Win­ter Tex­ans Stay in South Texas, Play in Nuevo Pro­greso, Mex­ico

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - Mexico -

There’s a great lit­tle town just across the bor­der from Fun and Sun RV Park in San Benito, that has ev­ery­one spread­ing the news.

Nuevo Pro­greso, Mex­ico is a town lo­cated just over the US-Mex­i­can bor­der that of­fers up spec­tac­u­lar shop­ping and fun things to do. They call them­selves the friendli­est folks on the bor­der, and if you ask any Win­ter Texan, they’ll prob­a­bly agree.

“The peo­ple in Nuevo Pro­greso re­ally look af­ter the vis­i­tors,” said long time Fun and Sun res­i­dent, Cana­dian, Gary Scott. “We get a lot of peo­ple from On­tario, Win­nipeg, Saskatchewan and BC come down to Fun and Sun. They are great peo­ple, and we all head over to Nuevo Pro­greso.”

WALK ACROSS THE BOR­DER

Gary is a true-blue Win­ter Texan. He loves the town, the peo­ple and all there is to do there.

“It’s right across the bor­der from Pro­greso, Texas, and it’s so easy to get to,” he said. “My wife and I usu­ally just walk right across the bor­der. There’s a bridge across the Rio Grande River from the US to Mex­ico. The river isn’t very wide at that point so most peo­ple park their cars in the States and walk over.”

Gary and his wife love the fact that it’s only a half hour drive from Fun and Sun in San Benito, and that they feel safe and very wel­come in Nuevo Pro­greso.

SAFETY FIRST

When asked if Nuevo Pro­greso was re­ally as safe as they think, Gary had this to say: “We’ve been go­ing there for 12 years now. When we first went over there it was just great be­cause there was so much stuff go­ing on. Now we just go over for the day, have lunch and stuff. There aren’t any prob­lems re­ally. Ev­ery now and then you’ll see a cou­ple Fed­erales around, but it’s com­pletely safe.” Even the web­site for Pro­greso Nuevo states there has been no US cit­i­zen in­volved in any drug-re­lated vi­o­lence in town.

DEN­TISTS AND SHOP­PING

Many Win­ter Tex­ans, snow­birds and Amer­i­cans head over to Nuevo Pro­greso for den­tal ser­vices. Some of the coun­try’s high­est rated den­tal ex­perts prac­tice here, with over 40 of­fices in all. “A lot of peo­ple go over there to get the med­i­ca­tion and to go to the den­tists,” ex­plained Gary. “It’s cheaper than in the USA. You can go across and get your teeth cleaned for $20! A lot of Cana­di­ans and Amer­i­cans that don’t have den­tal plans just cross the bor­der and get their work done.”

“We like to go over there for a fun day. We do some shop­ping and have some­thing to eat,” he said. “We might go over a few times a week. It’s one of the safer places in Mex­ico and it is typ­i­cally a town that caters to tourists.”

“The de­part­ment stores here are great,” said

Gary. “They have one called the El Disco Su­per Cen­ter. It’s the largest de­part­ment store in town and has ev­ery­thing from rus­tic fur­ni­ture to mu­sic, piñatas and cow­boy hats. At El Disco, they even have a bar – it’s called Pan­chos. It’s quite the place for Win­ter Tex­ans. We come here to eat, drink and dance. The bar­tenders are friendly and they all know your name af­ter a while.”

They have other stores in town as well that carry ev­ery­thing a Win­ter Texan would need for the sea­son, even hair sa­lons and bar­bers. “I can get my hair­cut for $4 here!” he said with a smile.

FES­TI­VALS, FOOD AND FUN

Twice a year they hold fes­ti­vals that cel­e­brate the tourists who help keep the town’s econ­omy alive. “They have one in Jan­uary called Wel­come Back Win­ter Texan Day. All the ven­dors have all their goods out on the street,” said Gary. “There’s free tequila and free beer too! It’s a re­ally good hoot. Then in March, they have Win­ter Texan ap­pre­ci­a­tion day. There are mari­achi bands play­ing and they give away lit­tle good­ies. There are thou­sands of peo­ple that go over there for that.”

Nuevo Pro­greso is also known for its food. Try some au­then­tic Mex­i­can food pre­pared by the peo­ple who know it best. There’s also seafood restau­rants, Ital­ian and great steaks. Most restau­rants are fam­ily-friendly, and have live mu­sic. For more mu­sic, just step out­side and lis­ten to the street en­ter­tain­ers. Gary and his wife will be back next year so they can en­joy the di­ver­sity, safety and rich cul­ture of Nuevo Pro­greso.

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