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The Snowbird's Guide to Florida

Florida Gold Coast is a region along the Atlantic coast of southern Florida in the United States of America. It consists of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Miami Beach has been one of America's pre-eminent beach resorts for almost a century.

Florida's snowbird “season” starts around October and ends in April, the perfect time to ... Coast and Gold Coast areas with Miami's exciting multicultural urban scene. ... Known for its beautiful sunsets, the Gulf Coast region of Southwest Florida ...

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With access to miles of beautiful Atlantic beaches, Southeast Florida is one of the nation's most popular snowbird destinations, combining a string of established oceanfront communities in Treasure Coast and Gold Coast areas with Miami's exciting multicultural urban scene.

Southeast Florida is subtropical year-round, with temperatures in the 70s even in the coolest months.

From water recreation to cultural activities to the Florida Everglades, there is always something new to explore. 

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The Gold Coast is that stretch of wealth from Jupiter to the Palm Beaches, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, and Boca Raton.

Here one finds polo games and the crowds that attend them, drawn by the action and the chance to spot celebrities - even royals - participating in the gentleman's sport.

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The Gold Coast is distinguished from other regions of Florida by its population, ... These travelers range from "snowbirds", elderly part-time residents who come ...

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The Gold Coast region of Florida, sometimes known as, but not to be confused with, South Florida, is one of Florida's most popular travel destinations, along with the theme parks of Central Florida.

Every year, millions of tourists from around the United States and the world flock to the region's beaches and tourist attractions.

These travelers range from "snowbirds", elderly part-time residents who come here between November and April to escape the northern winters; the rich and famous, who flock to posh Palm Beach County; spring-breakers headed to the hotels and cruise ships of Fort Lauderdale; and foreigners, business travelers, and families visiting cosmopolitan Miami.

The Gold Coast is distinguished from other regions of Florida by its population, demographics, and culture.

It is the most densely populated region in the state, dominated by Miami, the largest city in Florida, and smaller cities like Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and West Palm Beach, all of which are centers of business and culture in the region.

In addition, this region has been heavily influenced by residents who relocated from other parts of the U.S. and from the large and diverse immigrant population.

As a result, the region is much less culturally "Southern", more urban, wealthier, and more liberal than Central and Northern Florida. While there are conservative outposts such as Boca Raton and certain parts of Miami, the three counties are a Democratic stronghold in national and state-wide elections.

The Gold Coast is famous in popular culture for being a major haven for retirees, specifically, middle- to upper-class singles and couples in their late 50s and 60s, many of whom are Jewish, from populous northern areas such as New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

The abundance of retirees has led to a dominant "active adult" sub-culture, especially in Palm Beach and Broward counties. These "active adults" are part of the Baby Boomer generation, live in 55-plus condo developments such as Century Village and King's Point, and, despite their advanced age, enjoy active lifestyles of going to the beach, playing golf and tennis, socializing, and traveling.

The Miami area is somewhat culturally separated from Broward and Palm Beach counties by its urban environment, diversity, and youthful population. It is associated in popular culture with a young party lifestyle. It is also known for its large Cuban population.

Climate-wise, the Gold Coast can be described as having just two seasons: the "rainy season", which lasts from June through September, and the "dry season", which lasts from October through May.

During the rainy season, it is extremely hot, with afternoon highs sometimes climbing above 90º F. While winds coming off the Atlantic Ocean and the frequent rain keep the heat from becoming unbearable, the intense humidity still makes it feel warmer than it actually is.

Rain and thunderstorms can occur almost daily in the summer. This is also hurricane season, and while major hurricanes are rare, they do occur. If you are in the area and there is a hurricane, it is important to stock up on non-perishable food and water, buy a generator if possible, shutter all windows, and stay inside until the storm has completely passed.

In the winter, on the other hand, the weather is generally more mild, making this a popular time for tourists.

Typically, there will be a cold front every week or two, with a thunderstorm followed by several days of cold, sunny weather.

Floridians will consider it "winter" if the weather drops below 80º F, but on a few nights in December and January, you may experience near-freezing temperatures.

It is wise to pack at least one heavy jacket and a few pairs of jeans if you plan to visit this time of year, in case the weather is unexpectedly cold, but there are days even at Christmastime when most people will be comfortable in shorts.