Southwest Florida – The Perfect Getaway For Snowbirds

The real estate market is booming at the moment and I’m sure most of you are thinking of whether to stay in your home, Sell ‘n STAY™ or downsize. With so many options, how can you decide? If your resolution this year is to enjoy a better lifestyle but you’re not sure how to do that, I have a solution for you. Florida! Southwest Florida to be precise.

Every year, statistics show that roughly half a million Canadians flock to the state of Florida during the winter months. Snowbirds have good reasons for avoiding the winter weather. After a certain age, a slip on the ice becomes extremely dangerous, shovelling snow and ice is too straining and the cold weather limits healthy habits like walking and bike riding. Avoiding the winter altogether is a great way to keep up those healthy habits and avoid injuries. There’s way more to it than just keeping up a tan.

Snowbirds tend to enjoy better health. According to the study “Snowbirds, Sunbirds and Stayers: seasonal migration of the elderly to Florida,” more than 63 per cent of snowbirds rated their health as “very good” or “excellent.” Those of the same demographic who stayed in one placed year round reported themselves as having less than desirable health.

Now that you know it’s more beneficial to your health to go to Florida during the winter months, your next questions is probably ‘Where in Florida do I go?’ Well, do you want to do golfing, boating, bike riding, tennis? Do you want to take your dog? There is something and somewhere for everyone.


There’s no better place to get your game on than in Naples, Florida. Naples is renowned for its world-class championship golf courses and is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for its abundance of golf holes. Golf enthusiasts will find some of the most sought-after golf courses among Naples’ communities and resorts. The Naples area presently boasts over 100 golf courses, many of which are designed by top gold architects including Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

Another great spot for golfing is at The Forest Country Club. Here you can experience two distinctively different championship golf courses in the heart of sunny Southwest Florida. From novice to scratch golfer, every player feels right at home with nine tee positions on their Bear Course, and five tee positions on their Bobcat Course. You can also purchase a golf membership, or one of the bundled golf programs.


Catalpa Cove us an upscale gated boating community that fronts the Caloosahatchee River in the Iona section of South Fort Myers. A boater’s paradise, every home in Catalpa Cove includes a dedicated boat dock situated on a deep-water access canal. This community consists of 79 single-family homes ranging in size from 2,800 sqft to over 5,000 sqft. Catalpa Coves’ beautiful landscaping and wonderful mix of estate homes make this a boating community like non-other in Southwest Florida. The community amenities include over 1,800 feet of lighted docks, a playground, BBQ area and tennis.


Imagine getting everything you’ve always wanted in a home – more space for dinner parties, a luxurious master bedroom retreat, or a home office for launching a second career. Tidewater by Del Webb is a community of homes that are designed around your lifestyle, and built for lasting value, low maintenance and peace of mind backed by a comprehensive warranty. This vibrant, active adult community welcomes you with coastal-inspired streetscape of single-story homes designed for everyday living. The premier location provides a variety of resort-style amenities right in your own backyard, including a two-story clubhouse, outdoor barefoot bar, resort pool, sports courts, dog park and community garden. Also enjoy easy access to shopping and dining at Miromar Outlets and Coconut Point. Choose one of 7 designs when you purchase one of the homes. Prices start at $269,990 US and sizes range from 1,542 sqft to 2,634 sqft with 2-5 bedrooms and 2-4 bathrooms.

If you want to test out the waters before making that purchase, Southwest Florida offers vacation rental homes of distinction from small, cozy, guest bungalows to background condos and luxury gold villas to upscale, expansive, waterside luxury estates. This myriad of extraordinary residences is available throughout SW Florida from Estero and Bonita Springs to North and Downtown Naples. No matter what lifestyle you choose, entrée to the lavish white-sand beaches set against crystal blue Gulf waters, perfectly manicured gold courses and gathering places, shopping, dining and arts and entertainment venues are all there for family and friends to enjoy. Leasing accommodations can be bi-weekly, seasonal or long term.

Southwest Florida is the ideal location for anyone who wants to escape the winter. There are dozens of communities to choose from, each offering a multitude of activities for everyone.

Theresa Baird is an I.R.E.S. Realtor®. As a member of the International Real Estate Society, Theresa is certified to sell properties around the world and will be specializing in the Florida region. The Theresa Baird Team can connect you with many local Realtors® wherever in Florida you choose to Rent or Purchase.

Learn more about how you can take the first step towards your next fabulous vacation experience by contacting the Theresa Baird Team at 647-298-0997.

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