On the west side of the
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Sophie Dirardeau, a freshman at
"That makes me a little nervous," she said.
Dirardeau and her friends said they were staying right across the street from the beach, only about 15 minutes away from the
When it comes to their own partying, the
"We're not the rowdy type," Dirardeau said. "We're not loud and obnoxious."
"We try not to act openly stupid," added freshman Grant Howell.
Another group of co-eds from
"Wow, that would really put a damper on the party," said Jordan Holt, who was on break from
But they have been out in force in
"So far, we have not had the significant type incidents similar to what Walton has experienced and for the most part it has been a typical spring break," said Michele Nicholson, public information officer for Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. "To this date we are however seeing crowds once again in the Villages at Crystal Beach with many students opting to rent beach houses."
With the flags and decorated coolers sparsely sprinkled along the Destin beach, it was a stark comparison to a couple miles away at the Whale’s Tail in
Small groups of spring breakers, including families, quietly laid out in the sand and avoided the cold ocean water — an almost living testament to the recent announcement that Destin was voted the Travel Channel’s top family friendly beach.
Destin has fostered that atmosphere by requiring hotel guests to be at least 25 years old and by marketing to families.
"It's a lot better than
"That's where I did all of my underage drinking," he said.