Where Snowbirds Travel To

Considering becoming a Snowbird? Wondering where Snowbirds travel to? Wonder where you should travel to? Here are our experiences.

It’s fact, of course, where Snowbirds travel to is anywhere in the world they want to go even though the typical Canadian Snowbird travels to a destination that, during the months from October or November through to end of March or even April, have temperatures well above the freezing point. Places where the presence of snow is, while perhaps not unheard of, is extremely rare.

Chasing Winter Heat!

Nah, belay that. We want to go to places where snow is an unusual occurrence, and one that during winter, cold temps are also unusual.

In North America, areas that Snowbirds frequently travel to include:

  • California
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Texas
  • Louisiana
  • Alabama
  • Florida

Some Canadian Snowbirds will take an an extended drive south into Mexico, camping or staying in their RV.

Driving or Flying or… Bus?

Or, rather than driving to their destination for an extended stay, some Snowbirds opt to fly, the downside of which is the absence of a personal vehicle at their destination unless it’s their regular spot, and they have left a car there for their use when there.

Sunset over Canadian Snowbird apartments in Florida in mid-January. Please note that the fountain is running and the water is not frozen!

Sunset over Canadian Snowbird apartments in Florida in mid-January. The fountain is running and the water is not frozen!

Central American Countries

Typically, air travel is required to get to much of Southern Mexico, and other Central American countries. Some of the Central-American countries that Canadian Snowbirds travel too include:

  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama

Other Countries?

Dusk in beautiful Negril Beach

Dusk in beautiful Negril Beach, Jamaica. This is early February, and the person on the beach is clearly freezing in the winter cold, yes?

Canadians winter in most of the island countries in the Caribbean. Others prefer the cooler, but not cold, temperatures of Bermuda, or the slightly warmer temperatures in the Bahamas.

South American countries call to some Canadian Snowbirds.

How about the South of France? Portugal?

Canadian Snowbirds over-winter in countries around the globe. The options are almost limitless. So how do you decide what’s best for you?

What Are The Best Locations for Snowbird Travel?

We have our druthers. Other Canadian Snowbirds have theirs. So, how do you decide?

Let’s look at some of the factors that we used when we decided where we were going to spend our snowbird winters.

  • the overall historical weather there
  • language spoken in the location of choice
  • will we experience culture shock
  • will we be secure
  • what services are available, including medical
  • the overall cost

Snowbird weather, language, culture, security, services and cost are discussed beginning on this page.


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