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Many of our beach communities have sand-friendly wheelchairs to lend or rent to visitors. Here is how to obtain one depending on which beach you are visiting:

Oak Island

Nine Beach Wheelchairs (8 adult, 1 child) are available for 2 days at a time by calling the Parks and Rec department (910-278-5518) with no deposit required.  There is one floating beach wheelchair for the water.  You can find more information here.



Golf carts are not typically allowed on the beaches, as to not disturb the fellow visitors or wildlife such as sea turtles or their nests. Some of our towns allow for those who need them to drive golf carts on the beach under the following circumstances:

Caswell Beach

Golf carts may be allowed on the beach with a permit. Contact for more information (910-278-5471). The form can be found online here

Oak Island

Persons who have been issued a state handicapped permit and/or a permanent handicapped registration plate and a permit issued by the town police department may operate an approved beach accessible vehicle on the beach in designated areas. Please call (910) 278-5595 for more information about permits. The designated areas and times are as follows:

  • The last beach access on W Beach Drive and west to a point designated by signage reflecting no further vehicle traffic
  • From SE 58th Street to SE 69th Street
  • From Dawn to Dusk



Each beach has its own rules regarding parking, public beach access points, and special accessibility. It would be a good idea to check with the appropriate town hall or town website to find specific information before your trip.

Caswell Beach

Handicap Accessible Beach Access:
  • Near 701 Caswell Beach Road
Public Beach Access:
  • There are many public access points. Public parking at Caswell Beach is free.

Oak Island

Handicap Accessible Beach Access:
  • Commissioner’s Park – McGlamery Street
  • Beach Viewing Area – Mercer Street
  • May Moore Park – Barbee Blvd.
  • Cabana – SE 46th Street
  • West 57th Place
  • SE 25th Street
  • SE 40th Street
  • The Point – West end of Beach Drive
  • 75th East Beach
  • 7th West Beach
  • 10th Place West

All Town of Oak Island handicap accessible beach access points may be found online here. Parking is free for those displaying a handicap license plate and/or hangtag when parked in a designated handicap space.

Public Beach Access:
  • There are 65 public beach access points on Oak Island. Paid parking is in effect for all Town of Oak Island public parking spaces between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from April 1 to September 30 each year. You can find rates and more information here.



Each of the ocean fishing piers is ADA accessible, offering wonderful views of the beach, ocean, and fishing.