Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $45.00
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.
Tips for other Campers:
Bentsen Rio Grande State Park is a short walk away and we spent a few hours there-worth the trip.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $32.00
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.
Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $53.00
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.
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $21.00
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.
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $23.00
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.
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $20.00
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.
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $23.00
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.
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $24.00
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.
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $20.00
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.
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $51.00
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.
Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $34.00
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.
Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $45.00
Are you kidding me? This has to be, hands down, the nicest RV park we have ever stayed in. Beautiful landscaping, outstanding amenities, quiet and plenty of room between sites. It is also gated. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $40.00
One of the nicest parks I've stayed in. Earned its 10/10/10 Good Sam rating. Level concrete pads. Good Wi-Fi. Mostly friendly Winter Texans staying on a long-term basis. This is a city park, so do not expect state park wilderness. It's a nice place and I'll go back. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $21.00
This resort is a wonderful place to spend the winter. We have never experienced any difficulty making reservations. The resort is about eight years old. The sites are large compared to others places we have stayed. All landscape with native Texas plants. Palm trees scattered around. Seems like something is always in bloom. The resort is pet friendly with a fenced dog park. Activities galore, crafts with instruction if desired, wood shop, potluck dinners, entertainment, barbecues, party's, jam sessions, golf . I could go on and on. The resort is gated and we have never felt insecure. The managers and all the workers are always friendly and willing to help. We have stayed here several seasons and never been bothered with late night noise or loud party's. The park is about 3 miles from the main roads so no street noise and no street lights in the resort. Makes it great for star gazing. The people we have met in this resort as well as many full time residents in Mission and McAllen are the friendliest you will find anywhere. Many have become lifelong friends. This is truly a destination resort with top ratings in several campground directories. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $23.00
This is an old park that has been taken over by a local builder. The manager was very friendly. The rate quoted is based on a 3 month rate. The sites are spacious. The tiny activity room was not heated or air conditioned. It could not hold many people and half the people who wanted to attend events could not get in. It borders a state park and daily admission is free to this park's residents. There were activities and there were many, many work campers to help with activities. The drawbacks of this park were 1. Getting a reservation. No one would answer the phone and no one would call back. 2. Border patrol were doing their job, but the constant low flying helicopters were disturbing. 3. Though fenced in, coyotes roamed inside the park at night and evidence of their droppings were everywhere. 4. Illegals knocked on one camper's door and asked for help in the middle of the night. 5. Even though this is a 55+ park, campers were very rude with noise late into the night. Parties, yelling, laughing, private bands playing in a volume that carried from one end of the park to the other and some work campers were at those parties so no use complaining. If you want a quiet atmosphere, this is not the place to go. If you want to feel that you are in a safe environment, McAllen/Mission area is not the place to go. AK47's were traded in the closest grocery store parking lot and Border Patrol were often on high speed chases through the area. We camped at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park in a Motorhome.