Florida Snowbird Seasons
There are two Snowbird Seasons. The first snowbird season begins the day after Thanksgiving and ends in the third week of January. This is winter, when auto transport customers flock in large numbers from the cold and snowy northern states (hence "Snowbird"), to warmer states, particularly Florida.
When car transport customers return home in large numbers by the thousands, the second Snowbird Season begins. This happens around the beginning of April and ends at the end of May. It is a fact that being in the auto transport industry means that we have to do this for approximately 4 months.
We have answered the question about the snowbird season in Florida and other states. It is now that we can add that the term is often associated with Florida. There is certainly a fair amount of snowbirds who travel to Arizona, Texas, and California for winter. Florida has snowbird transportation that is far superior to the warm-weather states. I-95 and I-75 both have snowbird car transport companies that travel up and down to Florida every spring and winter. Five main destinations in Florida attract people from the north.
Area #1, SE Florida: Miami Beach, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, and Boac Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach.
This is southeastern Florida, which is located on the Atlantic Ocean's coast. It is approximately 1,500 miles straight down I-95 between New England states Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and this sunny Florida enclave. For approximately 150 miles, each beach town links to the next one from Vero Beach to Miami. It is a popular destination for New Yorkers, as well as other Atlantic Seaboard cities such as New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. There is no other place that draws more snowbirds from the wintery, cold north than this one. The average February daytime temperature in southeastern Florida is 77°F and the water is 73°F.
Zone #2, SW Florida: Tampa and Clearwater, Venice, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples. Marco Island
To find the second most visited Florida destination, head west to the Gulf of Mexico side. With high 70's in February, the temperatures on the southwestern Gulf side of Florida are comparable to those at Atlantic Miami. The water temperature is a few degrees lower at 66 degrees. This water temperature is acceptable for a small number of people. However, most people prefer 70-75 degrees water temperature for a swim. Nearly everyone can swim in 80-degree water.
Florida's Gulf of Mexico side tends to draw more Midwestern Snowbirds, mostly from Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. You can reach it by taking I-75 down.
Area #3, Central & North Florida - Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Palm Coast.
The third most popular areas for Snowbirds are the northeastern and central coasts of Florida. Although the average February temperature is in the 60's to the low 70's, the water temperature is around 56 degrees. It is less popular than south Florida because of the water temperature. Despite this, the beaches are stunning and the 70-degree days beat the cold winters up north.
Area #4, The Florida Keys - Key Largo Tavernier Islamorada Key Largo, Tavernier Big Pine Key, and Key West
Think about Jimmy Buffett searching for his missing shaker of salt, when you think about the Florida Keys. We made you smile, didn’t we? The Florida Keys are a popular place to spend winter because of the tropical breezes and the warm water temperatures. Did you know that Key West is located 90 miles from Havana, Cuba (90 mi) and 150 miles from Miami (150 mi)? We caution against those balmy winds.
It is a nightmare to ship cars through the Florida Keys, as beautiful as they may be. Take a look at this map. There is no auto transporter that just happens to be passing through the area or in the vicinity. For nearly 100 miles, there is only one road in and one out. If the Snowbird customer is in Key West that makes it a 200-mile round trip. Ugh! There are three options. The first is to wait and be patient. You are actually very patient. You can also keep increasing your money to get a carrier to come to fetch your car, but you never know when they will arrive. Third, you can agree to meet with a carrier in Key Largo, Homestead, or elsewhere, which increases the number of potential carriers due to the close proximity to greater Miami.
Area #5, The Florida Panhandle - Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach; Destin, Miramar Beach; Panama City Beach; Callaway and Port St. Joe
People sometimes forget the Florida Panhandle. Guess what? They want you to forget all about them. Why? Because the beaches of the Florida Panhandle are stunning! The beaches are soft, white, and clean. They want it all! Average February temperatures for both water and air are comparable to those in north Florida. It might not be as appealing to those who love it hot. This place may be suitable for you if you don't like swimming. It is easy for Snowbird southerners and midwesterners to reach the Panhandle for winter. Panhandle shipments can move slower even during busy seasons.
Florida Snowbird Season Tips
No matter the weather, shipping auto to Florida during Snowbird Season can be difficult. Dear Snowbird, there's no such thing as a bargain if you're moving to Florida during winter. Sorry. Because Snowbirds compete for precious carrier space. The highest paying bird gets first. There is no reservation system. There is no space being reserved for you. This is especially true when you return from Florida in spring. There are thousands of Snowbird car-transporters who want the same thing: a quick ticket to return home. How can you win?
It is smartest to choose Move Car Auto Transport's Rush (+$175) or Expedited (+$75), which will increase your vehicle's shipping speed dramatically. You can expect frustration when you use the Florida Snowbird Seasons standard or regular rates. There is just too much competition. Do yourself a favor and do more. This is our best advice.