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Arizona is a fantastic place to go for a long-term winter getaway. The housing prices are affordable, so you can stay in the warm weather for longer and dive into the state's best outdoor activities. Arizona is also home to a lot of excellent golf courses, so golf lovers will particularly delight in an escape here. We have put together a list of the most affordable destinations for snowbirds in Arizona, ranked from least to most expensive. Happy travels!

Most Affordable Arizona Snowbird Destinations

1. Green Valley

Noted for its 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, and fitness centers, Green Valley knows how to provide travelers with ample activities. It also has a bustling little restaurant and entertainment scene that enhances the community’s offerings. Over 80% of Green Valley residents are retired, which means you’re likely to be in good company while you vacation. Stay in a condo like this one, with easy access to the swimming pool and restaurants.

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2. Surprise

Playing spring training home to two Major League Baseball teams, the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers, Surprise is the place to go for some early MLB action. The town is nestled into the small mountains of the Sonoran Desert. The town holds Second Sunday in the Park from September through the spring months. This free event provides live music, picnic areas, food vendors and much more. There’s always something to do in Surprise, and more often than not, it’s affordable. There are plenty of vacation rentals with a private pool, so that you don't have to go far to relax in the sun.

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3. Mesa

Mesa is a mecca for arts, culture, and entertainment. From movie nights on Main Street to free pancake breakfasts, farmers markets to Mexican Winter Baseball League’s version of Spring Training games, Mesa is guaranteed to have what you’re looking for in a winter vacation. The best part about it is that most of the free events take place outdoors so you can soak up some rays on your getaway. Stay in Mesa's historic district at a house that will make you feel like a local.

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4. Sun Lakes

Packed with five adult country club communities with tubs, tennis courts, and lake-side views, this place will make you want to take up residence, especially in a lakeside home. Sun Lakes is located just a short, fifteen-minute drive to Rawhide, an 1800s old western town, and Firebird International Raceway, where anything from motorcycles to horses can be seen racing around the track. Make sure to check out all the walking paths that Sun Lakes offers visitors and residents, and take a stroll around the ground of one of the country clubs for some beautiful views.

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5. Sun City West

The land Sun City West is built on was once farmland growing mainly cotton. Today, it is living a community developed by Del Webb, former co-owner of the New York Yankees. The town has some great, affordable food joints, Little Sicily being one of them. The restaurant has all different types of pizza, including deep dish style which would make for a perfect dinner date. You can also relax at the outside patio at your vacation rental in the sun, or go to one of the golf courses in the area.

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6. Sun City

While it’s technically located in Peoria, Arizona, the Peoria Spring Training complex is just a stone’s throw away from Sun City, less than a 10-minute drive, to be exact. The complex houses the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres spring training facilities and provides cheap community events like a Halloween Monster Bash and a 4th of July celebration. The town also has a slue of golf courses, so don’t forget your golf clubs - especially if you're staying right on the course!

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7. Fountain Hills

As its name hints at, Fountain Hills has the world’s fourth tallest fountain. In fact, when it was built it was the world’s tallest and held that titles for over a decade. The fountain sprays water about for 15 minutes every hour between 9am and 9pm, reaching a height of 560 feet under perfect conditions. In addition to this attraction, the town also holds 3 annual local art fairs and houses the Fountain Hills Theater which has been around for 38 years of productions. Stay in a home with a view to watch the sunset each evening.

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8. Chandler

One of the bigger suburbs of Phoenix, Chandler is a great place to go to for free entertainment. The Vision Gallery, a cultural hub in downtown Chandler, embraces the local art scene and provides the community a space to experience it together. The Veterans Oasis Park and Environmental Education Center is a mixed-used facility. Its primary purpose is to recharge reclaimed water into the ground for later use, but the park also has walking trails, an urban fishing lake, and a free education center with four classrooms for wildlife preservation and environmental awareness. You can even stay in a lakefront home. Whatever mood you’re in, Chandler has something to pique your interest.

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9. Oro Valley

Oro Valley’s motto is “It’s in our nature”, and the town definitely doesn’t shy away from the outdoors. With an aquatics center, an archery range, and a drive-in movie theater, the town knows how to use the temperate climate to its advantage. Stop by the farmer’s market or take a public art tour, or play a round of golf at one of the top-rated resorts before retreating to your poolside home.

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10.Gilbert

The home of Arizona’s premier outlet mall, this city offers visitors everything under the sun - and is one of the safest cities in the country. Aside from all the outlets at SanTan Village, there are plenty of fine dining options, a natural preserve to explore, and even a dog park where you can play outside with your pooch. Don’t forget about all the events the city puts on, like the Inaugural Gilbert Off the Street Art Festival which is set to take place this coming October. You’ll find live music, street performers, artisan and craft vendors, and so much more. Just because it's Arizona doesn't mean that you have to live without plants, either - this home is surrounded by gardens and will make you feel completely at peace.

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11. Tucson

When you think of the saguaro cactus, you probably think of Arizona deserts. Visit Tucson and you’ll get an up-close and personal look at the cacti in Saguaro National Park. The city is surrounded by multiple mountain ranges, including the Santa Catalinas, which makes for a picturesque sunset view from your vacation rental. The University of Arizona is located in Tucson, as are the restored mansions of the city’s El Presidio Historic District. Tucson is located in the southern part of the state, just an hour and a half from the Mexican border.

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12. Phoenix

The largest city in Arizona, Phoenix also happens to be the state capital. The Desert Botanical Garden puts on display the desert’s beauty while preserving it through exhibits, while Heard Museum provides a space for Native American culture to be showcased. At the Musical Instrument Museum you can explore the history of instruments around the world. Catch a baseball game at Chase Field, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, or check out the Pueblo Grande Ruin where remains of pre-Colombian archeological sites are open to the public. There truly is no limit to what you can explore in Phoenix, and it is a great destination with many things for active seniors to take advantage of. If you choose to stay near downtown, you can have all the action at your fingertips!

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13. Sun City

Named after a poker game between two players, Show Low is the largest city in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona, where you can stay in a beautiful and woodsy cabin. The city boasts the Hon-Dah Casino on the White Mountain Apache Reservation and gives visitors a look at the city’s history through the Show Low Historical Society Museum.

Sun City

14. Tempe

Tempe is home to the Sun Devils of Arizona State University. The university’s ASU Gammage is considered to be the last public commission of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and is a great place to catch a show while taking in the beautiful workmanship of the building. Along with the college-town feel, the city also has Tempe Town Lake, a beautiful reservoir that runs right through the heart of the city, and Tempe Center for the Arts, a 3-story performing arts venue. Stay in a villa like this one - it's more affordable than you think!

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15. Bisbee

Voted “America’s Best Historic Small Town” by USA Today readers, Bisbee’s roots run deep, dating back to the 1800s when it was discovered to have numerous copper ores. Today, the town is a hot spot for film festivals, car and bike shows, turquoise hunts, and music fests. This is the place to go to get a taste of everything, but without the crowds of a city. You can also stay in a historic rental home in Old Bisbee, very close to the heart of town.

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16. Glendale

Glendale is the home to two professional sports teams: The Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Coyotes. What goes better with sports than…shopping? Glendale has ranked in the top ten places for shopping by both USA Today and Sunset Magazine. Historic downtown is comprised of two neighborhoods, both worth a stroll through, and you can stay in a centrally-located home that is walking distance to Cardinals Stadium. Glendale also boasts theaters, scrumptious dining choices, and the 22-year-old Front Porch Festival where shops in historic downtown turn inside out and display hundreds of their items on their lawns and front porches. Glendale is a hidden gem, so get there before others find out about it!

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17. Peoria

As we mentioned before, Peoria houses the Peoria Sports Complex where the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres hold their spring training. The complex hosts much more than just those two MLB teams, though. The Bites and Brews invites over 20 local and national breweries along with local food trucks to come together and provide the foundation of a good time inside the complex. Live music events also take place at Peoria Sports Complex, as do Hispanic Heritage festivals. You never know what you might find when you visit Peoria, so be sure to check out their calendar of events! You can stay at a vacation rental condo on a golf course with a pool - a perfect place to relax in the sun.

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18. Prescott

Prescott boasts over 20 parks, open space nature preserves, and lakes, making it a great place to spend some time outdoors. The city has a combination of rustic abodes and beautiful Mexican casitas. Watson Lake provides visitors access to the Granite Dells, a geological structure of exposed bedrock and large granite boulders. Rent a canoe or kayak and get close enough to touch one of the structures, or simple weave through them and admire their unique aesthetics.

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19. Scottsdale

Scottsdale is known for its spa resorts and gorgeous golf courses - we recently ranked TPC Scottsdale as our #1 favorite golf course in the Phoenix area. If you really want a relaxing vacation, Scottsdale can provide just that. Golf courses litter the city, so you can’t go wrong in choosing one for 18 holes. Try TPC Scottsdale for the ultimate golfer’s paradise. For a luxurious stay, try the Phoenician Scottsdale which has an on-site spa, multiple restaurants and lounges, an outdoor fire pit, and, of course, its own golf course. Live the high life in Scottsdale in a vacation rental like this one.

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20. Payson

Mountain towns probably aren’t synonymous with Arizona, but Payson will make you think otherwise. This beautiful town surrounded by dramatic cliffs, dense forests, and grassland has been home to the Native Americans, cowboys, farmers, and many more. Its main attraction is the Mogollon Rim, a canyon-like formation that presents a drop of over 2,000 feet, and has been preserved as a national forest. It’s quite a sight to see. While you’re in town, walk the Payson trails, go under the Tonto Natural Bridge, or learn how the Mogollon Rim inspired Zane Grey at the Zane Grey Museum. The town is truly a mix of history and outdoor wonder, which you can enjoy from your rustic cabin just minutes from town.

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21.Flagstaff

The Wupatki National Monument is just one of the many things you’ll find in Flagstaff. These Native American ruins give visitors an idea of exactly what pueblo villages looked like, and nearby Walnut Canyon National Monument shows cliff dwellings which other pueblos made their homes. If you love ruins, take a day trip to one of five interesting ghost towns in Arizona, several of which are near Flagstaff. The city also houses the famed Lowell Observatory, the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort, and a downtown with dining and nightlife options. In addition, the Grand Canyon is just over an hour away, so you can easily make a day trip out of it before coming back to your condo in a lakeside community.

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22. Sedona

Sedona is known for its natural beauty, and that comes in many different forms. Oak Creek Canyon is actually a river gorge and is often described as a cousin to the Grand Canyon. Palatki Ruins is a display of the homes built into the town’s craggy cliffs more than 1,000 years ago by the Native Americans. The Red Rocks of Sedona are perhaps the most iconic attraction in the city. Most of these formations are over 6,000 feet high and are best appreciated from the sly (try a hot-air balloon ride!) Sedona offers both a peaceful and breathtaking experience to visitors, even in the quiet of your own private casita.

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23. Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City is often referred to as “Arizona’s Playground” and is one of our top five favorite lake vacation destinations. Lake Havasu itself is one of the best boating lakes in Arizona and its bordering beaches allow everyone to enjoy the water from whatever location they choose, especially from a vacation rental with easy lake access. The city has three separate shopping districts, so you won’t have to worry about a lack of options. An extensive amount of bars and restaurants fill the city, so find exactly what you want with all of Lake Havasu City’s choices.

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24. Bullhead City

An affordable city located within just a few hours of Las Vegas, Southern California, and Phoenix, Bullhead City has more than just its convenient location going for it. The place is also ideal for water sports enthusiasts, as the Colorado River runs through the city. The annual Christmas parade, Winter Visitor Expo, and Colorado River Bluegrass Festival are among the other activities available to visitors. The city’s 360 days of sunshine per year doesn’t hurt either, especially when you spend it by the pool outside your condo!

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FAQs

Where is the cheapest place to be a snowbird? ›

The 25 Most Affordable Places to Snowbird This Winter
  • Ocala, Florida. Population: 58,598. ...
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  • Tampa, Florida. ...
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  • Port Charlotte, Florida.
12 Oct 2020

Where is the best place to snowbird in Arizona? ›

Quartzsite, Ariz., is the definitive destination for a true RV snowbird experience. Every winter, the sleepy desert town transforms into a bustling RV city with campers from all over the country.

What is the cheapest way to be a snowbird? ›

Moving to a one- or two-bedroom home can save money. Snowbirds looking to stay on a budget may choose to spend more money on a new home in a desired area and downsize a current home. Downsizing means moving to a smaller home, which generally costs less, both in price and maintenance.

Where is the best place to spend the winter in Arizona? ›

The city of Tucson offers the perfect blend between big-city amenities and outdoor adventure. It's a beautiful place to escape the winter doldrums that plague so many of us each winter. No wonder Tucson is such a popular winter destination and rated as one of the best places to stay in Arizona!

Where is the cheapest place to spend the winter? ›

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  • Canary Islands, Spain.

Can I afford to be a snowbird? ›

It's not cheap to spend your winters away

The people who are most likely to become snowbirds are high-income retirees, generally those bringing in $75,000 per year or more, according to data from real estate information company CoStar Group, reported by CNBC. According to this data, retirees tend to stay in place.

What part of Arizona is warmest in the winter? ›

Yuma is Arizona's warmest winter city and the sunniest year round place in the US, with an annual average of 4,133 hours of sunshine.

How long do snowbirds stay in Arizona? ›

Winter in the desert

Arizona cities like Phoenix, Tucson and Lake Havasu City are known for their warm winter temperatures. Snowbirds flock here every year in October and November to escape the cold and snow back home. Then, when things get cooking in the desert around May or June, they pack up and migrate north.

Is Arizona a good place for snowbirds? ›

Many snowbirds fly south (or southwest) in the winter months to avoid the harsh winters in places like the Midwest and New England, making Arizona a top snowbird destination.

What is the average age of a snowbird? ›

It wasn't always this way, but today the majority of snowbirds are between the ages of 50 and 69. This generation is known to be very active and they tend to be wealthy, well-educated and adept to the snowbird lifestyle very well. Snowbirds have good reasons for avoiding the winter weather.

What state is the best for snowbird? ›

Best Destinations for Snowbirds in 2021
  • West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Fort Myers, Florida.
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
  • Honolulu, Hawai'i.
  • Clearwater, Florida.
  • Delray Beach, Florida.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • Gilbert, Arizona.
1 Jan 2021

Where is the best place to spend the winter months? ›

1. Phoenix, Arizona. If you're looking for plenty of sunshine with winter temps that average 60 to 70 degrees plus a vibrant city setting for some of the best food and drinks in the U.S., consider wintering in Phoenix. Pack light and leave the winter coat at home for this visit.

Is Yuma a good place to winter? ›

Yuma, Arizona is the ideal city to visit for the winter season. Known as the Sunniest City on Earth, Yuma offers temperate winter weather, perfect for snowbirds to escape the snow and freezing temperatures from back East.

Is Lake Havasu a good place to winter? ›

A Lake Havasu City winter will typically show you warm days and cool nights.. perfect to enjoy a campfire in the campgrounds or within the cabin area! Winter rains are sporadic but gentle and welcome in preparation for the spring wildflower season.

Where is hot and cheap in January? ›

In the Canary Islands and Madeira you'll find temperatures around 20ºC. For somewhere hotter, consider the Arabian Gulf with guaranteed sun and 26ºC. For cheap winter sun, grab a direct flight to the beaches of The Gambia. Note: all the travel companies featured are personally recommended by our editors.

Where is the best place to be a snowbird? ›

Best Places for Snowbirds to Winter
  • San Diego, California.
  • Temecula, California.
  • Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Boca Raton, Florida.
  • Jupiter, Florida.
  • West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Fort Myers, Florida.
  • Clearwater, Florida.

Where is hot in December and cheap? ›

You can find warmer weather in the Canary Islands and Madeira. It's a perfect time for Mauritius ,Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the Caribbean. In terms of prices, December is a month of two halves. Travel in the first week or two and you may find a cheap deal.

How much do the snowbirds cost? ›

It is this ability to connect with Canadians both in the air and on the ground that has enabled the Snowbirds to outlive other Canadian air demonstration teams. airshows. The total cost of to operate the squadron annually is “$4.3 million.”

How do I live a snowbird lifestyle? ›

7 Tips For Being A Successful Snowbird
  1. Choose a place that reflects your lifestyle. ...
  2. Don't go all in the first year. ...
  3. Go electronic with all your bills. ...
  4. Make new friends! ...
  5. Don't overbook visitors. ...
  6. Make your snowbirding home a second home. ...
  7. Take your time traveling back and forth.
15 Sept 2019

Do snowbirds pay taxes in both states? ›

When you live in the US you first have to look at the 183-day rule. if you travel to a different state than the state you reside in, you won't have to pay any taxes for up to 183 days. If you want to stay longer it means you also have to pay in the state where you stay.

What town in Arizona has the best weather year round? ›

The city with the best weather in Arizona is Yuma. Yuma hosts some of the best weather in Arizona, making it a suitable temperature throughout the year. With its hottest yearly temperature averaging 107 degrees and the winter months averaging around 69 degrees, Yuma has hot summers and cool winters.

Is Arizona a good place for retirees? ›

Arizona is a great state for retirees! Its fabulous weather and scenery are perfect for active adults that want to get out and enjoy nature. You can live an exciting, and often allergy-free, life when you spend your golden years in Arizona.

What cities in Arizona have 4 seasons? ›

Flagstaff enjoys all four seasons fully and completely: summer, fall, winter and spring.

Do snowbirds have to pay taxes in Arizona? ›

Nonresident individuals must file income tax returns in both Arizona and their home state. Although it may appear as though a nonresident taxpayer is paying taxes twice on the same income because of reporting requirements, credits allowed offset that income.

How many snowbirds come to Arizona in the winter? ›

Arizona has become home to many snowbirds during the winter season. Canadians have contributed to Arizona's economic growth with billions of dollars from tourism and snowbirds. In 2020 there was a significant decrease from 1 million snowbirds to 200,000.

How long do you have to live in Arizona to pay taxes? ›

Any individual who is a resident of Arizona continues to be a resident even though temporarily absent from Arizona. (c) Every individual who spends, in the aggregate, more than nine months of the taxable year within Arizona is presumed to be a resident.

Is it cheaper to live in FL or AZ? ›

Winner: Arizona

In Florida, 43.40% of older renters spend less than 30% of their income on housing, compared to 52.90% in Arizona. For homeowners, Arizona is still the more affordable option. In the Grand Canyon State, 73.10% of homeowners aged 65 and older spend less than 30% of their income on housing costs.

Is Florida or Arizona heat worse? ›

According to www.weather.com, the average high in Scottsdale in August is about 108 degrees. While the average high in Orlando is in the mid 90s. Which is worse low humidity Scottsdale at 110 (Phoenix), Arizona or Orlando, Florida at 95 degrees. Orlando is hotter, of course, because of the humidity.

Is it better to retire in Florida or Arizona? ›

Winner: Florida

Florida levies no income tax, making it the clear winner over Arizona. Arizona's income tax rate runs between 2.59% and 4.50%, and this unfortunately includes retirement income. Distributions from retirement savings accounts like a 401(k) or IRA are taxed as regular income.

What do snowbirds do with their houses? ›

Some snowbirds rent out their vacation homes when they return north. Between the months of April and October, snowbirds live in their summer residence and some put their winter home on the market for rent. This is prime time for warm weather renters to jump on some great properties.

What do snowbirds do with mail? ›

So how do snowbirds handle their mail while they are enjoying their winter getaway? There are several ways snowbirds manage their mail: Using mail holding or mail forwarding services. Ask someone they trust to receive and handle mail while they are away.

How many days can snowbirds stay in the US? ›

Essentially, filing Form 8840 allows Canadian snowbirds to stay in the U.S. for up to 182 days every year without being considered a U.S. resident for tax purposes (assuming you meet the criteria and file on time).

Is New Mexico a good place for snowbirds? ›

US and Canadian Snowbirds flock to New Mexico to enjoy the moderate climate and abundance of outdoor recreation during their winter vacation. They also benefit from a lower cost of living, affordable snowbird rentals and vacation homes, and a slower pace of life.

Is South Carolina Good for snowbirds? ›

South Carolina is growing in popularity with Canadian snowbirds. The state offers miles of sandy beaches along its extensive coastline. Snowbirds will enjoy a relatively low cost of living here and a mild climate during the winter months.

Where is the cheapest place to winter in Florida? ›

The Most Affordable Places to Snowbird in Florida
  • Ocala, Florida. Population: 58,598. ...
  • Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. Population: 111,161. ...
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Population: 178,783. ...
  • Tampa, Florida. Population: 392,905. ...
  • Pembroke Pines, Florida. ...
  • Port Charlotte, Florida. ...
  • Boynton Beach, Florida. ...
  • Fort Myers, Florida.
29 Oct 2020

Where is there no winter? ›

Where In The World Has It Never Snowed? The Dry Valleys, Antarctica: Surprisingly, one of the coldest continents (Antarctica) is also home to a place that's never seen snow. Known as the “Dry Valleys,” the region is one of the driest places on Earth and hasn't seen rainfall for an estimated 2 million years.

What is the warmest place in the US in February? ›

What is the warmest place to visit in the US in February? Miami, Florida, is the warmest city in February, with an average of 78.1°F.

Where is the warmest place to live in the winter? ›

These are some of the best warm places to live in the United States for weather:
  • Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • Hilo, Hawaii.
  • Key West, Florida.
  • Miami, Florida.
  • Phoenix, AZ.
  • San Diego, California.
  • St. George, Utah.
17 Nov 2021

Where is the best place to be a snowbird? ›

Best Places for Snowbirds to Winter
  • San Diego, California.
  • Temecula, California.
  • Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Boca Raton, Florida.
  • Jupiter, Florida.
  • West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Fort Myers, Florida.
  • Clearwater, Florida.

Where is the best place to spend winter in the United States? ›

1. Phoenix, Arizona. If you're looking for plenty of sunshine with winter temps that average 60 to 70 degrees plus a vibrant city setting for some of the best food and drinks in the U.S., consider wintering in Phoenix. Pack light and leave the winter coat at home for this visit.

Where do most Canadian snowbirds go in winter? ›

The most popular international snowbird destinations
  • Mexico. After the U.S., Mexico is the most popular destination for Canadian snowbirds. ...
  • Costa Rica. Costa Rica has been a favourite with Canadian snowbirds and retirees for many years now. ...
  • Panama. ...
  • Dominican Republic. ...
  • Cuba. ...
  • Belize. ...
  • Portugal. ...
  • Spain.

How do I live a snowbird lifestyle? ›

7 Tips For Being A Successful Snowbird
  1. Choose a place that reflects your lifestyle. ...
  2. Don't go all in the first year. ...
  3. Go electronic with all your bills. ...
  4. Make new friends! ...
  5. Don't overbook visitors. ...
  6. Make your snowbirding home a second home. ...
  7. Take your time traveling back and forth.
15 Sept 2019

What is the best state for snowbirds? ›

Florida

How many snowbirds are in Arizona? ›

According to the Canada Arizona Business Council, the Grand Canyon state sees about 975,000 Canadian visitors each year. About 100,000 of them are residential tourists or snowbirds.

Is New Mexico a good place for snowbirds? ›

US and Canadian Snowbirds flock to New Mexico to enjoy the moderate climate and abundance of outdoor recreation during their winter vacation. They also benefit from a lower cost of living, affordable snowbird rentals and vacation homes, and a slower pace of life.

Where do the snowbirds go in Arizona? ›

The greater Phoenix area is in a huge valley and the communities here attract the largest number of snowbirds each year to places such as Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Quartzite and Sun City.

What's the best state to live in during winter? ›

These are some of the best warm places to live in the United States for weather:
  • Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • Hilo, Hawaii.
  • Key West, Florida.
  • Miami, Florida.
  • Phoenix, AZ.
  • San Diego, California.
  • St. George, Utah.
17 Nov 2021

What US city has the best year round weather? ›

1 city with the best weather in the U.S.? Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu took the top spot with an average annual temperature of 77.7 degrees. While the city endures an average of 93 rainy days per year, it also averages 90 sunny days and zero days where the temperature dips below freezing.

How many snowbirds come to Arizona in the winter? ›

Arizona has become home to many snowbirds during the winter season. Canadians have contributed to Arizona's economic growth with billions of dollars from tourism and snowbirds. In 2020 there was a significant decrease from 1 million snowbirds to 200,000.

How many days can Canadian snowbirds stay in the US? ›

They like to visit the U.S. during the winter; there's a term for these tourists: Canadian snowbirds. According to the U.S. Immigration Act, followed by the USCIS, a Canadian resident who is not a U.S. citizen, nor a green card holder, can stay in the U.S. for no more than 180 days a year.

What's a snowbird in slang? ›

snowbird. / (ˈsnəʊˌbɜːd) / noun. another name for the snow bunting. US slang a person addicted to cocaine, or sometimes heroin.

What is the average age of a snowbird? ›

It wasn't always this way, but today the majority of snowbirds are between the ages of 50 and 69. This generation is known to be very active and they tend to be wealthy, well-educated and adept to the snowbird lifestyle very well. Snowbirds have good reasons for avoiding the winter weather.

How long do snowbirds stay in Arizona? ›

Winter in the desert

Arizona cities like Phoenix, Tucson and Lake Havasu City are known for their warm winter temperatures. Snowbirds flock here every year in October and November to escape the cold and snow back home. Then, when things get cooking in the desert around May or June, they pack up and migrate north.

What do snowbirds do with their houses? ›

Some snowbirds rent out their vacation homes when they return north. Between the months of April and October, snowbirds live in their summer residence and some put their winter home on the market for rent. This is prime time for warm weather renters to jump on some great properties.

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