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Break Away from the Flock: 3 Hidden Spots for Snowbirds

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.

The pristine shores of Cape San Blas, Florida

From biking to fishing - our destinations offer activites for everyone

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.

Treehouse - Cape San Blas, Florida

Forever Royal - Cape San Blas, Florida

The little town of Port Saint 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 like the Tree House. This peaceful retreat is nestled among pine trees and is only a short walk from the beach. The Tree House has a huge wraparound porch to take in the views and sea breezes. Homes like Forever Royal offer snowbird rates and sparkling private pools. Most of our snowbird rentals on Cape San Blas are also pet-friendly, allowing you to bring your favorite furry friend along for the adventure.
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Villa Vista - Sea Islands, South Carolina

Harbor Point Beach Estate - Sea Islands, South Carolina

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 out here, and a respect for history and nature that are unmatched. Each of the islands has it’s own personality and vibe. 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 on Fripp Island— like Villa Vista. Bask in the tranquil sea air, enjoy lively seafood festivals, and take long walks around the wooded grounds. Or rent an oceanfront bungalow on Harbor Island like Harbor Point Beach Estate for an unforgettable winter by the sea.

Little Tara - Tybee Island, Georgia

Seawalk Cottage - Tybee Island, Georgia

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.

Enjoy a laid-back winter getaway of leisurely beach walks, stand-up paddleboarding, 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.

Best Time of the Year - Cape San Blas, Florida

Our vacation rentals offer discounted rates for extended winter stays

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 your snowbird plans, consider going off the beaten path and head 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 knowledgable, local staff in each location that can help you every step of the way. Contact Us today to start planning.