Roll with the Rules
In Port Aransas, driving around in a golf cart, or “beach cart,” is part of the island lifestyle. Hop on a cart for a ride along the beach or scoop up the whole crew for some coastal cuisine at a local restaurant. Port A is one of the few cities in Texas that allows operation of golf carts on city streets. To keep the carts fun, safe, and rolling, here’s what you need to know:
Beach Cart Rules
- Golf carts are considered motor vehicles and most traffic laws apply to their operation, including but not limited to seat belt, car seat, open container, and DWI laws.
- The beach is a city street.
- Golf carts may only be operated by persons with a valid operator's permit and/or driver's license.
- Golf carts may not be operated on Highway 361 (South of Avenue G intersection)
- Golf carts must move to the right and yield the right of way to faster moving vehicles.
- Golf carts may not be operated upon any public sidewalk, pedestrian walkway, playground, public park, school ground, or other public recreational areas not designated for motor vehicle traffic.
- The driver and every occupant of a golf cart must remain seated in a seat designed to hold passengers while the golf cart is in motion.
- No person may ride in the lap of the driver or any other occupant.