Harlingen is known for great weather and old-fashioned hospitality. It's the perfect hub for day trips exploring the entire Rio Grande Valley, including northern Mexico and southernmost Texas.
The area offers golfing, birding, day trips to South Padre Island and of course, Mexico!
The natural beauty of its beaches, its vibrant business climate and the friendly people that call the Island home matches South Padre's rich history. The white, sandy beaches of South Padre are known throughout the United States (ranked as one of America's top 10 beaches), with the emerald water of the Gulf of Mexico serving as the perfect backdrop for spectacular sunsets.
Mexico is an ancient, exotic land filled with scenic beauty and a charm all its own. The sights, sounds and smells of our neighbor to the South are like nowhere else. From the music of strolling mariachis to sizzling fajitas and frosty Margaritas to the vendors lining the streets with intriguing wares, there is something to tantalize every sense.
As Mexico is just a short drive away, Harlingen offers the convenience of entering Mexico through three different International Crossings. Just across the border you can enjoy numerous Mexican restaurants with truly authentic Mexican dishes. Stroll the streets and shop at a variety of outdoor shopping stands and more.
Nuevo Progreso, Mexico offers great places to shop with many excellent restaurants all in the midst of numerous outdoor shopping carts filled with arts and crafts, Mexican candy, food and snacks, and much more. If you are an American citizen, you will need a passport. You will want to have cash with you in order to shop and bargain hunt. You can shop for silver, jewelry, pottery, clay churches and statues, hammocks, dishes, mirrors, mosaic pieces, tiles, home goods, Mexican toys, and more!
For more information, please visit the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce
and check out their list of "101 Things To Do"!