The Friendliest RV Park in the Valley

They call themselves, “the friendliest park in the valley,” and the people who stay here agree! It’s as if the majestic Rio Grande Valley welcomed you with open arms. Imagine waking each morning to the invigorating scent of nearby citrus groves. Some days you may detect a waft of enticing Gulf of Mexico air to tickle your olfactory senses.

Add to that plenty of activities, free coffee, dancehalls and dozens of groups to join. You’ll love this winter home away from home.

Park Your Wagon

Alamo Palms RV Resort makes for an excellent hitching post. The perfect place to park your wagon while you’re out exploring the Rio Grande Valley and the beautiful South Padre Island. When you want to stick closer to the comforts of your RV, this resort offers numerous choices in recreation, fun, and entertainment.

Get moving with pickleball, tennis, swimming, and shuffleboard. Keep your swing in top shape at the large golf driving net. For those traveling with four-legged canine friends, there are two spacious dog parks so your furry buddy can run free.

Many have made lifelong friendships with their fellow snowbirds here. There are several active and fun social experiences, such as regular potluck suppers and bingo games. When you’re in the mood to cut a rug, head over to one of the two large dance halls. Don your best duds, shine up your cowboy or cowgirl boots and get ready to do-si-do the night away.

Go Exploring!

When you head out to explore the area, you’ll find plenty to do. The City of Alamo, nicknamed the “Land of Two Summers”, is known for being the doorway to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. This popular 845-hectare (2088-acre) refuge is home to a large percentage of all North American butterfly species. There approximately 400 species of birds, and rare creatures such as the Indigo Snake and the endangered Ocelot living here. If you’re visiting the refuge during the winter months, take the tram that meanders throughout the refuge three times a day.

For something a little different, visit the Alamo Angels Museum for a divine exhibit. The Angels in Alamo display is a heavenly host to over 1,500 angels. Shirl Pfeiffer began collecting angels as a young child and donated them to the museum.  

If outdoor fun is more your speed, just a short drive away from Alamo Palms Resort lies the warm sandy beaches of beautiful South Padre Island. Once you arrive, you’ll have many wonderful activities to choose from. Kick off your shoes, run your toes through the warm sand, enjoy a leisurely swim, then let the sun warm your soul while lying on the beach. Maybe you’d like to try your luck on the water by boarding a boat and going shrimping or deep-sea fishing.

For a unique water experience, consider joining a group and searching for dolphins with The Original Dolphin Watch. These amazing mammals often put on a show for spectators aboard The Double Sunshine. Be sure to have your camera ready and your ears tuned to listen for the many clicks, whistles, squeaks, and squawks these playful and intelligent creatures make.

After a busy day of outdoor adventure, imagine how good your body will feel after a relaxing massage. The Massage and Healing Arts Center has many different services to offer, such as deep tissue and Swedish massage, manicures, pedicures, and rejuvenating facials. Be sure and set some time aside to pamper yourself!

For history and culture buffs, the International Museum of Art and Science is a must see. Located in the City of McAllen, just a short drive from Alamo, this world-class museum is sure to amaze you with its wide variety of exhibits. Take your time and discover the fascinating feature of the ceiling being reflected as you look through the front door of the museum. Hint: there is a mirror involved.

Local Cuisine

Before heading out on a full day of excitement and adventure, enjoy a delicious Mexican inspired breakfast at Alamo Tortilleria and Bakery. This eatery was given a 5-star rating on Tripadvisor.

Several mouth-watering options await you at this quaint little restaurant, such as homemade corn and flour tortillas, freshly made Mexican sauces, cheeses, as well as boiled beans. With so many delicious items to choose from, the hard part will be deciding which to try first.

At the end of a day of exploration, your tummy may be grumbling. It’s the perfect time to check out Willie B’s Barbeque who has, according to one reviewer, “the best barbecue in the Rio Grande Valley!” When it’s time to satisfy your sweet tooth, be sure to stop in at Manjar Bakery for some delicious Mexican pastries, such as their delicious sweet bread.

When you’ve done all you want to do for the day, return to your RV knowing tomorrow is another day filled with as little or as much to do as your heart desires.

Stay & Play Differently at Victoria Palms RV Resort in Donna, TX

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When the northern winds are hurling snowdrifts across the roads, it’s nice to be soaking in an outdoor spa at one of the south’s most luxurious RV resorts, Victoria Palms.

The Rio Grande Valley in South Texas has long been known for its moderate winter temperatures, abundant palms, and warm gulf breezes. The developers of the Victoria Palms RV Resort took advantage of these natural advantages and built one of South Texas’ premier RV resorts in Donna, TX.

Not only does it have ideal facilities for a long winter’s stay, but it is close to a large number  of amenities such as shopping, medical facilities and it’s within a hour’s drive to the ocean beaches. You can buy your fresh produce such as onions, lettuce, melons of many types, and strawberries on one of your drives into the country, where the mild climate permits several crops per year. There is also a weekly farmers market inside the resort offering all of the fresh produce you can eat.

vp_streetviewFirst appearances are usually lasting ones, and nowhere is this more true than when you, for the first time, drive into the resort. The entrance is separated into two roads with twin rows of tall, graceful palm trees, lining each one. Between these is a grassy lawn with a winding walkway. Neatly manicured RV sites line the road on one side, and wide lanes take you to your site with ease. Citrus trees grow throughout the park, providing exquisite aromas when in flower, and excellent fruit when ripe. It’s really nice to go over to a tree and come back with your hands full of grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines or even bananas. This resort definitely exudes the feeling of comfort and relaxation.

This is a gated community for the ages 55 and up and provides a wide variety of accommodations. They have over 1200 concrete pull-through, and back-in RV sites with full hook-ups and WiFi. Some visitors will opt for one of the 100 suites with kitchen and separate bedrooms, or perhaps one of the 20 hotel rooms. They can even book into one of the 14 cottages.

vp_poolOnce you are established in your winter home site, it’s time to amble over to the huge heated pool or sit back and relax in one of the three outdoor spas. If you are too relaxed maybe it’s time to move onto one of the tennis or pickleball courts, lighted for your pleasure if you would rather play at night. You might be also wish to visit the shuffleboard courts. Over at the billiard hall someone is likely waiting for a challenger.

Several winter visitors wish to continue with a hobby or sport they left back in the cold and chances are they can do so here. The wood shop is always popular, as is the wood carving area. The craft centre offers such diverse activities as painting, ceramics, stained glass making, and quilting. Imagine taking home a beautiful old fashioned multi-patterned quilt for your bed, or for a gift to one of your children. There are also organized bike rides on the trails. Bikes are loaded on a trailer and everyone heads for a trailhead where they can join bike trail networks.

jpage-encorerv-rgv-victoriapalmsinterior-61-1Musical entertainment is presented by a variety of bands and there is a large grand piano lounge and an oversized dance room.  Square, round, and ballroom dances are offered. To top it all off, there will be dinner theatre, potlucks for those who love to sample a variety of great dishes, and everyone seems ready for the ice cream socials. Looking for a more formal setting? The on site restaurant is sure to please even the most concerning palate.

The Rio Grande Valley abounds in opportunities to explore. South of the resort is the meandering Rio Grande which over the years has left behind many oxbow lakes (locally called Resacas) and marshes. The oxbow lakes form when a loop of the river is cut off and left behind. These quiet areas attract countless species of birds especially during fall and spring migrations. The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is positioned along two such routes. There are 12 miles of walking trails, a canopy walk on a rope bridge, and a tower climb which provides excellent views of the surrounding area. This is a great place to photograph amazingly beautiful coloured birds, and butterflies are a hit with many visitors.

The visitor may opt for a longer drive east to South Padre Island. As you vp_shufflepass through Port Isabel you may want to take advantage of the restaurants offering fresh seafood. Fishermen can use the long fishing pier at Port Isabel where they can even rent some fishing gear locally.

It’s the dunes and beaches that attract tourists to the island. The pristine white sand beaches are great for enjoying a day at the sea coast. It is the sand blowing inland that creates the huge dunes that help protect the mainland from storms. When plants grow in this sand it stabilizes the dune, but careless climbing up the dunes can destroy the protective plants, and damage the dune.

Long time snowbird resident Janet Bussier says it’s a terrific park.

“There are so many activities that there is no reason for anyone being bored,” Janet told me.

She loves the beauty of the park’s entrance, and the fabulous flowers and palm trees in the park. Janet credits the beauty of the park, its cleanliness, and it’s friendly feeling to the manager, Terry Goss, who listens to your problems and takes action on remediating them.

Victoria Palms RV Resort is a perfect snowbird resort. The destination provides rest, entertainment, and abundant areas for you to discover at your own speed.