Want to stay Warm this Winter?
Come on down to the Magic Valley!
I am Rod Graham, the creator of this website.
Thank you for visiting!
The Winter Texan Connection is designed as a tool with two purposes in mind.
1) To provide the information needed to make an informed decision regarding wintering in South Texas.
2) To provide the information needed to enjoy your stay while you are here in the RGV.
Familiarize yourself with the navigation menu provided to see all that The Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas has to offer.
My wife and I have made our home in the Rio Grande Valley since 1999. During this time I have become very familiar with the area and am happy to share my knowledge with you. Send me your inquiries. If I do not have the answer, I will do my best to find it for you! firstname.lastname@example.org
What and Where is the Rio Grande Valley?
The region called the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) consists of four Deep South Texas counties: Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy. Actually a delta along the Rio Grande River, the border between the USA and Mexico, the name Rio Grande Valley came to be in the early 1900s when land developers touted the region as The Magic Valley a place where citrus and other crops could be grown all year long. Read a brief history of the RGV
What we locally call the RGV, or The Valley, stretches from the Gulf of Mexico at South Padre Island 140 miles West to Zapata, Texas home of Falcon Reservoir. In between is a network of communities including Brownsville, Harlingen, Weslaco, Donna, Alamo, Pharr, McAllen, Edinburg, Mission and Rio Grande City. There are dozens of other, smaller, communities making this region one continuous metropolitan area.
What is a Winter Texan?
The term Winter Texan describes a person from outside of Texas who comes to spend the Winter here because of our tropical climate. These folks may come for several days, weeks, months or for the entire Winter Season (OCT - MAR). More Winter Visitors, commonly referred to as snowbirds, are discovering the South Texas Rio Grande Valley as a Preferred Winter Vacation Hotspot. It should come as no surprise since South Texas is much more economical and the average weather is much more enjoyable when compared to Florida, Arizona or any other Winter Destination.
So button up your northern home before it snows and head to Deep South Texas. You'll be glad you did!
You may start out as a "Snowbird" but you will soon become a "Winter Texan"!
Read more about Winter Vacation in Texas
Where Do Winter Texans Live?
Most Winter Visitors in the RGV live in one of the 200 plus RV & Mobile Home Resorts located throughout this South Texas region. You can find contact info for all of these and see them on a Map of the RGV, HERE.
There are also Subdivisions and Country Clubs which are home to many Winter Texans. Some choose to stay in condos or extended stay hotels.
No matter what your lifestyle, there are plenty of choices to ensure that you will find your perfect spot!
What Do Winter Texans Do in the RGV?
Whatever they want to. But they do it in shorts and T-shirts!
What you do while you are here is, of course, completely up to you. There are lots of "planned activities" to enjoy if that is your thing. Nearly all of the Winter Texan Communities have an Activity Director or an Activity Committee whose only job is to make sure there is always something for you to do. These include dances, entertainment shows, music jams and craft shows as well as card games and a variety of handi-crafts.
There are biking clubs, woodcarving clubs, billiards tournaments, shuffleboard tournaments and fishing tournaments. There's pickle ball, tennis, bocci ball and even a Winter Texan Olympics!
If you're not into all of these planned activities, take off on your own to discover South Texas! There are hiking trails throughout many of the numerous nature reserves such as Santa Ana NWR, Laguna Atascosa NWR and Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. The Valley is home to the National Butterfly Center, the South Texas History Museum, McAllen Performing Arts Center
For retirement age visitors in South Texas, here to escape the snow, ice and cold weather of the Northern United States and Canadian Winters, this website will give you all of the information you need to live an active life style while you are here.
What can you find in this website?
Just about anything and everything having to do with the Winter Texan Lifestyle.
Find all of the Winter Texan Communities, neatly organized by city, including contact information. See them located on a map. See extra information provided by our FEATURED RESORTS.
Explore local RGV attractions using the "Local Info and Attractions" button on the Navigation Menu.
Find Public Activities organized by Activity Type, Week-Day, Resort Name, City or simply scroll through All Activities to make your plans.
Explore the Navigation Bar (MENU) to see all that The Winter Texan Connection has to offer. You will find this site to be user friendly and organized to make it easy to plan your itinerary for the time you are here.
Are you looking for seasonal employment while you are here?
Click HERE to see Work Campers and Other Employment Opportunities.
Once you have experienced the Rio Grande Valley as a Winter Destination, you may well decide to make it your permanent retirement home! Retire in South Texas and enjoy all that it has to offer all year long. Read more about Retiring in Texas