Casey and Christina Buckner firmly imagine that “life is better in flip flops.” That is just one of the explanations they remaining their indigenous Birmingham for the shimmering shores of Orange Seashore, where they opened Flip Flop Holidays and Authentic Estate in 2020, at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
At 1st, they prepared to split their time between Birmingham and the coastline. “But once we bought down here, we fell in appreciate with the place so a lot that we moved down listed here.”
They promptly opened one more ancillary business enterprise, The Surfside Shuttle, to accommodate vacationers.
Though life was very good on the Alabama coastline, they quickly discovered that “there was not a lot of transportation, in particular for big parties,” says Casey.
So final year, they started out the shuttle company to get people today to and from the Mobile and Pensacola airports. “We observed the have to have and claimed ‘hey, let’s go for it,’” he claims.
The two of their new organizations recently were honored with a “Best of Baldwin 2023″ award from Gulf Coast Media, which affirmed their final decision to make the move to the beach, the place they’ve been ready to “make an impact” in a brief time.
Shortly right after starting up The Surfside Shuttle, Casey and his pal and controlling companion Cayce Wilkinson understood there was an opportunity to give tours of nearby bars and dining places that provide bushwackers, aka grownup milkshakes that have develop into wildly well known on Alabama’s beaches.
“We’re acknowledged for bushwackers down in this article,” Casey states. “Every cafe has their possess edition.” Presenting a tour would be a likelihood to let shoppers sample the alcoholic drink whilst looking at the region by itself in a comfortable, music-stuffed social gathering bus that picks them off and drops them off at their rental or home.
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“We named it the Unique Bushwacker Tour,” claims Christina. “The initially week, we had 200,000 sights. We were being booking so speedy. We were blown away.”
In just two months, they experienced to incorporate an additional bus. Every single bus holds up to 14 friends. A normal tour lasts from four to six hours and goes to 4 scenic spots which includes CoastAL Orange Seashore, OSO in Bear Level, Tacky Jack’s on the Back again Bay and the Flora-Bama, which straddles the Alabama-Florida state line.
“The legendary Flora-Bama is typically the previous prevent,” suggests Casey. “Some folks resolved to hold out there and prolong the tour while the driver waits for them.”
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The tour rate doesn’t involve the consume cost, so attendees aren’t minimal to bushwackers and don’t feel compelled to have four beverages (but if they do, they are in a safe atmosphere on the bus).
Casey and his organization partners consider turns driving the buses. “We’re all household,” states Christina. “The other dads do birthday get-togethers and drive.”
On the house management facet, Casey says he’s astonished by how many persons he talks to “who did not understand Alabama had shorelines.” It is grow to be a personalized and professional mission for the Buckners to introduce them to the wonderful beach locations lining the coastline. And while they’re at it, why not introduce them to the bushwacker?
“It’s been enjoyment to offer an further factor like this,” Casey says.
To ebook a tour, get in touch with (251) 215-1919.
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