1501 N. Loop 499
Harlingen, Texas 78550
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Sites: 531
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 26.22408
Longitude: -97.67933

Elevation: 38' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only yes
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly no
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities yes
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball yes
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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45 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

Tropic Winds is a clean quiet park. RV sites are a good distance apart. Park has a good number of activities to appease everyone. Called ahead of time to acquire about a mailing address for some packages expected. We were given instructions on where to go when we arrived on Sunday. Office was closed. We found a spot and set up. On Monday we were told we were in the the wrong area and the instructions we were given were incorrect. We had to move spots. Another couple had the same situation. No apology given. The original spot we had taken was empty the whole two weeks we were there. The mailing address for a UPS package that we were given was also wrong. The package could not be delivered. We had to go to the UPS depot to pick it up. Other than those two issues Tropic Winds is a fine park. Management could use a few lessons in communication and customer service. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
430
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

The sites are large and deep, and the campground large. There are many cottages, often with trailers fitted into sites between them. There are a lot of full time people, or people who own the cottages and spend the winter here. And there are also a lot of "seasonal" people. We found there were only a handful at any given time of "transient" travelers. There are 4 buildings --the main hall and office, the library with half a dozen tables for card games or puzzles, the gym with two each of pool tables and dart boards plus exercise equipment, and the woodworking shop. The one thing that I did not enjoy was the wind. It can be horrific, or just very strong, rarely absent. There is a small fenced area for dogs. This could be much bigger and more useful unless you have small dogs. I have decided to spend next winter there because the people are so nice, so friendly, so helpful, so sociable. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There's a real dog park in Harlingen. There's a smoothie store nearby. The library is excellent and you can get a card easily. Its an hour south to the beach and an hour north to Sprouts (best grocery store) Visit the turtle rescue in South Padre Beach.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great RV park by the airport, somewhat out in the country - 531 sites. The roads are nice & wide and the spots have some space to them. There are many activities available. You pick & choose which ones suit you. We looked at 2 other Encore places. One where the roads are too narrow for our RV and another which has 1200 sites and where the cost is double. Pick the one that works the best for you. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
222
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

You are out in the country. 1 Hr from S. Padre and 1 hour from major shopping. You need to decide if you want to live in the hustle and bustle or out aways. There is no such thing as a perfect RV Park/Resort. Just do your homework. They all have their pros and cons. It's just personal preference.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

The rate is for a three month stay offered to Thousand Trails members and does not include electric. The electric rate was $.12 a KWH. All easy back-in sites that are slanted toward the paved road. We were able to easily level our 40 motorhome while keeping all wheels on the ground. The large concrete slab at every site is for the car/truck parking and the RV is parked on the grass. The streets are wide and paved. Most of the streets are slightly angled so heavy rains drain down the middle to large storm sewer drains. The sites are generous and excellent utilities conveniently located at the rear. Great cable TV is included free of charge. Our Verizon broadband service was 4 bars/4G. Plenty of in-season activities. Have a really nice RC car track, horseshoes, shuffle board, very nice well maintained pool. The park is almost exclusively planted with tall palm trees, so there in minimal shade but good for satellite TV reception. The park maintenance is excellent. The location is rural yet only about 4 miles to downtown Harlingen and a Super-Walmart. The only thing that stops this park from being a 10 is there are not picnic tables and no on-site fishing. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
258
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

On this trip we stayed for 4 months. We have stayed here twice on extended stays and found the park to be comfortable with friendly staff and residents. Tropic Winds caters to long term renters but does not exclude short term guests. All sites are "back in" and spacious. We have not been disappointed here.

In the fall/winter there are organized activities and at the other times activities are guest generated. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
339
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Convenient to all of the Rio Grande Valley activities - fishing, walking/hiking, bird watching, butterflies, Mexico, etc.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

During the season it's a good place to stay with many activities. Odd park in that you have to set up your RV on the grass next to the paved site for your tow car or truck. Flat and ez place to get a satellite signal. Not real close to restaurants and shopping but a short drive. I've used the pool in the past and it's nice. They didn't have anyone around when I arrived and I had to call an 800 national number to get checked in although I had reservations. I will stay here again. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Short drives most everywhere. You're an hour from South Padre Island and about 40 minutes from McAllen and Brownsville. I would not advise going to Mexico these days as there has been a lot of violence in Matamoros and Reynosa.

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Review Count: 72
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $4.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed first 3 nights using Passport America, this rate was $23 i think. Joined Thousand Trails while here and extended 4 more nights. Nice facilities, many activities. Main hall with the admin offices, separate building for cards/games/pool/ping pong/exercising. More of a snow bird park than simply a camping, state park atmosphere. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
thousand trails
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Great rv park. Many Winter Texans with a lot of activities. We found the RV sites large compared to many others in the valley. Park on grass but has long concert pad. Full hook ups with free cable. Free wi-fi but only at large main hall - has 2 other buildings for activities too. Price reflects 5 month stay. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 144
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 38

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

A huge Encore park designed for long term stays with park models and many activities and facilities, e.g. heated pool, shuffleboard, bocce courts, horseshoe pits, and RC car race track. A remodeled laundry room is very nice. It also has cable TV and full hookups with good utilities. However, the office is not open on weekends, which is inconvenient for short time stays, the Wi-Fi is not free except in the main hall, the interior roads are narrow, and RVs are normally parked on unpaved ground, which means if there is, or has been rain, the RV has to be parked on the paved patio area, leaving no patio area for sitting out. Sites are adequate but not roomy. Considering all the parks available in the valley, we will look for another park in the future. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
476
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Overall a good park. Office staff is pleasant and helpful. Many activities, although it seems the permanent tenants tend to be cliquish. Good roads, well-placed utilities, reasonably sized sites, but no picnic tables. Only complaint was the man who runs the big riding mower ... he was rude and inconsiderate as he mowed what really didn't need mowed as a wash/wax vendor worked on our rig. He acted quite inconvenienced by the water hoses, buckets and brushes and simply ran his machine within inches of those workers and me. I attempted to get his attention, but he wouldn't even make eye contact. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
540
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $3.00
Overall Rating:

This is a 55+ resort. It is owned by ELS (Thousand Trails and Encore). It is located in the city of Harlingen, Texas, right in the Rio Grande Valley. Easy drive to S. Padre Island. The park is large, with 535 sites with over 400 being RV sites, and the sites are spacious. Concrete Patios 10X40 feet. 30/50 amp electric. There are quite a few permanent park models, but the majority of the residents are in RVs, quite a change from the usual snow bird parks. There are activities galore (over 450) and super friendly people. A very active community. The park is far enough out of town to feel like it is in the country, but close enough to everything that there is shopping, dining and entertaining only a few miles away. Thousand Trails has about 45 sites here and, depending on your membership you may be able to stay for 2 weeks at $3 a night. Not eligible for Zone members. Thousand Trails members also get a greatly reduced site fee for a seasonal stay. With a cafe called Windy Cafe and street names like Windy Lane, Windswept Lane, and Windgate Lane You can bet that this area is windy, There is also Sunshine Court and Sunway Drive, so expect lots of sunshine as well. I would have given this park 5 stars, except that the bathrooms near the pool are very badly in need of renovating. Everything else is just about perfect. Thanks to the wonderful office, activity and maintenance staff. We camped here in a 39 foot motorhome for 2 1/2 months. Will we come back here? You betcha! We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $3.00
Overall Rating:

Larger than average sites, especially for a park as big as this. Friendly staff and lots of activities. This is an age restricted park and so is not kid friendly; although, they said they will make exceptions for short stays. The park is well organized with good roads. There are many permanent residents but they were very welcoming, too. We stayed as part of Thousand Trails program but had to pay a reasonable $3 per night resort fee. We enjoyed the stay and would return if we were in the area. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Pretty typical Encore park. Sites are small for a large motorhome. Ours is 45' and our mirrors were in the street. No place to park a towed. No hot water in the showers, lukewarm at best. Jacuzzi is way too small for 535 sites, but it was warm. Pool is heated. Extra charge for 50amp service. Extra charge for internet. Lots of speeding by golf carts, driving side by side, cutting corners etc. Be careful if you have an end unit. Lots of noise from the International airport a mere 2 miles away. With all the camping available in this area, there are many parks that offer more. We wouldn't return. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $3.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed at this park several times in the past 10 years, using our Thousand Trail Membership. Park is primarily used by Winter Texans and permanent residents. Sites are spacious with a mixture of grass and dirt to park on and a concrete patio slab. Interior roads are in good conditions, but I should note that when it rains the parking sites get very muddy. On several occasions when it rained, we noticed that RVs had to be pulled out of the mud. Laundry is super small considering the size of the park. There are lots of organized activities for senior citizens, but please consider this park unfriendly to children for obvious reasons. We have enjoyed all our stays, primarily because of the price and location, but will probably consider another Encore Park in the future. Rate reflects a Thousand Trails discount. We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $3.00
Overall Rating:

Good place to hang out for a while. Mostly Winter Texans here for several months, but about 40 sites are designated for Thousand Trails members. This was our third time here. Tuesday night's hamburgers are very good! We camped at Tropic Winds RV Resort (55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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