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Suncoat Beach Trolley
During one of our stays at Treasure Island when it was a dull day and although warm was not sun bathing weather we decided to take the Suncoast Beach Trolley.
This trolley bus provides service to all of the Gulf Beaches from Pass-A-Grill in St. Pete Beach to Clearwater Beach. You can get quite an intricate map of the routes and it also connects to bus routes to downtown St Petersburg.
When you board the bus make sure you have the exact fare as bus operators do not carry cash or give change. The bus and trolley fare is $1. 75 per ride, or you can ride all day with an Unlimited Daily GO Card. GO Cards are $4. 00 and are available onboard the trolleys. We decided on the GO card as it meant we could hop on and off the trolley as we pleased.
The Trolley has regular stops along its route, and every few blocks there is a bus stop sign where you can catch the trolley. These signs are like a giant sun and are easily identifiable.
The Suncoast Trolley runs every 20 to 30 minutes from 5:05 a. m. to 10:10 p. m. , Monday to Sunday, including holidays, with service until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
We headed north on the trolley on Gulf Boulevard stopping off at Clearwater for a stroll around and an ice cream. Suitably refreshed we climbed back on board and headed back to Johns Pass Village. Here we spent a couple of hours as it was a Pirates weekend and there were loads of extra stalls in the street that had been cordoned off from traffic.
Back on the bus we traveled to Corey Avenue. There were not activities on here this weekend, possibly because the Pirates weekend was taking place nearby. The local Business Association often organizes activities such as parades, wine tasting and arts and craft festivals here. We have also been to a Sunday morning market here; I am not sure if it is on all year round but know it is on in the winter.
Corey Avenue is a lovely place for wandering around. There are specialty shops, restaurants, art galleries, clothing stores, unique gift shops, craft and hobby stores and beachwear shops really something for everyone. You can even get your nails and hair done.
If you fancy seeing a film go to the Beach Theatre this shows independent films that you will not get to see in the cinemas.
We then hopped back on the next trolley bus back to Treasure Island. Here we went to Ricky Ts bar for an early evening drink before dining nearby at the Bilmar.
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Page added on: 17 January 2010
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