Bentsen Palm Village RV Park

Mission, Texas



Mission, Texas
Phone: (956) 585-5568

Sites: 250
Recent Rate: $20 4/2016

Latitude: 26.1884544969368
Longitude: -98.378475111084

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem yes
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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46 Reviews

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed at Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort for two weeks. Rate is $600 per month. It is a huge park but the snowbirds are gone so we basically have the place to ourselves, very nice. Internet works great. Managers Don and Jeni are the best. Jeni even gives you her cell number! She is professional and very helpful.

Everything is kept in tip top shape and it is beautiful. We chose this park because it is near 5 of the 9 World Birding Centers in South Texas and within walking distance of the Bentsen WBC. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
112
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

It's obvious that at one point this was a premier RV Park, but has been allowed to become far less than what you pay for.

The laundry facilities are very poor quality and not nearly enough machines for a park of this size. The fitness equipment is poor quality and several of the machines don't work. There are far too few restrooms/showers and for the first 4 weeks of our 7 week stay there was no hot water in the larger of the 2 restroom/shower/laundry buildings. The water is completely undrinkable and left a nasty residue on everything it touched including our water lines, it took 2 weeks to get the nasty taste out of our water lines. We went through 3 water filters in 3 weeks before giving up and just using water for hand washing.

The sugar cane growers burned fields every few days leaving a soot residue on everything, not to mention the smoke. And surprisingly it is windy all the time........almost Wyoming windy!

It's not all bad though. The nearby Bentsen Palms bird sanctuary is a real treat but you can see it in a day. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
256
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The shopping, especially for clothes is very good.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an older park and the blacktop roads are not in the best condition. Sites are concrete and asphalt, many are pull through. There are things to do and activities are coordinated with work kampers. The park is clean and my only gripe is the hot tub isn't very hot and there has been no hot water in the showers for a long time. I would stay here again but the cost makes it a poor value for what you get. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the state park and butterfly center while you are here.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

The best aspect of this park is the guests, mostly active, young retirees, and the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park bird sanctuary for hiking and biking. The park features a club house, craft room, wood shop and several palapas. The pool is heated well, and we enjoyed the hot tub. There are plenty of machines in the laundry, clean and reasonably priced. The park management also sponsors dinners, shows, and the favorite, Wednesday night margarita socials. Other activities included exercise, line dancing, cards and breakfasts. We also enjoyed the park-sponsored river cruise. There were many good restaurants in the area that we attended as a group. The site spacing is good, especially if you are in one of the "wheel hubs." We had a large patio with nice landscaping, including rose bushes. We were welcome to pick free citrus fruit from the trees behind our RV and could have utilized a garden plot if we were there longer. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Besides the bird park, a butterfly park is within bicycle riding distance. A nearby firing range is also available to the resort gun club.

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Review Count: 142
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

We were in a long concrete pull thru in the 600 loop. All sites in the loops are arranged like spokes on a wheel. Excellent utilities, wifi and very nice clean landscaping. The park is gated for security and plenty of Border Patrol presence in the area The staff was terrific and there are many activities going on in the park. The park provided ham for the Christmas pot luck dinner in the activity center. We really enjoyed our stay here, hope to return. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
618
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Bentsen Rio Grande State Park is a short walk away and we spent a few hours there-worth the trip.

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful, park best ever. Close to stores. We stayed in 600 circle pull thrus. Most winter Texans were gone. This is the nicest park we've stayed in. Wide roads, green spaces. In winter would be lots of activities. Great place to winter. Washrooms and laundry clean. All positive about park, very pet friendly. Only negative is smell from sewer. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $53.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our first visit here. Friends of ours bought a place in Retama (owned by the Bentsen Palm Development) next to Bentsen Palm Village so we decided to come and stay for 2 months to check it out. We hadn't been to the Rio Grande Valley in over 10 years, and it really had grown quite a bit. This was really a nice place and laid out pretty well. It had some good amenities: workshop, craft room, laundry, and club house. Mostly they offer monthly stays but if they have space you can get in for a shorter stay. The rate I quoted is based on a daily rate. They take reservations for the longer stays first (4-6 months) so we pretty much got what was left from those staying 3 months or longer. During peak season (January & February) they charge from the 1st of the month and partial months pay for a full month so they really are geared for monthly guests. We got a site in one of the circles and it looked nice, but as it turned out the club house was in our circle and it was VERY noisy. People would park in the circle while attending functions even when they weren't supposed to making it difficult to get our of your site. Even with complaints nobody did anything about it. They typically don't get a lot of rain but his year was different, and many of the sites in our circle flooded. We could not get in or out of our site without sinking into 1 inch or more of water and mud. They offered us some patio pavers to help but it was a mess anyway. As it turned out we bought a lot in Retama and moved over there after the first 2 weeks. They are both the part of the same development but Retama is owned RV lots with coach and port houses and houses. Before we left, Bentsen Palm Village had started offering RV lots with storage sheds for sale as well so it will probably be more owned lots than rental lots as Retama, their sister community is. I got the impression they were trying to get away from rentals while we were there but I'm not sure if it will go 100% owned lots or not. As it is they have owned lots that owners rent out just as they do next door in Retama. It is a nice place but they did not plan the lots with rain in mind because flooding is an issue in the Bentsen Palm side & they seem to be investing more money in developing the Retama side these days....which may be why they are trying to sell lots. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects monthly rate. On the plus side, this park is wonderfully dark and quiet at night, and there was lots to do. We were put in circle #3 and we had the best time with the people in that circle. They were all super friendly and welcoming. It was very hard to leave them. On the negative side: our first site was underwater when it rained for 2 days, as was our tow vehicle, and other sites in this circle. We were unable to get out. When we asked to move to another site where it was dry, we ended up without power for a day and night as the breaker was gone. They did replace it quickly when we told them of the problem. The washrooms and showers were clean, but are terribly out of date. I don’t know how they got a good rating on them, as they are very sad. There were 3 instances of “illegals” in the park the month we were here. (The last time they came into the park they took some items from some rigs, to use to build a fort to hide in.) We did have a problem with the amount we were charged for electricity. Luckily we had taken pictures, with dates, of the readings when we went into and out of the 2 sites we had. It did take a bit of work to get the refund processed, but it was eventually done with apologies for the errors. We would stay here again. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 46
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Nightly rate reflects monthly rate discount. Positives: 1) activities, activities, activities! - there was no getting bored at this park (potlucks, picnics, ice cream socials, live music, and MARGARITA NIGHT!) and the people were fantastic. There is a great wood shop with mentored projects and a great crafts program; 2) satisfactory hookups; 3) good WiFi; and 4) very well maintained park. Negatives: 1) we had voltage (power) issues whenever electrical demand increased. A few other RVers with power minders also experienced the same problem, but most RVers did not have this issue. During high demand, our system would shut down (due to low voltage--below 104V) for about 30 seconds every 15 or 20 minutes. It was annoying; 2) rates do not include electricity and it is expensive. Our January electric bill was $125 and our February bill was $140; 3) the water supply has a lot of dissolved minerals. We have a water softener and had to regenerate it about every 5 days; and 4) only the "premium" sites had picnic tables. As upscale as this park is, every site should have a picnic table. In this day and age, almost all decent RV parks provide a picnic table for each site. Bottom line: the positives outweighed the negatives and we would definitely return to this park if we were in the Rio Grande Valley. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate based on Monthly rate. If you are staying in Mission this is the best place to stay, period. WiFi was very good, cable limited but good and easy satellite location. Mostly winter Texans staying 3 months so it can be tough to get into. Book Very early. The only negative was there were only 6 lounge chairs at the pool . There are over 200 sites, hello? I highly recommend this park. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects a 4 month stay. This is a beautiful campground and I would have given them a 10 except they do not supply a picnic table at the site unless you have what they call a 'super site'. At the price of a site, they really should provide a table. We could have put it to good use over the 4 months we were here. Lots and lots of activities happening here with friendly staff and fellow RVers. Big sites, easy to get in/out. Beautifully kept. There is really nothing at all negative about it, except of course for the picnic table. Little thing really, but over the course of 4 months, it's a big thing. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate shown is monthly rate including electric service. This is a beautiful park with most of the amenities you would expect. My wife loved all of the activities. They have the greatest produce available in the area that I have ever had. I did not give it rating of 9 or 10 because of the GRASS BURRS. We travel with a small dog and could not take her out without having to spend several minutes pulling the grass burrs out of her feet and fur. I am sure she (the dog) liked it even less than we did. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Bentsen Palm Village RV Park is located less than 1/2 mile from the state birding park and about 1 mile from a butterfly farm. The review in Feb 2013 wasn't quite accurate as while the site conditions and locations are varied, the pricing is also varied at least the monthly rates. I'm not sure what activities were missed as there were dances, a barbeque, Margarita night, beer tasting, wine tasting, several breakfasts, a few potlucks, music concerts, sewing, horse racing, horse shoes, crafting, quilting, Swedish weaving, and a great wood shop. Every Friday there are two music events for a very reasonable price, usually entertainers from Branson, MO that come to the valley for winter. At least once a week musicians in the park get together for a jam session to which everyone is invited. A vegetable vendor also comes once a week. Sites: there are 4 circles of pull-through sites. The sites in 3 of the circles are asphalt with concrete patios. The 4th circle has concrete pull-throughs and concrete patios. There are also back-in sites that are concrete with concrete patios and what is known as the "super sites". The super sites are back in, double wide concrete with a small "shed" on the site and a large backyard. There are two bath houses and laundries (one at each end of the park). The swimming pool is small for approximately 200 to 250 guests that stay the winter. In previous years the park is full usually by mid-Dec until the end of Feb. BPV won two park awards this year, but an unfortunate end of the season event may cause many previous guests not to return. We won't go into details (which is what soured the guests) but the RV sites in this park are going up for sale. The prices range from the high 20's for back-ins to about 40,000 to 45,000 for the beloved circles and almost $50,000 for the super sites. The circles are enjoyed by many since they become a family within a family. Each circle has an amenity in the center which always makes a great place to meet and greet your neighbors. We have camped at BPV for 2 years for 4+ months in a Class A 40ft. Rate listed is approximate day winter rate based on monthly stays. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $51.00
Overall Rating:      

Sites are large but vary greatly even though priced alike. Some have concrete (cleaner) and some paved (crumbly and dirty). Some have nice landscaping and other are very dry, dirty, and have sand burrs that get in pets paws easily. Pool is small, clubhouse is way too small for the number of sites so some may not be allowed to attend all activities, and in spite of the size, people from outside the park are allowed to attend. People are very friendly, but this is likely to change as many are leaving because property owner is trying to sell the sites to private owners. All activities advertised are not available. Facilities are old, and water is turned off frequently, without notice, for repair. Location is close to birding (nature) and butterfly parks. Insecticide is not used in the park which can be an issue for fire ants/mosquitoes. Dog park is nice with small dog area, but small dogs have to walk through the large dog area (no separate entrance) which may be OK going in but a problem getting out if large dog area has since been populated. This is also used by the neighboring park (same property owner selling to private owners,) and there have been issues between the two parks. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful and well run destination park. It is beside the Birding Center, and you can get free passes to bike in the center. There are many activities and everyone is friendly. Most of the activities are free and they have a wood shop and craft center. The only reason I did not give this park a 10 is that the pool is very small and shallow, with an underwater seat all around it. You cannot swim in the pool. I asked if we could do laps in the Retama pools next door, but they said no, even though they are sister parks. Loved the beautiful landscaping and the people, but we won't return because of the pool. Price reflects the weekly rate. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Motorhome.

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