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Top 10 Destinations for Snowbirds

Snowbirds migrate from Northern States to various locations in the South and Southwestern States in the Fall in preparation for colder weather.  These are not the foul that fly in the sky but in general retirement aged couples that hop into their RV’s and drive to retirement communities located in warmer States.   There are several very well known destinations for snowbirds but we put together a list of the Top 10 Destinations for Snowbirds to give retirement couples some additional choices that they might not have considered.

  1. Sun City, AZ – Sun City has a population of over 42,000 and is a 55+ community that offers just about everything that a snowbird or retiree could want to escape from the cold of Winter and enjoy some great activities with fellow snowbirds.  You can get more information on Sun City from this site: http://www.suncityaz.org/retirementvalue.htm among many other great sites about Sun City.
  2. Boca Raton, FL – For years this city of over 75,000 people has been a popular destination for snowbirds.  It’s got great beaches and tons of other attractions for people that are not overly crowded during the Winter months so great for snowbirds.  The TV show Seinfeld mentioned Del Boca Vista as a prime retirement community and wouldn’t you know it, there are several communities with similar names in Boca Raton, coincidence?  We think not.
  3. Las Vegas, NV – Well what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?  So it’s a great place to spend the Winter!  You have tons of places to play games and some of the best shows in the World.  At the same time, you get warm and dry weather making Vegas a very popular destination for snowbirds.
  4. San Diego, CA – This is one of the fastest growing locations for snowbirds due to its moderate temperatures and all of the comforts of being in the 2nd largest city in CA.  If you like life in a larger city then San Diego is a city you should check out as there are a growing number of rental properties available for snowbirds.  Plus, you can enjoy some amazing whale watching and other benefits of being on the Pacific coast.
  5. Key West, FL – This is the Southern-most city in the United States and it is simply magical.  If you have never been to Key West then you have to give this place a try (even if it is just for one Winter, although you will want to come back).  There is great fishing and flat out the best beaches in the U.S. (let’s hope the recent BP oil spill doesn’t spoil it).
  6. Sedona, AZ – If you are looking for something completely different and some of the most beautiful landscapes in North America, then Sedona is exactly where you should spend the Winter.  It is an artistic haven as well with some of the best local artists in the SouthWest.  There is also a National Forest (1.8 million acres) called Coconino.
  7. Destin, FL – Leave it to another Florida city to challenge our proclomation above that Key West has the best beaches.  Okay, it’s either Key West or Destin, but Destin surely is spectacular.  If you are looking for great fishing and long walks along amazing beaches then Destin is another great choice.  Destin has an average of 343 sunny days every year and sugary-white powder-soft sand beaches.
  8. McAllen, TX – There are a lot of great TX snowbird locations in “The Valley.”  McAllen leads the way with its 45 RV parks and of course being the Square Dance Capital of the World.  The cost of living is low in McAllen and it has some amazing wildlife watching festivals deep in the Rio Grande Valley.  If you are a bird watcher then McAllen is the place for you.
  9. Alamogordo, NM – Looking for something different?  How about an amazing place in North America that is 70 degrees all year long?  Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?  Well Alamogordo offers that and a rich mecca for New Mexican culture.  This is a growing destination for snowbirds and one visit here (coupled with the amazing weather) and you can clearly see why.
  10. Yuma, AZ – There are 100,000 residents in Yuma (year-round residents), but this place explodes to almost 200,000 every Winter as snowbirds take up residency in this hub of the Southwest.  There are 60 RV resorts and parks and it is pretty much ready to go for snowbirds on the move so pack your RV and head to Yuma this next Winter.

If you are looking for more popular destinations for snowbirds then we recommend that you take a look at this site.  They will give you even more great ideas as you prepare for the next Winter.

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2 Responses to “Top 10 Destinations for Snowbirds”

  • Me Notyou:

    Um… I’m a fan of Alamogordo, but to say it’s 72 degrees anywhere in NM is WAY OFF! Not sure who did your research, but a quick visit to any weather website would have shown that it is hardly ever in the 70′s there! Alamogordo’s climate is similar to the rest of the inland cities in the US… Hot in the summer. Cold in the winter. There isn’t some magical force in Alamogordo that changes that! If you want high 60′s to low 70′s, the Pacific Coast is your ONLY choice in the US. Period.

  • I like your list of Top 10 Destinations for Snowbirds! but, I think Arizona Retirement Communities could make up this whole list.

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