Each year our beaches find an increase our winter guests. It is speculated that interest comes from the large number of baby boomers who are now entering retirement age along with the brutal winters the northern US has been battling for several years in a row. It makes since that our northern guests, which includes Canadians, love their own region in the summertime, but the winter is becoming more and more unbearable for them.
Once a couple spends a winter in Jacksonville Beach and experiences the joy of walking on the beach at least 90% of our winter, our little community becomes their haven each time the weather turns cold in the north.
I have had more than one set of guests thoroughly enjoy my balconies in the winter. They can sit on the porch, overlooking First Street and bask in the warm afternoon sun while reading or just watching the activity below.
Our local restaurants cater to the nip in the air by offering huge outdoor heaters in the exterior dining areas. There's nothing like enjoying a meal or drink with a spectacular view of the the ocean in the middle of winter.
For these and many other reasons, I truly believe that Jacksonville Beach will continue to draw snowbirds from the north each winter season. We are thankful for the revenue and thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and learning about their hometowns.