Autumn has arrived and snowbirds are preparing for their winter travels. Each year, northern guests migrate south to enjoy warm winter weather in states like Florida, Arizona, and California. Many begin their trips after Christmas, but those willing to start in October or November can unlock a wealth of benefits.
In this post, we’re spotlighting several of our favorite reasons to be an early snowbird. If these perks sound enticing, join us early this year at one of our outdoor destinations open during winter. You’ll discover all-age and active 55+ resorts, allowing you to stay the way you like. We look forward to welcoming you during your getaway!
5 Benefits of Early Snowbird Stays
1. Better Fishing
If you’re an angler, you’ll love the fall fishing season in Florida. This snowbird state is known for hot, humid summers, which can make fishing uncomfortable. As the weather moderates in fall, spending time outside becomes much more pleasant.
You can catch many varieties of fish between October and December. On the open ocean, you’ll find redfish, pompano, blackfin tuna, and even flounder. Inland, say on Lake Okeechobee, you’re more likely to reel in largemouth bass, black crappie, and catfish.
2. Smaller Crowds
The best benefit of starting your winter season early is that you beat many others to the attractions. This way, you’ll find smaller crowds at many popular destinations. In Arizona, you can road trip to Saguaro National Park or the Grand Canyon when they’re at their quietest.
If you’re a Florida snowbird, consider visiting Walt Disney World or Everglades National Park in fall. Family vacationers will be busy with school, while many winter vacationers will still be up north. This is the perfect time to explore!
3. More Site Options
When you start your winter season early, you’ll have first pick of the available RV sites and vacation rentals. That means you can finally upgrade to that waterfront site you’ve dreamed about, or snag the vacation rental with the mountain views.
Part of traveling in fall also means that you’ll receive deals that are exclusively for early snowbirds. Keep an eye on our special offers page to score the biggest savings.
4. Wine Season
California travelers are in for a special treat. The Golden State is renowned for its abundance of vineyards and wineries. Every autumn, the grapes are harvested, leading residents and visitors to celebrate the bounty with festivals, wine tastings, and live music.
Paso Robles is a particularly popular destination in October and November. Area wineries open their doors and invite tourists to sample their offerings. Be sure to attend Harvest Wine Weekend the next time you stay at one of our outdoor destinations in Paso Robles.
5. Quiet Hiking Trails
The last early winter vacation perk that we’ll highlight is one that is often overlooked. By starting your stay between peak seasons, you’ll find that local trails and nature areas will be much quieter. You can hike, bike, or picnic in peaceful surroundings, allowing you to relax and rejuvenate.
Are you considering becoming an early snowbird? Join us for the fall and unlock the benefits of arriving before peak season. Share this post and invite your favorite friends to come early as well!