sometime. I've been to mexico 7 or 8 times but always to the Yucatan.

I am unable to help on the taxi issue. However when it comes to a place to stay our condos, {BVG Residenical} have under gone a complete handicap renewal. Including, ramps into pools and to the beach, we are 100% handicap friendly. Their was talk about the purchase of a beach wheelchair but I am not sure if that was completed. I have seen beach wheelchairs on the beach this last year.
The place you are at is older like all the hotels. I am unsure what the Park Royal has done for handicap persons.

D

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Accessibility issues in Ixtapa

by moonbird1 @, Saturday, November 02, 2019, 08:21 (18 days ago) @ calis72

Hi,

While I agree with most of the information posted I just wanted to add this. We support a wheelchair bound senior who has lived in the downtown area of Zihuatanejo for the past 5 years. He has only one leg and lives alone but negotiates his wheelchair everyday all around the town to buy his food etc. He goes up and down curbs where necessary and is very resourceful about getting around. You could come into Zihua for a morning and have a look around. You could take him along the walkway that runs in front of Playa Principal where the fishermen come in and you can sit in the restaurants that are also along there. Zihua is a much more interesting place than Ixtapa and has a flare that Ixtapa just doesn't have.
Paty's, along La Ropa beach is also a nice place to go and have lunch right beside the water. The taxi can drop you off right out front. We have taken our friend here for lunch.

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Accessibility issues in Ixtapa

by qwerty @, Oregon, USA, Saturday, November 02, 2019, 09:34 (18 days ago) @ calis72

I have stayed at the Park Royal, although not for two years. They have ramps next to the stairs in the lobby and leading to the pool area. My recollection is that the ramps are more designed for moving luggage than wheelchair accessibility and are somewhat steep. It will also be difficult to access the actual beach area with a wheelchair, unless there is an access area I may not know about. The pool area is large and flat. I recommend calling and discussing your needs with them ahead of time. I'm sure they will do their best to accommodate you.

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Accessibility issues in Ixtapa

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, November 02, 2019, 11:37 (18 days ago) @ calis72

Hello there. Just found your forum online and first post.

I will be travelling to Ixtapa in January for the first time for a wedding Will be staying at the Park Royal. My 16 year old son is disabled and will be coming with us so I have some questions (this will be the first trip weve done with him since he became disabled so it will be a learning experience for sure).

1. Are wheelchair taxis readily available from the airport?
2. Are wheelchair taxis readily available within ixtapa?
3. Is it possible to rent a 'sand wheelchair' anywhere? These have oversized tires that would allow him to go onto a beach.
4. How accessible is the area typically? Anyone with experience with the Park Royal?

I'm sure there is lots I am forgetting to ask but appreciate any and all feedback!

Looking forward to the trip - Mexico is my favourite holiday destination - just not been to this location yet.

Dave

Most of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo's sidewalks have been made wheelchair accessible as is the walkway along the waterfront that runs from one end of the downtown beach, Playa Principal, to the other then continues along the coast to the next beach called Playa La Madera.

Also, contact my friend and tocayo Roberto Velasco via his website. He and his family operate transportation services, and I believe they have at least one wheelchair accessible vehicle. Roberto speaks English and should be able to also fix you up with airport transportation.
www.zihuatanejo.net/seeztours/

A business related to theirs may also be able to offer a wheelchair accessible vehicle for your transportation from the airport to the hotel and back.
www.costa-grande.com/etasa/

Accessibility issues in Ixtapa

by calis72, Monday, November 04, 2019, 07:34 (16 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thank you for the links!