Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Where to Spend Winter

We are trying to decide where we want to spend the winter. This is our first winter as fulltimers and we are clueless. We know it is expensive in Florida and we don't want to spend our winter in the middle of the desert of Arizona. Not sure where we are going and are looking for any recommendations.

Travel Safe Dawn and Denise

24 comments:

  1. This is our first year as snowbirds so I will be checking back to see what others suggest. Since we are so close to California and Arizona, we will probably end up somewhere down there for at least part of the winter. Good luck to you.

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  2. What a nice dilemma, wondering where to spend the winter! Such freedom makes my head spin in envy. My choice would be the Texas coast at Rockport--near Corpus attractions, great weather, great food, great friends, and relatively inexpensive.

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  3. I stayed in Navarre, near Pensacola last winter and felt it moderately priced, Emerald Bch RV Park, wonderful beaches...

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  4. Have you ever been to Arizona ? It was my first time last Winter and I loved it ! AND I found it to be quite beautiful and scenic ! So many gorgeous places there. PLUS, You guys have to do Quartzsite at least once.

    I think for the Winter months, Arizona and Florida are really our only choices. You gotta love a steady high 60's to low 70's in the dead of Winter. AND I might even make 'bikers' outta ya !! LOL

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  5. Uhhh....why would you NOT want to spend your winter in the desert in Arizona???? It's heaven here in the winter. Seriously. Gorgeous. Winter paradise. Plus you could meet us! :)

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  6. Actually, the Tucson area is a great place to winter. We are centrally located to many great places to explore.

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  7. we have no plans yet either but are considering just heading back to Texas

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  8. Northern Florida is less expensive,but it can get cold. We are going to spend the first part around San Antonio and the rest in Southern New Mexico. Lots of people winter in my home town of Deming or in Las Cruces. It is desert but the temps are mild. South Texas has some very nice RV parks.

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  9. Southern Louisiana has always intrigued me...but it doesn't get as warm as South Texas or Arizona...I guess "The Valley" in Texas is warm, but we don't like the cramped feeling of all those campgrounds...We have friends who stay around San Benito, TX...not quite as busy...We love Texas, but there will be no campfires there for a while..

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  10. Last winter we spent in several places. There is a snow bird group at Zion River Resort which was great. Not as warm as places further south but it was fun and lots to do. Then we ended up in Tucson for 6 weeks (via a couple other spots). I'm not much of a desert person either but for a couple months in the winter it is nice. This year we are trying the gulf coast. Who says you have to spend it all in one place? Maybe try a couple different spots. Part of the fun is puzzling out where to go :)

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  11. We winter in a little town called Gold Canyon, not far from Apache Junction, Arizona and absolutely LOVE it! There is so much to see and do around there, plus you have Mesa and Phoenix not too far away if you need a "big city". We spent one winter in Rockport, TX, but found that the wind blew ALL the time and our coach started to rust from the constant dampness. We would definitely recommend Arizona as a winter spot. The daytime highs are 60 to 90 depending on the month and the lows occasionally get down into the 30's, but are usually in the 40 to 60 range. We are originally from the damp, green Pacific Northwest but found that we love the desert landscape. Have a great time wherever you decide to spend the winter.

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  12. I'd say if you can tolerate a little cold, head a little more north (in any state) that the typical snow bird would. We spend part of the winter in Felton CA (near santa cruz) and it was fine. I wouldn't recommend felton as it's a little too damp. but anywhere closer to the shore or not in the redwoods would be fine.

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  13. Space... space... good times. Desert in Arizona!

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  14. We will be spending January thru March at Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park in Crystal River, Florida. We were there last year and loved it!! We have not tried any others yet.

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  15. I was thinking of the Texas coast, but reading the comments, I wonder if its a good idea to spend a lot of time near the salt water in an RV. Maybe a month in Texas, then some time in New Mexico and Arizona. New Mexico State Parks has an annual permit that is very reasonable.

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  16. We've tried Arizona but for constant great weather with lots to do and see we've pretty much settled on the Palm Springs/Desert Hot Springs area of California.

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  17. There are lots of places in the desert where you don't have to feel like you're "in the middle of the desert."

    You CAN be in the middle of the desert, if you choose to go boondocking on BLM lands, but you can also choose a fun community that happens to be located in the desert.

    Two of my favorites are Desert Hot Springs, California, and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Both of these are spa towns, with natural mineral hot springs where you can soak cheaply, often as part of your RV space rental. Both are small towns. Desert Hot Springs has the advantage of being close to a half dozen other towns, plus the fabulous Joshua Tree National Park is nearby.

    The other thing is, you don't have to choose just one place to spend the entire winter. There is so much to see throughout the Southwest. Give it a try! I don't think you'll feel like you're out in the middle of nowhere at all.

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  18. Florida can be as inexpensive or as expensive as you like. The further south you go,the more expensive it is.

    Last year we stayed near Tampa in Zephyrhills. There are TONS of rv parks. Most of them are your typical snowbird type parks. You're close together, there are a lot of Park models, they have a rec center and planned activities. We found the rates to run about $400 to 500 monthly. They are not the usual place we prefer but for the winter it's kind of fun meeting lots of other fulltimers and snowbirds. If you reserve for a month you get a much better rate. Cg's in Tampa are higher. You could also try Dade City or Spring Hill, which are a little north of Tampa.

    If you go north of Tampa, the weather really starts to get colder. We lived just north of Tallahassee for 5 years and were shocked at the difference in temps. I would not spend the winter in the panhandle of Florida because it's too cold for me.

    Isn't it nice to have the option?

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  19. I'm heading back to Tucson for the winter because it's a great place. I lived there for 10 years and miss the winters. I read today where Seattle is going to have another lousy winter so I think I made the right decision. Good luck on making your decision. Isn't it great to have such a problem???

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  20. Hi,
    My suggestion would be Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur.
    Winter doesn't start here until late January usually.
    WInter, Spring, Summer, Fall you can count on 65 to 75 daytime and the only real difference at night is between Feb and April, it may get into the mid 30's.
    Very little rainfall until Feb, Mar April May usually and as it gets into those months, you can just move a little more south to San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara. The California coast is nirvana. From the Giant Sequoias of Big Basin to the rugged untouched wilderness of Big Sur, it is a hundred miles of the most spectacular flora, fauna, wildlife, unspoiled seascape, agriculture, dining, arts, music on the planet.
    My father travelled around the world several times and settled here saying, "of all the amazing, exotic places I have seen, nowhere come close to the place I call home."
    Come and visit, you'll see why. All the best in your travels. Rich.

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  21. Such a problem to have! We're wrestling a bit with that question, too!

    We spent much of our first winter along the Texas coast and the RGV. The coast wasn't too bad, but the RGV wasn't our cup of tea.

    Last winter we were in Texas Hill Country and loved it. It can be chilly, but we found it a great place to be.

    This winter I think we're planning to explore the Gulf Coast. And next winter we hope to find a desert place that's not in the middle of the desert.

    You have a lot of great suggestions here. Happy planning!

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  22. Isn't it great to have a choice on where to winter, instead of being stuck in a house somewhere that you have no choice?

    I'm sure you'll find the perfect place and enjoy every day there. :c)

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