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Del Rio, TX

Population: 36,513
Antony Boshier

Lake Vacation

Located north of the Mexican border and just south of Lake Amistad, Del Rio, TX, offers an excellent spring break getaway.

The Amistad National Recreation Area is a true desert oasis. This 68,000-acre reservoir is surrounded by limestone cliffs and more than 400 archaeological sites, many of which contain Native American rock art believed to be more than 4,000 years old. Vacationers can enjoy fishing for bass, catfish, crappie and alligator gar, or get their adrenaline going with water skiing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, camping and more.

Lodging options range from camp sites at the national park to chain hotels in Del Rio, a lakeside resort and houseboats for rent.

Off the lake, Del Rio's attractions and things to do include the Whitehead Memorial Museum, Casa de la Cultura, art galleries, a historic downtown area with shops and restaurants, hunting ranches, golf courses and Val Verde Winery, the oldest bonded winery in Texas. Del Rio has a diverse collection of restaurants, night clubs and snack stands. Many visitors cross the border into Ciudad Acuna, a Mexican town where several movies have been filmed, including No Country For Old Men and Desperado.

Restaurants: 70-plus*

Shops: 100-plus*

Don't miss: ICON Bar and Grill, which treats guests to great food and lake views.


Find out more about Del Rio, TX, including the city's great art scene and shopping, and get a look at pictures of this Texas town.