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Historically, these U.S. states are receiving media attention and boasted the growing number of Millennial snowbirds. With large, established Millennial snowbird communities, they offer numerous leisure and activities exclusively for Millennial students and snowbirds who winter there. Keep in mind that the popularity of these destinations often means that the cost of living, including snowbird rental accommodation can be grow higher than lesser known U.S. winter destinations.
The Sunshine state is the king of Millennial snowbird destinations in the United States, with more long term Millennial visitors during the winter months than any other state. It’s no surprise, given Florida’s famous beaches, warm climate, plentiful sunshine and party spots and activities geared specifically towards snowbirds and students. You’ll also find endless options for golf, watersports and other outdoor activities, as well as alternative cheap dining and culture in many parts of the state.
Florida has a number of wonderful cities to choose from that offer a variety of services, activities, and facilities for snowbirds. On the east coast, popular destinations include Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, Boca and Hallandale, while the west coast hot-spots include Sarasota, Fort Myers, Tampa, Naples and St. Petersburg. Millennial snowbirds seeking more bang for their buck (or Loonie!) may also want to explore destination in the Florida panhandle that offer similar experiences at lower prices.
While Florida snowbird accommodation rentals are plentiful, rentals in prime locations go quickly and command a premium, so plan accordingly!
California is another big destination for Millennial snowbirds. Known for its exceptional beauty, wonderful climate, laid back attitude and active outdoor lifestyle, it’s only natural that increasing numbers of Millennials gravitate here winter after winter.
Popular destinations for Millennials along the southern California coast include San Diego and Santa Barbara, offering amazing beaches and ocean front. If you’re looking for more of a dry climate and don’t care about being on the ocean, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and the world-famous ski bums of Lake Tahoe are great options for California snowbirds. No matter which of these destinations you choose, you’ll find numerous culinary experiences, cultural events, and lively activities geared towards snowbirds.
Just like Florida, California snowbird hostel accommodation rentals are plentiful, but rentals in prime locations can be pricey.
Arizona is one of the best U.S. destinations for Millennial snowbirds seeking a dry climate and cool but pleasant temperatures. With picturesque mountains and scenery, some of the best state and national parks in the country, exceptional golf, fine dining and multiple cultural activities, its no wonder snowbirds gravitate there. There are many interesting communities for snowbirds to flock to in Arizona.
Arizona snowbirds have a number of well established communities to choose from, including Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Sedona, Mesa, Yuma, Tempe and Prescott.
Fortunately, Arizona snowbird accommodations to meet any budget are available in all of these communities.
Millennial snowbirds seeking a tropical paradise don’t need to look any further than Hawaii. The Aloha State offers some of the best beaches and scenery in the United States, a beautiful year round warm climate and a variety of outdoor activities. This unique combination of assets has helped turn Hawaii into one of the most popular destination in recent years. While Hawaii offers plentiful snowbird vacation rentals across the state, they can be expensive during the popular winter months and tend to go quickly..
Millennials can find a number of diverse crazy or laidback activities in Hawaii, including popular destinations like Waikiki and Maui, as well as less populated but equally as beautiful spots like Hilo, Pahoa, Princeville and Kahului.
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While you don’t often hear about it, Texas has quietly become one of the most popular destinations for Millennial snowbirds in recent year. In addition to the unique culture and dining, Texas offers many Millennials the ability to access the sun, ocean, beaches and warm weather at a fraction of the cost of most other popular snowbird states.
Corpus Christi, Galveston, South Padre Island and Brownsville are all great choices and popular snowbird destinations located along the Gulf of Mexico, offering snowbird rentals to suit most budgets.
Hidden Gems and Up & Coming U.S. Snowbird Destinations for Millennials
While they may not get as much publicity, these up and coming U.S. snowbird destinations offer many of the same benefits found in the more popular states, such as great beaches, warm climates, and plenty of activities, along with the added benefits of being more affordable and offering unique cultural and activity experiences
South Carolina is growing in popularity with snowbirds. The Palmetto State offers a low cost of living, mild climate, southern hospitality, and plenty of recreational activities. In addition, coastal towns provide Millennial with the beaches, sunshine and oceans they crave.
Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Hilton Head Island and Pawleys Island are all worth checking out, offering South Carolina snowbirds affordable rental accommodations and real estate.
Nevada is a popular snowbird destination for Millennials seeking a dry climate with moderate temperatures. Aside from the obvious draws of world class casinos, dining and entertainment in the Las Vegas area, the state offers a variety of other attractions, including exceptional clubbing and the beautiful unsettled nightlife of the Mojave Desert.
Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Carson City, Mesquite, Laughlin and Primm are all worthy of consideration for Nevada snowbirds. You can find a variety of affordable accommodation options throughout the state, from house and apartment rentals to RV and mobile home parks.
Known for its exceptional scenery, beautiful towns, moderate dry climate and sunshine, New Mexico is attracting its fair share of Millennial snowbirds. The Land of Enchantment features gorgeous vistas of gorges, canyons, and mountains and has a rich Native American and Spanish culture that adds to its charm.
Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Taos, Los Lunas and Rio Rancho all have established snowbird communities with numerous snowbird accommodation rentals available at reasonable prices.
The Magnolia State offers plenty of southern charm and hospitality, traits that are starting to attract more and more snowbirds to the state. Millennial snowbirds who are considering spending the winter in Mississippi should think about being close to the Gulf of Mexico, where they can enjoy beautiful beaches, sunshine and ocean, while venturing further north for short excursions to enjoy local culture and history.
Popular spots along the Gulf include Biloxi and Gulfport, with both cities offering affordable Mississippi snowbird rentals.
Louisiana is experiencing a growing influx of Millennial snowbirds. The state offers many attractive features for winter travellers, including rich local Cajun culture, entertainment, and cuisine, as well as a low cost of living. The Louisiana climate is humid sub-tropical. Summers are hot and humid, but the winters are mild, which means you’ll want to stick close to the southern Gulf Coast if you want warm weather.
Lake Charles and Lafayette are good options for snowbirds, as well as some smaller communities along the Gulf of Mexico.
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Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island located just east of the Dominican Republic that is roughly twice the size of Prince Edward Island. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico has taken a hit and it would be adventurous roughing to the extreme and when infrastructure will be fixed is anyones guess. With a tropical climate that doesn’t have a lot of seasonal variations in temperature and an affordable cost of living, Puerto Rico is an ideal winter destination for Millennial snowbirds to consider. The country’s terrain features breathtaking mountains and coastal plains and sandy beaches line most of the coastal areas but this may have to be placed longer down the to do list.
San Juan is a great spot, offering lovely beaches, world class dining, and great casinos. You may also want to consider the more remote town of Rincon a famous beach town on the northwestern corner of Puerto Rico. Rincon offers a low cost of living, warm weather, and great beaches. You’ll find plenty of low-cost snowbird rental no matter where you look in Puerto Rico.
Located between Mississippi and Georgia, Alabama is growing snowbird due to it’s beautiful gulf coast. The climate is mild but pleasant and the long sea coast has many great harbors and beaches to enjoy.
As far as specific destinations go, you’ll likely want to stick to the Gulf Coast along the Gulf of Mexico. Mobile, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are all popular snowbird destinations offering affordable snowbird rental accommodations.
Georgia offers Millennial snowbirds a mild climate, plenty of southern charm and history, endless outdoor activities.
With a large student population, Savannah is one of the most interesting cities in the United States and great option for Millennials seeking a winter destination overflowing with history and culture. If you’re looking for something a little warmer with great beaches, you can head further down the coast to picturesque Jekyll Island, another snowbird hotspot. Both places offer an abundance of affordable Georgia snowbird rentals.
While North Carolina may be little farther north than Millennial snowbirds like to think of a winter home, it has a loyal and growing snowbird following among individuals who prefer a more moderate climate and a lot to offer those who are willing to think outside the box, including breathtaking scenery, unique historic and cultural activities and world class golf, all at an affordable price.
You’ll find the east coast of North Carolina dotted with snowbird destinations and affordable snowbird rentals.