Accessible Travel

Independent travel in San José is difficult for people with disabilities, particularly those with mobility limitations. Although the country has an equal-opportunity law, it applies only to new or newly remodeled businesses and is loosely enforced. A few hotels and restaurants do have features specifically suited to wheelchair use, but many lack ramps and doorways wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.

Outside, streets and sidewalks are potholed and poorly paved, making wheelchair use frustrating at best. Some public buses in San José are equipped with lifts, but sometimes they are damaged or out of service. Share shuttles, minivans and rental cars are the best bets for getting around the city.