Why Canadian snowbirds choose Florida as their winter home
With Florida’s proximity to heavily populated Eastern Canada, the Sunshine state has more long term Canadian visitors during the winter than any other U.S. state. It is also the only mainland state that can boast a truly sub-tropical climate.
Florida’s white sand beaches, warm climate, constant sunshine and numerous communities and activities geared specifically towards snowbirds and seniors have earned it the number one status.
The state has thousands of golf courses, as well as numerous watersports and fishing locales, and is ideal for cycling, as it is largely flat. At night, snowbirds can enjoy a vast array of dining options featuring fresh seafood and other local and international cuisine. Many areas also have vibrant arts scenes and a surprising amount of good theater, music and dance.
Florida has many different areas that attract snowbirds, offering a variety of destinations to meet any lifestyle. Some prefer the East coast, others the more laid-back West coast. There are several large cities to be near, each with its own personality and charm.
On the east coast, popular destinations include Fort Lauderdale, Miami, the Florida Keys, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, New Smyrna Beach, Jupiter, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, while the west coast hot-spots include Sarasota, Fort Myers, Tampa, Naples, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
Central Florida also attracts many snowbirds, including the RV crowd. The rapidly expanding Orlando and Kissimmee areas offer many types of accommodation and endless entertainment while Lake Okeechobee and the Ocala horse country offer a more rural environment.
Canadian snowbirds also find great value in the Florida panhandle area, where it is not quite as warm, but offers spring like weather and great affordability.