Winter Texans in Nuevo Progreso -

Nuevo Progreo MexicoThe 2017-2018 winter travel season is approaching fast and every year Winter Texans have Mexico on their mind as one of the reasons they return to deep south Texas. According to the 2015-16 UT Winter Texan Report, the average number of trips for shopping and entertainment was 5.2. The big question on everyone's mind is how safe is it now to visit border towns after reports of violence among drug gangs escalated in 2008.

Our friends at Winter Texans Online have received an increase in inquiries about visiting border towns when visiting the Rio Grande Valley. They always respond with a word of caution.
Read the article on recommendations and where to go at Winter Texans Online -

The latest report as of April, 2016 from the U.S. State Department advises against non-essential travel to parts of Mexico because of criminal activities among organized criminal groups. The state of Tamaulipas, that includes the cities of Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros and Reynosa, has the highest rate of kidnappings in Mexico.
Read the advisory here:
The U.S. Department of State - Mexico Travel Warning - April 15, 2016
The most popular and safest place to visit is Nuevo Progreso for a day of shopping and dining. Nuevo Progreso is also a popular destination for dental work and prescriptions.


Here's an excerpt from an article by Jennifer Campbell -
After extensive research, we decided that Nuevo Progreso would be the best/safest area for us to cross. We caution  others to the dangers of crossing the America/Mexico border, which is generally unsafe because of drug cartels.  Know that if you plan this trip, you are doing so at your own risk, and always do your own research and decide on a  plan that is best for you. 4/1/2015
- Read More at Pink Pangea

Here's a post on a forum at RV.NET -
About twenty of my single friends and I visited Nuevo Progreso yesterday. While it will never be as busy as it was ten years ago, it was the busiest that I have seen it in a long time. We usually visit once a week. East and West parking lots were almost full, as were the sidewalks in town. It may have had something to do with the beginning of Lent, but it was good to see so many people enjoying themselves. Still the best place to cross over into Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. 2/10/2016
-Read more at RV.NET

Here's an article by Oscar Margain at KENS News in San Antonio, Texas in March 2017
Despite the State Department’s travel alerts, some people are choosing to spend their spring break at the Mexican border. They say it’s not as dangerous as others might think.
-Read the more at


The Mexican state of Tamaulipas is under a U.S. State Department travel advisory. However, Nuevo Progreso is definitely the safest destination for a day of shopping, entertainment and services. Read this article by Winter Texan Times:
Thousands enjoy Nuevo Progreso Tourist Appreciation Day