Although there can be beauty in sparkling white snowdrifts and dripping icicles, the idea of spending the winter in a warm, sunny climate is irresistible. Snowbirds— people who pack up and head south when the temperatures drop— have the right idea but there can be one drawback to this lifestyle....the crowds. At Natural Retreats, we have three destinations that are less traveled, less crowded, and calmer than some of the popular snowbird spots. Imagine spending your winter wandering an unspoiled coastline, spotting dolphins, and dining on fresh seafood. Sipping your steaming mug of morning coffee on your private balcony as you gaze out at the sea. Enjoying a casual al fresco dinner as a vibrant sunset lights up the sky overhead. If you’re looking for a calm retreat from the hustle-bustle this winter, check out one of these three amazing spots to feather your snowbird nest.

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Cape San Blas, Florida

Named the “Best Beach in America”, this gorgeous stretch of tranquil coastline is blissfully less populated than other beachfront areas in Florida. It’s secluded, private, and less commercialized than other coastal towns and offers miles of pristine beaches surrounding an aquatic preserve that’s full of sea life.

The unspoiled beaches are the stuff that beach vacation dreams are made of. Sparkling, soft white sand. Clear, turquoise water. Gentle, warm sea breezes. Swaying palm trees. It’s all here. A Winter on the “Forgotten Coast" will quickly become your annual tradition.


The little town of Port St Joe has quaint shopping, interesting history, and delicious restaurants. Try the bacon and cheddar oysters at the local favorite Cone Heads. Have a few slices of wood-fired pizza at Joe Mamas. Wander through the tree-lined streets and the shops. If you’re looking for a quiet Winter retreat away from the crowds and close to nature, Cape San Blas is the place for you.

Check out our Cape San Blas snowbird rentals. Spacious condos are steps from the beach and larger homes offer private pools. Your reservation also includes $250 worth of beach gear. That's right! Rent a beach wagon, beach chairs, umbrellas, paddleboards, and more for your extended stay.

Photo of senior couple who enjoy each other during their picnic date You'll feel like you've stepped back in time in the Sea Islands.
FOREVER ROYAL - CAPE SAN BLAS, FLORIDA Our homes provide everything you'll need for a relaxing vacation.

Sea Islands, South Carolina

The Sea Islands lie just a few miles from Beaufort, SC. But staying here feels like you’ve entered another world. There is a magical, untouched natural beauty, panoramic views of the sea, calm waters, and breathtaking beaches.

Spending the Winter on the Sea Islands of South Carolina is like stepping back in time. There’s a slower pace here and a respect for history and nature that is unmatched. Each of the islands has its own personality. From dolphin spotting on Harbor Island to strolling through the charming downtown of Beaufort Island, the Sea Islands have something for every snowbird.

Spend the Winter in one of our handpicked snowbird homes — like Villa Bella Vista on Harbor Island. Bask in the tranquil sea air, enjoy lively seafood festivals, and take long walks around the grounds. Or rent a quiet creek-front bungalow on Dataw Island for an unforgettable Winter by the sea.


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BLUFF VILLA 2011- SEA ISLANDS, SOUTH CAROLINA It's hard to beat beachfront views!

Tybee Island, Georgia

Coastal Living magazine named Tybee Island one of America’s “Happiest Coastal Towns.” Who wouldn’t want to spend a Winter in a town with a title like that? Tybee Island is a barrier island and a small city located just outside of Savannah. The beaches are wide and clean, and the sea breezes are energizing. There’s even an iconic lighthouse still in use and a new marine center.

Enjoy a laid-back Winter getaway of leisurely beach walks, stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, sunset cruises, and bike rides. Tybee Island also has a thriving downtown area. Here, you’ll find boutique shopping, interesting history, and delicious restaurants. Feast on conch fritters, oysters, and shrimp on the waterfront deck at popular AJ’s Dockside restaurant.

Rent a Tybee Island snowbird retreat like Little Tara with a grand antebellum feel that’s also within walking distance of the charming downtown. Or rent the colorful Seawalk Cottage for a quick 2-minute walk to the beach.

LITTLE TARA - TYBEE ISLAND, GEORGIA Little Tara is a charming home on Tybee Island. You'll love the tree-lined streets and laid-back vibe.
SEAWALK COTTAGE - TYBEE ISLAND, GEORGIA Colorful beach cottages are close to the shore!

Planning Your Stay

Whatever location you choose for your snowbird migration this year, we recommend you have a clear idea of the goals for your Winter getaway. Are you looking for a large house that can accommodate a lot of visitors? Or are you looking for a smaller bungalow for two? Is it more important for you to be close to town— or close to the beach? Most snowbird vacation homes have a minimum stay of 28 days, so plan accordingly. How many months are you planning on staying? Having clear goals for your Winter getaway will help make your planning easier and ensure that you pick the perfect snowbird home for you.

Having trouble making up your mind? Adventure-seeking travelers may want to spend one month on Cape San Blas, then move to Tybee Island for a month or two. Our long-term, snowbird stay rates are offered at a significant discount—so get creative! The opportunities for spending a warm Winter at one of our Natural Retreats are endless.

When making snowbird plans, consider going off the beaten path and heading to one of our quieter, more peaceful locations to roost. You’ll spend an unforgettable Winter getting closer to nature, renewing your spirit, and indulging your sense of adventure. Natural Retreats has knowledgeable, local staff in each location that can help you every step of the way.