Top 5 Destinations for Snowbirds
Warmer weather awaits when you head to these temperate locales to wait out the winter.
Whether you're a snowbird looking to head south for the winter or just someone wishing to fly the coup and escape to warmer climates, these destinations were made for you.
Just east of Phoenix and only a stone’s throw away from Scottsdale, lies Mesa, Arizona, the perfect place for new retirees to practice their golf swings, enjoy the great outdoors and more. Home to several breathtaking and world-renowned golf courses, Mesa is a golfer’s paradise with more than 200 courses located in the Metro area. Not to mention, come February, you’ll be nestled in the heart of Major League Baseball spring training as the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics warm up for the upcoming season. Finally, if sports aren’t your thing, you’ll still find plenty to love in Mesa, from gorgeous desert parks and hiking trails to a stunning art community and delectable dining options.
San Antonio, Texas
Art, history and cuisine collide in San Antonio for a one-of-a-kind, experience. The city’s most widespread attraction, the River Walk – a 15-mile-long urban waterway that flows through approximately five miles of downtown San Antonio – offers boat tours, sightseeing, shopping, dining and more. Visitors can spend days or weeks exploring the both the tourist attractions and calming aspects of the River Walk. When you’re not strolling along the River Walk taking in the sights and sounds of the city, enjoy 19th- and 20th- European and American art at the McNay Art Museum or the more modern, innovative work and pieces at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. Or, revel in the sheer talent of the many performers who grace the stage of the Tobin Center for the Performing Art by taking in a show at the historic Municipal Auditorium.
And, of course, you can’t experience San Antonio without a visit to The Alamo and a sampling of Tex-Mex or barbecue at one of the endless five-star, award-winning restaurants in town.
Located on the western side of Hawaii’s Big Island, Keaau is the perfect destination to sit back, relax and embrace the Aloha Spirit. Gorgeous beaches abound across the Big Island, but none perhaps more beautiful than those nearest Keaau. Leisure about on the unique black sand beaches of Richardson Ocean Park or meander through the waves along hidden inlets at Shipman’s Beach. For those in search of a little more activity, the area offers countless parks and green spaces to explore. And, for the true adventurer, the famed, million-year-old dormant volcano Mauna Kea is just a short drive away.
Palm Springs, California
With all the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood, Palm Springs trades in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles for the quiet calm of the Californian desert without sacrificing the warm, Southern California climate. Tucked between Joshua Tree National Park and San Bernardino National Forest, this resort town offers endless opportunities to shake off the winter blues and soak up some sun. Vintage and high-end shopping brush elbows with the city’s many unique museums and up-and-coming art galleries. When you’re not picking up your latest mid-century modern find or checking out the latest exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum, be sure to chow down on small plates of the Spanish and Mexican cuisine taking Palm Springs by storm.
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Florida’s Space Coast truly is out of this world and nowhere is this truer than in Cocoa Beach. Enjoy the area’s diverse array of wildlife as well as a seemingly endless coastline with plenty of sand to park your beach chair. A quaint historic village at the town’s center and a bustling boardwalk, add to the charm of Cocoa Beach. And, with many breezy, oceanside restaurants and cafés, this beach town is perfect for the foodie looking for some flavorful fare with a view or for the couple looking to spend some quality time with one another over intimate beachside dinners. Only a 45-minute drive from Orlando, you’re also centrally located near many of Florida’s top attractions.