Four Star Wheelchair Accessible Hotel / Restaurant / Bar / Palapa / Beach Resort on 2.2 Acres
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 yearnfor 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 greatMayan 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
- All rooms have Picture Windows that overlook the Laguna de Terminos or the marvelous gardens
- Dark tropical wood writing desks & closets
- Daily change of amenities
- Turn-down service
- Purified Drinking Water
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.
- Breakfast frequently includes eggs (any style), bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, waffles, french toast, or if you prefer, our chef offers delectable Mexican cuisine...i.e. Huevos Rancheros, Chilaquiles, etc.
- Breakfast is served between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
- Our lunch menu features many dishes from a variety of cuisines including: American, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, and German fare.
- The restaurant is located in a casual natural setting with views of the Laguna de Terminos and the charming gardens.
- Open for dinner service between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Room service is offered between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m..
Our late-night menu also provides for....
- fresh fruit platter
- cold cuts
- fruit and cheese
- breads, crackers and condiments
- fruit juices, sodas, coffee, teas
- nonalcoholic/alcoholic beverages
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!
Room PicturesIn this section you can see how large and roomy the rooms are at Freedom Shores. The rooms are large enough so that two wheelchairs have room to maneuver comfortably. Some of the pictures show the lavatory that is located inside the room. Notice that the faucet is located at the three o'clock position on the sink and the faucets are located at four o'clock and at eight o'clock. This makes it extremely easy for quadriplegics to use the sink.
Local AttractionsHere you can see pictures that were taken on Bird Island about five minutes from Freedom Shores. There are also pictures taken in the city of Campeche. We also have pictures of birds, because at Isla Aguada there are thousands and thousands of birds! We have also included some pictures of the local Mayan people. They are so kind and gentle.
Beach Front PicsThe palm tree fronds gently sway as they dance in the breeze coming off of the lagoon. You lie in your hammock and watch the fishermen in boats heading out into the Gulf for another day of fishing. A pelican flies by with one eye on you and the other eye on the water looking for fish. Your eyes slowly close and you think to yourself, "This must be paradise!"
Accessibility PicsFrom the very beginning you had your doubts about whether the claims made by those at Freedom Shores stating that it was totally accessible where true. When you arrived, the first thing you wanted to see was not the beach, it was the bathrooms! You remember the smile that came on your face when you realized what they had been telling you was true!
Deck BoatOn November 19, 2007, Emery and Mary Horvatin from Riverside, California arrived at Freedom Shores. It was a momentous occasion. Emory Horvatin was the first wheelchair client to stay at the resort! The pictures you see were taken when I took Emery and Mary on a fast boat trip across the Laguna de Terminos to a mangrove preserve. We went up a river that is about a mile long. As we traveled, the mangroves began to close in on us! We had a Mexican biologist along who explained to us how these magnificent trees are able to survive in salt and fresh water. On our return trip across the lagoon, we stopped at Seashell Island so the ladies could collect some beautiful shells. We got back to the island just as the sun was setting. I hope you enjoy the photographs.
Sunrise, SunsetsIf you get up early and you go out to the beach and look eastward, you will witness one of the most glorious sunrises you have ever seen! Then, in the afternoon, as you notice all the birds headed towards Bird Island, your eyes move west and you notice the sun set. Every few minutes its beauty changes as the sun's rays paint the clouds from different angles and with different colors. In this tranquil moment you realize... How great Thou art!
La Gringa RestaurantThe dining experience at Freedom Shores is varied from local Mayan dishes like cochinita pibil to New York style pizza. Chef Jesus Damas captures the essence of Mayan cuisine with emphasis on quality, locally ingredients and, always, Ocean fresh seafood. If you would like a taste of America, the menu options include steaks, salads, blooming onion, sandwiches, hamburgers and french fries. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu and the wine list at La Gringa Restaurant changes seasonally. Our bar features delectable tropical concoctions or all your favorites. Kick back on the beach and enjoy a tropical drink, the dolphins swimming by, and a technicolor sunset! If you choose the "All-Inclusive Package" meals are included in your room rate. You may choose to enjoy your meals in the privacy of your room, on the beach, al fresco on the boardwalk, at the palapa, or in the dining room. Restaurant Services Breakfast frequently includes eggs (any style), bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, waffles, or french toast. If you prefer, our chef offers delectable Mexican cuisine, i.e. huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, frijoles refritos, etc. Breakfast is served between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Our dinner menu features many dishes from a variety of menus including: mayan, Mexican, American, and Italian. The restaurant is located in a casual natural setting with views of the palapa and the Laguna de Terminos. Room Service Room service is offered between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Our late-night menu (must be ordered by 8 p.m.) also provides for: -- fresh fruit platter -- cold cuts -- fruit, wine and cheese -- bread, peanut butter, crackers and condiments -- fruit juices, sodas, coffee, tea -- nonalcoholic/alcoholic beverages We can have these waiting for you in your room when you arrive. Just let us know your requirements in advance and we will take care of the rest.
PalapaWe now have beautiful palapa!
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaDan MacLellan, a busy c-4 entrepreneur from Halifax, Nova Scotia, is here for four months! He is conducting all of his business down here on the computer and telephone. No problem!
Cenotes in the YucatánCenotes are merely "sink-holes" where the upper layer of limestone has collapsed into an underground river or large water deposit.
Activities, or Not!There are many activities that you may choose to participate in at Freedom Shores. These pictures show some of the activities available to you. Or, you may choose to just lay back in a hammock and watch the birds soaring above you!
- Purified water
- Laundry services
- Beauty/barber salon
- Room service
- Chauffeured W/C van
- Resort-wide wheelchair accessibility
- Wide sidewalks right up to the beach
- Nurses aides available 24/7
- Wheelchair accessible deck/dive boat
- Guided tours
Not more than five minutes out into the lagoon from Freedom Shores lies "Sea Shell Island." It isn't a question of whether you will find seashells there, the question is which ones are you going to take home with you? The crystal clear blue shallow waters surrounding the island seems to go on forever! Just off the beach birds are competing for flight space and food. Egrets, stilts, pelicans, seagulls, and a cornucopia of migratory birds will entertain you for hours!
Imagine sitting at your table on the promenade sipping a cool one alongside the beach just before sunset. Hundreds of birds are flying overhead heading for Bird Island for the night. The Dolphins are swimming just off the beach. Pelicans are hurrying to catch "just a few more" fish before sundown. A gentle breeze is coming off the lagoon when you realize, it just doesn't get any better than this!
Nurses Aid Services and Personal assistance available 24/7; dressing/undressing, getting into and out of bed, showering, eating, turning in bed at night, etc.Grocery delivery services are available for guests for a modest fee of five dollars. Simply let us know what you want and we will get it for you.
If you and your business needs a secure environment, if it requires business connectivity, Freedom Shores offers full access to the outside world through wireless Internet service, copier services, fax services, and courier services. Let your desires be known at the office and our staff will be happy to oblige.
Our in-house travel consultant will help you in every way possible with all aspects of your travel needs. Ground transfers, car rentals, air travel as well as local outings to the surrounding cities, land and water tours and to the Mayan ruins.
An attendant will personally show you to your room and around the grounds, as well as cater to your personal needs. This includes arranging laundry service, tours, transportation, and restaurant recommendations. We specialize in handicapped travel needs.
A 100% prepayment on all reservations must be wired within 5 business days after you make your reservations.
We are unable to accept credit cards at this time. Your bank check, cashier's check and/or a direct wire transfer are acceptable payment options.
Cancellation Refund Policy
We will refund your money, minus a $100 per room cancellation charge, with a prior notice of 31 days from the commencement of your reservations.
If you cancel 30 days or less from your arrival date, there is no refund.
If you notify us 15 days or more prior to your date of arrival and you want to change your reservations, there is no charge.
If you have an emergency and must leave after arriving, we will offer to reschedule at a latter date.
Illegal Drugs of ANY Kind, Abusive Behavior and Excessive Drinking are NOT Permitted!
*We reserve the right to change our prices at any time. Price changes will not affect reservations already be made.
Freedom Shores RV Park
Secluded among 45 year old Canary Island Pines are 35 Fully equipped RV sites; 8 directly on the beach.
All the comforts of home in this lush exotic locale;, water, free wireless internet, 15 amp electrical services, sewer hook-up, concrete patios, clean bathrooms with hot showers!
- Purified water will be delivered to your door.
- We offer trips out to Bird Island and to Sea Shell Island.
- We also offer guided fishing trips on the Laguna de Terminos or out into the Gulf of Mexico.
- Moto-taxis available for exploring the island.
- Inquire at the office for more infomation.
- The Iguanas are free, but don't try to pet them! It annoys them!
-RV Sites on the beach - $25 daily / $210 weekly / $750 monthly
-RV Sites off the beach - $20 daily / $140 weekly / $499 monthly