People cross or zigzag state-lines all the time by car, train, in the air, even by walking sometimes. How about zigzagging while enjoying a tropical drink, walking on cool white sand, enjoying water sports on a big body of water or even while tossing fish around? Well you can do all those things and more and zigzag at the same time at Flora-Bama.
Flora-Bama Lounge and Package opened in 1964 and is in Predido Key in Pensacola, Florida, sitting on the Florida/Alabama state-line. Alabama sits a few feet from the western edge of the building. It’s known as the Last Great American Roadhouse.
There are several bars and lots of areas to chill inside and outside around the complex.
Walking up to edge of the top-level looking out towards the south, you’ll immediately see the white sand and the blue open waters of the Gulf of Mexico along with umbrellas and lawn chairs on the shoreline to sit and relax. In the first photo below you’ll see the photo cutouts, which is a good area in which to people watch. 🙂
The place to chill is at the outside bar closest to the beach, duh!
That’s the place to put up shop and to start enjoying some tropical drinks like the Red Punch and…
…the Bushwacker! It’s a local favorite, a coffee alcoholic beverage, that can be found at many spots in the area, but this is the the place to try it out. How many did I have on my stop here? 1, 2, 3… I’m not telling haha. 🙂
Flora-Bama is also well-known for the annual weekend long Mullet Toss event. They still had some signage up from the last one, which just missed rats! When I first heard of it, like my others I’m sure, I was thinking people were shaving off their mullets and throwing them about. Nope.
Mullet is the most popular fish in the area and everyone comes out to the beach like crazy for the tossing of them. The mullets are actually being zigzagged themselves being thrown during competitions from a target in Alabama into Florida.
Flora-Bama from the beach. It was quiet because it was still early on a weekday.
On the same stretch of beach the Mullet Toss takes place on, there are many water sport opportunities including parasailing, jet skiing and riding on banana boats.
Captured some of the different signage. They are also known as Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar.
There is a gift shop up with t-shirts and lot’s of souvenirs. I picked up a copy of the book “Bushwhacked at the Flora-Bama” signed by the owner, Joe Gilchrist. Looking forward to the great read!
My recent experiences crossing state-lines by vehicle in Zigzagging a State Line. was fun but zigzagging a state-line Flora-Bama and beach bar style was great. With the scenery, great drinks and entertainment options it’s a must stop along the Gulf Coast. Who I am kidding, the Bushwacker makes it a must stop all by itself!
Checkout Flora-Bama’s website and you can find them on Twitter and Facebook.
What beach bars have you hung out at in your travels that you would recommend? Any of them along the Gulf Coast of Mexico? What are your favorite state-line crossings?