Even though they live in Guelph, Ontario, Gary and Rowena Scott haven’t seen snow in 12 years; not since they started wintering at Fun-N-Sun, an RV park on the southern tip of Texas in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. With temperatures in the low 80 degrees Fahrenheit, Gary doesn’t miss the snow or his Canadian lifestyle much. He and Rowena have easily adapted to life in Texas. And that’s what it’s like to live at Fun-N-Sun – it’s not a vacation, just a different way of living.
“We leave the snow and cold and live in the warmth for half the year,” Gary explains. “People back home think we’re on a permanent vacation, but I’ve just moved my place of living.” From the sounds of it Gary is too busy at Fun-N-Sun to call this lifestyle a vacation, but Texas offers him access to cruises unavailable in Canada without a costly plane ride to a port of call. “We still go on vacations – we take cruises out of nearby Galveston, Texas – in fact we’re cruising to Montego Bay and the Grand Cayman Islands with a group of our friends from the park later this year,” he says.
Test the Waters Before You Take the Plunge into RV Life
Finding Fun-N-Sun was no accident. Gary and Rowena took their time traveling across the United States before they settled down here in South Texas. They tried out a lot of different RV parks across Florida and Arizona, but when their friends Mike and Shirley back home in Guelph heard they were looking to try Texas they recommended Fun-N-Sun. “Mike said ‘travel around and see if you like anything better,’” Gary recalls. “We didn’t. We ended up staying here.”
Gary recommends testing the waters before taking the plunge into RV life. “Some people think when they retire they want to sell their house and get an RV, but then they do it for a year or two and they’ve had enough. They try to get back into the real estate market and find the market has gone up and their fifth wheel has depreciated,” Gary says. “I recommend you test the water before you jump in. Start by going down for just a month, then a season or two and see how you like it.”
Nothing Beats Texas Hospitality
For Gary and Rowena, the thing that set South Texas apart from Arizona and Florida was the lower cost of living and the reliable weather. But it is the people, combined with the active lifestyle that has kept them coming back to Fun-N-Sun for over a decade.
“We’ve met so many people here,” Gary says. “There’s about 200 people in the Canadian Club and we have a potluck on the third Friday of every month. The people here are one of the things that keeps you coming back – you miss them when you’re back home and look forward to seeing them when you come back.”
Staying Active is the Key to Longevity
“People who come down here and are active, I think they live longer.” Gary says. How does he stay busy during his winters in Texas? He’s the chief engineer and Rowena is the conductor for the train at Fun-N-Sun, which takes people around the park throughout the year, with extended rides at Christmas.
The train, which was originally used at Disneyland in 1953 found its home at Fun-N-Sun, and is now run and maintained by a group of volunteers. It’s become a fixture at the park. “Everyone loves it, even people from out of town come by to see it.” Gary says, “We have a sunset tour on Wednesday nights at 6pm and whenever the weather is really nice it’s packed.”
When he’s not hard at work volunteering in the resort, Gary’s hard at work on the course – the golf course that is. He’s a member of a Thursday morning golf league. “If you golf it’s beautiful down here,” he says. “The golf courses are beautiful and affordable. I can golf at one course on Sunday mornings for $7.”
Gary also loves playing bocce ball and pickle ball. He’s a judge for the old cars show, and the dog show, and looks forward to the Coffee Chat on Tuesday mornings where the weekly park info is shared (as well as free coffee and donuts). “You can’t get bored here,” Gary says. “It keeps you active and young, doing something all the time.” From shuffleboard, to miniature car racing, to cards, to rock hounding (there’s a lapidary shop at the park where you can grind and polish rocks and make your own jewellery), to art classes, the list of activities offered at the park is endless, but there’s lots to do outside of the park as well.
Location is Key
Fun-N-Sun is near San Antonio and not far from South Padre Island, which has an amazing beach that attracts tourists from across Texas and beyond. Other popular off-park activities include trips to the Gladys Porter Zoo, and historic battlegrounds for the Civil and Spanish-American wars (including the Alamo). There’s also a local movie theatre nearby that offers first run movies for $1.25 admission! With shopping and restaurants—Texas, Mexican and Italian are favourites for Gary—there’s lots to do and see in and around Fun-N-Sun.
Whether it’s the warmth, the sun, the people, or the endless activities that draws you here, for anyone who wants an affordable, active lifestyle Fun-N-Sun RV Resort in Rio Grande Valley is worth a visit.
Have you stayed at Fun-N-Sun RV Resort before? Let us know about your experience in the comments section below!
17 Comments on “South Texas Offers A Different Way of Living”
My husband, John and I have been wintering at FunNSun for 8 years. We love all the activities and the people. Our first year here we looked around at other parks but nothing could compare to the people and the activities. We bought a park model the second year and plan on being winter Texans as long as we can make it down to FunNSun. I highly recommend FunNSun. If you get bored, it is your own fault.
Hi Terri – We LOVE having you at Fun-N-Sun! Look forward to seeing you again this season.
My husband and I are also Winter Texans and have been for 12 years. It is a wonderful lifestyle and we really enjoy our winters at Fun N Sun. Gary has pretty well summed up our feelings about this great park and winter in Texas in general.
HI Marlene – Thank you for your kind words! Look forward to seeing you this Winter.
Great comments Gary….Sylvia and I hate to see April roll around in the spring and leave FUN N SUN…and can’t wait for the fall when we leave for San Benito Tx. again.
Sylvia and I have been going there for nine years the time flies when we are there with all our friends.
My husband and I also go to Fun N Sun I have been coming for the last 12 years my husband Bart has been coming for about 21 years,he loves shuffleboard,if you are bird in this park it is your own fault.
Great park . Spent time with my sister Marlene . Meet many fun loving people. Thinking of returning to spend winter.
Do you have any spaces for a 38 ft. MH with 28 ft car trailer?? Dec 17 thu March 18 ???
Need a space for Dec 17 tru March 18
It looks like we do have space for your seasonal reservation. Somone from the property will reach out to you with more information.
Please send more information on Sun and fun RV park
Appreciate your interest. Someone from the property will reach out to you!
any 5 and dime poker fans there?
Come pay us a visit and find out!
Was the Park hit by the hurricane?
The Rio Grande Valley was spared by Harvey. All we saw were some light showers. The coast is clear, so come down to South Texas and bring your friends.
Thank you for your business,
I would love to return to Fun’n Sun. Spent the winters there1989 – 2002 Great weather. Loved the beach at South Padre. We made the best of friends. Too bad old age set in. The most fun of my life.
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