Snowbirds in Migration


You know that time of year; it happens just around the end of September, the birds are coming. But, unlike in the Alfred Hitchcock movie, we look forward to seeing them fly in. While many, so many people are traveling to the Northeast and Northwest to see the fall colors, there is an influx of people coming to Florida’s Emerald Coast for sugary sand and mild temperatures. Snowbirds spend weeks, if not months, in the south, enjoying the best we have to offer, minus the summertime temperatures and crowds.

And why not?

Being a snowbird gives you the opportunity to enjoy the best time of year “back home” and then come down here to lounge, fish or golf…in the winter…in short sleeves.

feature_1Winter time as a snowbird also allows you the opportunity to visit your winter family. Snowbirds often visit the same towns, stay in the same condos and socialize with the same people, year after year. There is even a Gulf Coast Snowbirds club with chapters all across the coast from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Panama City, Florida. Some of the season’s goings on from Gulf Coast Snowbirds’ most recent newsletter:

“Destin: The 2000-plus member Destin Snowbird club meets at “The Roost” at the Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Drive, Destin, Fla. Club dues are $8 per season. Two remaining meeting dates include 10 a.m. March 5 and 12.

Activities are wide-ranging including a new skeet shooting outlet, games, quilting, knitting, bowling, golf, bridge, chorus, casino trips, computer club, crafts, fashion show, friendship club, mixers and more. The club supports a benefit concert each year for the Soundstations at the Northwest Florida State College.

“Ft. Walton: The Fort Walton Beach Snowbird Club registration continues on Tuesdays through March 5 at its headquarters at the Fort Walton Beach Elks Club located off Hwy.98 across from the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Visitor Center. The registration fee is $7 per year.

“The final general meeting is March 5 and the last club social is March 10.

“Members may sign up for club activities at registration. These range from golf, hand crafts, casino outings, discount movie tickets, social events, bowling, billiards and card games, including Sheepshead. The Craft Group meets at 9 a.m., Mondays at the Islander Beach Resort, 790 Santa Rosa Blvd., Fort Walton Beach (Okaloosa Island, Fla.) Details: 850-932-6628.”

As you can see, the winter and early spring are packed with great and fun things to do. If you have questions about what’s going on or how to get here, contact us on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll point you in the right direction.

We hope you enjoy your time here.