First-time visitors to Cape Charles may be surprised to see golf carts parked outside of shops and restaurants, lining the beach-side road, and zipping through the streets. Thanks to the town’s compact size, golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation in Cape Charles for locals and visitors alike. At just six-by-six blocks, you can easily walk anywhere in the historic district, but why would you do that when you could ride on a golf cart instead? Here’s what you need to know about renting a golf cart in Cape Charles — and staying safe on the road.
Golf carts must follow the same rules of the road as cars. According to town laws, all golf carts and drivers must be insured, and drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts when the cart is in motion. Golf carts should not exceed 25 miles per hour.
Don’t drink and drive. Safety first!
Only licensed drivers can drive golf carts in Cape Charles. Sorry, this isn’t the place to teach your 10-year-old how to drive, or let your pre-teen take a joyride. Responsible, licensed drivers only, please.
Golf carts should be operated to the extreme right of the roadway and must yield to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. You can also use any bike lanes to avoid impeding traffic.
Don’t over-pack your passengers. Only the number of people the golf cart is designed to seat may ride on a golf cart. And passengers shouldn’t be carried on the part of a golf cart designed to carry golf bags.
Stay out of Central Park. Carts aren’t allowed to drive on the sidewalks there — it’s a real safety hazard. Same goes for the beach.
Park as if you were a car. Please don’t block sidewalks, park in the median, or do anything you wouldn’t do in your car (besides maybe pulling up into your own yard to charge your cart).
Speaking of which… Don’t forget to charge your cart! You don’t want to run out of juice when you're on the other side of town.
And lastly... Golf cart parades are a thing here. Hope that you're lucky enough to see one — or maybe even participate!
Wondering where to rent a golf cart in Cape Charles? If the home you’re renting doesn’t provide a cart, you have two options in town. Keep in mind that both typically sell out of golf carts well in advance of the summer months, so it’s a good idea to reserve yours as early as possible.
- CC Ryder Rentals — Look for the cute little shack in the heart of town, and hope you get a chance to chat with owner Smitty about growing up on the Shore. He has a sizable fleet of carts with head-scratching names like “Potted Meat” and “Old Man River.” Their rates are $60/24 hours and $300/week. 415 Mason Ave. 757-678-3239
- Eastern Shore Custom Carts — You’ll pass this spot as you head into Cape Charles. They sell and rent golf carts, including larger carts for up to eight passengers. You can get a four-passenger golf cart for $75/day or $375/week. 713 Randolph Ave. 757-999-2278