Quality of Life

Engagement. Enjoyment. Fulfillment. Rio South Texas offers a life that means more.

Come grow your family and expand your possibilities in a forward-facing region melding a global outlook with vital community spirit. Come flourish in a welcoming place where the flavor of life is deliciously unique, infused with a tempting range of art, music and international cuisine, all part of a menu of richly diverse culture and lifestyle choices.

Life in Rio South Texas means:

Higher Quality at Lower Costs

It’s no wonder families thrive here. Housing dollars stretch further in welcoming and affordable neighborhoods while children go further in life thanks to excellent K-12 schools and respected institutions of higher learning. Here, people of all ages forge meaningful connections in an engaging environment of galleries, art centers, museums, festivals and community events, and where inviting downtowns offer vibrant music nightlife and music. While visitors flock to recharge at resorts like South Padre Island, lush tropical landscapes and a location on major avian flyways suffuse many areas with a naturally luxurious feel.


Creatively preserved history adds another inspired touch to the quality of life here, in handsome architectural character, historic sites and museums, and popular visitor attractions like the centuries-old La Posada Hotel and Quinta Mazatlan, a magnificent historic Spanish Colonial manse and nature preserve.


Abounding Natural Beauty and Wildlife

Rio South Texas is a jewel in the birding and botanical ecosystem, where treasured experiences await at nature preserves throughout the region, including:

  • Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, a popular stop at the World Bird Center, a 120-mile park system consisting of nine different parks and birding centers.
  • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for endangered species such as the Texas ocelot, the Gulf Coast jaguarundi and northern aplomado falcons.
  • Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, where 500 species of birds and 300 species of butterflies make for spectacular viewing across 90,000 acres of wild and protected acres.


Abundant Four-Season Recreation

Rio South Texas is perfect for play, blessed with year-round temperate weather plus 80 miles of Gulf Coast beaches for swimming, diving, sunning or deep-sea fishing. The region’s equally rewarding lake recreation is renown among anglers. The 98,000+ acres at Falcon International Reservoir, known commonly as Falcon Lake, are a particular draw, stocked with large-mouth bass, crappie and catfish; at Sugar Lake the bass are big and feisty, an exciting challenge for even the most experienced angler. The 825,000-acre King Ranch brings sportsmen from across the globe to hunt white-tailed deer, turkey and javelina; the Ranch is also home to wild native quail and non-game endangered species.


Rich in natural, cultural, educational and inspirational influences, life in Rio South Texas offers more and means more.