Published: Dec 22, 2012 8:37 PM EST
Updated: Dec 23, 2012 9:40 PM EST

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - While some people are dreaming of a white Christmas, others left the snow to celebrate the holidays on our white sand beaches. And while the temperatures in Southwest Florida have been chilly, the tourists don't seem to notice.

Beach goers traded smimsuits for sweatshirts and braved the chilly temperatures at Fort Myers Beach.

"We're getting our sand castles made and just enjoying sunny weather because we're not having that back home," said tourist, Evelyn Irvin.

People were playing football, biking and surfing. It's hard to believe Christmas is just days away.

"This is great we're trying out Florida for the first time for Christmas and so far it's been good," she said.
    
Irvin and her kids are visiting from northern Kentucky and soaked up the sunshine through a couple extra layers. 

"It's a little but chilly, I would prefer to be in a bathing suit getting a little bit of a tan but we're very happy to be out here and just be able to be outside and have some fun," Irvin said.

With highs only reaching the mid 60's it's easy to spot the locals.

"They've got their boots on and their coats, freezing," Nana Witt from Indiana said.

But tourists insisted the weather is perfect compared to what they left at home.

"It was 30 degrees and snowing!" said Fred Irvin.