Sorry but you are a little incorrect about "snowbirds"Ernie.They stay right through Hurricane season.
A snowbird is a person who moves from the higher latitudes and colder climates of the northern United States and Canada and migrates southward in winter to warmer locales such as Florida, California, Arizona, Texas, or elsewhere along the Sun Belt of the southern United States, Mexico, and areas of the Caribbean.
A seasonal infestation of Yankees (as well as Midwesterners and Canadians) in sunny warm states in the South such as Florida (and also out West in Arizona). A snowbird is an elderly Yankee that migrates down to the South to winter when their natural habitat of New York, Ohio, or Michigan is too cold for them. Their migration begins in early September and lasts until April.
You can spot a snowbird by it’s white or graying hair color (or sometimes light blue or orange from a dye job gone bad), it’s pastel coloured clothes, use of sweaters, socks in sandals or white tennis shoes, dark coloured over sized sun glasses, and of course it’s irritating Yankee accent. They tend to drive over sized gas guzzling cars such as Lincolns and Cadillac’s because they are retired and have the money to spend.
Typically known to drive well under the normal speed in traffic, (about 35 MPH below and in the passing lane) and prone to rubbernecking therefore making places such as Florida the traffic accident capital of the US. Other than making driving conditions terrible for Native Floridians and other Southerners, snowbirds also infest restaurants, post offices, stores, doctor’s office’s by the droves making it next to impossible to get it during the winter months. They in turn complain about how crowded it is and how they have to wait in line.
Even though tourist traps love snowbirds because of the revenue they bring, most people who are native to the states the snowbirds visit hate them with a passion and wish they’d go home.
Have to add though Ernie lots of snowbirds from BC but they go to Palm Springs or Arizona(close to the Mexican Border for cheap groceries
) and golf or lawn bowl
BUT how can you say all the Islands of the Caribbean are the same? How can you compare St Barts to Dominica or Puerto Rico to Hispaniola, Jamaica to Cuba.They are all completely different it all depends
on what sea power settled them first. French, Dutch, Spanish or British.