Despite oil spill, tropical weather, tourists visit Gulf beaches

  • Oil is washing onto the shores of Pensacola beach in small amounts in scattered areas. Here, people walk along the beach on Monday morning. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Tar balls from the BP oil spill washed up onto Pensacola beach on Monday, June 29, 2010. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Tar balls from the BP oil spill are washing on to the beach in Pensacola on Monday, June 29, 2010. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A news chopper flies over the beach in Pensacola on Monday morning where oil is washing ashore in small amounts in scattered areas along the beach. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Surfers in Navarre Beach, Florida, take advantage of the extra waves brought on by Hurricane Alex on Wednesday afternoon. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ronnie Hall, from Fayatville, Alabama, and his granddaughter Ella Reece, age 2, enjoy the ocean in Pensacola Beach on Monday morning. There are scattered areas of small, scattered tar balls on Pensacola Beach, but the beach is open and people are still visiting. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ronnie Hall, from Fayatville, Alabama, and his granddaughter Ella Reece, age 2, enjoy the ocean in Pensacola Beach on Monday morning. There are scattered areas of small, scattered tar balls on Pensacola Beach, but the beach is open and people are still visiting. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A surfer in Navarre Beach, Florida, takes advantage of the weather on Wednesday afternoon. It rained all day due to the outer bands of Hurricane Alex. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Surfers in Navarre Beach, Florida, take advantage of the extra waves brought on by Hurricane Alex on Wednesday afternoon. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF