Victoria Palms RV Resort Overview:
Review and Rating of Victoria Palms RV Resort in Donna
You'll know you've arrived at Victoria Palms RV Resort when you see the hundreds of tall palm trees swaying in the breeze. Wow, what a fantastic RV Park - Victoria Palms is part of the portfolio of over 200 Encore RV Resorts spread throughout the United States.
Some of the reasons we love this RV Resort include:
- Great RV sites – long, level, wide, and with a wide grassy area between each site
- the Resort and sites are well landscaped with beautiful and colorful plants, orange trees, local flora and fauna
- the residents, both Winter Texans and short-term visitors are friendly
- the Resort is close to the freeway and close to lots to see and do
- you won’t believe the number of amenities and things to do within the Resort
It’s not surprising that Victoria Palms RV Resort made our list of the Best RV Resorts in Texas and that Trip Advisor gave them an "award of excellence" – Victoria Palms is clearly one of the best RV Resorts in the Rio Grande Valley.
Victoria Palms is an age restricted (55 years old) and gated Resort with over 1000 sites that are a mixture of RV sites (850) and manufactured home/cabins/park model sites. Adjacent to Victoria Palms RV Resort is Victoria Palms Inn and Suites which has 20 hotel rooms and 100 suites - each suite has a separate bedroom and a complete kitchen.
Victoria Palms RV Resort caters to Winter Texans (great rates, lots to do, perfect location, etc) here to escape the frozen north but still has plenty of RV sites for weekend or longer rentals as well as some fully furnished Park Models/Cabins for rent on a short-term or long-term basis. They also have some Park Models available to purchase.
The Resort is very well maintained and manicured, roads are paved and easy to maneuver large rigs, and the sites are long, wide, and level. The Resort residents, the Resort staff and the activities director, as well as, the activity staff are friendly, enthusiastic, and helpful.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
Victoria Palms RV Resort is huge – over 1000 sites that are a mixture of RV sites (premium, RV value, and RV standard sites), manufactured homes (full time residents), and cottages for long term and short term rentals or purchase.
Victoria Palm's back-in RV sites are 75' by 45', level, and wide enough to serve as a long wide patio or extra parking spot. Hook-ups are toward the rear and the site we were in did not require any extensions for water or sewer.
The cottages at Victoria Palms are all one bedroom, one bath, fully furnished, and 400 to 470 square feet.
Some of the amenities at Victoria Palms RV Resort include a:
- · great heated swimming pool and hot tub with a large patio and pool furniture
- · state of the art fitness center with everything you need to get in shape – weights to bikes to cardio to treadmills to several great excersice machines
- good restaurant for breakfast (an excellent Sunday Brunch Buffet), lunch, and dinner
- library and computer room
- pickle ball and tennis courts, bocce ball court
- activities lounge with a large screen TV, piano, and fireplace
- free wifi and cable TV at each site
- dog park.
- laundry room, mail room, and restroom/shower facilites.
- 12,000 square foot ballroom with hardwood floors for dancing and a band stage
The Activities Director is who you want to see to find out what’s going on and there always several activities to choose from each day. You’ll find everything from tournaments like ping pong, bean bag, darts, 8 ball or pool, tennis, pickle ball, golf, shuffleboard, bocce ball, water volleyball, plus games (hearts, dominos,cribbage, bridge, etc.), fitness related activities (like walk and water aerobics, samba) . There is also sponsored activities like line or square dancing, pot luck dinners, live music, bingo, choir, as well as, tours and excursions, for example fishing trips, trips to South Padre Island or Mexico, sightseeing trips, and more.
The arts and crafts center is fantastic with a wood working shop, computer room, ceramics room with two kilns, room for stained glass, painting and coloring, and a room for sewing and quilting.
The Cactus Club is a multipurpose recreation facility for scheduled events (like line dancing, jam sessions, meetings, and more) and dinners plus live music, pot luck dinners, dances,
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
On our first night we went to the Ballroom and listened to a 5 piece band who played everything from Willie Nelson to Ray Price, Jimmy Buffett, Danny & the Juniors (You Can Rock & Roll, At The Hop, Hop, Hop).
During our stay we rode bikes around the Park, played some horseshoes, pickleball, and shuffleboard – all of which were followed by a dip in the heated pool and some time in the hot tub to get rid of the kinks and sore muscles.
We enjoyed a great and reasonably priced Sunday Brunch Buffet – three types of eggs, two types of sausage, beans, biscuits and gravy, fruit, a cook to order eggs, and an omelet and waffle station.
We also consumed way too much good Mexican food (Arthuro’s just down the road was a favorite and for $13 you can get the Special Mexican Plate with chile relleno, 2 tacos, a tamale, and two cheese enchiladas and a few too many margaritas and beers. All of that forced us to hit the fitness center every day to work out and try to lose some of the calories we had consumed - I'm not sure it did any good but I felt better for it!
We went to the Gladys Porter Zoo and played two rounds of golf. Read our review of El Nino (1285 yard par 29 that’s not in the best of condition but it’s only $8 including a pushcart and good for practicing your short game. We also played and reviewed Tierra Santa Golf Club – love this course with a good mix of interesting holes, lots of bunkers and water, great conditions, fast undulating large greens, and reasonable rates.
All too soon it was time to head back to the hustle and bustle and traffic in Austin.
Cool Nearby Activities:
The Rio Grande Valley is loaded with some fun things to see and do and here are some of our favorites:
- play some of the best courses in the Rio Grande Valley
- taking an easy walk or bike ride through Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park which is a world-recognized birding hotspot
- visit the National Butter Fly Center with hundreds of species of butterflies and birds
- head down to South Padre Island (check out our map which has lots of tun things to see and do) and take advantage of all that it offers like parasailing, good beaches, zip line, horseback riding on the beach, Segway tours, lots of fun bars, and good restaurants
- enjoy a few hours at the Gladys Porter Zoo (gorillas, tigers, macaws, kangaroos, crocodiles, and lots more) and a couple Rio Grande Valley museums
- step across the border to eat and shop
- take the kids to Schlitterbahn Water Park on South Padre Island which also has an indoor waterpark which is great when it's cold
The Victoria Palms Website also has a list of several nearby things to see and do.
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Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more