Harlingen isn't your grandmother’s retirement community. It’s much better, and a perfect match for the next generation of active, independent retirees. The city qualified as a Texas Certified Retirement Community
in 2008 after completing a review of its numerous assets: medical, recreational, cultural, continuing education, security and employment. The year-round pleasant weather is a bonus. It serves as the region’s acknowledged medical hub with two hospitals, one of which has a five-star stroke center. The city also makes travel easy with easy access to Harlingen’s Valley International Airport
, which Southwest Airlines flies to. There's plenty of fun to be found as well, with leisure activities like golfing, fishing and boating and two University of Texas
campuses less than an hour away. The non-profit Creative Retirement Center
arranges stimulating lectures and trips, and retirees can attend concerts and performances, join clubs, volunteer for the sea turtle patrol or tutor students.