Why Vallarta, why Beach Crossers?
Beach Crossers was destiny. For many years, we traveled to Puerto Vallarta for extended summer vacations. We would always return to Puerto Vallarta because when we were away we would miss the people, the beaches and the active lifestyle. As teachers, we were blessed to spend entire summers in Puerto Vallarta for several years in a row. Soon we had friends we loved that were like family. We couldn’t wait for them to meet Mom.
Mom as our inspiration.
Mom used a wheelchair when she traveled. She had both pulmonary fibrosis and limited leg function in one leg. Traveling with an oxygen concentrator and a wheelchair presented challenges, more years ago than now. Cobblestone streets, trees in the middle of sidewalks, sidewalks that end in steps, doorways too narrow for a wheelchair, and a variety of other obstacles were a normal part of travel in Puerto Vallarta. None of the obstacles dampened our spirits.
When Mom joined us she fell in love as well. The people of Puerto Vallarta embraced her as they had us, with open arms and gracious hearts, One of our dearest friends told us, “I love you, but I love Mom more.” It was easy to see that Shirley, (mom to us) was truly a special person. So obviously full of life, laughter, and genuine concern for others. We were so happy that our friends knew and loved her. She loved them as well.
When traveling with Mom, we found it extremely difficult to maneuver the cobblestone and beaches of this tropical paradise. We knew someone needed to do something. We had no idea it would be us. It was Mom who inspired us to start this venture and her memory that encourages us daily. We get busy at times, but we still try to treat each client as we would have wanted Mom to be treated. We officially started the business on January 1, 2014. Mom passed away January 13, 2104. She was and continues to be the rock that Beach Crossers is built on.
The story goes on…
We originally thought we would rent beach wheelchairs, but quickly found that our clients needed other things. Powered mobility equipment, bath and home assistive devices, a portable stair climber, grab bars, ramps, and a ride from the airport. Our business grows based on the needs of our clients. If we don’t have something you need, please don’t hesitate to ask.
It is our desire to help others get themselves or their loved ones to the beach. Puerto Vallarta has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and these beaches should be accessible to everyone regardless of mobility limitations.
Let all that you do be done in love. 1 COR 14:16
Sheri retired early from teaching 6th-grade math and science. Her favorite things to do in Vallarta include golf, snorkeling, exploring the less traveled roads, and spending time with friends. Of course, her most favorite thing is spending time with her children, and granddaughter.
Shirley loved Puerto Vallarta. Sadly, she passed away in January of 2014, just a few days after Beach Crossers officially launched. She not only inspired us to begin this mobility service, but she inspired us to love travel, care for others, and follow our dreams. She will always be an important part of this business and a huge part of our hearts.
Terrie retired early from teaching high school science. Her favorite things to do in Vallarta include meeting new people, cherishing old friends, golf, snorkeling, and photography. Terrie never gets tired of sunsets and fireworks or framing the perfect photo.