Every fall, a long line of RVs parade through the state of Texas as folks from the north make their way to warmer weather for the winter. The transient group is called Winter Texans or more causally, Snowbirds. Not only do they come in search of more temperate winter weather, but they require good healthcare, high quality RV parks, and plenty of senior activities. Texas embraces this positive population because they are often the balance in an economy that would otherwise be reliant on summer vacations. If you’re thinking of joining this Southward bound group of RVers, here are 5 of the best destinations in Texas.
1. The Rio Grande Valley
This is probably the gold standard in Winter Texan destinations for a variety of reasons. The weather is temperate in the winter, so balmy breezes and ocean air make this a real winter vacation. Healthcare is abundant in the Valley. There are major medical centers in McAllen, Brownsville, and Harlingen. One of the most attractive medical features is Mexico. Many retired Winter Texans need to conserve their money, and they find that pharmaceuticals are less expensive across the border. A word of warning on that. The drug violence in Mexico may be something to consider for safety reasons. The Valley is rife with RV parks. Take your choice. Whether you want that Gulf Breeze, a heated pool, a walking trail or a variety of other senior activities, just about all the resorts are vying for that Winter Texas dollar. Bird watchers will be in paradise in this warm climate. The Brownsville International Birding Festival is definitely a highlight for the nature lover.
If the hustle and bustle of the tourism that continually invades the Rio Grande Valley is too much for you, try the community of Rockport. It’s up the Texas coastline, and this sleepy little town is just right for the laid back Winter Texan. Once again, healthcare will be abundant as you’re only 35 minutes from Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Medical Center. For the veteran, Corpus has a VA outpatient clinic. As for senior activities, the nature lover will once again be in paradise with plenty of birding opportunities. The fishing is outstanding as well, and it’s fun to stroll the beach looking for seashells. Again, it’s hard to beat the weather in Rockport. And if you’re a foodie, you’re in for some of the best seafood in Texas.
The Texas Hill Country is stunning. The rolling hills and rugged terrain offer some of the most inspiring views in Texas. Again, RV parks are abundant. There’s excellent medical care in Kerrville, and the VA hospital is only an hour away in San Antonio. This historic Texas city will keep the history buff busy for the entire winter, but don’t ignore Kerrville. Hunters will find plenty of deer leases and game processors for that big trophy buck. Hikers will be able to explore the hillsides, and the gorgeous Guadalupe River runs right through the center of town. Senior activities abound for the active Winter Texan. Weather is not as temperate as the Valley and the Upper Coast. In fact, freezes are common, so this is for that seasonal resident who still likes a little bit of winter in his life.
4. Canyon Lake
This sleepy little community deserves to be on the Winter Texan destination list because the people are just so darn nice there. It’s also about an hour from Austin or San Antonio. Both of these cities should be on any senior activity list. Needless to say, healthcare facilities are abundant with VA facilities in both Austin and San Antonio. Major airports are convenient, too. Again, the weather will be colder, but the lovely lake will satisfy the boaters and fishermen who travel to Texas. Also, the Guadalupe River makes an appearance in this community, too. It’s typically overrun with tourists in the summer who like to float the river in tubes and rafts. In the winter, the place is quiet and perfect for seniors. RV parks are in abundance, as are repair garages and RV retailers. There’s also a huge outlet mall in nearby San Marcos for the budget minded shopper.
5. East Texas
One of the most overlooked destinations for Winter Texans is East Texas. It’s its own unique culture with is swamps, thick forests, and diverse history. The weather can be rainy, but the fishing is probably the best in the state. The golf courses are beautiful. Many of the communities have great medical care. Huntsville is a good sized town with a university. Conroe is just north of Houston, and certainly, Houston is the home of some of the best healthcare in the Nation. This is a region of Texas that will be most suited to the fisherman, golfer, and lover of forest flora and fauna.
Texas Welcomes You!
These are just a few of the destinations that Winter Texans can explore as they plan their trip south. What do all of these places have in common? Texas hospitality. You can hardly find a friendlier group of people than Texans. You’ll also be amazed at the cultural and geographic diversity the state has to offer, so if one place doesn’t suit you, it’s guaranteed another one will.