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Victoria Palms is located at GPS Coordinates N 26° 10.5040 W 98° 1.7184 in Donna, Texas. Donna lies in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, also known as the RGV, located on the southernmost tip of South Texas. The culturally diverse area has a subtropical climate, making for warm weathered winters perfect for Winter Texans.
 

Driving Directions:

From Highway 281 South: Take Expressway 83 Easy to Victoria Road. Turn right into park entrance.

From Highway 77 South: Take Expressway 83 West to Victoria Road. Cross over Expressway to park entrance.

 

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McAllen, Texas is a subtropical paradise awaiting your arrival. We know that moving (or visiting) a new area can be a little scary, especially if you’ve never been there before. To help give you a little reassurance, we have put together some information to help you understand the area a little better.


McAllen, Texas lies in Hidalgo County in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. For 2011, the McAllen area was rated the 11th safest large metropolitan in the country during Farmers Insurance annual study. This study takes into consideration multiple factors including weather, air quality, and crime statistics.


Crime in the area, contrary to belief, has actually decreased significantly for the county and continues to have much lower rates than cities of comparable size. The following statements, taken from an article from The Monitor, illustrate safety of the area.


"'Hidalgo County saw a significant reduction in overall crime last year, marking the second-lowest crime rate in the past 15 years,' Sheriff Lupe Trevino said.
'I'm very proud to report we had a 21.9 percent reduction in violent crime and a seven percent decrease in property crime,' Trevino said.
'You are safe,' Trevino said. 'There is no need to have an exaggerated fear of crime.'
'Sensationalism in the media affects perception,' he said, adding that Hidalgo county is the third safest of the seven larger counties in Texas, which include El Paso, Bexar, Harris, Tarrant, Travel and Dallas counties."


In fact, crime in McAllen has decreased by nearly 50% since 2004. But, how does McAllen compare to other cities within the same population range? We’ve created a chart with data from www.city-data.com, a website which uses FBI Crime Statistics and Census information for 2010 to gain an accurate picture of life within a city.

City

No. of Violent Crimes per 100,000

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

Population

Est. Median House/Condo Value

McAllen, TX

299

1 in 434

129,871

99,300

Hollywood, FL

602

1 in 354

140,768

213,200

Topeka, KS

697

1 in 183

127,473

95,400

Ft Lauderdale, FL

1356

1 in 122

165,521

276,000

Syracuse, NY

1291

1 in 112

145,170

84,400

Columbia, SC

1306

1 in 99

129,272

165,700

Dayton, OH

1509

1 in 94

141,527

74,200

New Haven, CT

1992

1 in 65

129,779

232,200

Even more surprising was how McAllen compared to much smaller, but popular cities. The size of McAllen is triple the size of the communities listed below, but is three to four times safer! This disproportionate crime level further exemplifies how safe McAllen actually is.

City

No. of Violent Crimes per 100,000

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

Population

Est. Median House/Condo Value

McAllen, TX

299

1 in 434

129,871

99,300

St Augustine, FL

93

1 in 139

12,975

216,236

Panama City, FL

277

1 in 132

36,484

145,775

Sarasota, FL

419

1 in 124

51,900

195,036

 

Our area offers many attractions!


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The area is best known for its beautiful natural landscaping, its proximity to South Padre Island, and some of the best birding in the country. Shopping and dining in Mexico are a short drive away and the shores of South Padre Island are about an hour’s drive east. Day-trippers can find dozens of points of interest in the area and have plenty of options when choosing a trip out of the resort.

The resort is well known for its proximity to the Don-Wes flea market. This 25 acre Mecca of flea markets is very popular stop for both locals and visitors. Only a few minutes west lays McAllen, TX, a city full of shops, markets, and all the conveniences of a large city. To the east lie both Harlingen and Brownsville, each offering many things to do and several sights to see.
 

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

South of Mission on the Rio Grande, the 588-acre Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is a lush and more densely wooded area than much of the Valley, reminiscent of South Texas’ wildlife refuges. Camping facilities, picnic areas and full hookups are available as well as tours. Open to day-time visitors 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, year-round.

 

Boca Chica Wetlands and Beach

South across the ship channel from South Padre Island lies Brownsville’s Boca Chica beach at the mouth of the Rio Grande. Sit atop the tall white dunes and watch migratory birds like falcons and pelicans that frequent trees on the "lomas" or elevated islands.

 

Brownsville Battlefields

The last battle of the Civil War was fought at Palmito Ranch near Brownsville several weeks after the Confederacy’s surrender. Brownsville also got caught in the crossfire of the Mexican-American War, that time at Palo Alto. Both battlefields have been preserved as National Historical Sites.

 

Coastal Studies Lab

This satellite of The University of Texas-Pan American studies and exhibits marine life like mollusks, crustaceans and marine vertebrates along with plant life. Open Sun.-Fri. 1:30-4:30

 

Confederate Air Force-Rio Grande Valley Wing

This local wing of the CAF currently houses 15 airplanes in flying condition. Other exhibits are antique military vehicles, weapons and uniforms. An air show is hosted in March. Open Mon.-Sat. 9-4.

 

Delta Lake

A man-made lake formed as a reservoir to supply northern mid-Valley farms with irrigation, one can almost always find fishermen wetting a line along its banks. A park offers a pavilion and large picnic areas.

 

Diving

There are currently two sites in the Valley that make for excellent scuba diving. One is an artificial reef built by Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife seven miles off South Padre Island from Port Isabel. The other is Port Mansfield Liberty Ship Reef, located 15 miles off Port Mansfield. These artificial reefs have become encrusted with invertebrates, such as barnacles, corals, and sponges, which are the beginning of the marine food chain. They attract grouper, snapper, amberjack, triggerfish, tarpon and shark, making them ideal sites for scuba diving.

 

Falcon Dam, Lake and State Park

Low rolling hills and the rustic beauty of western Starr County surrounds this huge 115,600-acre reservoir on the Rio Grande. The international boundary between the United States and Mexico meanders through the middle of the lake. Bath houses are available to wash off some of the great outdoors. Skiing and freshwater fishing is great. Open to daytime visitors daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Gladys Porter Zoo

Opened in 1971, Gladys Porter Zoo continues to be one of the premier zoos of the world. With more than 1,700 animal specimens, the zoo specializes in collecting and breeding endangered species. This 31-acre park has all zoo favorites like gorillas, giraffes, lions and rhinos, as well as other exotic animals. Virtually all animals live in open exhibits where visitors are able to view them in their natural surroundings. Open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended weekend and summer hours.

 

Historic Brownsville Museum

Housed in the historic Southern Pacific railroad passenger depot, this museum chronicles Brownsville’s history with photo exhibits and other permanent and rotating exhibits. The Brownsville Heritage Education Center within the museum also presents slide shows, lectures and other special events. Group tours are available with advance notice. Open Mon.-Fri. 10-4:30 and Sat. 10-1.

 

Hunting

The first two weeks of September brings an influx of migratory, billed and greenjacketed creatures - white wing hunters. The Valley is the only region in the United States where whitewing dove can be taken. Hunting leases are also available for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, javelina and wild pig.

 

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

East of Rio Hondo and bordering the Laguna Madre, this 45,000-acre tract is the Valley’s biggest wildlife refuge and sports hundreds of bird species plus ocelots, deer, javelina, squirrels, long-tailed weasels, alligators and mountain lions that are admittedly very rare but have been spotted. After checking in at the Visitors’ Center, see the Laguna Madre’s harsh, but beautiful ecosystem by driving or walking on the mapped roads. Open year-round, daily sunrise to sunset. Visitors’ Center open Oct.-April, daily 10-4; May-July, weekends 10-4. Closed July 5-Sept. 30 and holidays.

 

McAllen Nature Center

McAllen’s city-operated Botanical Gardens have areas to picnic in and hiking trails that show visitors some of the diverse plant life of the region.

 

Port Isabel

Hit the high seas for daylong excursions aboard deep sea fishing boats or wade-fish in the bay, known as Laguna Madre, off the banks of the mainland or the island. The bay is nationally renowned for its red drum, speckled trout and flounder populations that flourish in its seagrass meadows and shallow water. The fish population has rebounded nicely from a severe freeze in 1989. Just north of the Queen Isabella Causeway in Port Isabel is a long, lighted pier parallel to the causeway. A shop there sells food for you and the fish. Shrimp is the live bait of choice for bay fishing, but lures, especially "worms," produce great results too.

 

Port Mansfield

Once a small commercial fishing village and servicing port for oil companies bordered by the King Ranch, Port Mansfield is now primarily a sport fishing hot-spot. Wading and pier-fishing both produce spectacular results. There is also an annual tournament in mid-July. Lodging, restaurants, clubs, marinas, RV parks and hunting and fishing guides all make Port Mansfield what hunters and fishermen are trying to keep a secret.

 

Sabal Palm Grove Wildlife Sanctuary

This 172-acre wildlife sanctuary near Brownsville, owned by the National Audubon Society, is the largest and best-preserved Texas Sabal Palm forest in the country. An excellent destination for walking, photography, and observation of native plants and animals. Oct.1-May30, Tue.-Sun., 9-5. Closed Mon. & holidays. June 1-Sept. 30 Sat. & Sun. only, closed holidays.

 

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

The final destination for birders from all over the world, this 2,080-acre refuge boasts more species of birds than any other spot in the United States. Its mascot is the rare chachalaca, a sort of wild chicken found only in the Rio Grande delta. Visitors can get within feet of these and other docile birds. Walk on three trails of different lengths totaling 12 miles underneath hanging moss. Stop at three man-made lakes and bird-watching blinds. Open daily dawn to dusk. Tram tours are available on seasonal schedules. Visitors’ Center open 9-4:30.

 

South Padre Island

Isla Blanca County Park is reached by turning south off the causeway. It has two beachfront pavilions that often have live music during busy seasons, a 1,000-foot sea walk, a marina, restaurants, gift shops, volleyball nets and showers. Stroll or fish off the huge granite jetties. Open daily 8-7.

Andy Bowie County Park north of the city limits on South Padre Island Drive/Highway 100 has many recent improvements including two beachfront pavilions, picnic tables, showers and restrooms, plus a large parking area. Open daily 7:30-5; summer, 7:30-7. Horseback riders take romantic trots through the surf for a very affordable hourly rate.

 

Valley Nature Center

A half-mile, self-guided nature trail brings visitors through a six-acre urban forest where native plants are on view. Exhibits and programs are offered during the winter and children’s workshops are featured in the summer. Presentations can be arranged for community groups. Open Tue.-Sat. 9-1.

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