McAllen is a Snowbirds Warm Haven for the Winter-Weary. McAllen has been known for decades as a snowbird destination except that, in that neck of the woods, they are affectionately called Winter Texans!
McAllen sits in the geographical center of the Rio Grande Valley which hosts almost 45 RV Parks, making it a major destination for Winter Texans.
McAllen is the Square Dance Capital of the World, and offers many special events geared to the retiree who prefers to winter where it's warm. McAllen is as far south as Miami, and the cost of living is generally lower than in other winter destinations.
The Rio Grande Valley is a birder's paradise, with six wildlife refuges less than an hour's drive from the McAllen. Birders from all over the world flock to McAllen to see some of the colorful species found nowhere else in North America.
The area is home to 8 annual wildlife watching festivals, the world's richest wildlife photography contest, the World Birding Center, expert birders and nature artists, and many programs dedicated to the area's natural resources.
McAllen, sitting on the border of Texas and Mexico, has a rich artistic community with heavy Mexican influence evident in the architecture, cuisine, music, language and art of the city. Many special events are held annually celebrating the bi-culturalism of the area.
McAllen is the Gateway to Mexico. Just 8 miles from the Mexican border, it is the perfect jumping off point for travelers who are planning a Mexican excursion. Because of the proximity to Mexico, McAllen offers many ties to the country South of the Border.
Hunting and fishing are important ingredients in the McAllen experience. Freshwater and deep-sea fishing? Hunting for deer or birds? McAllen, the Valley and nearby Mexico provide the waters, the woods and the fields to satisfy every outdoor sportsman.
For snowbirds, winter visitors and retirement, McAllen is a great destination.