For Snowbirds a getaway to Miami Beach during winter months is simply a choice of frolicking in sunshine versus shoveling snow. Miami Beach has been a winter visitor destination for decades, each year Miami, the Beaches and the surrounding neighborhoods welcome tourists from International cities across the globe and visitors from our Northern States who chose the city for its tropical weather, beaches and year-round holiday festivities. The term Snowbird is associated with the migration of people from higher altitudes and colder climates of the Northern USA. The winter season in Miami Beach typically December to March, has allowed visitors to enjoy an overabundance of recreational activities in the sun and sand, cultural events and festivals, beautiful scenery and an exciting nightlife as the city benefits from economic gains in the restaurant, tourism, real estate and retail industries.
Snowbirds arrive yearly from the East coast, the Midwest and as far North as Canada. A past study at the University of Florida, Gainesville found New York State has the highest number of people who spend part of the year in Florida. Those New Yorkers who have come to call Miami Beach home during winter months, have unofficially nicknamed it the sixth borough as well as the Manhattan of the South. The heavy presence of visitors from International countries plus snowbirds from cold belt cities in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey turns Miami Beach into a jumble of heat seeking, beach craving, nightlife raving tourist destination.
Often times snowbirds are categorized by groups of part-time residents such as wealthy persons who have seasonal residences or second-homes in Miami Beach, retirees, people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D) and seasonal vacationers who may travel for business or work during high-tourism season. A popular retreat for snowbirds, top winter resorts destinations in South Florida are mainly concentrated in the Miami Beach, Bal Harbor and Sunny Isles neighborhoods. Whatever their reason, snowbirds arrive to the city in flocks to escape the approaching winter season of layers of clothes, icy wind, blizzards, snow, and frigid temperatures.