Spotlight on Harlingen, Texas

Residents and Winter Texans have long known a little secret about Harlingen that CBS Money Watch recently shared with the world — It has the nation’s lowest cost of living. In fact, it costs roughly 17% less than the national average to enjoy life here.

This South Texas city located in the Rio Grande Valley in the southernmost tip of the Lone Star State also enjoys a sub-tropical climate with temperate weather that averages 72 degrees.

Outdoor activities are plentiful. It’s internationally known as a top birding destination. Migratory song birds, including some of the more uncommon species, use the area as a natural resting place during their annual journey. There are parks, canyons, rivers and wildlife refuges where you can enjoy the scenery and the birds.

If hunting and fishing are more your style, there’s plenty of that too. Harlingen’s location is just 40 miles from the Gulf of Mexico coast where you can enjoy bay or offshore fishing. Wildlife is abundant, from white-tailed deer to wild turkeys and more. And, there’s over 1,200 acres of public parks land in which to enjoy hiking, biking, picnicking and other outdoor recreation.

Just a short 30 minute drive will take you across the border to Nuevo Progreso, Mexico. Savvy consumers and retirees happily trek across the international bridge to enjoy some shopping and dining. In a small 10 block area you can find dozens of pharmacies as well as dental offices and optical shops, most priced well below U.S. costs.

It’s no wonder that four of Encore’s South Texas RV Parks are located in Harlingen; Lakewood, Paradise Park, Sunshine and Tropic Winds RV Resorts are all located in or near this popular destination.

Ready to check out everything Harlingen, TX has to offer? Select your park and head down for a week, a month, or a season. You don’t even need an RV! Park model rentals are often available. Paradise Park offers fully-furnished 385 sq. foot rental units and Tropic Winds offers 400 sq. ft. units. To learn more, or make a reservation, call 888-481-6407

Reference: CBS Money Watch: 10 Cheapest Places to Live in the U.S.

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