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Why Winter in the R.G.V? Here’s Why!

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Story by Eryn Reddell Wingert

Photos Special to Welcome Home

When asked ‘Why choose the R.G.V.?’ Karen Price simply states, in her distinct southern drawl, “It’s just fun!” In 1999, after retiring from teaching, Karen and her husband, Jerry, left their home state of North Carolina to travel by R.V. During a stop in Nova Scotia, Canada, they met a couple who raved about South Texas. “They told us we had to come down here; we had no clue.” The Prices came down in 2001, spent three winters here, and eventually became permanent residents, also known as Converted Texans.

Karen shares how they have visited other states known for warmer winters but fell in love with the Rio Grande Valley because it’s more economical, and they wanted to dance. Yes, dance. “All we knew was South Carolina beach music, the shag. We wanted to learn the Texas two-step.” When the Prices made the decision to enjoy the local amenities year-round, they found their permanent home at Sunshine Country Club Estates in Harlingen when they visited for a dance.

The Rio Grande Valley, or RGV, is located at the southern tip of Texas, bordering Mexico. The region is made-up of four counties: Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron. It’s home to approximately 300 RV parks and resorts. The cost of living tops the list of its many appealing qualities. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report referred to the city of McAllen--located in Hidalgo County--as having the lowest cost of living for a metro city in the United States.


We'd love to have you in South Texas!

The ultimate winter destination, the Rio Grande Valley boasts hundreds of RV Resorts in every shape and size. Beat the cold weather and soak up our sunshine, while you enjoy our low cost of living.

You can access our online copy of Winter Texan Living, or request a free printed copy that will be mailed to you. Spend a week or spend the winter, just come see us in South Texas!

If you'd like help finding the perfect place to call your home away from home, simply complete the form at the bottom of the page and we'll help you find the perfect match.

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There is so much to do in South Texas, we know you'll love it here! The weather can't be beat and neither can our low cost of living. With a wide variety of activities, entertainment and top-notch attractions, there's no place like the Rio Grande Valley.

We love our Winter Texans, and can't wait to show you why South Texas is the only retirement destination worth considering.

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