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Many people who live in areas subject to chilly winter temperatures prefer to take off to somewhere warm as soon as it begins to get cold, returning only when the warm weather does. Referred to as “snowbirds,” one of the most popular ways to do it is in an RV. Of course, if you’re spending months away from home, you’ll want to park at a place where you’ll have plenty of amenities while enjoying that sunshine too, with these options being some of the very best.
Located in Temecula, prime Southern California wine country just 90 minutes from Los Angeles, this RV resort was voted the Top RV Campground in North America by the readers of Motorhome Magazine. A stay at Pechanga will put you at the heart of it all for everything from wine tasting and hiking to antique shopping, and there’s plenty to do right on-site. That includes a heated pool, a poolside lounge, cabanas, and even a quick-service Mexican eatery. There’s a golf practice facility next door complimentary for guests who also have access to the amenities at the neighboring hotel resort, including the west coast’s largest casino floor, a steakhouse and oyster bar, full spa, comedy club, and more.
Island Retreat RV Park was named among 2019’s “Top RV Park to Celebrate Christmas,” making it ideal for those who love the holidays. But throughout the typical “snowbird season” guests can take advantage of a wealth of top-notch amenities, including miles of pristine white beaches, a swimming pool, dog park, free and super fast Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a nearby boat launch. The park also connects to an extensive paved trail system for walking and biking.
Surrounded by palm trees in an area with white sandy beaches minutes nearby along with easy access to golf courses, fine dining, shopping, and historical sites, Siesta Bay RV Resort offers RV sites as well as permanent park models with lots to do on-site or off. The list of amenities is long, with a swimming pool and hot tub, a fitness center, lighted tennis courts, volleyball, bocce ball, shuffleboard, a library, and even a fishing lake. A stay here will also put you close to major league baseball spring training, world-class shelling, and some of the state’s most beautiful nature preserves.
Located about 10 minutes from the artsy colonial town of Todos Santos, less than an hour from Cabo San Lucas, Casa Caravan Baja is a great spot to base yourself for access to beautiful Pacific beaches, including outstanding surfing opportunities. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi, an outdoor kitchen, rooftop platform, bathrooms, full hook-ups, and more. A number of eateries are nearby in El Pescadero, and you’ll discover a foodie paradise just a few minutes further away in Todos Santos. If you’re visiting Baja without your own RV and want to try the lifestyle out, the park also offers a fully renovated 1975 Airstream with sweeping views of Cerritos Bay.
Located in the tranquil Verde Valley about 100 miles north of Phoenix, the Verde River RV Resort will surround you with beauty. You’ll have stunning red rocks just to the north while Mingus Mountain and the Black Hills dominate the southern and western parts of the valley, providing plenty to do while enjoying the idyllic weather. The park itself features spectacular mountain and desert views along with full amenities. On the grounds you’ll find a huge heated pool, a fitness center, and a clubhouse with an oversized fireplace. There are extensive hiking trails along the river to walk, weekly activities, special events, and more.
One of the few RV parks in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, Sandy Lake is just minutes from downtown Dallas. You’ll have easy access to many of the city’s attractions, including the Dallas World Aquarium, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Lone Star Park, Galleria Dallas, and the Frontiers of Flight Museum. There are 219 full-hookup sites and the grounds include a swimming pool, a 24/7 fitness center, a game room, a grocery store, and an on-site dog park. The bathhouse showers are outstanding and guests also enjoy cable TV, Wi-Fi access, and laundry facilities.
If the Florida Keys and their Caribbean-like atmosphere are calling your name, Bluewater Key is a great place to park your RV. Boating enthusiasts will appreciate that many sites have private docks with access to Saddlebunch Bay, and there’s a community dock with boat slips for rent for those that don’t. Paddle boards and kayaks can be delivered to your door for exploring the ponds and mangroves. There are hammocks for relaxing with the view, an outdoor freshwater pool, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, and a dog park too.
Palm Creek Resorts & Residences is located between Phoenix and Tucson, providing convenient access to both Saguaro National Park and San Tan Mountain Regional Park. A luxurious, pet-friendly resort, the amenities are practically endless. The property includes an 18-hole golf course and pro shop, on-site dining, 32 pickleball courts, four swimming pools, walking paths, softball fields, aquatic exercise clubs, fitness classes, and craft classes. Weekly courses feature everything from watercolor painting and woodshop to stained glass. More than 165 activities are organized every week. Plus the RV sites are large and level, equipped with patio pads and full hook-ups, complete with cable TV and Wi-Fi.
A luxury gated Class A-only motorcoach resort near Palm Springs, the Motorcoach Country Club has been called the crown jewel of RV resorts. There are even high-end sites that come with their own private pools, spas, waterfalls, built-in BBQ grills, and water or golf course views. The grounds are immaculate and lined with palm trees, while scheduled activities include golf, bocce ball, tennis, and a wide range of classes held in the state-of-the-art fitness center. There’s also an impressive on-site restaurant serving upscale fare like wild-mushroom ravioli and pan-seared scallops.
Located close to Gulf Shores on Alabama’s gorgeous coast with its white powdery sand beaches, the Buena Vista Motor Coach Resort lives up to its name which translates to “good view.” You’ll have easy access to Gulf State Park and the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, along with plenty of ways to get active on and in the water. The resort itself features brick-lined sites for Class A and Super C motorhomes, with higher end options coming with private pools or hot tubs and outdoor kitchens. There’s even a waterpark-worthy zero-entry outdoor pool with its own lazy river, splash pad, and sun deck.
Bella Terra of Gulf Shores RV Resort will put you on the beautiful Gulf Coast close to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key just outside the town of Foley. An upscale property, it has its own lake, multiple swimming pools, a putting green, shuffleboard, a bocce ball court, and a clubhouse with an outdoor fire pit and BBQ grill where dinners and other get-togethers are often hosted to encourage socializing. There are fenced-in dog parks for Fido to run around, a list of programmed activities available daily, and picturesque water views too. Guests also enjoy Wi-Fi and private bath houses with all-inclusive shower suites and restrooms.
Just 13 miles from the south entrance of Zion National Park, Zion River Resort offers the ultimate stay for those who want to enjoy scenic hikes and other outdoor adventures. The serene Virgin River flows right alongside the grounds and there’s a shuttle bus to get to and from the park for those that stay earlier and/or later in the season, available March through October. Daily planned activities typically include movie nights, s’more making, wine & cheese tastings, and Bingo. There’s also a game room, gift shop, and mining sluice on-site.
The beautifully landscaped Jamaica Beach RV Resort in Galveston offers unobstructed views of the Galveston Bay area and the Gulf of Mexico. There’s a wealth of amenities on-site, including multiple pools, a hot tub, spa, mini-golf, shuffleboard, horseshoes, pickleball, and even a giant chess set. Facilities also include a laundry room, pizza eatery, and a clubhouse. There are over 180 full hook-up, pull-through sites, all with picnic tables, Wi-Fi and cable TV.
Sanctuary RV Resort is less than 10 minutes from beautiful white sandy beaches in the historic town of Bonita Springs. It’s ideal for all sorts of RVers, including fishing enthusiasts and nature lovers, and for browsing the Flamingo Island Flea Market, heading to spring training games for multiple major league baseball teams, and strolling through the botanical beauty of the Everglades Wonder Gardens. On-site, the 35-acre resort has a heated pool, an RV parts store, and a cafe. There are 185 sites with hook-ups, Wi-Fi packages available, and you can bring your dog with both a fenced dog park for the smaller dogs and a large dog off-leash area.