Fun Vacation Ideas for Seniors This Winter
Now that fall is upon us and cold weather is right around the corner—there is no better time than the present to start thinking about some warm weather vacation destinations to help beat the cold and embrace the heat with the right vacation get away. There are so many great vacation ideas and destinations that are great for seniors, even those with limited mobility.
Any seniors who is looking for a fun getaway to escape the cold, consider these warm-weather destinations for an upcoming getaway.
While many people think of Las Vegas as a place for late-night activities and bachelorette parties, it is actually one of the top destinations for seniors to get away. Las Vegas is perfect for the senior who prefers to sit inside and gamble instead of walking around and doing tourist attractions all day long.
There are also plenty of mobility options for seniors who are limited in their ability to get around, including lots of benches, wheelchair accessible areas and more. There are also plenty of shows and activities that run during the afternoon matinee. This means seniors don’t’ have to stay up late to take in all of the shows of Las Vegas. Plus, there are many performers with residencies and shows in Las Vegas that are of the senior generation—making it a great getaway for any elderly adult.
Many seniors love Arizona and for good reason. Arizona is warm during the winter, but due to the dry heat, many seniors find it is much more tolerable than other warm weather destinations. Phoenix is a great destination for seniors as many locations are accessible by wheelchair and scooters and there are many museums and destinations that are easy for seniors to get around in and that even offer special senior discount rates.
Miami Beach, Florida
For seniors who prefer to be beach bums when they go on vacation—Miami Beach is a great place to get to. This area has a lot of retirees in the area, and plenty of senior-friendly activities for older travelers. Of course, the most popular reason to visit Miami Beach are the actual beaches!
Miami Beach has a huge stretch of beautiful white sand beaches, palm trees and beautiful fruit trees. There are also popular destinations including the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden and the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum that are accessible for seniors who may struggle with getting around. With so much to do, and sunny warm weather even in the winter, it is easy to see why this is such a popular vacation destination for older adults.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
New Mexico is another great place for seniors to visit as it is warm all day long and has that dry heat that doesn’t get too overwhelming for older adults. Santa Fe has plenty to do for seniors and visitors of all ages, and it has beautiful scenery for visitors to enjoy. This city has a lot of galleries, museums and visitor attractions as well. Plus, it has some great history for any history-buff to enjoy! This city also has the oldest state capital in US history, which can be very fun for any senior to explore!
Key West, Florida
There is no denying that Florida is a very popular place for seniors. This includes popular destinations such as Key West. The Florida Keys has a number of great beaches, sailing and plenty of outdoor activities for seniors who like to be outside and enjoy the warm weather. Plus, Key West has a slower pace than some of the other Florida cities, making it great for older adult visitors. Plus, seniors will be in great company as this is one of the most popular places in the area for seniors to spend their retirement.
For seniors who are looking for a memorable vacation and a real getaway—the Caribbean is a great option. There is so much to do in the Caribbean, but most seniors will love just dipping their toes in the crystal clear water and strolling along the white sand beaches. The Caribbean is known for being relaxing and low key, which is why it is more popular for seniors than other tropical destinations.
There are not only many senior-friendly destinations in the Caribbean, but retirees can enjoy a quiet vacation if they go during the right time of year. If seniors go during the winter and avoid spring break and summer crowds filled with kids, they can enjoy a quiet vacation destination that they are sure to love.
Of course, while choosing the right destination is most of the battle when it comes to planning a winter getaway, there are other tips for seniors to keep in mind as well to make sure that they are making the most of their vacation and staying safe and healthy while they do it. The more planning seniors can do ahead of their vacation the better.
Seniors should always make sure that they find a destination that works for their own individual limitations and abilities—this means finding a destination that isn’t too stressful to get to and one where flights or car rides are manageable enough to handle. Nothing can put a damper on a vacation quite like feeling sick, overwhelmed or too tired after the physical travel portion of the trip.
Seniors should keep these tips in mind as they plan their upcoming trips away, whether they choose one of these warm weather destinations, or any other place around the world.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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