Best winter destinations for full time RV’ers
Michigan residence are lucky to have had a pretty mild fall this year, but the inevitable 3 feet of snow and negative ten degree weather is coming! We all love our home state dearly, but let’s face it, there comes a time around mid January or early February that we all crave a little vitamin D in the form of sunshine.
For those of us lucky enough to have the option to head south for the winter, we put together or top winter destinations. From sunshine state of Florida to the up and coming state of South Carolina, there is a place for all of us. Check out our top picks:
American RV's Top Choice
South Carolina is our top destination choice for a multitude of reasons, but we think that the beach town with white sandy beaches, award winning golf courses and romantic escapes are what shoots it to the top of our list. Not to mention that it’s the closest drive from home, so friends and family have an easy trip to see you during the holidays.
One of the top destinations in South Carolina is Hilton Head Island. The island is 12 miles by 5 miles wide, and offers over 240 restaurants, 24 golf courses, and more than 200 shops.
If you’re looking for the perfect RV resort in the area, we suggest the Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort and Marina - they accept travel trailers, 5th wheels and motorhomes - perfect for any kind of winter traveler. They also offer discounts for those staying November through February.
Best for first time snowbirders
Florida is the top destination for those wanting to travel south for the winter with an estimated 550,000 temporary residence that flock to the state starting around November of each year. Florida climate is the warmest and most temperate of all of our suggested destinations which makes for enjoying long walks down sugar-sand beaches, many outdoor activities and shorts and t-shirts all winter long.
Florida is probably the best destination for those traveling south for the first time as a large part of its economy is built around this. Boasting the longest list of available RV parks of any state, you’ll be able to get almost anything you want. Just pick the ocean you’d like to stay on - Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean, there is something for everyone in Florida!
Of course the largest draw of Arizona is the Grand Canyon. One of the suggested natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon will leave you with an endless list of things to do and place to explore.
Arizona is also among the top destinations for winter migrants boasting some of the best RV parks and resorts, with some of the most spectacular views. There is a long list of activities outside of the canyon such as golf, cultural events, water sports, gambling, sports of all types, bird watching at it's best, and more shopping that you ever imagine.
Arizona’s natural unparalleled scenic splendor, serenity and tranquility, idyllic landscaped, all wrapped in a vast, endless blue sky makes for a the perfect stay for any snowbird experience.
Low cost of living
If you’re looking for a place to travel to this winter that is easy on the pocket book, but still has amazing scenery and history to explore, look no further.
New Mexico is rich in old mining, ranching and railroading towns. The ghosts of Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, John Chisum, and even Pancho Villa, all famous (or infamous) figures in New Mexico history, can be felt in many of the towns.
The cost of living for New Mexico is quite low compared to other states that take in many winter travelers. Because the state has a multitude of climates from the snow top mountains in the north, to the mild, even temperatures of the south, it largely hasn’t been discovered as a winter destination yet by us north easterners. This make for less crowds, lower costs and overall an amazing landscape to explore.
Affordable prices and friendly people
South Texas is a subtropical paradise, where the average annual short-sleeve temperature is 76° F with an average rainfall of 25 inches. People find that prices are reasonable, and eating in restaurants is very affordable.
Among the affordable prices, southern hospitality reigns supreme here. This is a popular retirement area and people have moved here from all over the country. It seems like just about everyone's from somewhere else. No one is a stranger here! You will find events and potlucks put on by the local towns for the Winter Texans. You are welcome here!
Long a favorite with Winter Texans are the communities of Rockport and Fulton, offering coastal charm and abundant RV facilities for travelers and seasonal residents. The communities are also noted for their outstanding fishing and offer nature and fishing enthusiasts plenty to do through tour and charter services.
And last but certainly not least, don’t miss a chance to explore Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas that includes the entire Chisos mountain range and a large swath of the Chihuahuan Desert. The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive leads to the ruins of Sam Nail Ranch, now home to desert wildlife. Something you have to mark off your bucket list.
For more information on the top winter snowbird destinations, here are a few helpful links: