Accessible Travel Guides
General Coast Guides
The California Coastal Commission has produced an excellent series of guides to the coast, beginning with the California Coastal Resource Guide in 1987. All are worth having, even though some of the information in the older guides is now outdated.
Experience the California Coast is the Coastal Commission's three-book series covering the beaches and parks of northern, central, and southern California, published between 2005 and 2009. These guides provide a wealth of detail on sites all along the coast, including beaches, public access ways, parks, campgrounds, nature preserves, aquariums, and museums, with detailed maps.
California Coastal Access Guide (2003) is an essential visitor handbook, with details about access and facilities along California's entire 1,100 miles of shoreline.
California Coastal Resource Guide (1987) is a comprehensive guide to the coast's natural and cultural resources.
Access Organizations and Legal Information
Guidelines for Developed Outdoor Areas (includes beach access routes and trails)
Specially designed chairs that roll over sand are available free of charge at many beaches. Most are manually operated and must be pushed by someone, but a few in southern California are motorized and can be operated independently. Each beach has its own policies regarding chair use. Typically they cannot be reserved in advance, but it's advisable to call before you visit to check availability. List of beaches (pdf) that had beach wheelchairs as of summer 2010.
Beach Wheelchairs For Purchase
Agencies and Organizations Promoting Coastal Protection,
Restoration, and Public Access
Great Coastal Places Campaign (Sierra Club)
Guided Hikes and Outings for People with Disabilities
San Francisco Bay Area
Santa Cruz Area
National and State Parks
Cabrillo National Monument (access page)
Point Reyes National Seashore (access page)
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (access page)
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (general information about GNRA)
California State Parks (access page)
Santa Cruz State Parks (general information)
State Parks of the San Luis Obispo County Coast (general information)
Trails Information and Organizations
Bay Area Hiker (accessible trails page for San Francisco Bay Area)
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (accessible trails page for San Francisco Bay Area)
The Trail Center (accessible trails page for San Francisco Bay Area)
California Coastal Trail
Rails to Trails Conservancy
Discount Passes and Licenses
More About Coastal Places
Plants and Animals
California Academy of Sciences (Steinhart Aquarium)
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