Getting Around
Sometimes all the buildings and signs can run together. You have GPS, but sometimes you need a little more to help get around the beach today
Settling down at the beach for the day can be tough depending on the time of day, time of year and desired beach location. Here are some tips on take the hassle out of getting to your spot on the sand. Tourist season brings more people and fewer parking spots. While some areas start a little earlier [or later], typically, the end of February marks the start of spring break, and the overarching tourist season on Pinellas County. There are many peaks and valleys from the start of tourists season until the end around Labor Day. If possible, plan your travels from mid-September through mid-February; travelers during this time have very few questions around transportation and parking – it’s plentiful. Ironically, these months without tourists are actually the best months to visit in relation to the weather. Get started early. Many lots fill up early, so if you can get out to the beach before 10am, you will be in good shape. Even busy holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day have ample parking in the morning. Know the [back-up] lots. If you are planning on visiting a specific area, make sure you have a couple of back-up plans in case the primary lot is full. Here is a link to all of the beach access points in Pinellas County: https://www.pinellascounty.org/PDF/BeachGuide.pdf. Take the Beach Trolley if possible. The beach trolley stops at every little circular sun sign from Pass-a-Grille to Clearwater Beach, and an online system is spot on as to when the next trolley will pick you up. Simply scan the QR code with your phone, and you’ll be taken to a website that shows the exact pick-up time. Here’s a link to the trolley website: http://www.psta.net/beachtrolley.php Do you have any good parking & transportation tips? Let us know.
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Settling down at the beach for the day can be tough depending on the time of day, time of year and desired beach locatio
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John’s Pass has the most parking of any beach destination in Tampa Bay, but finding a spot can be difficult during busy times of year [spring/summer break, weekends, holidays]. The best option is to leave your car and take the trolley. The PSTA beach trolley picks up at designated locations from Pass-a-Grille to Clearwater Beach every 30 minutes – just look for the circular orange sun signs about every 400 yards along Gulf Blvd. It costs $2 each way or $4 all day to ride the trolley. Parking rates have gone up to $2 hour at metered locations, this is a very good option and leaves the headache out of feeding the meter and finding a spot. If you decide that you must need your car, then you need to decide how long you’ll be staying at the Pass and the chance you might stay longer. If you might stay more than a couple of hours, the best option is the parking garage. To get to the garage, enter John’s Pass on the south-most entrance, then make your first right, then make a right when you dead-end. The parking garage will be immediately on your right. Prices vary. If you’re only staying for an hour or two, then parking at the John’s Pass Park lot is the best option. This lot is on the west side of Gulf Blvd, just before crossing over the bridge to Treasure Island. You can park here, walk under the bridge, and you will be at the boardwalk – pretty convenient in-and-out.
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John’s Pass has the most parking of any beach destination in Tampa Bay, but finding a spot can be difficult during
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