Rates and availability for 2014/2015
are published. The rates for a yearly rental went DOWN.
Rio Grande Valley, Texas is a luxury RV-oriented Village in the "Valley"
of south Texas. Within the gated age-restricted community (55+)
is a mixture of deeded RV lots, "Port Houses" with attached RV ports,
and single family housing. Both trailers and motor homes
Individual lot owners offer large RV super sites with
a 12'x20' or larger Coach House for lease. This web site provides
availability and pricing of rental sites, but rentals are
handled directly by the individual lot owners. You may be
surprised to find that the rental of a luxury RV site is
surprisingly affordable when compared to commercial RV parks
that are not nearly as nice.
Village is an RV community that is part of the 2,600 acre Master
Planned Community of Bentsen Palm Development. Retama Village is
a private RV community adjacent to Bentsen Palm Village RV
Resort - the finest RV resort in the Rio Grande Valley. Bentsen
Palm is rated 10/10/10 and 5 Stars in the latest RV campground
publications. It is also independently rated as one of the top
mid-sized resorts in the US, and the number 1 rated resort in
Texas. Retama Village was built from inception as an
ownership RV community - and thus the facilities are quite a bit
nicer than Bentsen Palm Village. As renters at Retama
Village you have all of the Bentsen Palm facilities available to
you, as well as the Retama facilities.
Retama Village covenants are restrictive;
unlike other RV Resorts in the Valley there are no park
models, mobile homes, permanent RV’s, or RV’s with attached
rooms or skirting.
The Village is located
adjacent to thousands of acres of federal and state wildlife
areas, and is surrounded by undeveloped land. Located
within walking distance are the World Birding Center
Headquarters, the top birding site in the U.S., the largest outdoor butterfly park in
the world designed and maintained by the North American
Butterfly Association, and thousands of acres of state and
federally protected pristine wildlife habitat including lakes,
parks, and the Rio Grande River. Bentsen Palm - the master
planned community that Retama Village is a part of - has
developed extensive hike and bike trails, community parks, lakes
and natural areas for the private use of Bentsen Palm residents.
This is not an RV Park in an urban/developed environment,
however all major big-box stores and medical needs are within 10-12 miles.
has three heated pools (lap pool - social pool - spa),
Fitness Center, Craft Center, Outdoor Kitchen, Lounge, Library,
Billiards Room, Game Rooms, Theater Room, Laundry and much
more. The large outdoor Party Deck is surrounded by
Trellis-covered walkways and soft lighting coming from the large
palm trees and landscape areas. In addition, many facilities at
the co-located Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort may be used. Bentsen Palm has a large and
fully equipped woodworking shop, several large laundry areas,
bikes, kayaks for use on the river, a large dog park and a dog
There is also an excellent private shooting facility, and an
active gun club at Retama.
Retama Village is heavily landscaped with
native planting materials that attract birds and butterflies to
the community. A great effort was made to use natural plantings
- you will not find a better RV park for birding and butterfly
viewing. All landscaping and lawn maintenance is provided by the homeowners
association. Underground drip irrigation provides for a lush
environment without wasteful watering of RVs, vehicles and
A note about security.
Given all the media attention to "border violence" some people
have expressed concern about the location of the RV parks in the
Valley. Those that come to the Valley on a regular basis know
that there is no issue with border violence in the area, and
that crime statistics show that the entire Valley is actually
far safer than most other areas of the country. A recent study
by Farmers Insurance ranks the Valley area
(McAllen-Edinburg-Mission) #13 in the "Most
Secure Places To Live, 2011". Those concerned with security
should choose the Valley over other locations. It is actually
far safer than most other snowbird locations.
Value for your
We are all concerned with getting the
best "deal". If you look at the amenities, lot sizing,
surrounding location and competitive pricing we believe you will
see the value in Retama Village. You get more for your
dollar at Retama than at any competing resort in the Valley. And
compared to Florida or the Southwest we believe you get FAR more
value. Our lots all have at least a 12x20' building for your
use. In some cases these are completely finished as a luxury
mini-casita with small kitchen, sitting area and bath. In other
cases they provide you great storage or workspace for your
Retama Village is not just
another "RV Park" - it is a luxury ownership park with amenities
that attract the discriminating RVer. And at a price BELOW
competing RV parks without the same level of amenities!
Some of the amenities you will enjoy at
Retama Village include:
- 40’ x 80’ or 45'
x 95' RV super sites. 50-amp
electric service with good voltage.
- A 12’x20’ or 12'
x 24' Coach House is on each lot.
The standard Coach House is unfinished, but many of the
rentals include a fully finished Coach House with full bath
and sitting area. Some have kitchenettes as well. Most of
the Coach Houses have double French doors for indoor/outdoor
living. For some examples of what can be done with the Coach
Houses, take a look at
Only A Shed. There
you will see everything from "Texas Chic", to moving walls,
and the "famous" Margaritaville "shed".
- Large concrete patios and
area. The minimum size concrete patio/parking area is approximately
30’x70’ and is surrounded by landscaping. All landscape
maintenance and lawn care is provided.
- New $1 M+ Clubhouse. Large pool (with
lap lanes) and two side pools.
- Gated. Gates are open during Sales
Office hours, but otherwise closed. You have an access code.
- The entire community is fully,
and exceptionally, landscaped. Less wind in general than the Eastern
part of the Valley. Landscaping is designed to
attract butterflies and birds.
- Wide paved streets with easy access
for the largest of RV's.
- High-speed cable Internet is available at all
sites for an additional charge. The renter is directly
responsible for this.
- Cable TV is available at each site for an
additional charge. There is a clear view of the southern sky for
- Good Verizon/Sprint cell phone reception
without external antennas, including
Internet access. Data
coverage is a mixture of 3G and 4G, depending on your
carrier. There is Verizon 4G.
- No restrictions on washing RV’s.
- Directly adjacent to Bentsen-Rio
Grande Valley State Park , World Birding Center, and the
North American Butterfly Association Outdoor Butterfly Park.
Miles of biking and walking trails in a natural setting.
This is not a developed area like other portions of the Rio
- Bird and Butterfly watching is among
the best in the Nation. People come from all over the
country to this location for birding and for the
- Convenient to all shopping. Wal-Mart
and other big box stores are within 10 miles of easy
- Water, sewer and trash pickup are provided.
You pay your own electric – by meter.
- RV’s older than 10 years must be
approved by individual owners. No pop-ups or truck campers
are permitted. Minimum length of RV is 25'.
- Dogs are very
welcome. There is a large dog park and agility course
available for your use next door at Bentsen Palm RV Village.
There are also miles of trails surrounding the development.
You may have two dogs and two cats on your lot.
Normal rules apply.
- Shooting range for pistol, trap and
skeet. Active shooting Club.
- The excellent wood shop at Bentsen
Palm Village next door is available for use.
Adult community. Children under 19 years of age may
visit for a maximum of thirty days, but must be under
direct adult supervision at all times. At least one
person renting the lot must be 55+.
- Pictures: Pictures of the
Clubhouse and pool area may be seen
here. Pictures of the inside of the clubhouse may be
here. Pictures of the RV lots may be seen
here. Use the slideshow feature and you will see larger
pictures with captions.
Lot availability, pricing and general information on lots is
must contact the lot owner to arrange for a rental.
Don't know where Retama Village is?
If you are in the "Valley" and would like to visit, driving
directions are on the Contact page.
Some lots are "For Sale By Owner". Please
see the Lots For Sale
page for further information. These include RV lots, Port Homes,
Casitas, and houses.
In addition to re-sale lots there are lots for sale by the builder in Phase II,
and Phase III.
Phase I is sold out.
If you are a current lot owner and wish
to participate in the Rental Program you can download the
Retama Village Rental Program Information