Treasure Island is a wonderful barrier island easily traversed by kick scooter. Unlike Florida’s Honeymoon Island and neighboring Caladesi Island State Park (both feature naturally wild interiors), Treasure Island is loaded with cottages, hotels, resorts, and, of course, a very level terrain.
Treasure Island’s primary distinction over its neighboring barrier island communities is that its hotels and resorts are low-rise and do not crowd up against each other, thus hiding views of the coastline from the passerby. When kick scooting along the town’s main sidewalk, for example, you can actually see the Gulf of Mexico; something that is almost impossible elsewhere. Another distinction is that Treasure Island is directly linked to St. Petersburg via a bridge, has a long sidewalk that runs on the Gulf beach proper, features beautiful neighborhoods on its Bay side, and is next to popular John’s Pass Village, where, among many things, you can dine, shop, take cruises, or arrange for fishing charters.
The length of the city from where we kick scooted on our Xootr and KickPed between our lodging and John’s Pass Village was just under four miles, round-trip. The city has a large Walgreen’s, Publix Grocery Store, and Surf Style tee-shirt shop, which are not touristy, but are convenient by kick scooter from all quarters.
When you look at a map of Treasure Island, you’ll see what look like fingers of land that extend east into its bay side. If you kick scoot along its bay side Lagoon Lane (also called 1st Street East), you’ll enjoy a one mile round trip that features small parks and great views of water, boats, and resorts. Other routes throughout the “fingers” feature flat sidewalks, although water views are often hidden by apartments and resorts.
My favorite kick scooter trips, however, were between our lodging and John’s Pass. Although we did have to walk our scooter up a mounded bridge on Gulf Boulevard to reach it, its incline was short. Like other tourist hotspots, John’s Pass Village has light pedestrian traffic in the morning, then starts quickly filling up from noon onward. Once there, you’ll find a number of places to eat or snack, plus local (not chain!) merchants that offer everything from Florida fruit wines to magic tricks. (Purchase Rocco’s D’lite! You won’t be sorry!).
Should you visit John’s Pass in the evening and plan on scooting back to your lodging, make sure you have lights on your kick scooters. Perhaps better, just plan on walking.