We stayed here for 50 days and couldn’t wait to leave. Victoria Palms is a nice looking tropical resort with attractive landscaping and well maintained lots. They have a hotel, a restaurant, two nice pools and hot tubs. There are palm trees and citrus trees everywhere. Attractive looks are not what makes a good resort, you have to be comfortable, and it’s difficult to be comfortable at Victoria Palms. The bathrooms are clean, but they are icy cold. They are never heated. The water to wash your hands is very cold. It’s too cold to take showers. We have never been cold anywhere else but here. There are tons of activities here but a total lack of direction from the activity office. The lady director was rude to us and acted like we were stupid for asking questions about events going on. There is a total lack of direction here. At the New Years dance just before the band began to play, two drunken men began fist fighting at table 46. They rolled in the aisle and finally broke the fight up themselves. There were plenty of activity people around but they did not interfere. The police or security guards were not even called. Anywhere else these men would have been thrown out but not so at Victoria Palms. One of the fighters went to the other side of the ballroom for the rest of the night and that was it. There is a very large singles crowd here and they have their own events, dances and meetings. They keep to themselves. But the worst feature of this resort is the wholesome unfriendliness. Out of 12 parks we have wintered in, this one is definitely the least friendly. To be sure, there are a few friendly people here, but in general this is not a very friendly park. A lot of people look the other way and don’t wave back. It’s hard to make friends here at this resort full of snobs. The prices are okay comparable to Florida but very high for the Rio Grande Valley. A word to the wise, if you are expecting comfort in paradise you won’t find it here. We will not return, as we’d rather be Snowbirds than Winter Texans.
The management is not the best but this is probably the friendliest park in the Rio grande Valley. We were here overnight only and got to meet at least 20 people. People were coming up to us and talking wherever we went. We came in here on a Saturday morning and the park work-camper took us around on a golf cart looking for sites. We had intended on staying for a month. After about an hour tour we decided on a nice spot that was very tight to get into. It wasn't level either and we had to back the trailer on boards. It also took a very long time to unhook the truck from the trailer as we had been driving hooked up since Monday. Finally after an hour and a half of this we plugged in and discovered there was no electricity. I used my 25 foot extention but none of the adjacent sites had power either. The work-camper went to the office and came back saying that the manager was not going to bother getting into the boxes or call anyone to set up electricity and that if we wanted the site we had to wait until Monday night to get power (3 days). We were given the option of moving to another site that had power. By then my bad back acted up and I couldn't do anything else but stay where we were. I asked if the manager would reconsider but there was no way she wanted to change her mind and open a power box and switch it on. She said we had to call the power company Monday. Then we were told that there would be no charge if we dry camped. This was a small consolation. The next morning we hooked up and pulled out to a campground 3 miles away and paid for 2 months. While here we went to the clubhouse where a Trail Dance was going on and passed the time. They seem to have lots of activities. We explored the campground on foot and found it to be very large with two sections connected by narrow roadways. Some of the sites had busted up concrete but most were good. The bathrooms are all closed at 10:00pm until morning. For an old park it did not look too bad. Some of the people we talked to said there were many management issues here. Too bad we had to have one too.
We stayed overnight and got in after 6:00pm. The office was closed, but the campground maintenance man guided us into a pull-through spot. The place had a canopy of trees and was very dark at night but we used flashlights to get to the shower room. The few people we met were friendly and the laundry room was very clean. All in all this was a good stop for overnight. We might come back.
This is mainly a Winter Texan park. They have two pools, one of them is indoors, as well as an indoor hottub. This is a big plus because of all the rainly days the cold fronts keep bringing to the valley. Most people are friendly here, and I noticed that this resort had a much older crowd, as not many people were in their 50s or 60s even. There were many activities, a lot of card playing and a weekly dance. The park roads are paved but narrow and backing into some of the spots is tricky. The resort has two sides separated by a county road where traffic usually goes 40 mph. We did not like this and limited our activities to one side only. Also, I was told that the line dance teaching has suffered since a particular male dance teacher left last year. Some people have gone to other parks because of this. The park has potluck dinners and lunch specials weekly. For an old resort, Bentson Grove is still thriving. It is showing some signs of decay but maintenance seems very good. The have big auctions here too. Oh, and there are citrus trees all over on the various sites. You can pick and eat your own oranges, lemons, and grapefruit if you are lucky enough to have a tree on your site. Some residents, like the one on 514 let you pick from his tree. And there is a beautiful public lemon tree near lot 521. We saw Canadians helping themselves here many times. The rates are very cheap, ($550 month) and still cheaper if you pick overflow (at $425 month.) In all, this place is still a bargain if you overlook the negatives. It's not the best, but okay.
This campground is a real gem. Located right in town we had easy access to restaurants and stores. Management was friendly and provided us with free coffee and donuts. They have a sheltered common outdoor cooking area with fridge, store, microwave and grill that anyone can use. Our pull through site had a fancy coach light fixture and bench for resting outside. The place had many winter residents and several came over to chat with us. We enjoyed this overnight stay and will return again.
We got in here about 7:00pm and the owner and his wife were watching TV waiting for us to arrive as I had called earlier. They were quite friendly. The place was easy to find at night just off the highway one mile. We got escorted down the hill around the trees to a pull thru site directly opposite the bathrooms and showers. The area was well lit and we were given keys to the restrooms. We heard some highway noise but overall we had a comfortable stay here.
We arrived late but the office was still open. The owners were very friendly. We got a pull through site for overnight next to the shower room. The campground was very clean, and although it was cold out, the shower room was heated. This turned out to be a perfect stop for us. We will return.