The Snowbird's Guide to Florida

January 6, 2017

With its sunny climate and low cost of living, it’s no wonder that Florida is one of the most popular winter destinations for snowbirds. Florida’s snowbird “season” starts around October and ends in April, the perfect time to avoid the cold and snowy weather typical of northern states. If you are thinking of spending your winters in Florida, read below to find out which region is best for you.

Southeast Florida
With access to miles of beautiful Atlantic beaches, Southeast Florida is one of the nation's most popular snowbird destinations, combining a string of established oceanfront communities in Treasure Coast and Gold Coast areas with Miami's exciting multicultural urban scene. Southeast Florida is subtropical year-round, with temperatures in the 70s even in the coolest months. From water recreation to cultural activities to the Florida Everglades, there is always something new to explore.
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Southwest Florida
Known for its beautiful sunsets, the Gulf Coast region of Southwest Florida (also known as the Florida Suncoast) offers a good mix of urban sophistication and low-key coastal living, with great beaches and a wide range of real estate options available. Attractions include museums and galleries in Naples and Fort Myers, tarpon fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, and white sand beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Similar to Southeast Florida, winter high temperatures are in the mid 70s.
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Central Florida
While Walt Disney World is central Florida's star attraction, the area is also home to the state's third largest metropolitan area, as well as numerous resorts and theme parks, acclaimed golf courses, equestrian centers, abundant lakes and nature areas and miles of Atlantic beaches. Winter temperatures in Central Florida average between 72 and 74 degrees.
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Northeast Florida
Northeastern Florida is home to the Sunshine State's oldest city (St. Augustine) and largest city (Jacksonville), as well as a number of beach and resort communities scattered along the Atlantic shoreline from Amelia Island south to Daytona Beach. From November through April, the weather is dry and sunny with winter highs in the mid 60s.
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Florida Panhandle
The Emerald Coast and Forgotten Coast regions of northwestern Florida offer a low-key alternative to the Sunshine State's more illustrious beach destinations, with relatively low-density development along more than 200 miles of scenic Gulf of Mexico shoreline. The Florida Panhandle has a low-key Old South atmosphere and is home to historic Pensacola and the state capital, Tallahassee. Average winter temperatures are in the low to mid 60s.
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