Date Published: 2023/12/08

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Snowbird RV Destinations You Need to Visit

a modern RV is parked on a sandy beach. In the distance you can see the beautiful blue water. Sitting close to the water are two people soaking up the sun as they relax in red beach chairs

When the temperatures drop and snow is just around the corner, many RVers remember precisely why they love the snowbird lifestyle so much: the ability to head south to warmer climates. After all, the winter doesn't feel so long — or so dreary — if you're enjoying sunny days at the beach or in the desert.

Here are a few of our favourite snowbird RV destinations.

St. Petersburg, Florida

Florida has long been a snowbird paradise, and for good reason: the sun is shining, the weather is warm, and the water is calling. St. Petersburg has much to offer snowbirds; during winter, the city's waterfront transforms into a shimmering wonderland of lights.

Destinations like the Imagine Museum of Contemporary Glass Art, the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, the Florida Botanical Gardens, and the Salvador Dali Museum are just the start. To reap the benefits of outdoor recreation, stay at Fort de Soto Beach in nearby Tierra Verde, where you'll find beaches and trails galore.

Bisbee, Arizona

From May through October, southern Arizona temperatures regularly reach 35C. But in winter, the Sonoran Desert offers mild temperatures and (almost always) sunny days. Take advantage of this comfortable climate in the snowbird RV destination of Bisbee.

About two hours from the much-larger city of Tucson, Bisbee is known for its historical sites, abundant hiking and biking opportunities, as well as charming streets lined with art galleries, eateries and boutiques. Don't-miss attractions including the Bisbee Restoration Museum and the Copper Queen Mine. Be sure to take a ghost tour of the old town, followed by drinks at the Old Bisbee Brewing Company.

Ventura, California

If California dreaming is on the agenda this winter, pack some sunscreen and head to Ventura. Even in winter, temperatures in this coastal town hover in the upper 40s or higher. It's the perfect time of year to hit the beach and take a stroll on the boardwalk.

Best of all, migratory gray and orca whales also make their snowbird journeys in winter, so you're likely to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures. On the rare rainy day, head into town to browse the shops and art galleries, take in a play or concert and explore the Basilica san Buenaventura Mission, founded in the colonial era.

Florida Keys

It's no secret that the Florida Key is a perennially popular snowbird RV destination. After all, there's something special about lazing on a white sand beach when much of the U.S. and Canada are covered in snow.

But there's more to the Keys than beaches. That's why we recommend exploring from Key West to Key Largo. You'll experience several unique cultural and natural attractions, like the Ernest Hemingway House, Dry Tortugas National Park, the Truman Little White House, and Fort Zacharty Taylor Historic State Park. Of course, you'll have to indulge in Key lime pie and savour local Afro-Caribbean cuisine.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas may be best known for its casinos, shows, dining, and shopping. But this desert city is one of the top RV snowbird destinations, thanks to its combo of glitzy nightlife and natural beauty. Not too far from the lights of the strip, you'll find several recreational sites that offer swimming, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, camping and more throughout the winter.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire State Park, and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area are all just a short drive away. RVers can pick campsites outside the city or from several sites close to the action, such as the KOA at Sam's Town.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

For stunning ocean views, head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This coastal city is a top destination year-round, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities. Even if the water is too cold for swimming, you'll always find something to do.

Listen to live music at the Carolina Opry or take in the "South's Grandest Christmas Show" at the Alabama Theater. Marvel at the abundant sea life in Ripley's Aquarium, or take a dolphin cruise to catch a glimpse of these amazing mammals in the wild.

Before You Head South

A few preparations are in order before you leave for warmer climates. Snowbird RV destinations are popular, so reservations are always recommended (if not required).

Get your rig tuned up, stocked, and ready to go, but before you hit the road, make sure that you and your rig are protected. Contact Orbit Insurance Services to learn about our RV insurance options.