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From my high school days, I recall parking in outskirt communities and walking into the parade atmosphere. If you do not live in the area, consider splitting a walkable hotel with friends. Gasparilla fun can be safe and arrest free. Be sure to be prepared to get to and from the festivities safely.
Gasparilla 2015 Trip Planner
Traffic is horrible so get creative! Think chartered helicopter, designated driver horse and carriage, designated driver motor boat, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) , kayak, designated driver bicycle built-for-two, etc. But whatever your transport, be good to yourself and others, by practicing safe choices.
If walking is not an option, be sure to plan your safe ride in advance. Cabs will undoubtedly abound, but will require the foresight and restraint by you (and your pals) to set aside the cash to get from Point A to Point B. Local taxi phone numbers include:
Suburban Taxi (727) 260 8294,
Go Taxi Florida (727) 386-6787,
Metro Taxi (727) 412-2101,
Yellow Cab (813) 253-0121,
Cab Plus (813) 288-8888, and
United Cab (813) 251-5555.
Uber and Lyft are convenient ride-sharing services that will send a driver to pick you up by using the location of your cell phone. Simply download the apps and sign up ahead. Conveniently, you pay with whatever card you register with when signing up, tipping is included in the fare, and both companies often offer some sort of credit for first time users. Be aware that “prime time” or “surge pricing” may apply this weekend, which could mean that ordinary fares may increase significantly.
Zingo is another option. Call 888-ZINGO-11, and your driver will arrive on a foldable motorbike. He or she will then fold up their bike, place it in your trunk, drive you home in your own vehicle, and take off on the motorbike upon your safe return.
In addition, the Gasparilla 2015 Trolleys, buses (day passes around $4) and streetcars will be running and are most affordable. For more information on pricing and schedules, visit:
Again, if none of the above options strikes your fancy, get creative! Think chartered helicopter, designated driver horse-carriage, designated driver motor boat, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) , kayak, designated driver bicycle built-for-two, etc. But whatever your transport, be good to yourself and others, by practicing safe choices.
For general information, visit the Official Gasparilla 2015 Website: http://gasparillapiratefest.com/faq.shtml