Amphibious land and sea boat trolley tours return to the beach

Amphibious land and sea boat trolley tours return to the beach

The Trolley Boat outside of John's Pass
Photo courtesy Parrots of the Caribbean

Land or sea? How ‘bout both. After a decade away, the one-of-a-kind Parrots of the Caribbean land and sea trolley boat tours are back on the beach.

Launching from John’s Pass, the tours employ an amphibious vehicle functioning as a trolley on land, and as a boat on the water. After loading up in a parking lot, the tours roll down the road from John’s Pass to St. Pete Beach, providing riders with a history of the area, entertaining anecdotes, and guides on fun things to see and do along the way.

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Upon arrival at St. Pete Beach, the trolley drives down a ramp and splashes straight into the water, where the excursion becomes a relaxing hour-long ride along the coast. The sea portion of the tour focuses on wildlife such as dolphins, birds, and occasionally even manatees.

The entire tour lasts roughly an hour and a half. Individual tickets for scheduled tours are available Thursday-Monday, and private group tours can also be booked through the company.

Parrots of the Caribbean uses a newer style of vehicle called the Trolley Boat (different from the old DUKs), which is Coast Guard and DOT certified. Rather than retrofitting a truck to make it a float, Trolley Boats are constructed as boats, with the driving capability added after. The vehicles are jet-powered in an effort to protect the ocean life that swims around the boat when on the water.

Parrots of the Caribbean describes itself as “the best way to explore Florida’s culture and beauty … A treasure chest of fun awaits you.” Learn more and book tours on their website.

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