Why You Should Visit This Snowbird’s Oasis

Palm Springs is one of America’s most notable desert resort towns. It’s laid back, relaxing and full of golf courses and swimming pools.

Palm Springs is one of America’s most notable desert resort towns. It contrasts sharply with Las Vegas, Nevada’s main desert resort. While Sin City is big, glitzy, and over-the-top with its mega-casinos, Palm Springs is laid-back, relaxing, and teeming with golf courses and pools.

Palm Springs is located in Riverside County, California, in the Coachella Valley in the Colorado desert, and is a short drive from Los Angeles. If you just want to relax and enjoy the desert environment away from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, consider visiting Palm Springs.


Palm Springs – The Beautiful Snowbird Oasis

Palm Springs is a retirement and winter destination for snowbirds. It has a population of around 44,500 but that triples between November and March. It’s also a popular weekend getaway for people from Los Angeles and San Diego.

  • Located: Riverside County, California (a two-hour drive from Los Angeles)
  • Known as: The Golf Capital of the World
  • Destination Type: Retirement and winter destination for snowbirds
  • Population: 44,500 (depending on the season)

Palm Springs is surrounded by four stunning mountain ranges and is warm year round with endless clear blue skies.

  • High season: November to March
  • Sunshine: More than 300 days per year

To discover Palm Springs is to explore its plethora of championship golf courses, dip a beer in hand in the many pools, enjoy the laid-back desert vibe and stay warm in the winter.

While one would expect Palm Springs to have dry desert heat, this is not always the case. Due to the extensive irrigation of the city’s many golf courses, lawns and trees, the air can often be quite warm and humid.

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Palm Springs – The True Golf Capital of the World

The Coachella Valley in Palm Springs has more golf courses than any other region in California and is the most popular golf destination in the state. Counting Palm Springs and its neighboring cities (like La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, and Palm Desert), it has more than 100 championship-level golf courses (compared to only about 40 in the 1970s).

  • Golf course: Over 100 championship-level golf courses in the area

This means that Palm Springs has more golf courses than Myrtle Beach in South Carolina – the so-called golf capital of the world. Myrtle Beach is home to more than 80 award-winning golf courses spread over more than 100 miles of coastline.

  • World capital of golf: Said to be Myrtle Beach

The good news is that many of Palm Spring’s best golf courses are open to everyone (although there are waiting lists during peak season).

The best season is winter when the weather is not so scorching. It is also possible to go golfing in the summer – but you have to go in the morning before the heat of the day.

The numerous golf courses also come with a stunning backdrop. Admire the mountains and deserts that contrast with the lush greens of the golf courses.

Some of the most popular golf courses open to the public in the area are:

  • PGA West: Birthplace of the American Express Desert Classic
  • Indian Wells Golf Resort: Home to the Indian Wells of the Renaissance
  • Hyatt Regency Indian Wells
  • Indian Wells Resort Hotel
  • Marriott’s Shadow Ridge
  • Indian Canyons Golf Resort

Related: Coachella is getting a luxury resort, complete with ice-cold pool in the middle of the desert

Palm Springs – An ideal base for exploring the desert

Palm Springs is an easy day trip from Las Angles and is a great place to spend the weekend. Not only that, but it is also well placed to explore many amazing attractions around the hidden oasis in the desert.

Explore Joshua Tree National Park on a day trip from Palm Springs and experience the incredible transitional environment and stunning scenery.

Suggested day trips:

  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • City slab
  • Town of Salton

Hidden in the desert is Slab City. Visit this bizarre squatter camp dubbed the “last free place on earth” and see how a very different type of desert snowbird lives completely off the grid (there are no government services there).

Another day trip from Palm Springs is to visit Salton City and the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea has an incredible history. It was formed in a catastrophic accident but became one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the region and then became one of California’s biggest natural disasters. Salton City is a strange half-built abandoned resort on the Salton Sea.

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