Review and Rating of Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort Mission Texas
Located just outside the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is one of the best RV Resorts in Texas – Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort. From the minute we entered the Park and the office, we knew we were in for a special treat. We were warmly greeted by some friendly and very helpful work campers who gave us an overview of the Park, a welcome packet loaded with good information, and then escorted us to our site. The site was fantastic, the Park is meticulously maintained and landscaped, the amenities are outstanding, the planned activities are numerous and fun, and all of the fellow RVers are friendly and outgoing.
We’ve camped for over 30 years and never stayed in a Park that has a Guest Services like you’ll find at this Park. They are very helpful and can give you lots of ideas on things to see and do, sign you up for activities, and more.
Lots of little things like a free air compressor, free bikes and kayaks to use, two sewer hook ups, common areas for socializing or playing pool, fun activities, free firewood for the fire pits, free passes to the State Park, free long distance calls in the US and Canada, free internet and cable TV, stunning, landscaping, and more help make this an outstanding park.
Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort was founded on the belief that “natural beauty restores the soul” and as you drive through the Park you can’t help but notice the stunning landscaping with a wide variety of colors from different plants, bushes, shrubs, and trees plus lots of palm trees gently swaying in the breeze – at times I felt like I was in Hawaii minus the sand and surf! In several sections of the Park the landscaping is labeled with a description. I’m, told that the colors are stunning in October and November when everything is blooming and the butterflies and birds are everywhere. In January, I was impressed with all the color blossoming from the landscaping – reds, whites, yellows, and more. In addition to all of the landscaping, there are several common areas and greenbelts that are grass and trees.
Turns out that Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort is designated by Texas Parks & Wildlife as a certified wildscape and the “largest wildscape in Texas.” Texas Wildscapes is a habitat restoration and conservation plan for rural and urban areas. It enables Texans to contribute to wildlife conservation by developing wildlife habitats where they live, work and play. Congratulations to Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort and thanks for your commitment to such a great program.
This gated Park is conveniently located to McAllen’s high end shopping centers, award-winning restaurants, the Rio Grande Premium Outlets, excellent health care facilities, some great golf courses, and the beaches of South Padre Island are about 80 minutes away
You can choose from over 240 RV sites that are a combination of back-in and pull thrus plus some fantastic Casitas and Park Models that are available for rent. The layout of Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort is truly unique – there are four RV site circles with 23 pull through sites that face the clubhouse or an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves (called Palapas). Other sites back up against the perimeter of the Park.
A large number of visitors from September to April are winter Texans from around the frozen north and Canada. They start arriving in September and stay for months and everyone we met was very friendly and fun and active. The Park is alive with bikers, walkers, and small get togethers for coffee, meals or drinks. When you stay here it’s virtually impossible to get bored – there are lots of fun amenities within the park, plenty of nearby things to see and do, and everyday there is some fun activity from golf outings to socials to live entertainment to games like “minute to win it.”
It’s no wonder that Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort has a 5-star rating by Woodall’s (Facilities and Recreation) and Trailer Life recently ranked them a 10 for Facilities, a 10 for Restrooms, and a 10 for Appeal. And they made Texas Outside’s Top 25 Texas Parks List.
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Like I mentioned earlier, you can't get bored when you stay here. Some of what we did during our stay included:
- rode bikes around the park, along the levies, and over to the State Park to check out the birds
- rented the ATV to ride over to the Rio Grande River and some of the trails
- played pool and horseshoes
- enjoyed the margarita social and laughed a lot at the 'minute to win it" game
- hung around the woodworking shop wishing I had the tools or time to build something
- played 36 holes of golf
- enjoyed a fantastic meal at Republic of the Rio Grande
- socialized with some neighbors
- visited the nearby Butterfly Center
- zip down to South Padre Island for a day on the beach and a dolphin cruise
Just outside the Park is Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park which is very well known as a hot spot for birding and it's home to the World Birding Center network. It has hiking trails, lots of bird viewing areas, a hawk tower that's two stories tall, a nature center, and more.
If you like golf, within 5 minutes to 45 minutes you have lots of choices and some very good courses. The Park has tee times at various nearby golf courses each week for guests who get together for a competitive or fun round of golf. Check out our golf course reviews of the Best of the Rio Grande Valley.
The North American Butterfly Association Center is a mile or so from the Park and it is the premier location in the US to experience the beauty, drama, and emotion of wild butterflies.
If you're looking for sun, surf, sand, beach bars, parasailing, waverunners, sunset cruises, fishing trips, and more, then zip on down to South Padre Island for a few hours. Read our South Padre Island Vacation to find some fun things to see and do.
Or you can zip across the border to Mexico or enjoy all that the Rio Grande Valley has to offer which includes zoos, museums, theater, shopping, and lots more. Talk to the helpful staff in Guest Services to get some ideas.