Built by by my friend, the late Quadriplegic American Veteran William Bussier and currently operated by his wonderful wife and son William II (also a wheelchair user from spina bifida), Freedom Shores is a gem for the disability community unparalleled anywhere in the world! My visit in 2009 was the best travel experience I have had since breaking my neck in 2003! My father traveled with me and absolutely loved it, (especially the fact he did not have to help me!) and is still planning to go back with my mother.
- Mark Felling, Broadened Horizons President
To people with disabilities, travel can be dangerous and a challenge, and yet we yearn for those adventures, the opportunity to be with our families and friends in new and exciting locales; to experience the richness of new cultures together and to build a tapestry of memories that surround us with their warmth when we go home.
Those yearnings drove Bill & Thelma to create a unique beach accessible Four-Star Resort in the little fishing village of Isla Aguada, Campeche on the Gulf side of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
No stranger to Mexico, Bill, a quadriplegic from a diving accident on Nov 3, 1961 while serving in the Marine Corps, lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico for several years where he met & married his beautiful wife of 48 years, Thelma.
They always dreamed of opening a place where those in wheelchairs could vacation, alone or with their families, in comfort in a resort which met all of their needs and with activities in which everyone could participate.
That dream came true for them….now, let us make it come true for you!
"Fully Inclusive Geotourism"
Nestled in the southeast of Mexico, lies an exquisite beach resort that is focused on creating a personalized vacationing experience that meets all of your needs. This tropical getaway is located on the historic Yucatan Peninsula, surrounded by the tranquil blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where a great Mayan culture once flourished among dense tropical jungle.
This intimate, full service beach resort on 2.2 acres features nine Universally Designed furnished rooms with breathtaking ocean or garden views. There are flat, smoothly paved sidewalks everywhere!
This resort is small and personal and each hotel room is only a few seconds from the restaurant, the palapa and the tropical beach. Come, enjoy the amenities and services of the hotel, delight in the flavors of our cuisine, the richness of our Mayan culture, and the natural reserves that surround us. Paradise awaits you!
FREE WIRELESS INTERNET
FREE BEACH WHEELCHAIR
Voted the best beach on the bay, locals flock to Freedom Shores' custom-built Palapa with a cool breeze overlooking the water and beautiful white sand beach which is groomed daily. Enjoy the sun or relax in the shade of a palm tree, and when you are hungry or thirsty the best food or drinks are brought to you in minutes!
The peaceful resort features nine universally designed intimate guest rooms featuring everything you might expect in a luxurious hotel, Mexican tile floors, large ceramic tile bathrooms, wheel-in showers, dark tropical hardwood cabinets, air conditioning, ceiling fans, high speed wireless internet, all with a contemporary Mexican flavor.
The Four Star restaurant is a place you will look forward to everyday because the chefs are masters at their craft! Once they get to know you, they will delight you by preparing your favorite dishes.
We have a gigantic palapa down by the beach and many of our guests prefer to take their meals there. Sitting under the palapa and enjoying a drink while watching the dolphins jump every morning and every evening or our breathtaking sunset is a tradition.
The Resort, with 316' of beautiful beach is right on the Laguna de Terminos .(Mexico's largest lagoon) which is only one quarter mile boat ride or walk from the Gulf of Mexico.
Sea Turtle's Nest
We feature very large wheelchair bathrooms
with roll-in showers,
roll-under quad lavatories
and ADA commode/shower chairs.
*No more than two (2) wheelchairs per room!
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"If you are a quadriplegic, or have any other disability that requires you use a sling, do not get on that airplane until you have checked out Mark Felling's COMFORT Carrier SLING at: www.BroadenedHorizons.com/comfortcarrier.htm. I bought one and it is the answer to getting on and getting off an aircraft safely." --- William Senior, 2009
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The dining experience at Freedom Shores is varied from local Mayan / Mexican dishes to Chicago style pizza. Our chef, Jesus Damas, captures the essence of Mexico with emphasis on quality, local ingredients and, of course, ocean fresh seafood. The menu options include salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and more.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu and wine list at La Gringa Restaurant changes seasonally. Our bar features delectable tropical concoctions or all your local favorites. So, kick back on the beach, enjoy a tropical drink, the dolphins frolicking in the lagoon and a breath taking technicolor sunset.
LOVING LIFE AT FREEDOM SHORES!
Meals can be included in your room rate or a la carte with your choice of settings, in the privacy of your room, on the beach, al fresco on the boardwalk, or in the dining room.
Room service is offered between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m..
Our late-night menu also provides for....
If you prefer we can have these waiting for you in your room when you arrive. Just let us know your requirements in advance and will take care of the rest.
VISIT MAYAN RUINS! VISIT MORE THAN 2,500 YEARS OF CIVILIZATION!
We have a new, chauffeured driven/ tour guided air-conditioned E-250 Ford van, with multiple tiedowns that is equipped with a 600 lbs. capacity wheelchair lift.
It is available for rent for $250.00 per day.
Some of the trips to the Mayan ruins are multiple day trips and you must make reservations at least two weeks in advance. This gives us an opportunity to make your reservations at the hotels located near the sites.
THE REALLY OLD CITIES!
Calakmul had a population that may have reached 60,000! Archaeologists have found remains of more than 6, 500 buildings! It competed for hundreds of years with neighboring Tikal (in Guatemala) for domination of the Mayan empire. They had friendly relations and they had fierce battles! It is located only about 30 km from the border with Guatemala on a road that they recently paved.
See Edzna, a city that formally had 50,000 inhabitants!
Balamku (in Mayan means Jaguar Temple) wasn't really noticed until 1990!
Becan was a large city surrounded by a moat! Check out why!
The Mayan translation of Chicanna is: Serpent Mouth House
At Dzibilnocac you can witness the imposing Chenes Mayan architectural style.
in the Mayan language,Hochob means "a place where corn is stored."
The ruins of Xpuhil were named after a nearby water supply. The word in Mayan is in reference to a herb known as "cola de gato" (cat's tail).
Located near the modern-day capital of Campeche, the ancient city of Edzna , which in Mayan means "House of the Grimaces" is a definite must-see! This is a very beautiful and large complex which even features some parts of the city with a moat around them! This is indeed one of Campeche's gems!