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Trolley Service on Siesta Key vs. Free Ride Service
Traveling by vehicle is often necessary in Sarasota County and with the new trolley circulator service on Siesta Key, the difficulties of parking at the beach or in Siesta Village or south Siesta Key are gone. But the free ride services on Siesta Key are actually more convenient and are ready and waiting to take you there and they have been operating on the island for several years.
While the length of the trolley transportation is typically short and under 30 minutes, the new route offers ease and convenience, especially when headed to Siesta Beach as there is no need to search for a parking spot or walk long distances to secure that perfect spot on the sand. But calling a free ride provides you service in about 20 minutes while you wait in comfort for their personal pickup. No need to stand out in the hot sun waiting at the trolley stop.
Siesta Key Breeze
The Siesta Key Breeze is a free trolley circulator service provided by SCAT that runs from Siesta Village to Turtle Beach Park. The route has three major stops (including Siesta Village, Siesta Beach, and Turtle Beach), however, riders can flag the trolley anywhere between Turtle Beach Park and the intersection of Stickney Pt. Rd. along Midnight Pass Road. In order to board north of Stickney Pt. Rd., use any SCAT stop denoted by signage on both the east and west sides of Midnight Pass Rd.
The route operates seven days a week, excluding major holidays. Service runs 8 a.m. to 11.59 p.m., with 20 minute service during peak hours (10 a.m. till 6 p.m.) and 30 minute service non-peak hours (8 to 10 a.m./6 to 11:59 p.m.)
Jonny’s Original Free Ride Service
For those of you who really do not wish to wait around for the trolley as many stops are made up and down Midnight Pass Rd. and Beach Rd., you can call a Free Ride Service. Jonny’s Original fits the bill. Just contact them about 20 minutes prior to needing your ride and they will arrive with an air conditioned van or golf cart to service your needs. Since this is a private service, tips are always welcomed but the ride is always free. Contact them at 941-928-9200.
If you are staying with us at the Best Western Plus Siesta Key, Jonny’s Original will take you to the island and back to the hotel 7 days a week between 10 AM and 2 AM. We are the only off island hotel that has this service available. Just ask any front desk agent for more information when you arrive. C’mon and take a free ride!