McAllen Travel Guide

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    The Mall
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McAllen Highlights

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     Calm and Quite city... 

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     I love it here! 

McAllen Things to Do

  • Many Local Events

    There is always an event going on in the city that you can check out for next to zero dollars. The wife and I are going to the Garden of Eatin tour today at the Quinta Mazatlan which is a tour that shows what plants are edible and have midicinal properties in the area. Just follow the McAllen CVB facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mcallencvb they...

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  • Sports Teams

    Go and check out the Killer Bees (hockey), Vipers (basketball), Magic (football), and the local college teams. Had some real fun going and seeing most of these teams adn the city really gets into it. Great time.

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  • McAllen Golf

    One of the most beautiful courses I have been to. Great play, great grass, a must see for any golf fan.

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McAllen Restaurants

  • Best late night grub!

    24 hours a day, full menu, delicious grub! Sirlon taco, because it is better meat than the more popular fajitas at the same price. They give you enough meat on one taco to easily make two. The salad/condiment bar full of fixings for the taco will allow you to really strech your taco. You get free chips and salsa so 1 taco is usually enough. If I...

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  • Best breakfast tacos in McAllen

    Breakfast tacos to die for! This is a pickup store only, but they cook to order with generous portions. One of the few places where you can litteraly put anything into a giant breakfast taco. They are fresh and delicious, built to order. If you try them you will be a regular customer. Breakfast taco with Chorizo, Egg, Bacon, Jalapenos, Onions,...

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  • Best fine dining in McAllen

    Small Bistro, intiment atmosphere, great chef and pastry chef, great wine list, phenomal food. The Class of the McAllen dining scene. I highly recommend going with a group and having everyone order something different because it is all good. Best first date or anniversary restuarant in the Valley. I believe they offer a $75 multicourse special on...

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  • Best Chinese/Vietnamese Restaurant in...

    Hoptung is run by a vietnamese family and the food tastes like it is run by someones grandma! WARNING - service here has been known to be very slow and unaccomadating at times. I have friends who refuse to return due to poor service. I think the food is worth the hassle. The Pho (vietnamese soup) cant be beat and is the reason to come. I almost...

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  • Best plate in McAllen

    Overall a nice asian themed restaurant, clean and resonable priced. Salt and Pepper Dunguness Crab! These crabs are stored live along with lobsters in an in store aquarium and is prepared fresh. I grew up on the gulf coast and the difference in taste between fresh and frozen is worth the price. This dish is expensive at $36 but could easily feed...

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  • Great Tex-Mex

    I visit the McAllen area several times a year (next time for Christmas-hopefully no snow this time as in 2004) and El Pato is a must first stop on the way from the airport. Incredible Tex-Mex fast food. I dream about the chicken and avocado corn tortilla patos w/fresh pico de gallo! Yum! Freshly made corn tortillas with chicken. sliced avocado and...

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McAllen Nightlife

  • Cheap, fun, and safe.

    The downtown portion of McAllen has a strip with plenty of bars that range from high end nightclubs, to sports bars. You can find something for you, if not just ask around like my wife and I did. The locals where more than helpful. A nice pair of jeans and a collered shirt will treat you well for the city.

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  • SIMON SEZ....THE PLACE FOR...

    SIMON SEZ....THE PLACE FOR ROCK-N-ROLL....THIS CLUB STARTED ROCKING IN JUNE OF 1995 AND IS STILL ROLLING,FEATURES LOCAL...TEXAS AND OUT OF STATE BANDS FOR YOURENJOYMENT...GREAT DRINKS....COLD BEER....MEMORABILIAGALORE AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE!!THE DECOR AND ATMOSTSPHERE VERY CASUAL....SHOES REQUIRED!!

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McAllen Transportation

  • Get gas in Corpus!

    If you are traveling south from Corpus, be sure to get gas there. Shortly after Corpus, a long stretch of desert begins: there are no gas stations until you get to the valley, no towns along the way, just ranches and barbed wire. If you run out of gas, you will have a hard time getting help.

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  • DEPENDS ON WHERE YOUR COMING...

    DEPENDS ON WHERE YOUR COMING FROM...IN THE STATESDRIVE....FROM ELSEWHERE....FLY....UNLESS YOUR COMING FROM MEXICO.....THIS IS THE HIDALGO INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE....JUST 10 MINUTES FROM McALLEN....CROSS THE BRIDGE AND YOUR IN REYNOSA MEXICO....BEWARE...TOURIST TRAP.RENT A CAR.

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McAllen Shopping

  • La Pulga

    They're everywhere! Antique-hunters will find them disappointing, but if you're looking for bootlegs and weird curiosities, they're the place to go.

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  • Shopping Malls!

    The reason for this town's existence is shopping. Specifically, shopping by Mexicans who cross the border to buy things in the US. I am not familiar with the situation on the Mexican side, but either the prices or selection or both is much better in McAllen.I am the last person to recommend going to shopping malls while on a tourist trip, but here...

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  • Retail Centers

    Along 10th street and to the north, you'll find lots of retail centers... With shops, restaurants, beauty salons etc... Just in front of the mall, theres a Toys R'Us, Big Kmart, and an Old Navy. Then theres the HEB (food store), Walmart, Target (department stores), Best buy, Circuit City (Electronic stores), Ross and Marshalls (outlets) and many...

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McAllen Local Customs

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    by ddgarza Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    and don't forget to mingle with the LOCALS... i think this one likes pizza and scooby snacks :)

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McAllen Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't park under palm trees.

    They shed.Oh, you're laughing now, but you won't think it's so funny when a palm frond dents the hood of your car!Okay, so I laughed. But my car was a piece of junk.One of my friends got conked on the head by falling fronds. That was also pretty hilarious.But seriously, don't park under the palm trees.

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  • NO DANGERS OR WARNINGS....JUST...

    NO DANGERS OR WARNINGS....JUST MORE PICTURES OF THE SURROUNDING AREAS...THIS OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CHURCHIN MISSION, TEXAS ABOUT 15 MINUTES FROM McALLEN. BUILT IN THE EARLY 1920's...NICE CHURCH TO VISIT.

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  • be careful what you bring...

    be careful what you bring accross the border. what may seem like trivial items to you, could be illegal to cross. (i accidentally brought some cuban cigars accross the border one time, and i sure felt guilty) also, you have to pay a duty tax on any liqour or cigarettes that you buy in mexico. the customs will place a tax stamp on those items as...

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McAllen Tourist Traps

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    by JOHN_NOMIS Written Oct 5, 2002

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    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND.....75 MILES FROM McALLEN.....GOOD
    BEACH....REASONABLE HOTELS AND MOTELS...FUN BARS...
    GREAT FISHING AND LOTS MORE....BEST TO GO DURING THE
    OFF SEASON TO AVOID HIGHER ROOM RATES.

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McAllen What to Pack

  • Packing List

    HOW LONG ARE YOU STAYING....DOESN'T MATTER....TRAVELLIGHT....THERE ARE PLENTY IF LAUNDRY MATS AND DRY CLEANERS. McALLEN IS HOT....SO CARRY SHORTS...SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS....JEANS AND SOMETHING DRESSY....JUST IN CASE. BUY THEM HERE!! BRING YOU CAMERAS. YES...YES...YES THIS IS FISHING AT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND!!!

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  • Packing List

    be sure to BRING a friend... heheheh... here's my wife with her taller friend ANGIE... hey honeybunn... is that a tennis-ball in your pocket ? or you just happy to see me ?... HEEHEEE

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McAllen Off The Beaten Path

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    St. Jude Thaddeus belfry

    by liusia Updated Apr 4, 2011

    gives great homilies, and is hilarious to boot. Once he informed the congregation that we were "too stupid to go to Hell."

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McAllen Favorites

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    by liusia Written Sep 22, 2006

    Favorite thing: What disturbs me is that after living in the Valley for two years, I stopped noticing this billboard. It became a normal part of the landscape.

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