Ride the Beach Trolley

Take the Suncoast Beach Trolley and explore area beaches, restaurants and local attractions the easy way--without worrying about directions or parking.  

Exploring a new area by car can be difficult. Where to turn? Where to park?

The solution? Hop aboard the Suncoast Beach Trolley to tour the Gulf Beaches stretching from Clearwater Beach south to Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Redington Shores, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, St. Pete Beach and Pass-a-Grille.  Focus on the shores and attractions near one stop or several--you'll find them easily accessible. Or, travel the entire route to get a truly comprehensive view of the coastal communities and sample their many offerings. Locals take the trolley too and they'll likely recommend some of their favorite shopping and dining spots that you may not otherwise find.

Up to three children five years old or younger ride for free with an adult, and affordable full-day unlimited ride passes are available. With trolleys arriving every 20 to 30 minutes between approximately 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays), it's easy to cover the whole coastline in a full day of fun.

Clearwater Beach and Sand Key

The north end of the trolley route begins at the white sandy beaches near Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach, which was picked by readers to be USA Today's 2013 "Best Beach Town in Florida."

By day the soft white sand is the perfect spot to play volleyball and build sandcastles. You can also dine directly on the beach at Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, a Clearwater Beach tradition (you must try the grouper sandwich!) and daredevils have their pick of parasailing and WaveRunner rentals to play above or in the blue waters.

Two hours before sunset, the park at Pier 60 comes to life with street performers, artists and musicians for the free nightly sunset celebration. Just before the sun dips into the Gulf of Mexico, pay one dollar  to walk out to the very end of the 1,250-foot long pier for a picture-perfect sunset.

The trolley also stops near Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The research aquarium has an ever-changing guest list of otters, turtles, dolphins and stingrays that they rescue and rehabilitate. Aquarium staff also manages the sea turtle nests at nearby Sand Key State Park, a 95-acre park and beach that overlooks Clearwater Pass.

On the eastern side of Sand Key, the Clearwater Community Sailing Center offers instruction programs as well as kayak and catamaran rentals.

Indian Rocks Beach and John's Pass

Indian Rocks Beach is quiet town of just more than 4,000 residents and is the perfect spot to find a quiet beach. Two county parks with fishing piers and hiking trails and more than 20 smaller beach access spots provide opportunities for outdoor pursuits. There are numerous fine dining choices here as well. Try local seafood favorite Guppy's on the Beach.

Farther south on the trolley route is Madeira Beach's popular John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, featuring more than 130 shops, restaurants and attractions. Families will find water activities for all ages, from WaveRunner rentals and parasailing lessons for older kids to the dolphin sightseeing cruises on The Pirate Ship at John's Pass.

St. Pete Beach & Pass-a-Grille

The four miles of white, sandy beaches aren't the only reason to ring the trolley bell in St. Pete Beach, voted TripAdvisor's No. 1 Beach in America for 2012. Historic Corey Avenue is the place to get your shopping fix. You'll find art galleries, restaurants, gift stores and swimwear outlets and the historic Beach Theatre.

Almost every week there is some sort of craft or art fair or parade happening along Corey Avenue, including winter wine tastings and gallery walks, sidewalk sales and the popular juried art show held every February.

A "must see" at the southern end of St. Pete Beach is the Loews Don CeSar Hotel. The opulent pink palace, as the building is known to locals, opened in 1928 after being built for $1.25 million. The eight-story building didn't fare well during the Great Depression and eventually became a military hospital and then was vacated for many years before reopening in 1973.

At the southern end of the trolley line is the beach town of Pass-a-Grille, which is a National Historic District. The town is rumored to have earned its name from Cuban fishermen who camped along the water smoking their fish on grills. Traveling by the pass, fishermen could see the fires and took to calling the spot Pass-a-Grille.

In Pass-a-Grille's Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, you can explore the county's barrier islands' past. The museum itself is a piece of history. It was the first church constructed on one of the barrier islands. Exhibits display artifacts from the 16th century to present day.

Finally, don't forget to check out the quaint shops and restaurants along Eighth Avenue, the town's main shopping district before making a return trip north on the trolley.

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Suncoast Beach Trolley(PSTA)

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Visitor Services

Address
3201 Scherer Dr.
St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Phone: 727-540-1900

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Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach

City: Clearwater Beach
Category: Attractions

Address
7 Causeway Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-462-6466

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Clearwater Beach

City: Clearwater Beach
Category: Beaches

Address
10 Pier 60 Dr.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 888-799-3199

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Frenchy's Rockaway Grill

City: Clearwater Beach
Category: Dining

Address
7 Rockaway St.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-446-4844

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

City: Clearwater
Category: Attractions

Address
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, FL 33767

Phone: 727-441-1790

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Sand Key Park

City: Clearwater
Category: Beaches

Address
1060 Gulf Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33767

Phone: 727-582-2100

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Clearwater Community Sailing Center

City: Clearwater
Category: Meeting Facilities

Address
1001 Gulf Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33767

Phone: 727-517-7776
Toll Free: 866-960-2322

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Guppy's on the Beach

City: Indian Rocks Beach
Category: Dining

Address
1701 Gulf Blvd.
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785-2941

Phone: 727-593-2032

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John's Pass Village & Boardwalk

City: Madeira Beach
Category: Nightlife

Address
12901 Gulf Blvd
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

Phone: 727-394-0756

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Pirate Ship at John's Pass

City: Madeira Beach
Category: Attractions

Address
140 Boardwalk Pl. W.
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

Phone: 727-423-7824

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St. Pete Beach

City: St. Pete Beach
Category: Beaches

Address
4700 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Phone: 727-582-2267
Toll Free: 727-464-3379

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Corey Avenue

City: St. Pete Beach
Category: Art Galleries

Address
350 Corey Ave.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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Loews Don CeSar Hotel

City: St. Pete Beach
Category: Historic Sites

Address
3400 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Phone: 727-360-1881
Toll Free: 800-282-1116

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Pass-a-Grille Historic District

City: St. Pete Beach
Category: Historic Sites

Address
1000 Pass A Grille Way
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Phone: 727-363-9247

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Gulf Beaches Historical Museum

City: St. Pete Beach
Category: Museums

Address
115 10th Ave.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Phone: 727-552-1610

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Eighth Avenue Historic District

City: Pass-A-Grille Beach
Category: Shopping

Address
1000 Pass-A-Grille Way
Pass-A-Grille Beach, FL 33706

Phone: 727-363-9247

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