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Posted: 07/28/21 02:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking for some advice. I have been wintering in Florida for the past 5 years. Florida has gotten so busy and the red tide is never ending. I just really would like a change.
I am looking for an area to spend November to April in. I have been thinking about Corpus Christi area or maybe Yuma. Unfortunately I know nothing about either. I prefer a smaller 55+ park. Also I am open to any other areas along the that are warm and will accommodate an active person.

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We lived year round in Tucson for the last 15 years before recently moving up to the mountains {Payson}. Yuma is a nothing to write home about on a good day and they don't have many. It might be a bit cheaper than some other areas but you get what you pay for.

Most folks find the Tucson area has a great deal more to offer in terms of things to see and do and the weather is about the same as Yuma though a tad cooler. Casa Grande is also a popular choice and gives you decent access to the Phoenix area as well.

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I agree that Yuma shouldn’t be on your list.


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depends how important water (ocean) is to your decision I would think

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Thanks on the Tucson idea. As far as the ocean it’s not a top priority

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Tucson gets a bad rap sometimes, but I think there's a lot to see and do there. I will neither confirm nor deny that I was picked out of the audience to do the Can Can up on stage at the Old Tucson Studios. And the saguaros up there in the parks should be on everybody's bucket list.

Speaking of bucket lists, throw a bunch of money in a bucket and save up for the Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil show. It's indescribable. We came home with treasures aplenty.

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I've spent 2 winters in Corpus Christi but I prefer Rockport an area about 30 miles north of Corpus. Rockport is a very laid back community that I spent 8 winters in. I recommend Salt Water Flats
or perhaps Majestic Oaks, might even want to try Paradise Lagoons. I've stayed in all 3 of those places. Any of those places are only about 10 - 15 minutes from water.
I now spend the winters down in Weslaco, TX around 175 miles further south where the temperature averages 9 - 12 degrees warmer on most days. Problem with down there is you aren't close to water.

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I live in AZ so I'd rather winter in FL.


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Arizona is OK for a week or two...after that it's just brown.

We like the Texas coast. A lot like Florida but without the masses of people.


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I liked Corpus Christi. We stayed on Flour Bluff. Rockport-Fulton/Port Aransas/Aransas Pass/Portland were far too snotty for me (if we were "filthy" street food vendors then surely they wouldn't want our "filthy" money). I think you are a bit late on making reservations for that area. And I do not do 55+ parks at all. It's been over 10 years and I still laugh about the 55+ park near the Base on Flour Bluff that said my 55+ husband could stay but my 22+ daughter and I (48+) could not stay. I would stay again on Flour Bluff at Shady Grove RV Park (we got lucky since we didn't have reservations). Close to the beaches. Close to the "Big City". Small country town atmosphere and walking distance to the public library from the park. I found it interesting that a city bus stopped at the park. I don't like deserts.

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