Del Rio, TX Offers Visitors Plenty to Do

Laguna de Plata Bird Watching Sanctuary in Del Rio, TX
Laguna de Plata Bird Watching Sanctuary in Del Rio, TX

Some people say Del Rio is for the birds – bird-watching, that is. Others will tell you it’s for the fish. Or the ancient art.

Whatever they like most about Del Rio, visitors agree: This is a destination that offers a vast number of ways to enjoy your leisure time.

“It’s a very diverse community, with a variety of things to do,” says Donna Langford of the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. “You can relax and do as much or as little as you please.”

Lake Amistad for Outdoor-lovers

Del Rio’s year-round tourist season lures visitors from around the world, and is especially popular with winter tourists fleeing snowier regions and summer vacationers. Perhaps the area’s most famous attraction is Lake Amistad, straddling the U.S.-Mexican border, whose 854-mile shoreline is longer than the Texas Gulf Coast.The lake is known internationally as a rich year-round fishing area, particularly for bass of several varieties.

“The lake is just a gorgeous area,” Langford says. “Families love to come here and stay at local campgrounds by the lake where they can fish and enjoy water sports like skiing, diving and boating.”

The area boasts nine campgrounds and three places where visitors can rent condo trailers, cabins and even houseboats. Del Rio also offers 1,500 reasonably priced rooms at 13 hotels, five by the lake, and the Indian Head Ranch bed-and-breakfast, overlooking the lake, which also offers exotic game hunting.

Del Rio for Birding, History, Art and Wine

Now, about those birds. Del Rio is perfectly placed along the migration routes used by feathered flyers, making it a paradise for bird-watchers, who can spot terns, riparian birds, aquatic birds, desert and grassland birds, king fish and warblers. The Amistad National Park Service offers monthly birding tours of the park.

History is a large part of the area’s charm, from ancient American Indian petroglyphs in Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site and the White Shaman Preserve to the Whitehead Memorial Museum on South Main Street, where Judge Roy Bean – “the law west of the Pecos” -- is buried. The area’s rich Mexican-American heritage is celebrated at Casa de la Cultura, which hosts events and classes.

Val Verde Winery, the oldest bonded winery in Texas, is the place for tastings, tours and occasional musical events. And art-lovers enjoy monthly art walks to explore the city’s galleries.

Del Rio Conveniently Located

Getting to Del Rio is easy. The city is a quick drive 150 miles west of San Antonio and south of San Angelo. It’s served by Amtrak’s Sunset Limited. Del Rio International Airport, with twice-daily United Airlines flights, and an Enterprise Rent-A-Car located on site, makes air travel easy.

"We have worked hard at sustaining flights in and out of Del Rio, and we are now offering jet service flights provided by United Airlines," says Frank Larson, Chamber Airline Committee Chair. "Our terminal offers a number of amenities that the big city terminals don't."

The terminal’s new seating, convenient layout, efficient customs and security, free parking, and quick accessibility from anywhere in Del Rio have made it popular with travelers.

“This service is going to continue to contribute to our economic development," Larson says. "This is going to continue to benefit the manufacturing and tourism industries in our growing market."

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