If you’re a snowbird who just can’t quit the traditional spots, here’s a fresh look at some old favourites.


For an “off-the-beaten-track” stay in Florida, try the Emerald Coast in the North West. White beaches, seafood and fishing are easily found in one of the many architecturally unique and historical seaside communities. It’s like living like a local without the winter crowds.


Go beyond Phoenix and Scottsdale. With average daytime January temperatures of 18 C or more, Tucson is a good choice for those looking for local charm and culture. The city has adopted a Dark Sky Ordinance to control light pollution to ensure spectacular starry, starry nights.


Real estate prices may be up south of the border, but US$189,000 will still get you a two-bedroom condo overlooking the pool on South Padre Island.
California Thinking of buying in Palm Springs? Check it out first.

Longtermlettings.com has a variety of properties available in the US$1,500 a month range. Bonus: the Palm Springs International Film Festival runs Jan. 3 to 14.


The beaches of Puerta Vallarta are not your thing? When it comes to art and culture, San Miguel de Allende is hard to beat, and you can find one-bedroom apartments in the US$800 a month range, but reserve early because it can get competitive for housing. Bonus: Festive Carnaval – a “moveable feast” – runs Feb. 27 to March 5.