Mission, Texas

Bentsen Palm Village RV Park – Other reviewers at rvparkreviews.com

February, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating = 7 out of 10 stars

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Your typical “winter Texan” RV park, but a pretty good one for the price

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We loved the produce truck that came by every Tuesday afternoon.  People were running down the street to get their fresh fruits and veggies!

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
For a “resort” park, which we don’t usually prefer to stay in, this was a
nice one.  Away from any main roads, there was no exterior traffic noise.
The majority of folks here were retirement age and staying for several
months,  so there were no kids in sight.  We felt welcomed by everyone
we met during our stay.

Road and site access/type?
Paved interior roads and concrete sites.

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
Level but spacing between sites was what can be expected at a
place of this type – OK, but more would be better.  There was a
decent concrete area on the curb side for mats, chairs etc.

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
The 50-amp power and water pressure were adequate, this was a full
hookup park.  Our Verizon signal was strong.  The park provided free
WiFi, which also worked well.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
Neither, it would have been nice to have a table!  Fortunately we
brought a small one with us.

Facilities – bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
The laundry room was nice, with a half dozen each of washers and
dryers.  The restrooms and individual shower rooms were clean,
with a chair and hooks in the shower rooms.  Even people with
large RV’s were using the showers because they were so nice.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
Not kid friendly at all, but there were separate fenced areas for
large and small dogs to run in.  They could also be walked on-leash
outside of the park along a grassy path that followed a canal.

Bike/walking trails nearby?
We loved walking and biking to the state park, which was right
across the road from our site.  There was also a walking/biking path
that was several miles long and right outside the front gate – nice!

Grocery stores and other services nearby?
The nearest large grocery stores were about 7 miles away, and in the
Mission/McAllen area were any other services and stores one would
need.

Comments:
We chose this park as one of our “winter HQ’s” because it had good
reviews and seemed secure.  The fact is, it’s right on the border
with Mexico and there is a heavy presence of Border Patrol at all
times.  That said, we had no problems and heard of no bad
experiences from fellow RVers.

We wanted to check out the Rio Grande Valley, and my wife was
very happy with the birding experience.  This turned out to be a
good home base for doing that.  The monthly rate here made our
stay very affordable and well with the budget.  Although we
didn’t participate in all of the park’s activities, there were many
and we liked that bikes and kayaks were “rented” for free!  We
enjoyed free kayak trips, and a pontoon boat ride on the Rio
Grande River for only $10.

We looked forward to the produce vendor who came into the
park once a week, and how about $1.00 margaritas?  Although
there are many RV parks in this area, we were happy with this
one and recommend it to anyone coming to check out the Rio
Grande Valley.  Instant walking or biking access to the non-vehicle
state park for excellent bird-watching made it a big plus.