WELCOME TO SAN BENITO

San Benito is nestled in the tip of South Texas near the center of the lower Rio Grande Valley, flanked by Mexico to its southwest, while the Gulf of Mexico lies to its east.

San Benito is known as the Resaca City, thanks to the picturesque 200-foot wide waterway which meanders through this rich historic community. The Resaca is fed by the Rio Grande and serves as the primary irrigation, residential and commercial water system for the city.

Climate and geographic location are factors in the city’s success. Mild winters and close proximity to old Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico attract visitors who are eager to share the area’s rich cultural and natural ecological/environmental beauty.

 
 

Previously a solid agricultural community, San Benito is evolving into a cultural and ecological tourist destination while continuing its retail and light industrial designation.

With the advent of ecotourism, the area attracts visitors from across the world in search of native wildlife species such as exotic birds, butterflies and neo-tropical plants. The Rio Grande Valley is one of the top 12 birding hot spots in the nation with thousands of naturalists converging annually upon the Rio Grande Valley in search of some of the 484 species which have been sighted locally. Winter Texans, primarily retirees from the Midwest, annually flock to the Valley to escape the cold northern temperatures and enjoy native wildlife in a temperate climate. In fact, San Benito features the state’s largest recreational vehicle park, heavily populated by winter visitors.

 
 

San Benito is just minutes from the Free Trade International Bridge at Los Indios, which it partially owns. The bridge is one of the most modern ports of entry of South Texas, and provides a quick route to the Mexican border cities of Matamoros, Reynosa and Valle Hermoso, as well as the interior industrial city of Monterrey.

San Benito reflects the best of South Texas…from culture to climate to cuisine. Come see for yourself!

 
 

ANNUAL EVENTS


March

Texas Independence Celebration & Cook-off – Celebrating Texas Independence Day with three live re-enactments of battles, leading up to the State’s freedom from Mexico.

May

Memorial Day and Silent March of Veterans – Veterans and Survivors carrying photos of deceased veterans march silently down Sam Houston Blvd

July

ResacaFest – Celebrating the Spirit of America

September

Indian Culture Pow-Wow – Features live dances and costumes from American Indian tribes, as well as vendors and historians

October

Freddy Fender Humanitarian Awards

Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Conjunto Festival. Celebrating the origins of accordion- based conjunto music in South Texas

National Night Out – SB Police Department invites families to join in the fun and educational activities in this event organized to help prevent crime. Live music, refreshments, and lots of fun!

December

Longest Lighted Christmas Parade & Festival. Downtown San Benito on Sam Houston Blvd.