Editor’s note: Throughout the summer, the Courier’s sports section will highlight fun family activities that are in Liberty County or a short drive away. This week, we feature three ways to travel around St. Simons Island — on scooters, in golf carts or by pedal power.
“Slow down and relax, you’re on island time” is an expression heard when vacationing in a tropical beach-front setting, especially on St. Simons Island.
If chilling and moving a leisurely pace is more one’s riding style, then the folks at High Tide Carts can get a visitor rolling around the island with golf carts suited to fit a family’s needs.
Family owned and operated, High Tide Carts opened five years ago in Pier Market Village and offers golf-cart rentals on St. Simons, Sea and Jekyll islands, according to owner Tamara Perez.
She said all her golf carts are street-legal, and customers have the choice of gas-powered or electric carts.
“A lot of the gas-powered carts are used more for exploring the island,” Perez said. “Families will tend to place the children in the back and tour the island, and they are more for people who don’t want to worry about a charger. They make a little noise but still are mostly quiet. All our electric carts are full battery … they last up to two days and you just plug them in at night and they are very quiet. They are more for taking the leisure stroll, relaxing.”
Either way, Perez said golf carts are a great way to take in the sights without worrying about tracking sand into one’s personal vehicle or finding a parking spot. She added they have everything from modest and comfortable two-seaters to their limo-style luxury cart that seats six.
Perez said the company’s scavenger hunt offers a unique way to tour the island. She said a local artist designed a map of St. Simons that provides clues that visitors have to search for.
“The map comes with about 20 questions and the game is good for kids and adults,” she said. “And they have to read the clues and go to all the important and scenic places on the island. They get a picture with it and they have to find the answer to the questions on the map. Not only do they get to take home a really nice poster of the island done by a local artist, but if they get all the questions right, they get a prize.”
Perez said the business has up to 20 employees during the busy season.
In Friday’s Coastal Courier, we will focus on how Two Brothers Bike Shop can help visitors use pedal power to explore the island.
High Tide Carts
124 Pier Market Village