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Old 09-02-2014, 10:33 AM   #1
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Where do you spend your winters?

I searched this topic but the results were hit and miss.

My DW and I are contemplating warmer regions this winter

20+ years ago my parents spent their winters in the Rio Grand River area, specifically the Harlingen Tx area.

I visited them one Christmas and it was nice, but when the wind came out of the north it got cold, but we were able to spend Christmas day on the beach at South Padres Island.

They picked Texas mainly because of it was cheaper than Florida, and they did not care for Arizona.

Inland Florida campgrounds may fit into our budget, so I am looking for feedback from others on their experiences.
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:43 PM   #2
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Only spent 2 winters in Florida so far, but here's what I've learned. 1) Northern Florida can still get pretty cold. South of Orlando is usually warmer - some call it the "frost line". 2) Price goes up the further south you go and goes up really fast if the closer you get to either coast. November till April is just right for us - no hurricanes, not much rain and humidity is tolerable. We stay in Ft. Myers Beach on gulf coast 150 miles south of Tampa. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:43 PM   #3
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We spend ours in Harlingen. Like it a lot. Last year was cold and wet. But still had a good time. Hope you enjoy where ever you stay.
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:52 PM   #4
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Still spend our winters in the frozen tundra! Not retired yet...but really interested in reading everyone's comments...know people who go to Harlingen, Pharr area and love it....know others who tried it and didn't care for it...Years ago my folks spent winters near Indio, CA area and enjoyed the more than reliable weather...different strokes for different folks...know a few people who go to Yuma and love it....as well as Phoenix/Mesa area.....quite familiar with those as we have visited them but very interested in reading what others have to say about TX and FL.
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:53 PM   #5
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You will find it is not the place, it is the people. Personally, I like the Tucson area.
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:55 PM   #6
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You will find it is not the place, it is the people. Personally, I like the Tucson area.
very well said....
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:12 PM   #7
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I too look forward to hearing the different thoughts on where to stay. DW, myself and Charlie (the Springer) and Daisy (the Cocker) will start our first southern trek early October. Cheers
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:19 PM   #8
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For now we stay in the sometimes frozen NE LA area.

That will change in a few years. We're headed for FL in the winter for three reasons:

We lived in the Tampa Bay area for years. Him: more than 25 years Me: 8 years (yeah sometimes I wonder if I left my brain there in FL)

He still has family there.

The weather in the Tampa Bay area is PERFECT FOR US!

Will we winter there in our RV? Dunno yet, may buy a condo, small house, etc.

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First 2 weeks of January at Disney's Fort Wilderness (premium site) then 2 weeks at Wesley Chapel Fl. (Quail Run) then 4 weeks at Dade City Fl.(Traveler's Rest) then 2 weeks at Clermont Fl. (Clerbrook). When we find a campground we really like then we'll spent 3 months there.


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