Last Updated on October 13, 2022 by Christina
If you long for warmer days during the dreary northern winter months, becoming a snowbird RVer is a great way to escape the bitter cold and spend more time RVing. Snowbirds have become an increasingly popular lifestyle for RV owners looking to retreat to warmer climates. It is a great time to relax or find work in more tolerable climates. A lot of snowbirds move around to different campgrounds and even different states. The possibilities are endless for any type of snowbird looking to escape the winter.
Fulltime RVers travel to kinder climates to protect their RV from inclement weather, while others are retirees who spend the winter away from unsavory conditions. There is also a growing community of young RVers and families embracing the lifestyle and flocking to warmer states. These RVers are seasonal workampers who work in exchange for free or discounted campsites or remote workers who have the flexibility to travel.
The differences between going east or west in the winter months
Snowbird RVers travel below the Sunbelt for the most desirable weather, going to western or eastern states. Heading west you are going to encounter desert, semi-desert and Mediterranean climates that offer many fun activities for adventurous RVers. These states include Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Texas. Even though the desert temperatures of Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico can dip pretty low at night, the warm days and scenic views make up for the chilly evenings (and no snow is always a plus!).
The eastern states within the Sunbelt are humid subtropical and tropical climates with lots of activities and beaches for miles. These eastern states include Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. No matter where you go, you’ll enjoy sunny days throughout your stay. Of course, the most popular destinations for snowbirds are Florida and Georgia.
How to plan a snowbird getaway
Since snowbirds are becoming increasingly popular in the RV community, it’s best to plan ahead and book early. A lot of resorts offer weekly and monthly stays and even discounts for a variety of RV memberships. These parks often become thriving communities of returning friends from various states.
A great thing about RVing is that you can have your mail forwarded to many of the parks. And there are many mail forwarding services you can use to make sure nothing important gets lost. You will also need to make sure someone is available to check on your permanent home periodically.
Some of our favorite spots to snowbird
Cypress Trail RV Resort
Soak up the sun at Cypress Trail RV Resort in Fort Myers, Florida. Rent or own a full hookup site that features hard-wired internet. They allow most types of RVs and the lots are back-in and pull-through with great views no matter where you stay within the resort. The amenities at Cypress Trail are endless with an aquatics center, tennis and pickleball courts, shuffleboard and so much more. There is also a dog park with a pool onsite for the four-legged family members to enjoy.
The resort is just minutes away from downtown Fort Myers to enjoy the city and all it has to offer. It is also close to plenty of amazing beaches and only as a short drive to Sanibel and Captiva. Plus, you are also under two hours away from St. Petersburg and Tampa, great destinations for activities and sightseeing.
Juno Ocean Walk RV Resort
If you are looking for some fun in Palm Beach County, Juno Ocean Walk RV Resort is a great snowbird destination. This pet-friendly RV resort features 246 RV sites for rentals, permanent sites and destination trailers. Each rental site features complimentary TV and Wi-Fi, as well as full hookups.
The RV resort is located right across from Juno Beach and the pier, as well as Jupiter Off-Leash Dog Beach. At the resort, there is plenty of amenities to keep the fun times rolling, with a pickleball court, water volleyball, pool and so much more. They also have regular activities like block parties, golf cart parades and group yoga.
Boyd’s Key West Campground
Boyd’s Key West Campground is a little slice of pet-friendly heaven located in Key West, Florida. The site sizes vary, but offer full hookups, waterfront views and inland spaces for a variety of scenery. Each site also has a picnic table and concrete patio perfect for enjoying the views.
There are also lots of activities to do such as fishing at the pier and kayak rentals as well as a marina right on the property. Bike and walking paths wind throughout the campground and so much more for a memorable stay. You are also a short drive to downtown Key West, where there is a lively nightlife, golf course and plenty of island activities.
River’s End Campground
River’s End Campground is Tybee Island’s only campground and RV park. The campsites offer full hookups and offer weekly rates, as well as extended stays in December, January and February for those looking for long-term snowbird accommodations. This pet-friendly RV park also features a propane refill station, swimming pool and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Only blocks away you’ll find plenty of gorgeous waterside restaurants and fun things to do in this Georgia island town. There are many guided marine tours and plenty of walking and biking paths to explore. Tired of life on the island? Explore the endless entertainment and life of Savannah, only 18 miles away from River’s End Campground.
Beaver Run RV Park
If you’re looking for a quaint and relaxed snowbird destination, Beaver Run RV Park is the place for you. This RV park offers full hookups at each RV site as well as cable and Wi-Fi. The campground also fills propane tanks and allows boat and RV storage for a monthly fee.
Beaver Run offers a home-away-from-home experience with activities for the whole RV community. You’ll enjoy regular potlucks, game nights, horseshoe tournaments and more. You can also enjoy swimming, fishing and boating on Beaver Run Lake or explore the surrounding towns and cities like Statesboro, which has activities like museums, wildlife centers and a waterpark.
Coastal Georgia RV Resort
The Coastal Georgia RV Resort is a perfect snowbird getaway in Brunswick, Georgia. With 105 spacious RV sites, this pet-friendly resort features full hookups that are mostly pull-through and some back-in sites. There are also fire rings in the pavilion, as well as a swimming pool, shuffleboard and a lake for fishing.
Coastal Georgia RV Resort is a great retreat for avid fishers. This RV resort is positioned near the Oglethorpe Bay, Brunswick River and Intracoastal Waterway for a variety of great fishing experiences. Want to soak up the sun? Jekyll Island is only thirty minutes away and offers miles of magnificent beaches, a waterpark and golfing.
Hidden Valley RV Park
See what Texas has to offer while staying at the Hidden Valley RV Park. Boasting a country style of camping, this RV park in Von Ormy has full hookup sites with weekly and monthly rates for a perfect snowbird getaway. Throughout the winter, they plan events like community campfires and other fun activities. This snowbird paradise is pet friendly and has plenty of walking paths, as well as an off-leash dog park for them to roam and play.
You can fish in Medio Creek nearby and walk along the trails. Explore the wonderful architecture of San Antonio through its Riverwalk, shopping and restaurants. And it’s only 20 minutes away. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, explore the many caves and parks close by.
The Hitchin’ Post RV Park and Cabins
For true western Texas RVing, you don’t want to miss The Hitchin’ Post RV Park and Cabins. Spanning over 33 acres in Plainview, this park offers weekly and monthly stays. There are horseshoe pits, a group fire pit, a general store and gift shop. They even have farm-fresh eggs from chickens right on the property. Being pet-friendly, the Hitchin’ Post features a dog park, dog wash as well as a stable on-site for your horse to stretch its legs and relax from traveling.
This park is close to Lubbock, which has an amusement park, museums and more. There are nearby ORV trails in Plainview as well as some state parks, gorgeous trails and fun museums. There are also plenty of hiking trails and state parks, perfect for adventurous RVers.
Sea Breeze RV Community Resort
If you are looking for sun and sand in the Lone Star State, look no further than Sea Breeze RV Community Resort. This resort is situated in Nueces Bay in Portland, right on the Gulf of Mexico. This RV park offers weekly and monthly rates for any type of snowbird and there are spacious RV sites that are big rig friendly.
Bingo, Saturday breakfast and BBQs by the fire pit are just some of the great features Sea Breeze has to offer. There is also a private fishing pier for guests. November through April, this resort has a variety of scheduled activities and is a very welcoming community of RVers. Sea Breeze RV Community Resort is close to Corpus Christi, which has amazing beaches, fun museums and delicious restaurants wherever you go
Cactus Gardens RV Resort
For a great snowbird getaway, Cactus Gardens RV Resort is a perfect location. This RV park in Yuma is for people over 55 and has tons of fun activities. With campsites across 14 acres, this RV resort is near the Colorado River and Imperial Dam for some excellent fishing. There is an active community and weekly events like bingo, potlucks, water aerobics and more. Enjoy shuffleboard and a game room or relax near the swimming pool and hot tub. Cactus Gardens RV Resort has endless opportunities.
Just outside the RV resort, enjoy the nature trails and the beautiful Colorado River nearby and Joshua National Park is only three hours away. It’s a perfect oasis to check off your bucket list. San Diego, California is also only two and a half hours away offering great shopping, restaurants and beaches.
Prince of Tucson RV Park
The Prince of Tucson RV Park is a great snowbird destination located in Tucson just minutes from downtown. A swimming pool, Jacuzzi, shuffleboard courts and walking paths are just some of the great amenities. They offer weekly, monthly and annual rates, as well as mailboxes for extended guests!
There are always fun events and plenty of restaurants, museums and entertainment for fun weekend adventures. You’ll also find many walking and bike paths right outside the park to explore. Plus Phoenix is only two hours away, where you can enjoy everything this exciting city has to offer.
Tradewinds RV Park
In Golden Valley, you will find Tradewinds RV Park, a fun snowbird getaway with gorgeous mountain views. They welcome annual RVers, offer weekly rates and have spacious pull-through and back-in campsites for a variety of RV lengths. Plus they have RV, boat and OHV storage on site for easy access.
There’s plenty to see and do around the area of Golden Valley. In the park there is bocce ball, horseshoe and more to enjoy your downtime when not exploring outside of the park. This park is centrally located between Laughlin, Bullhead and Kingman and a short drive to Las Vegas! There are ORV trails, horseback riding, mountain biking and more for the adventurous snowbird. If you’re looking for a more relaxed snowbird getaway, there is plenty of nearby golf courses and casinos!
Sam’s Family Spa & Hot Water Resort
Sam’s Family Spa & Hot Water Resort is an oasis in Desert Hot Springs. This park has monthly rates for RVers and is pet-friendly. Within the RV park and motel, there are four naturally heated mineral pools, a swimming pool, wet and dry saunas and swimming pools for a relaxing getaway. The park also features a volleyball court and horseshoe pits.
Around 30 minutes from Palm Springs and less than an hour from Joshua Tree National Park, Sam’s Family Spa & Hot Water Resort is central to many great activities for any type of snowbird. You are also not far from many great country clubs and golf courses for the perfect tee time.
Campland on the Bay
For those snowbirds who want to enjoy the sandy beaches of San Diego, Campland on the Bay is for you. Nestled right on the water of Mission Bay, Campland on the Bay offers weekly stays, as well as a limited number of sites for extended stays over 31 days. The campground allows personal golf carts, boats & trailers and offers slip rentals for easy access. You can also rent pontoon boats, kayaks and pedal boats as well.
Let’s not forget the onsite restaurant with a bar and ice cream parlor, as well as a dog park for your furry family members. This RV park is also only an hour and a half away from Disneyland! Nearby, there is Crystal Pier which is perfect for fishing and San Diego Zoo with the gorgeous Balboa Park plus so much more.
A Country RV Park
For the more adventurous snowbirds, A Country RV Park is a perfect stay. This RV park in Bakersfield features all the amenities you need. The RV sites are pull-through and spacious for big rigs and are open year-round. Within the RV park, there is a large pool, propane fill station, self-service RV wash and more.
A great thing about A Country RV Park is that it is central to a lot of great cities. Take a weekend getaway to Las Vegas or explore amazing national parks and forests, like Sequoia National Park. You will also not want to miss great local attractions like the Kern County Raceway and several awesome museums.
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