What? You heard it right, free transportation on Anna Maria Island! Maybe you are planning a night out on the town to take in some libations and you want someone else to do the driving. Perhaps you want to enjoy the sights of Anna Maria Island without worrying about traffic, pedestrians in cross walks, you name it. Got a group of friends and want to charter your ride? Even just going to the airport can be fun on the FREE, “rides for tips” Monkey Bus.
The Monkey Bus travels all over Anna Maria Island, Cortez and across the bridge by request. You can call 941-565-6542 to schedule a ride anywhere from 12noon to 3am 7 days a week. “Rides for Tips” is their slogan as there is no official charge for this service.
There are no scheduled stops like the Island Trolley or County Bus service so calling for a pick up is best, however, I personally have seen the Monkey Bus while walking and flagged it down where they cheerfully picked me up. I don’t suggest counting on that occurring ever again though lol.
The Monkey Bus seats up to 16 so gather your tribe and schedule a ride! Have fun and remember to bring cash for driver tips.