Los Boliches Beachability

Just a few minutes away from us in our neighborhood of Los Boliches is something that warmed my heart to see. There’s a large boardwalk/terrace directly accessible to all from the paseo. People can switch out their street crutches for “beach crutches.” There are thatch umbrellas (sombrillas), chaise lounges, and plenty of room for your own chairs and accessories. The boardwalk here extends all the way to the water, and there’s a seaworthy wheelchair with jumbo wheels and pontoon sides that can float right in. The lifeguards who run things are skilled, charming, and oh-so accommodating.

TWO TRULY WONDERFUL INDIVIDUALS.

There’s even a brilliant, and obviously loved, assistance dog on hand (that unfortunately wasn’t there when I visited — but I did get to see videos). Many people are able to get down to the water independently using the sand crutches. But then what to do with the crutches? One of the many things the dog has been trained to do is swim alongside until the person is in deep enough to float. The dog then takes the crutches to shore and waits for the signal to carry them back out.

The city has been providing such services, free of charge, for 10 years. It makes me proud of Fuengirola, my adopted home. Click any image to fill your heart with sunshine.

HELPING A VISITOR INTO THE “FLOATING” WHEELCHAIR. 
FOREGROUND: SAND CRUTCHES.
BACKGROUND: BEACH-ENABLED.
RELAXING ON THE TERRACE.
HELPING A VISITOR DOWN TO THE WATER.
GONE SWIMMING.
PEDAL BOAT FOR THE LIFEGUARDS TO USE.
(IT WAS PROUDLY POINTED OUT TO ME THAT IT CAME FROM MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA.)
EASY ACCESS FROM THE PASEO…
…IN EITHER DIRECTION.

“So, in the meantime, move on up…”

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

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