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By Kara Pound
Photos by Cody Coleman

Chances are — especially if you live by the beach — you’ve seen a sky-blue, vintage, 1990 Chevrolet P30 Step Van rolling up and down A1A with a white, wooden sign attached to the side advertising “DRIFTERS Beach & Bike Rentals.” It’s become a St. Augustine staple, and is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Ian Guthrie.

“There is an exciting movement in our city right now with new businesses creating an interactive community — motivating me to create DRIFTERS,” explains Guthrie, the company’s founder and owner. “I wanted to set a new standard for people’s rental experiences. From start to finish, we want it to be as easy and stress-free on our renters to get what they need delivered right to their door.”

DRIFTERS offers up beach and bike rentals and everything in between. Whether you live locally or have out-of-town guests coming to stay, the mobile delivery service rents out shade tents, chairs, coolers, beach games, kid’s toys and a fleet of classic beach and retro-styled town cruisers by Linus Bike and other items, to make a day at the beach or cruising downtown a breeze.

“I’ve been working with a large number of Airbnbs since starting the company last year,” says Guthrie. “And I’ve had a great response from all of my renters. They’re loving the ease of the process with drop-off and pick-up services and some of the homeowners have even built stations with bike racks and hooks for their renters. This makes it very easy for their guests to arrive with everything already there for them.”

Guthrie, who is a longtime resident of the area, is also focused on and passionate about the environmental aspect that beach-goers can have on our local landscape. He says that offering high-quality and mindful products helps cut down on one-time use rental items that are often left behind, littering our beaches.

“The styles of bikes we offer are perfect for allowing our visitors to see the beach and downtown on two wheels,” he explains. “With a lack of off-beach parking, getting more people on bicycles helps alleviate congestion and promotes a healthier lifestyle. Building this business has been a dream come true.”

Learn more at the Drifters Rentals website, call (904) 315-6150, or email drift@driftersrentals.com. Follow on social media, Instagram __drifters__ and Facebook @ DRIFTERSRental.

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