Some braved the roads, others took to the sky. But, either way, for thousands of eager college kids this week they all reached their final destination--Panama City Beach.
Waiting patiently for Southwest flight 50 from Baltimore are several car services.
"It's crazy, but it's enjoyable," said one man. "We get a lot of business from it."
Britton Steele took the direct flight from Maryland, but only because his broken arm stopped him from making the drive. Steele is meeting his friends on the beach who braved the drive.
"From Virginia," said Steele. "So, what that's like 14 hours? 13 hours?"
Panama City Beaches temperature have hit in the low 30's over the weekend. But, despite the ridged weather, Steele says it's better than the alternative.
"No matter what it's better than Maryland," said Steele. "It was less than 30 degrees when I left."
"Well, we always hope that weather will be optimal and that it's beautiful," said Susan Estler with the Panama City Beach Tourist Development Council. "The kids are here and they are going to put on their sweat shirts and still have a great time."
The TDC says it's their goal to get people here and come March that job is over when the crowds start pouring in.
"We hear a lot of activity and that the first spring breakers have come in and that they're planning on enjoying our beautiful beaches," said Estler.
For Steele his first day on the world's most beautiful beaches will be spent studying.
"I actually do have to study," said Steele. "But, I don't know. I'll have fun. Drink?"
Estler says this first week won't be among the busiest. The week of March 9th and the following are typically the busiest.