Mar 282012

As an active member of the Tripadvisor forums, and a Destination Expert for the Beach Vacations forum, I often see questions about beach access for those using wheelchairs or other mobility aids.

In hopes of being able to help other travelers with these questions, I decided to google “Beach Wheelchair”.  What I found was an extremely helpful and unique set of products by a company called Deming Designs in Pensacola, FL.

The Beach Wheelchair was designed by Mike Deming for use by his wife Karen.  The business has since expanded, and beach wheelchairs are now available for use at many public beaches and resorts in the US and Caribbean.

In addition to beach wheelchairs, the company also offers pool wheelchairs, beach walkers and the Mobi-Chair (a beach wheelchair that floats in the water).

Beach Walker

What a brilliant idea and a great lineup of products.

Mar 222012

My secret beach.

It may be lacking dive shops, beach bars, white sand and aquamarine water…

…but its expansive vistas, natural beauty and relative serenity make it a rare oasis in an otherwise hectic metropolis.


Mar 182012

A collection of links that have caught my eye this week.

Follow famed director and National Geographic Explorer James Cameron at Deep Sea Challenge as he explores the deepest oceanic depths of the Mariana Trench.  Cameron commissioned a custom built one-man submersible which is capable of reaching a depth of 36,000 feet.  The sub will take two hours to reach the seafloor, where Cameron will then have six hours to explore the Mariana Trench.

Dream about sailing around the world?  Follow Alex & Taru, currently in Antigua, as they live their dream on their Halsey Herreshoff racing sailboat, Duende.  World Tour Stories is a feast for the eyes, as seen through Taru’s camera lens.  Part food, part fashion, lots of beaches and loads of sailing make for an intoxicating combination.

Taru of World Tour Stories

And don’t forget, Beneath the Sea, America’s largest dive and dive travel convention is next weekend in Secaucus, New Jersey.  I hope to see you there.