WHEELCHAIR-ACCESSIBLE BEACHES IN FLORIDA

According to the CDC, 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has some form of disability and 1 in 7 struggles with mobility, making it the most common type of disability. For so many, getting onto a sandy beach is either incredibly difficult or simply impossible.

At Help Us Gather, we believe having a disability should not sentence a person to a life of isolation and loneliness. Our 501(c)(3) nonprofit is on a mission to ensure our beautiful beaches are safe, easy to find, and accessible for all.

On this page, you will find a list of the best beaches in Southwest Florida that offer wheelchair access, mobility mats, handicap-accessible parking, and other amenities to ensure your next day at the beach can be enjoyed by everyone in the family.

HUG updates this page regularly, but each mobility mat is the property and responsibility of the city or county it is installed in. Please reach out to the individual location to confirm the location and current status of their mobility mat before you plan your visit.

What are mobility mats?

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Mobility mats (also called MobiMats) are nonslip pathways that help individuals with mobility challenges avoid getting stuck in the soft, uneven sand, allowing them to access the beach safely and easily. For people who use wheelchairs, power chairs, walkers, have prosthetic limbs, injuries or simply need some extra support in the sand, mobility mats are a game-changer.

The Forward Foundation, a private foundation based in Clearwater, Florida, is partnering with Help Us Gather (HUG) and the Disability Achievement Center to ensure every beach-facing city in the Tampa Bay area has a mobility mat, ensuring equal access for residents and travelers alike to one of Florida’s most precious natural resources.

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Archibald Beach Park

Madeira Beach, Florida

Madeira Beach’s first MobiMat, donated to the city by the Forward Foundation, was installed at Archibald Beach Park in April 2022. Located near the public restrooms at the end of a small boardwalk, the 42′ accessibility mat is 6.5′ wide with a 25′ wing extending to the south. There is a shower/foot wash on the boardwalk that leads to the MobiMat.

Address: 15100 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708

Accessible Parking: There are multiple handicap-accessible parking spaces on both sides of the parking lot, including near the restrooms.

General Parking: Madeira Beach uses pay stations and phone apps to collect parking fees of $3.00/hr. Learn more about their fees here.

Cypress Point Park

Tampa, Florida

Located near the public restrooms, playground and beach pavilions, the accessibility mat at Cypress Point Park features a wing extending from the end of the mat.

Address: 5620 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607

Accessible Parking: There are 3 accessible parking spaces in the parking lot with direct beach access. There are also two additional spaces at the back of the parking lot, near the disc golf course.

General Parking: There are multiple general parking spaces in the large lot near the beach. For more information about parking rates, please contact the City of Tampa.

Gulfport Beach

Gulfport, Florida

Gulfport Beach’s MobiMat, the second of its kind in Pinellas County, was installed in 2019. Michael Ciafone, a resident of Pinellas County and an active advocate for inclusion and accessiblity, helped convince the city to purchase and install the mobility mat. Located near the public restrooms at the center of the public parking area along Shore Boulevard, the 82′ accessibility mat extends from the paved sidewalk onto the sandy beach toward Boca Ciega Bay to a point just before the high tide area. Two wings near the water form a Y-shape. Gulfport Beach is a shorter beach, but parking is much easier here thanks to a large, free parking lot directly next to the beach.

Address: 5730 Shore Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707

Accessible Parking: There are four handicap-accessible parking spaces next to the restrooms and two near the Gulfport Beach Pavilion.

General Parking: Parking is free in the large lot that runs the length of the beach.

Indian Rocks Beach

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

The MobiMat at Indian Rocks Beach is located at the beach entrance between 17th & 18th Avenues, giving visitors of all abilities a safe, easy way to access the shoreline. Indian Rocks Beach is a popular tourist destination, so parking can sometimes be a challenge in the lot directly near the mobility mat on busy days. We recommend arriving early or visiting during the week if possible for the best access to this premier Southwest Florida beach.

Address: 1700 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

Accessible Parking: There are four handicap-accessible parking spaces in front of the restrooms.

General Parking: There are approximately 40 free parking spots in the Indian Rocks Beach Access parking lot between 17th & 18th Avenues.

Pass-A-Grille Beach

Pass-A-Grille, FL

The MobiMat at Pass-A-Grille Beach is funded by a grant from the Forward Foundation and is expected to be installed in November 2022, after turtle nesting season has finished. This 84-foot-long, 6.5-foot-wide mat will feature a 19.5-foot T-shaped turnaround at the end of the mat.

Address: 2198 Gulf Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

Accessible Parking: There are four handicap-accessible parking spaces directly adjacent to the beach entrance, offering easy access to the MobiMat.

General Parking: There are multiple paid parking spaces running along the beach on Gulf Way.

Picnic Island Dog Beach

Tampa, Florida

The Picnic Island Dog Beach mobility mat runs parallel to the shoreline, offering visitors with mobility challenges the opportunity to visit the dog beach, but please be aware that the mat only runs along the fence line.

Address: 6110 Commerce St, Tampa, FL 33616

Accessible Parking: There is one accessible spot nearest to the boat ramp and entrance to the dog beach. Please note, some portions of the parking lot are loose gravel.

General Parking: There are multiple general parking spaces in the parking area near the boat ramp and the entrance to the dog beach. For more information about parking rates, contact the City of Tampa.

Picnic Island Park

Tampa, Florida

The mobility mat at Picnic Island Park is near the southernmost part of the park, adjacent to a large parking lot and leading down to the shoreline.

Address: 7404 Picnic Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33616

Accessible Parking: There are 4-5 accessible spots located near the restrooms in the large main parking lot.

General Parking: There are many general parking spaces located in the Picnic Island Park parking lot. For more information about parking rates, contact the City of Tampa.

Siesta Key Beach

Sarasota, Florida

Mobility Mat: The 450-foot-long MobiMat at Siesta Key Beach stretches from the paved parking lot to the shoreline. There are multiple Y-shaped wings at the end of the mat. Beach wheelchairs are also available for free year-round. For more information, click here.

Address: 948 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL 34242

Accessible Parking: There are accessible parking spaces on both sides of the parking lot, near the public restrooms.

General Parking: Parking is free in the large lot that runs the length of the beach.

Spa Beach

St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg’s MobiMat allows those visiting the St. Pete Pier to access Spa Beach. Keep in mind, the St. Pete Pier, which includes Spa Beach, opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes at 11:00 p.m. Parking is a bit far from the beach itself and the MobiMat here is rather short, but the St. Pete Pier does offer much more to do than just beach access thanks to multiple food and entertainment options nearby.

Address: 615 2nd Ave. NE., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Accessible Parking: There are multiple handicap-accessible parking spots in the Pelican Lot, which offers the closest parking to Spa Beach.

General Parking: Weekday rates in the Pelican Lot start at $2/hour. For more detailed information about parking and rates, please visit the St. Pete Pier’s website.

Tiki Gardens - Indian Shores Beach Access

Indian Shores, Florida

The mobility mat on Indian Shores Beach was installed in November 2022. Tiki Gardens (196th & Gulf Blvd), formerly a tourist attraction, was purchased by Pinellas County and converted into a Beach Access Parking Lot. There are multiple handicap-accessible parking spaces and a wheelchair-accessible restroom available. Please note that accessing the beach mat will require crossing the street from the parking lot to the beach.

Address: 19601 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL 33785

Accessible Parking: There are six handicap-accessible parking spaces, with most of the spaces located near the restrooms.

General Parking: There are 168 parking spaces available at an hourly rate of $2.50/hr.

Treasure Island Beach

Treasure Island, Florida

Treasure Island’s MobiMat, installed in 2018, was the first of its kind in Pinellas County. The removable access pathway made out of recycled materials extends approximately 400 ft. towards the Gulf of Mexico and is 6.5 ft. wide. Two wings at the end of the mat form a Y-shape, giving users a place to turn around or stay to enjoy the beach. The mat provides improved accessibility to Treasure Island’s large, popular beach for people with mobility impairments, pedestrians and beachgoers who use strollers and beach carts.

Address: 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL 33706

Accessible Parking: There are three handicap-accessible parking spaces in the Gulf Front Park Lot, located next to the restrooms. Parking in the handicap-accessible spaces is free.

General Parking: There are 77 total spaces in the Gulf Front Park Lot. Parking costs $2.75 per hour. You can pay by using a smartphone and the Parkmobile app, or at the meters or pay stations using cards or cash/coin.

Upham Beach Park

St. Pete Beach, Florida

In August 2022, the City of St. Pete Beach accepted a grant from the Forward Foundation to install two new MobiMats, including a 135-foot-long and 6.5-foot-wide MobiMat at Upham Beach Park. The MobiMat ends in a 19.5-foot T-shaped formation. At the base of the mat, visitors cross over a 15-foot-wide wooden walkover, which also includes an outdoor shower/foot wash area.

Address: 6798 Beach Plaza, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

Accessible Parking: There are 3 accessible parking spaces in front of the Paradise Grille on Beach Plaza.

General Parking: There are multiple general parking spaces in the lot that runs along the beach. Parking is paid by the hour via a mobile app or at the parking payment stations near the beach entrances.

Venice Beach

Venice, Florida

In January 2021, The City of Venice installed an ADA mobility mat that provides access for citizens in wheelchairs and scooters at the beach. The mat is constructed with a 6-foot wide by 76-foot-long section of AccessMat, followed by a 10-foot by 12-foot AccessDeck platform. Beach wheelchairs are also available for free year-round. For more information, click here.

Address: 101 The Esplanade S, Venice, FL 34285

Accessible Parking: There are 3 accessible parking spaces in the parking lot with direct beach access.

General Parking: Parking is free in the parking lot adjacent to the beach.

If you are a community leader interested in having a mobility mat sponsored and installed on one of your beaches, please email events@helpusgather.org. If you know of an accessible beach in Florida that is not yet listed here, please fill out the form below & include the location/address of the beach.

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