Some beachgoers were concerned about winds, waves and rip currents, especially with a tropical storm to the west, and a hurricane to Florida's east.
"We were debating on even coming," said Jessica Smith, a visitor from Cincinnati. "We just kept watching the news."
Others on the beach remembered how dangerous conditions can get with storms pushing in from the ocean.
"You have to be careful. It gets to your back tires or something," said Dave Curl. "A few years ago, my van got stranded and it was a scary situation."
For many on the beach, tropical storm activity meant better waves.
The conditions draw surfers by the thousands.
"It's supposed to bring the waves up, so I like to surf," said Kali Nolet, a local surfer.
Many beach visitors said they didn't pay much attention to storm activity and that it would not have a negative impact on their extended weekend.