Every year thousands of people from all over the United States and Canada come to South Texas for the Winter Months.
This Southward migration begins in October and many of these "snowbirds" stay through April. But, don't call them "snowbirds"!
They are proudly known as "Winter Texans".
Why do so many retirement age people come to this region of Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley? There are many reasons. Probably the top-most reason is the mild climate that is enjoyed throughout the Winter months. Average temperatures fluctuate from 40 to 80 degrees. Only on rare occasions will the thermometer dip below the freezing mark. Snow is almost unheard of. I say almost because in 2004 the RGV had it's first "White Christmas" in 105 years. On Christmas Eve about 3/4 of an inch of snow covered this tropical paradise turning it into a Winter Wonderland for local residents who had not experienced snow on the ground for many generations.
Due to the moderate Winter temperatures, Winter Texans can enjoy outdoor activities all Winter long. Many find their way to one of the dozens of golf courses located throughout the region.
Some take advantage of Fresh Water fishing holes like Falcon Resevoir which produces trophy size Largemouth Bass. Others prefer Salt Water fishing in the Laguna Madre Bay of South Padre Island (SPI) or Chartering a Deep Sea Fishing trip on one of the many fishing boats avaiable for hire.
Most Winter Texans stay in one of the hundreds of "Resort Parks" in the RGV while they are here. Others choose extended stay hotel rooms or even Condominiums on SPI.
Most of the resort parks have ammenities which keep their residents as busy as they want to be. You'll have lots of fun playing pickle ball, shuffleboard, tennis, billiards, horseshoes or just hanging out at the indoor or outdoor swimming pool. There are always plenty of card games, bingo, dominoes and other indoor activities. You may enjoy creating stained glass art, painting, wood carving or many of the other crafty things that are offered.
If staying around home is not for you, The Rio Grande Valley of South Texas has many attractions which cover just about anyone's interests.
The RGV is known world wide for it's birding opportunities. There are several wildlife reserves as well as state and county parks to enjoy hiking and biking.
Museums in the region offer a rich cultural history of the "Valley" which started as an agricultural region and has become one of the fastest growing economical regions in the US.
Did you know that Freddy Fender, Bill Haley, Kris Kristofferson and Tom Landry were native to the Rio Grande Valley?
So why do Winter Texans show up in the RGV year after year?
Because they have fun here! One Winter visitor put it this way
"It's like Summer Scout Camp for Seniors".