Many visitors to the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas often ask five questions:
(1) Where's a good place to eat? We have put together some links that should help you
out. Most visitors seem to ask where they can find the best Mexican food. If you ask a Rio Grande Valley resident
that question, you will likely be told, "at my Mother's house" or "at my Grandmother's house". The Rio Grande
Valley has some very good restaurants, and like where YOU live, it is hard to recommend just one.
Taquerias are everywhere, and provide some of the most economical breakfasts and lunches you can find, anywhere in this country.
Also, don't be afraid to go to Nuevo Progreso or Matamoras. Take your passports, park on the US side, and walk
across the bridge a short distance to some great...and of course...authentic Mexican restaurants. No, you do not need
Pesos to shop or eat in the Mexican border cities..they will be happy to take your dollars. Be
sure to visit our Republic of Mexico Links, above.
(2) Where can we camp out? Unfortunately, there are not many tent camping locations in
the LRGV. Keep in mind, that except for a couple of months out of the year, it is usually way to hot to sleep in a tent;
hence, not very economical for the Lower Rio Grande Valley to be providing a lot of tent camping sites.
All of the few available tent camping sites are listed, below. The Rio Grande Valley has lots of motels and
hotels and fantastic Bed and Breakfasts (all of the ones listed below are great wildlife watching sites, themselves).
(3) Is there anything else to do in the Rio Grande Valley, besides studying the flora
and fauna? The many links below provide a lot of choices for you. Remember, the LRGV is the fourth largest population
area in Texas, and, therefore, has lots of attractions for you to choose from. All RGV musems, RGV libraries,
and RGV art galleries are wonderful. With the Lower Rio Grande Valley's proximity to the Republic of Mexico, you should
get to appreciate the unique culture the LRGV has to offer.
(4) Where can I find out more about the Rio Grande Valley? Just as it would be where
you are from, you need to check out the RGV county governments and RGV city governments; the RGV radio, RGV telivision, and
RGV print media; and LRGV Chambers of Commerce, RGV Convention and Visitor Bureaus, and the RGV Econonmic and Development
(5) Do I have to know how to speak or understand Spanish? Of course not!
You can enjoy a visit to the Rio Grande Valley and the Mexican border cities without ANY knowledge of Spanish. However,
part of the fun in coming to the LRGV is taking a little Spanish back home with you. Always remember, the
LRGV is only a river's width from people that speak little, if any, English. More than 40% of the retail sales in the
Rio Grande Valley come from Mexican vistiors! Bilingual speaking residents make up +70% of the Rio Grande
Valley's population. Don't worry about a language problem!
RGV dining, RGV attractions, RGV resources, RGV information, things to do in the RGV...all kinds
of RGV info are listed below and throughout this webpage. Surely you can find some form of RGV entertainment on this
Esperamos que usted pueda venir al Valle y gozar toda la cultura rica nosotros tenemos que ofrecer.