Fly South, it’s Warmer Here

Cool weather and snowbirds – they are both coming to Northwest Florida. And Northwest Florida is ready for them. It was a long and hot summer. We had a lot of fun traveling, paddleboarding and enjoying the sunshine. Now it’s time to enjoy cool weather, hot cocoa and the Holiday Season. Welcome snowbirds!

For those of you who don’t know; the term “snowbird” refers to people from cooler areas of North America like the U.S. Northeast, Midwest and Canada, who spend most of the winter in warmer areas including California, the Carolina and Florida. Some even go as far south as Mexico and the Caribbean. This migration is named for the birds that fly south for the winter, avoiding colder weather.

The Destin Snowbird Club is a group devoted to providing entertainment and opportunities for socialization to snowbirds. Of course, one needn’t be a member of the club to be a snowbird, but dues at $8 for the entire season, from November through mid-March. It seems like a good investment, providing admission to a number of events including golf, bowling and concerts. If you’re interested in joining the club, open registration is on Mondays from 1 to 3 pm through December 10th.
Even if you’re not interested in joining a club, Destin andFt. Walton Beach have a lot to offer snowbirds. The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village offers great winter fishing. November through February there are far fewer anglers hitting the water. This means the fish are seeing less bait and fewer feeding opportunities. They become less picky about what they’ll strike. When you find fish, you’ll find hungry fish including white marlin, sailfish, wahoo and grouper – to name just a few.

One of the best things about Florida’s Emerald Coast, for golfers anyway, is year-round golfing. Sure, some days are a bit chilly to be on the links, but overall most days provide ample opportunity to squeeze in 18. Plus, on chilly days that cocktail at the 19th is that much better.

In the winter months restaurants and shops are less crowded too. The Gulf Coast’s exquisite selection of goods and seafood is ready for the taking with nearly no line and no waiting. If you’ve got the time for an extended visit, we’ve got everything you need to feel at home – except snow, ice and dangerous driving conditions.
Are you a snowbird or do you have family who winter in a warmer climate? Let us know about them or your experiences on Facebook or Twitter.


  1. Joan Price on December 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Winter has just began here in New Jersey, and after a hurricane and Noreaster, this snow bird is ready to fly the coop to warmer lands. I have been considering vacation rentals in South Walton. I will definitely consider joining the Snowbird Club because I try to go South for the winter each year. I need sunshine. Thanks for the information.

  2. Blog Admin on December 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    We’re glad to help… and we’re sure you’ll enjoy your time in South Walton.

    Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting.