|Snowbirds flock to Harlingen, Texas which is located at the southern tip of Texas in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Each year, approximately 143,000 Winter Texans migrate to the Valley to escape the cold weather and enjoy the regions warm sub-tropical climate. Harlingen enjoys the position as one of the Valleys leading retail hubs.
Snowbirds and winter visitors stay an average of three-and-a-half months, enjoying a semi-tropical climate and an exciting blend of two cultures and two nations. They are lured by balmy temperatures, landscapes edged by palm trees and flaming bougainvillea, the nearness of enchanting Old Mexico, and proximity to surf-washed Gulf beaches. Harlingen is just minutes away from South Padre Island, the premiere beach on the Texas coast.
The tropical environment is a paradise for Birds & Birding! Bring some binoculars and catch sight of Harlingens official bird, the Great Kiskadee, as well as other avian beauties at the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park. In appreciation of the many avian beauties that visit the area during their spring and fall migration, Harlingen hosts a bird festival every year.
You are never far away from catching the big fish. You could fish in one of Texas' hottest fishing spots, South Padre Island. The Laguna Madre Bay is chocked full with trophy speckled trout, redfish and flounder. Drop your line from a boat, a pier or cast out into the surf. Hire a deep sea boat and look for that 800-pound Marlin or maybe a state-record Wahoo in the Gulf of Mexico.
There's almost always a harvest in progress - peas, carrots, lettuce, spinach or cabbage; in winter, a bounty of oranges and prized Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit. In summer, tons of cotton, sugar cane and grain are grown.
The original working model of the famous Iwo Jima War Memorial bronze statue at Arlington National Cemetery was donated by sculptor Dr. Felix W. de Weldon to the Marine Military Academy at Harlingen in 1981. The plaster has been treated for preservation, and the relatively constant temperature and humidity here help with its preservation.
Harlingen, Texas is known for old-fashioned hospitality, fun, relaxation, great weather and quality of life. It is the perfect hub for day trips exploring the entire Rio Grande Valley, including northern Mexico and southernmost Texas. Check it out!