One hundred thousand Winter Texans can’t be wrong.

In case you missed the memo, the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas is the place to winter this year…and every year after that.  This Valley girl might be a little biased (with McAllen having been my home for…ouch…more than 40 years), but I assure you that once people come to the Rio Grande Valley, they’re hooked.


I’ll admit, it’s a drive, and once you get south of San Antonio, it’s a bit dull at that.  But when you start seeing palm trees dotting the expressway, you know you’re close.   And trust me, it’s well worth the drive.  The difference between South Texas and other winter destinations is that WE want you here.  In addition to the palm trees, you’ll see signs that read ‘Welcome Home Winter Texans.’  We hate to see you leave and can hardly wait for you to get back.


We have welcome parties, discounts, special interest publications, and websites dedicated to making your winter experience a great one.  In a focus group with Winter-Texan participants a few years back, equally as important as our warm weather and low cost of living is the friendliness of our people.  Again, it’s because WE want you here! The Winter-Texan community has made us who we are, and we are forever grateful for your support of our region and your significant impact on our economy.


Sure, there are a number of destinations from which to choose every winter.  But I challenge you to find one as accommodating, friendly, and affordable as South Texas.


Let us show you some real Texas hospitality this winter!

We’re just connecting the dots,



Kristi Collier is a McAllen native who loves to share her passion for the area with others.  Her company, Welcome Home RGV caters to the Winter & Converted Texan market through their events, activities, special interest publications and more.  For more information, call the Welcome Home RGV office at 956-687-5115, visit or visit on facebook at and

5 thoughts on “One hundred thousand Winter Texans can’t be wrong.”

  1. One more month and we will be heading to the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Hubby for his 25th year and me for my 16th. Love the variety of things to do, being appreciated by the natives and the different cultures.

  2. I am a police officer in the city of Pharr, Tx, assigned to our Winter Resorts and Retirement Homes. I visit our resorts and occassionally sing in the Country Jams at Winter Haven and Pharr South. We LOVE our winter Texans and try to inform them of current crime prevention strategies to stay safe when traveling to Mexico, along with staying safe at home or out shopping at local shops. We encourage our Winter Texans to get involved with our community and our schools and to be active with the thousands of activities currently going on in the area. If you havent visited the Rio Grande Valley, connect with someone who has wintered here and visit for a week and you will never want to leave! Safety is our main concern. However having fun and enjoying life is even more important! Visit Pharr, Texas, too! Look me up when you do!
    Officer Mike Mata #1479, Pharr Police Department 956-402-4700

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