With so many states boasting warm weather during the winter months, it’s a tough decision deciding where to hang your hat from October to March.

Why Be a Gulf Coast Snowbird?

Bid your winter blues goodbye and head south for a season of fun, sun, seafood, casinos and good times with old and new friends. With so many states boasting warm weather during the winter months, it’s a tough decision deciding where to hang your hat from October to March. Get your fill of road trips, championship golf, outlet shopping and more when you stay along the Gulf Coast from Mississippi to Florida.

Did you know Seasonal Affective Disorder affects six percent of the United States population and an additional 14 percent suffer from a less severe form of seasonal depression called the winter blues? You can combat the winter blues with by surrounding yourself with more sun, spending time outdoors and exercising regularly. A snowbird vacation along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida makes treatment for the winter blues a little easier. The only blues you’ll experience are blue skies, blue water and, if you’re lucky, maybe even the Blue Angels flying overhead.

Snowbirding along the Gulf Coast states also affords you the opportunity to see and experience much more than may be possible in other locations. Booking an Alabama Snowbird rental puts you right between attractions and activities in Mississippi and Florida. You’re just a couple hour’s drive from many snowbird attractions and activities, including Mississippi casinos. Snowbirding in Mississippi and Florida also puts you just a few hours or day’s drive of championship golf and historic sites, unique museums, gambling and more.

Mississippi Snowbirds

If you decide to call Mississippi your winter home-away-from-home, prepare for great weather, quaint beaches, Cajun/Creole-inspired food and plenty of unique museums. Oh, there’s also casinos! How could we forget? Whether you want to play the slots, catch a Broadway-style show or feast at the buffet, you’ve got options. In Biloxi, you can play the IP Casino Resort & Spa, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Harrah’s Gulf Coast, Hard Rock Hotel Casino Biloxi and others. Pace yourself, especially if you’re planning an extended snowbird visit!

Sprinkled between casino visits, browse more than 1,000 paintings, wood carvings and ceramics at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. The museum also hosts craft beer tastings, movie nights and more. The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum will give you an up close look into the lives of fishermen along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, from boat building to hurricanes. When you’re not playing the slots or browsing works of art, feast on fresh seafood prepared with Cajun and creole influences. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is just a stone’s throw from Louisiana, and menus are heavily influenced by its spices and preparations. In fact, being so close to Louisiana means a day trip to New Orleans’ historic French Quarter may be in order. Tour historic homes in the Garden District and stop by Café Du Monde for beignets, a pillowy confection covered in powdered sugar.

Several Mississippi cities are ideal for living the snowbird lifestyle. Find rentals in Biloxi, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Ocean Springs and Pass Christian on MississippiSnowbird.com.

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Alabama Snowbirds

Snowbirding in Alabama gives you so many options for travel and activities! Located in the heart of the Gulf Coast, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama boast 32 miles of white-sand beaches, outlet shopping and numerous championship golf courses including Kiva Dunes, Craft Farms and the Gulf Shores Golf Club in Gulf Shores.

The destination is truly a golfer’s paradise. Many of the Gulf Shores golf courses have received national acclaim. Kiva Dunes was designed by U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate and has been named the Best Course in Alabama by GolfWeek, as well as a Top 100 Resort Course in the U.S.

If you’re not teeing off on the greens, there’s plenty of shopping including the Tanger Outlet Center in nearby Foley, Alabama, and The Wharf shopping and entertainment district in Orange Beach. At The Wharf, you’ll find boutique shopping, some of the area’s best restaurants, a movie theater and the SPECTRA sound and light show that takes place after dark.

Alabama snowbirds are just a short drive from all the great activities mentioned in Mississippi. In fact, you’re less than two hours from dropping a coin into the slots at the Beau Rivage Casino Resort in Biloxi! Snowbird bus trips to the casinos and other nearby attractions and museums are also organized by area snowbird clubs. Browse the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach snowbird rental options to find your piece of paradise. You can even find snowbird rentals in Fairhope, located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay and just a short drive from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Florida Snowbirds

Florida has a lot of coastline! It stretches from the Florida Panhandle on the Gulf Coast all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. If you want beaches, Florida has them! While you have a lot of Florida snowbird destinations to choose from, we’re going to talk about the panhandle, as it’s an easy drive to the neighboring Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coasts.

Destin, Florida snowbirds can enjoy outlet shopping at the Silver Sands Premium Outlets or take a short drive to Pensacola and tour the National Naval Aviation Museum. The Naval Air Station in Pensacola is where you can see the Blue Angels fly throughout the year, as well as dedicated shows in Pensacola Beach and around the country. No snowbird vacation on the Gulf Coast is complete without watching the Navy’s precision flying team practice. Practices are typically held most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings beginning in March, another reason to extend your snowbird getaway through March and even April! Pensacola, Fl snowbird rentals include everything from quaint cottages and one-bedroom condos to three-bedroom homes. Whether you stay in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach or Destin, you’ll find a snowbird rental to fit your style on FloridaSnowbird.com.

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Historical Sightseeing

From the WWII museum in New Orleans, to the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, the Gulf Coast is rich in historical attractions, all an easy day-trip away from Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle! This is a list worth your time!