Snowbird Winter Escape To Southwest Florida
Are you sick of the long, drawn-out Canadian winters that hang around well past their welcome? Canadian winters mean cold temperatures, blizzards, and lots of snow. That’s not much fun in my book! Winters in Southwest Florida, however, mean walks on the beach, golfing, fishing, and no icy conditions!
If you’re ready to make a change in climate (and location) maybe it’s time to think more seriously about relocating permanently or owning a vacation home where there isn’t a white Christmas – in Southwest Florida.
Imagine, instead of brutal temps and slick, icy road conditions, you could be driving top down to the beach in balmy 75-80 degree weather. And the weather isn’t the only perk to moving to or visiting Southwest Florida. Here are some of the top benefits of owning a home in Southwest Florida.
Best place for Snowbirds in Florida-It’s an Outdoor Lover’s Paradise
If your idea of a good day is spending it on 18 holes out on the green, there are 20+ golf courses located in Southwest Florida. You could play a round of golf at a new course every day for three weeks if you want!
If fishing is more your thing the Gulf of Mexico, as well as many rivers and canals, are in the area to take care of your fresh and saltwater fishing itch. Charter a deep sea fishing excursion, rent (or buy) your own boat, or load up on tackle and gear for dockside fishing. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Do you love nature and the outdoors? Southwest Florida has beautiful beaches and is home to several wildlife preserves, including the Everglades. And Southwest Florida is great if you love watching birds, baby turtles, dolphins, and much more!
You can also “rough it” at a local campgrounds. You can find campgrounds with all the bells and whistles, including swimming pools, sports facilities, cement pads, and full hookups like Siesta Bay in Fort Myers. Or go primitive with a tent camping spot at Periwinkle Park & Campground on Sanibel Island. You can even camp right on the beach at Fort Myers’ Red Coconut RV Park!
Safe, Family-Oriented Communities
Southwest Florida is beloved by travelers the world over, many of whom come for the beaches and mild weather and stay for the safe, friendly communities. Many of the towns in Southwest Florida have a low crime rate, considerably lower than the national average. The average age of the population in Southwest Florida is over 60.
Snowbird Season Florida-Seasonal Visitors
Maybe the idea of 75-80 degree weather in the winter sounds nice, but you don’t enjoy the hot temps in the summer. Have you thought about a vacation home? Southwest Florida loves snowbirds! Instead of a white Christmas, you could be having a warm Christmas – wouldn’t the grandkids love that?
A vacation home can also be a great investment. During the busy summer months when you aren’t staying at your vacation home, you can rent it out to tourists. There are many companies that allow you to list your property for vacation rentals. So list it and rent it out for a few days (or weeks!) at a time, letting your property earn for you. Currently, this is a popular way for people to vacation. The people who stay are essentially helping you pay for your property!
Ways to Retire in the United States for Canadians
Canadians who want to retire in the US have two options: they can move to the United States temporarily or permanently.
Being a temporary visitor to the U.S. is a great option for those who wish to spend some time in the United States but not move there permanently. You can spend up to six months per year in the United States as a visitor. This is how many Canadians winter in Southwest Florida while still living in Canada the rest of the year.
The maximum amount of time you can visit the United States per year is six months, meaning you must remain in Canada six months also in order to maintain ties to Canada. Whatever the case, before you begin planning your retirement in the United States, please speak with a licensed immigration lawyer and other service professionals, such as tax attorneys, to help you determine your best move and explore your options.
Buying a home can be overwhelming. You need a realtor who knows and loves the area. One that cares about your needs and ideas. If you’re ready for beaches, palm trees, and sunshine this winter, check out Rebecca Silva. She calls Southwest Florida home, and she can help you find the perfect home here as well.