Beach vacay, but skip the drive. Check out this new AL flight

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I might be biased, but Pensacola Beach is one of the best spots on the Gulf Coast. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Let’s go to the beach, beach… but make it snappy. This new flight from Northwest Alabama to Florida’s Gulf Coast is everything you need for a quick weekend beach trip. Get all the info right here, then start planning your escape down to the seashore.

The Deets

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It doesn’t get much better than this. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Beach bums rejoice! Starting December 15, Alabama residents will be able to fly from Muscle Shoals’ Northwest Alabama Regional Airport to Pensacola, Florida.

The airport is located a little over an hour and a half from Birmingham, so you’re still cutting out more than two and a half hours of drive time, which makes this a perfect option for a quick weekend trip.

The best part? Flights on this route start at just $59.

Book your flight here.

The Airline

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Boutique Air operates a modern fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Photo via Boutique Air

Even if you’re loyal to one specific airline, branching out a bit can be fun. This new flight is offered through Boutique Air.

This mid-sized airline lets you fly in luxury, but at economy prices. Boutique Air offers flights from Muscle Shoals to Atlanta, Nashville, Greenville MS and now Pensacola.

Bonus: Beach Recommendations

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Ft. Pickens is hand-down the best place to watch the sunset in Pensacola. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Confession: I’m a Birmingham transplant. I was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, so I was pumped to see this news. While we’re here, I thought I would share a few of my don’t-miss spots on Pensacola Beach:

  • Fort Pickens | Not only can you tour the old military fort (which is super interesting), you can also find some of the best beach access in town.
  • Flounder’s | Two words: seafood. nachos. Oh, and can’t forget the key lime pie.
  • Fosko Coffee Barre | If you head into town while you’re there, don’t miss this gem. Pro tip: the Honey Latte is made with local honey—and it’s amazing.

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  • A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.