Trop­i­cal Weather

At Tropic Winds RV Re­sort in South Texas

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - Contents - BY DARCY NYBO

You don’t have to fly to an is­land to en­joy trop­i­cal weather. In­stead make a visit to Har­lin­gen, Texas where you can still find trop­i­cal breezes and warm sun. Tropic Winds RV Re­sort is just 48 km (30 mi) from the coast of the Gulf of Mex­ico and the friendly staff and dozens of Win­ter Texans will make your stay here one to re­mem­ber. Lo­cated in the heart of the Rio Grande Val­ley, the re­sort of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of fun-filled ac­tiv­i­ties. Home Away from Home Melissa Cortez, the Tropic Winds RV Re­sort man­ager, makes sure there are plenty of things for her guests to do. “Here at Tropic Winds we have a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties for our Win­ter Texans. The ac­tiv­i­ties they like the most are pick­le­ball, our re­mote-con­trol race track, arts and crafts, and the en­ter­tain­ment we pro­vide.” Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude shuf­fle­board, horse­shoes, bocce ball and the ever-pop­u­lar line, square and ball­room danc­ing.

Most Win­ter Texans think of Tropic Winds as their home away from home. It’s the per­fect place to sit back, re­lax, pour your­self a cold drink, read a book, or have a friendly chat with your neigh­bour. Then when the mood strikes, there are plenty of ad­ven­tures just out­side the RV re­sort to fill you with won­der and get your heart pump­ing. Wa­ter Fun, Golf and Bird­ing When you’re ready to ex­plore the area, the warm, sandy beaches of South Padre Is­land await. Nes­tled be­tween La­guna Madre and the Gulf of Mex­ico, the warm em­brace of the wa­ter en­tices you to come and swim or sail.

The area sur­round­ing the re­sort also of­fers world- class golf at var­i­ous lo­cal public golf cour­ses. There are over a dozen golf cour­ses near Har­lin­gen. Just a golf swing away you’ll find two 18-hole championship cour­ses at Ran­cho Viejo Re­sort and a scenic 18-hole course at the South Padre Is­land Golf Club.

If ex­plor­ing na­ture and wildlife cap­ti­vates your in­ter­ests more, Har­lin­gen is home to the World Bird­ing Cen­ter and two of the most unique wildlife refuges in the coun­try. The city is also home to Bass Pro Shops, a new and ex­cit­ing at­trac­tion. Hunt­ing and Fish­ing This area is akin to a hunter’s par­adise. Texas is home to a va­ri­ety of wildlife, in­clud­ing white­tailed deer, Nil­gai (an­te­lope), javelin (sim­i­lar to a wild boar), wild pig, dove, quail, ducks, wild tur­key and more. The land­scape and year-round green­ery gives the area a unique ad­van­tage, as it en­cour­ages the growth and de­vel­op­ment of some of the largest an­i­mals found in the state.

Ex­cel­lent fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties abound, whether you want to try and catch a big one off the pier or do some deep-sea ex­plo­ration. Har­lin­gen of­fers ex­cel­lent fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties be­cause of its lo­ca­tion at the south­ern­most tip of Texas. An­glers can en­joy some of the best sport fish avail­able year-round. Some fish species you may find in­clude red­fish, speck­led trout, floun­der, tar­pon and many more. Off­shore an­glers can tar­get mar­lin, sail­fish, Do­rado, snap­per, grouper, am­ber­jack, and others. Mu­se­ums, The­atre, and Shop­ping There are sev­eral lo­cal mu­se­ums that pro­vide an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the his­tory of Har­lin­gen. Be sure to plan a visit to the Iwo Jima Mon­u­ment, Har­lin­gen Arts and Her­itage Mu­seum, and his­toric Jack­son Street.

There’s great live en­ter­tain­ment here, too. You can take in a va­ri­ety of events such as com­mu­nity the­atre, sport­ing events, and world fa­mous mu­si­cal acts. If re­tail ther­apy is on your mind, the Rio Grande Val­ley Premium Out­lets are a short drive away and fea­ture over 140 name brand stores.

Fam­ily Fun

For fam­ily-friendly fun, sched­ule some time to dis­cover the 1,600 ex­otic and na­tive an­i­mals at Gla­dys Porter Zoo. This dy­namic zoo is or­ga­nized into four dis­tinct zones: Africa, Asia, Trop­i­cal Amer­ica, and Indo-Australia. Within th­ese zones, you will see such crea­tures as Gala­pa­gos Tor­toises, Caribbean flamin­gos, tree kan­ga­roos, kook­abur­ras, and Bac­trian camels.

And Re­lax

Once you get back to Tropic Winds, make sure you check the ac­tiv­ity board. There could be a card tour­na­ment, live en­ter­tain­ment or a dance to close out the day.

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