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Old 01-13-2015, 12:02 PM   #1
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Lori and I are going to retire in June. We live in Colorado and want to escape the cold of winter (and snow shoveling) in January and February. So we're thinking about becoming a snowbird during this time. We're thinking Florida, Arizona and maybe the San Diego area. What are some of your favorite places/states to snowbird?, and how hard is it to get reservations? How far in advance do you need to set up the reservations for this time of year?
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If you want any of the more desirable locations for winter 2016, make reservations NOW.
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I start calling the summer prior to. Never know by websites if theirs new management, pricing, scheduled park upgrades or local construction. We loved Arizona. This year its lower Texas coastal areas. I've done some searching for Florida but seams higher pricing. Isn't retirement exciting?
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You wouldn't like Florida, the people down here are CRABBY!
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You wouldn't like Florida, the people down here are CRABBY!

I agree, I don't like Florida either. After having lived there for years, I like it a lot more out west. Don't care to ever go back to Florida.
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[QUOTE=brianlori;2381674]Lori and I are going to retire in June. We live in Colorado and want to escape the cold of winter (and snow shoveling) in January and February. So we're thinking about becoming a snowbird during this time. We're thinking Florida, Arizona and maybe the San Diego area. What are some of your favorite places/states to snowbird?, and how hard is it to get reservations? How far in advance do you need

Brian..
My wife and I are on our annual trek to Lake Havasu. Actually we are in Santa Fe trapped by a bit too much snow and ice overnight.. But hope to get underway in the morning again.. I drive the coach pulling our pontoon and my wife follows in our Grand Cherokee.. We really like Havasu cause of the lake! We have been going for 5 years.. After 2.5 months at Havasu (after the balloon festival and the international pyrotechnics convention) we will go to Kartchner Caverns, Patagonia Lake, Catalina in Tucson then Dead Horse near Sedona.. A total of about 4 months..
The weather is reliably warm.. It is reasonably priced and not nearly as far as Florida.. Besides Florida is packed with folks..
San Diego is nice but quite pricey.
Just my .02 worth..
We are from Conifer and look forward to this trip all year..
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Haven't you heard, FL is full! Just kidding. Come on down and spend lots of money while you're here. Start to set up your reservations this summer. You're probably too late for state parks as they book up 11 months ahead.
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Texas coast is the best. Florida is too expensive and I don't like the people attitudes. Not friendly.
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Lori and I are going to retire in June. We live in Colorado and want to escape the cold of winter (and snow shoveling) in January and February. So we're thinking about becoming a snowbird during this time. We're thinking Florida, Arizona and maybe the San Diego area. What are some of your favorite places/states to snowbird?, and how hard is it to get reservations? How far in advance do you need to set up the reservations for this time of year?
Yuma Arizona. We spent 18 seasons there. Texas is another place but it gets colder. We usually spent a month or more in Georgetown Tx. My daughter lives just south of there. Very reasonable price.
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Texas coast is the best. Florida is too expensive and I don't like the people attitudes. Not friendly.
We started coming here a few years ago, and had just the opposite opinion, so maybe it's about the area you're in? We never felt so welcome ANYWHERE in our travels all over the country as we felt in the more rural areas along the Gulf Coast. We eventually started focusing on the areas north of Tampa, eventually buying a second home "out in the country" about 10 miles off the coast. Love it...

Rarely do you meet anyone "from" this area. All are transplanted. I'm of the belief they have a little different outlook/attitude because of that.

Daytona, Orlando, Miami, other more urban areas, maybe not so much....

Regarding expensive, that's pretty subjective. We find food expensive in the grocery stores (restaurants very reasonable), but taxes, utilities, real estate, and labor seem very reasonable, and WAY more than offset the price of groceries.

And yes, plenty of RV parks in the area.
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Were from Colorado and stay in San Diego, Mission bay on the water front. Requires 2 year in advance reservations to hold the location!!
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Things you should know about Florida: no longer "The Sunshine State"--now known as: "God's Waiting Room"
Motorcyclists don't last long in Florida.---If you see a car in the left lane, left turn signal flashing, old man wearing a baseball hat on crooked--he is most likely to take a right turn!!

Florida's philosophy regarding snowbirds & tourists: STAY HOME!! JUST SEND YOUR MONEY!!

( I lived & worked there. Met ONE person who was born & raised in Florida!!)

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