Galveston Golf Cart Rental
Is it legal to rent and drive a golf cart on city streets in Galveston?
Renting a golf cart in Galveston has never been easier. There are several locations around the island. It is legal to rent and operate a golf cart on certain streets in Galveston. Cart operators must be hold a valid state driver license. You should definitely familiarize yourself with local rules and know without exception which streets are okay and those that you are not allowed to drive on with a golf cart.
The spring time means the beginning of the busy tourism season. Traffic increases and travel times are longer, but the streets on Galveston Island that have a 35 mph speed limit are wide open for golf carts. This includes Seawall Boulevard and most of the numbered streets.
On Seawall golf carts are allowed between 6th Street and 61st Street. You are not allowed to travel west of 61st on the seawall, nor east of 6th Street. All together that covers a good five miles or so and includes most of the places you’d visit to eat, have fun, or play at the beach.
Golf carts are NOT allowed on Avenue O or Avenue P. These roads are meant to be thru-ways on the island and traffic moves faster on these streets. Otherwise the speed limit dictates where golf carts can and cannot be on the roads. Golf carts are not allowed on 61st Street, Broadway (Avenue J), or Harborside Drive. Also you are not allowed to drive a golf cart on any streets in Galveston with speed limits over 35.
How much does it cost to rent a golf cart in Galveston?
There are a few places to rent golf carts on the island. If you are not on the west end, you will rent from Galveston Golf Carts. The starting rate for a 2-Seater is $25 per hour with a two hour minimum. A 4-Seat golf cart is $60 for two hours. They also have larger carts available. They are located on Seawall Blvd.
On the west end of the island you have two options. The first is Galveston Golf Cart Rentals which is located in Galveston Island RV Resort. They rent a 6-person gas powered golf cart starting at $99 per day. They will deliver your address for $50. The delivery fee is waived if you are staying at the RV park. The areas served are the far West End of Galveston Island exclusively, including Pointe West, Terramar Beach, Isla del Sol, Sea Isle, Jamaica Beach and Pirates Beach.
Your other option for golf cart rentals is Rick’s Beach Rentals. in addition to all kinds of beach toys for rent, they offer Club Car golf carts in 4, 6 and 8 Passenger carts. Call for pricing, get free delivery of your golf cart and other fun stuff if you are on the west end.
Are golf carts street legal in Galveston?
Yes, you should probably take a look at the Galveston City Ordinance regarding golf carts. You must be a licensed driver and each rental location has it’s own rules regarding age and insurance requirements. You should definitely call ahead or otherwise reach out for requirements. Golf carts cannot be driven on sidewalks, you must wear a seatbelt, you may not exceed the number of passengers designated for your cart size.
There are hefty fines for violating the city ordinance, so be sure to follow all of the galveston golf cart rules. Costs can be around $250 per violation. In addition to local laws you must follow all the “rules of the road” – remember that not all drivers are accustomed to interacting with golf carts on the road. Be sure to keep that in mind for any Galveston golf cart rental, and your island fun will be even better.