Rio Grande Delta: Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary to Boca Chica Beach Professional Review and Guide
"A 25-mile paved drive across the Rio Grande delta, from a remnant native palm grove to the beach. This drive crosses a very unique ecological area in the United States, from a lush palm forest to the sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico on the delta of the 1,900-mile-long Rio Grande. Its location at the very southern tip of Texas gives it a warm, subtropical climate. Only Hawaii and the tip of Florida lie farther south. Because of South Texas’s location and its proximity to Mexico, many animal and plant species are found here and nowhere else in the United States.
Not only does the warm climate attract many species of wildlife, it also attracts large numbers of tourists and part-time residents during the winter. Brownsville is both the southernmost city in Texas, with a latitude similar to Miami, Florida, and the largest in the Rio Grande Valley with a population of more than 100,000. Mixed in with typical Texas trees such as oaks and mesquites are palms, citrus and banana trees, bamboo, and bougainvillea. Special attractions: Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary, Boca Chica State Park, hiking, swimming, beachcombing, fishing."