Area Attractions

We invite you to join the thousands of people who have discovered the Texas tropics along the U.S.- Mexican border. Here visitors, known as “Winter Texans”, soon discover that just as the name implies, they are welcomed, not as outsiders, but as an integral part of this diverse culture.

The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area is recognized as a major international trade area and is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Being here is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the amenities of city living while enjoying the rural surroundings of Sandpipers Resort and mixing it all up with the colorful multi-cultural experience that is unique to Deep South Texas.

If shopping is your passion you’ll find malls with your favorite department stores, a large factory outlet mall, upscale boutiques, browsing the shops and streets of Progreso, Mexico, flea markets and thrift stores, all within an hour’s drive of Sandpipers. Oh, and don’t forget the ropa usadas - unique to this area, you’ll just have to see them to believe them!

It’s true, we have an abundance of eateries offering the traditional Tex-Mex cuisine - everything from the little corner taco stand to Mexican restaurants sporting white tablecloths and formal waiters. But in addition to these you’ll find a variety of restaurants that you would expect in any metro area with most of the national chains represented, a variety of ethnic offerings, fine dining and small restaurants dishing up their own specialties.

The Rio Grande Valley is well-known as one of the top areas in the country for bird-watching, with people coming from around the world just to have the opportunity to spot birds unique to this area. The World Birding Center offers numerous sites throughout the Valley where you can quietly enjoy watching an abundance of birds, butterflies and even dragonflies.

Professional sports are represented here with the Edinburg Coyotes baseball team, the Killer Bees hockey team, Vipers basketball, and the Dorados arena football team. If your sport is golf, you’ll find many reasonably priced courses to challenge your game and if deep sea fishing is your passion it’s as close at the Gulf of Mexico.

If you’re looking for a bit of culture during your stay, you’ll find that too. The University of Texas Pan American, located in Edinburg, offers musical concerts, plays, a speaker series and art galleries. In addition you can enjoy the Valley Symphony, the ProCantus Lyric Opera, touring stage shows and big name entertainers. The Museum of South Texas gives visitors a fascinating view of the history of the area, the International Museum of Art & Science always has interesting exhibits, and weekends offer a wide variety of local celebrations and festivals.

Want to dip your toes in the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy nice sandy beaches? South Padre Island is just 85 miles from Sandpipers. You might also like to experience a trip on the Los Ebanos Ferry, the only remaining hand-drawn ferry crossing the Rio Grande.

Winter Texans are well-known for becoming involved with local volunteer opportunities. If giving back is part of your life, you will find local schools, hospitals, churches, food banks, and social service organizations welcoming you with open arms. Others help with providing housing for the poor. Volunteers at Sandpipers work throughout the year raising money to brighten neighboring families’ Christmas celebrations with food and toys for the children.

Y’all come down. You’ll find yourself welcomed with warm Deep South Texas hospitality.


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