Top 9 Snowbird Picks

Stay Warm Even When the Weather Cools

As millions of Americans are venturing all over the world for summer vacations, snowbird travelers are making plans for an escape from frigid winter weather to warmer climates. There are several benefits to booking a vacation in a warmer locale during off-peak months.

  • As the vast majority use their vacation time during the summer, you’ll experience fewer crowds in top vacation destinations.
  • Many of the top vacation spots offer great deals in the late fall and winter months.
  • While friends and family back home are slowly turning into ice blocks during the winter, you’ll be lounging pool side soaking in the sun.
  • Inventory for resorts and properties is more plentiful during off-peak months

So while you contemplate booking a trip to a tropical or even dessert climate during the winter months, here are some options to consider as great snowbird picks:

Kauai, HI

The Hawaiian island chain maintains a tropical climate year-round with mild temperatures, moderate humidity, and a persistence of northeasterly tradewinds. The oldest of islands, Kauai is no exception and most of the resorts are located in the consistently semi-arid tropical climate zones of the island. Translation: snowbird paradise. If looking for a great and affordable place to stay on Kauai, check out the Plantation Hale Suites and if you want to know more about the island, check out this article.

Orlando, FL

Orlando is classified as having a humid subtropical climate with two basic seasons: a hot and rainy season and a warm and dry season. For snowbirds, the warm and dry season conveniently falls in the months between October and April. The winter months really are the ideal times to visit Orlando. In addition to famous attractions like Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, Orlando is home to a wealth of great dining and shopping opportunities. Snowbird golfers are also in luck as Orlando has world-class golf courses, including Bay Hill and Lodge, which hosts the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites and the Tuscana Resort Orlando are two great places to stay if planning a trip. And check out our article on things to do and see while visiting.

Florida Keys, FL

The Florida Keys are a stretch of tropical islands off the southern most tip of Florida and the climate is indeed tropical. You’ll find the coldest temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s in December and January. Snowbirds from all over the globe flock to places like Key Largo, Marathon, and Key West. Make a trip to the Keys and you’ll find it difficult not to relax and unwind among the slow-living and tranquil environs. The Skipjack Resort & Marina is a great place to stay if visiting the Keys.

Sedona, AZ

Sedona is a popular snowbird destination with more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails, vibrant cultural celebrations like a festival of Native American Culture, and fun attractions and activities like the Cliff Castle Casino, winery tours, great golf courses, and more. The climate is mild and sometimes cool in the winter months with lots and lots of sun. Sedona also has great cultural and historical sites, top-notch restaurants, and excellent shopping.

Las Cruces, NM

Las Cruces is a university town on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, at the foot of the Organ Mountains, and along the banks of the Rio Grande. The weather in Las Cruces is nearly always sunny and blue-skied and is a snowbird favorite. In Las Cruces, you’ll find some of the best chili verde in the country, historical and cultural attractions, and great hiking and biking trails. The Dripping Springs Natural Area offers a beautiful hiking trail that isn’t too strenuous but allows for great views of this lovely area.

Charleston, SC

Charleston frequently makes it on ‘best places to visit’ or ‘friendliest city’ lists and there’s good reason for all the accolades the Holy City receives. With world-class dining, beautiful surrounding beaches, great shopping, and so much Southern charm, it’s no wonder the city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South. And if you’re looking for a snowbird destination, you’ll find very few times throughout the year when Charleston sees temperatures below 60 degrees fahrenheit.

Savannah, GA

Savannah has a very similar climate as the aforementioned Charleston just three hours away and while they share some similarities when it comes to Southern charm, great food, and nice beaches, each is totally worth a visit. With beautiful beaches, waterfront views, classic Antebellum architecture, and cobblestone streets, this gem of a city is a great place for a snowbird getaway. Check out this article for things to do while visiting.

Palm Springs, CA

With a semi-arid desert climate, the winter months are truly the ideal time to visit beautiful Palm Springs. The stifling desert heat eases up November-March and this time presents an ideal time for a visit to the Palm Springs community. Visitors will find amazing spa resorts, great golf courses, and wonderful opportunities for outdoor adventure.

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio’s coldest months average in the mid-60s making it an ideal destination for a snowbird getaway. There are the obvious attractions like the Alamo, SeaWorld, Six Flags, or a stroll along the iconic San Antonio River Walk, but the city offers much more to visitors. Check out the art-driven Yanaguana Garden, people watch and buy some local goods at the Farmers Market at the Pearl, or smell some beautiful flowers at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.