Mexico is just a few miles away from any where in the
Rio Grande Valley. Border towns include:

Matamoros - South of Brownsville

Nuevo Progreso - South of Weslaco,  
Nuevo Progreso has become one of the most popular
crossing points for both tourists and locals.

Reynosa - South of McAllen

Miguel Aleman - South of Rio Grande City

Each offers shopping, dental and health care, beauty
salons, restaurants, bars and more.
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I am a single older female and I've been going to Nuevo Progreo
for years now.  I'm not scared at all, even in the evening hours.  
Many of the vendors know me, so they watch out for me. Not all
dentists are as honest as can be - most want to give you an
implant, tho it isn't necessary.  
I eat from the street vendors, and their street hotdogs are
stupendous!  I've never gotten sick, no one has spiked my drinks.  
I do suggest your first stop is Jessica's Pharmacy, across the
street from Benevidas Pharmacy.  Jessica's will give you a free
drink whether you buy from them or not.  
They also have live music most of the time, catering to the Winter
and Summer Texans.  There is room to dance there, too, along
with meals to eat.
Anonymous ... Posted May 6, 2012
Mary Keiser says,
We went to Progreso last week, Nov 9th. We saw no Mexican Army
anywhere. Texas tax on each liter bottle has been raised from
$1.25 to $3.25 a bottle. That was a shocker! - posted 11-15-11
Nvo. Progresso remains the SAFEST tourist town on the border.  
A unit of Mexican marines patrols the town and even simple
incidents are rare.  The town is hurting as visitors avoid all
Mexican border towns, even the safe ones.
We continue to go there for lunch, the dentist,and to see one of
the best "asthetic" (skin) doctors anywhere.
When traveling into these border towns just act the same as you
would when in any big US city.  Remember that you are MUCH
safer in Progresso than you would be in, say, Detriot!
anonymous-posted 10-15-11
A warning to those coming into Monterrey from Matehuala:
They'll stop you, ask for drivers licence, insurance info and entry
visa. They'll proceed to ask you if you have family in area and that
you've been detained for speeding. You'll be threatened with
speeding fine of 1200 pesos! Actually what they want is a
"mordida" a bite. I suggest you take the toll road.
Good Luck, Larry
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I normally go to Progreso every week and feel as safe there as I
would on this side of the river, in fact it probably is safer there
now. I was at Arrebas in Progreso on the day of the shooting. The
place was locked down and all the patrons were escorted upstairs
to a storage area until it was safe to return downstairs. I would
definitely not go to Reynosa or Matamoros but will continue my
weekly trips to Progreso. anonymous (posted 1-30-11)
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Progreso does remain quiet following the unfortunate experience
of Oct. 2009.  We still travel there once or twice a month for our
medications and dental appointments. The town is tiny and only
one or two streets are safe for tourist travel.  Remain in site of
other tourists, don't get too brave and venture off on your own.  
The citizens of Progreso remain alert and in tune with the
dangers. No one ventures out after dark and the merchants do
close early. Progreso has much to offer, but must be balanced
with the reality of possible attacks. Always keep your wits about
you and be alert to your surroundings at all times. Remember that
you ARE in a foreign country. Any criminal offenses or stupid
behavior on your part could result in harsh consequences.
anonymous (posted 4-5-11)
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