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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

  1. 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. 
  2. The beach is a city street. 
  3. Golf carts may only be operated by persons with a valid operator's permit and/or driver's license. 
  4. Golf carts may not be operated on Highway 361 (South of Avenue G intersection) 
  5. Golf carts must move to the right and yield the right of way to faster moving vehicles. 
  6. 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. 
  7. 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. 
  8. No person may ride in the lap of the driver or any other occupant.