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Del Rio

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Del Rio

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Del Rio [17] is a city in the South Texas Plains. It is located on the northern banks of the Rio Grande river along the United States-Mexico border. Ciudad Acuña is located across the river on the southern banks in Mexico.

Get in[edit]

By rail[edit]

Amtrak trains serve Del Rio three times a week on its Sunset Limited Route. The route runs between New Orleans and Los Angeles. The station is located at 100 North Main Street and is an intermodal transportation center with buses in addition to trains.

By bus[edit]

The Del Rio Regional Transportation Center at 100 North Main Street houses several intercity bus lines, as well as local transit.

By car[edit]

Major routes to Del Rio include US 277 from Sonora on I-10 (about 80 miles north) and US 90 from San Antonio (about 200 miles east).

By air[edit]

Del Rio International Airport is used mainly by general aviation aircraft. The closest major airport is in San Antonio.

Get around[edit]

The best way to get around is by personal car. There is at least one rental car company and at least one taxi company. The city also operates a bus service [18].

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Firehouse Gallery, 120 E. Garfield, (830) 775-0888, [1]. Del Rio's art center offers changing exhibits in the city's former fire station.  edit
  • Laughlin Heritage Foundation Museum, 309 South Main Street, (830) 719-9380, [2]. MWFSa 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Museum displaying the history of nearby Laughlin Air Force Base.  edit
  • Whitehead Memorial Museum, 1308 S. Main St., (830) 774-7568, [3]. Tu-Sa 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Su 1 p.m.-5 p.m. A small, pioneer village that preserves artifacts reflecting the early history, cultures, and economics of Del Rio and Val Verde County. Adults (18-55): $5, Seniors (55+): $4, Military (must show ID): $4, Children (6-17): $3, 5 & under: free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Amistad National Recreation Area, (north of Del Rio), (830) 775-7491, [4]. Visitor Center open daily 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Amistad Reservoir is the major attraction in the Del Rio area. Camping, boating, and fishing are available. (The Bassmasters Elite tournament was held here for four years in a row until 2008.) Visitors can also find 4,000-year-old Native American pictographs, which are accessible only by boat at Panther Cave and at Parida Cave. No entrance fee, user fees for lake use, camping, and hunting.  edit
  • San Felipe Springs, (along San Felipe Creek on the grounds of the San Felipe Country Club and on several ranches to the north), [5]. A group of more than ten springs that extend for over a mile along San Felipe Creek that includes swimming holes.  edit
  • Val Verde Winery, 100 Qualia Dr. (dowtown area), (830) 775-9714, [6]. Tu-Sa 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Su 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The winery offers wine-tasting of about a dozen of their wines for about $5 per person or a free tasting of only three. Their wines range from sweet (notably the San Felipe del Rio red, Texas Rose, and Muscat Cannelli) to exceptionally dry (Cabernet Sauvignon), but their port has won awards. Most of their wines are blends with grapes from other vineyards, but one is made of only grapes grown at the winery.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

The downtown area has numerous shops, including several antique shops and a few selling rustic furniture.

  • Adrian Falcon Gallery, 301 E. Garfield St., Suite B, (830) 469-5327, [7]. The gallery offers contemporary art by Del Rio native Adrian Falcon.  edit
  • Duty Free Americas, 3033 Texas 239 Spur, (830) 775-2467, [8]. M-Sa 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  edit
  • Plaza del Sol, 2205 Veterans Blvd., (830) 774-3634, [9]. M-Sa: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Su: Noon-7 p.m. Indoor shopping mall anchored by Bealls, Cinemark Movies 8, JCPenney, Marshalls, and Ross Dress for Less.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Standard fast food (Wendy's, Whataburger, etc.) and chains (Chili's, Luby's, etc.) are available.

  • Chinto's Super Taco, 400 E. 6th St., (830) 774-1592. 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Chinto's has excellent Mexican food and generous portions in a comfortable atmosphere for very reasonable prices.  edit
  • Jitra Thai Cuisine, 904 E. Gibbs St., (830) 775-7553, [10]. MWThSu: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tu: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. FSa: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Jitra offers dishes such as pad thai, tom yum soup, panang curry, combination fried rice, and chicken lo mein.  edit
  • La Hacienda, 330 Pecan St., (830) 774-7094. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. La Hacienda is a Mexican restaurant downtown that offers an excellent buffet of Mexican food for a very reasonable price. One item not on the menu is cabrito (goat), which you have to ask for, and it is excellent, succulent meat, beautifully roasted. Each day the restaurant roasts one goat in the morning and sells it until it runs out. Their coffee is great and compares well to Starbuck's.  edit
  • Lorina's Cantina, 9087 Hwy. 90 West (outside of town on US 90 toward the lake), (830) 775-8058, [11]. W-M 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Lorina's has steak night on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30. Call ahead by 4 p.m. to reserve a steak. The steaks are 12 oz. ribeyes and come with a baked potato, beans, garden salad, chili toreados, and bread for $17.50 per person. Happy hour is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily (except for Tuesdays when they are closed). Karaoke nights are Wednesdays from 8 p.m. to midnight and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Inn of Del Rio, 810 Avenue F, (830) 775-7511, (800) 336-3537 (fax: (830) 774-2194), [12].  edit
  • La Quinta Inn, 2005 Veterans Blvd, (830) 775-7591.  edit
  • Motel 6, 2115 Veterans Boulevard, (830) 774-2115 (fax: (830) 774-4878), [13].  edit
  • Ramada Inn Del Rio, 2101 Veterans Blvd, (830) 775-1511 (fax: (830) 775-1476), [14]. Free high-speed wireless, heated outdoor pool, and indoor fitness center.  edit
  • Villa Del Rio, (800) 995-1887 (), [15]. Bed and breakfast in a historic mansion dating to 1887 during the boomtown days in Del Rio. $95-$225.  edit
  • Whispering Palms Inn, 1300 Veterans Boulevard, (830) 488-6270, [16]. checkin: 3 p.m.; checkout: 12 p.m.  edit



  • Mx-flag.png Mexico, Edificio South Park Plaza 2398, Spur 239, +1 830 775-2352 (fax: +1 956 723-1741).  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Ciudad_Acuña is accessible via the Del Río–Ciudad Acuña International Bridge. The bridge may be crossed by vehicle, bicycle, or by foot. Texas State Loop 239 leads to the border crossing.

Routes through Del Rio
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