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Hate Winter? Check Out These Snowbird Destinations

Escape the cold and find these warm weather oases.

Winter is a divisive season. According to The Atlantic, men and Arctic indigenous people tend to fare better in frigid temperatures. While some people embrace the cold weather, others find frosty temps stressful and depressing. If you’re the latter, you’re not alone. In the northeast, residents call folks, typically retirees, who migrate south during the winter time “snowbirds.” Whether you’re looking to find a permanent new roost somewhere warm or just searching for a part-time winter residence, here are the best destinations for warm weather migrants.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Bodie Island Lighthouse in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. (Source: @hollwayz/Instagram)

If you like seasons and don’t mind a light dusting of snow once in a blue moon, then the Outer Banks in North Carolina might be the place for you. While its beautiful beaches bring in thousands of visitors over the summer, winters in the Outer Banks are a little more calm–but just as sunny. The average winter temperature is between 50 and 60 degrees.

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton Head, South Carolina (Source: @hiltonhead_sc/Instagram)

Considered one of the best places to live in South Carolina, Hilton Head is an island resort community tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Filled with scenic ocean views, classy restaurants, golf courses, and nature, Hilton Head is full of history and charm. Beaufort County, where the island is located, has only a 9% chance of snowfall each year. With its untouched creeks, lagoons, and 12 miles of Atlantic shoreline, you can expect subtropical temperatures for year round exploring.

Marco Island, Florida

Tigertail Beach in Marco Island, Florida (Source: @leo031712/Instagram)

Marco Island is the only island in Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands that’s been developed–it’s also the largest. Boasting tropical temperatures all year, Marco Island is perfect for nature lovers of any age. The island an easy drive to the Everglades and also boasts beautiful parks (like the nearby Collier Seminole State Park) and delightful beaches with plenty of water-friendly activities.

Tucson, Arizona

Sabino Canyon in Tuscon, Arizona (Source: lailasadny/Instagram)

When it comes to ideal climates, Tucson offers residents hot weather without the humidity.  With a yearly average temperature of 72 degrees, Tuscon is one of the sunniest cities in the country. Boasting a variety of fun festivals throughout the year, the city is perfect for art connoisseurs and foodies alike. With mild winters ranging between the mid 60s to the mid 70s, you’ll never need your winter coat again.

Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas (Source: @malone.tx/Instagram)

With a view of the Corpus Christi Bay and Gulf of Mexico, temperatures in Corpus Christi can’t be beat. The average is a comfortable 72 degrees. In this waterfront city, there’s plenty to do including: fishing for (and eating) fresh seafood, Schlitterbahn water park, and visiting WWII aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Lexington. Perhaps best of all is Padre Island National Seashore, the largest barrier island in the world, right in Corpus Christi’s backyard.

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Raquel Guarino

Raquel Guarino is a writer for Realty.com and Help.com. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

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