Snowbird Guide to Orlando, Florida
If you seek warmer weather this winter, you may love the thought of moving to Florida during the colder months to enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures. If you plan to spend the winter in Florida, use this guide to answer some common questions.
1. Do Snowbirds Go to Orlando?
Yes! Orlando has been a popular destination for snowbirds for decades. The Florida sunshine and warm weather bring a welcome change from the cold and snow many people experience during their winters.
2. How Many Snowbirds Stay in Orlando, Florida?
Since the city of Orlando does not keep track of how many snowbirds stay in the city, there is no definitive way to know the number of seasonal visitors. However, Orlando can receive over 75,000,000 visitors each year while the state's population rises 5% in the winter months due to the influx of travelers from colder climates.
3. What Months Do Snowbirds Go to Orlando, Florida?
Most snowbirds stay from October to April to avoid the coldest seasons in northern areas. Many know the Sunshine State for its tropical climate — average temperatures in Orlando hover around 72 degrees Fahrenheit, making it ideal for year-round living. Snowbirds who visit Orlando can enjoy mild temperatures and a vibrant social scene for almost seven months before heading back north for springtime.
4. What Do Snowbirds Do in Orlando, Florida?
With the perfect combination of sun, fun and some of the best attractions in the country, Orlando allows snowbirds to:
- Explore theme parks: The city is home to some of the most famous theme parks in the world. Get lost in the world of Hogwarts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios or ride on one of the most famous roller coasters at the nearby Disney World.
- Play sports: Orlando is a mecca for sports enthusiasts. Choose between more than 150 golf courses in the area or try horseback riding, swimming, boating and adventure sports.
- Browse shops: The famous outlet malls in Orlando are known for their great deals on designer brands and boutiques with unique finds that will make your trip even more memorable.
- Cast a line: Orlando has some of the best fishing in Florida. Bring your fishing license with you — you will need it!
- Admire nature: Florida loves to celebrate the local wildlife, and nothing showcases the area's beauty quite like its many nature preserves. You can easily visit Florida's 11 natural and historical areas within one day's drive of Orlando, including Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park.
- Visit museums: Orlando is home to some of the world's best museums, including the Orlando Museum of Art and the Orlando Science Center. At these museums, you can experience art, education and entertainment all at once.
- Relax on beautiful beaches: Catch some rays and wind down after a long day of sightseeing at Orlando's pristine beaches.
5. How Long Can Snowbirds Stay in Orlando, Florida?
If you come from Canada to Florida during the winter, your trip must be at most six months. Canadians get the B-1/B-2 visa, which covers temporary travel for up to six months. For American snowbirds, the limits are less definite because you remain in the country.
6. Do Snowbirds Need a Florida Driver's License?
Not necessarily. To establish residency in Florida, you will need a Florida driver's license, but if you reside in another state for six months or more, you can use the license from your home state. A license allows you to vote and perform other activities while you live in the state. You can get one by visiting a local Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office with the necessary identification.
Florida also has a 183-day rule — you must reside in Florida for over six months to become a resident. If you live in the state for less than six months each year, you can legally drive with a license from your home state.
7. Can Snowbirds Get a Florida ID in Orlando?
As with a Florida driver's license, you only need an ID if you reside in the state for more than six months each year. If you do, you can get an ID rather than a driver's license if you do not plan to drive in Florida.
8. Can Snowbirds Buy a Car in Orlando, Florida?
You can buy a car in Florida, even as a temporary resident, but you must register it and obtain Florida auto insurance. You must register a vehicle in Florida if you use it in the state for more than 90 days. Snowbirds from Canada and within the United States can use their home driver's licenses to do this.
You must also get car insurance for your new purchase. If your current auto insurer is already licensed in Florida, you can continue using that insurance. If not, you will need to find a local insurance company.
Escape the Cold This Winter
With this helpful guide to questions snowbirds often ask, you can easily relocate to the Sunshine State this winter. If you are considering camping in an RV, come to Orlando Southwest KOA Holiday. This Kampgrounds of America location has many RV Sites for those seeking extended stays. Reserve your site today.