About the Arroyo City, Rio Hondo, Texas, Cameron County Area
Arroyo City, Texas, is a small community of families, fishermen, birdwatchers and Winter Texans who enjoy the serenity of nature and waterfront living without the tourist trappings. The tropical climate allows year-round fishing from lighted piers for trout, redfish, flounder, snook and tarpon.
The area is about a 10-mile strip along the South bank of the Arroyo Colorado, as it winds its way to the Intercoastal Waterway and the Lower Laguna Madre. Dolphin, pelican, heron, turkey, deer and other wildlife are abundant.
The Arroyo Colorado was a natural tributary running through the Rio Grande Valley of Texas out to the bay. During WWII, it was dredged by the Army Corp of Engineers to make a navigable waterway to transport supplies to the military base in Harlingen. Today, several major products are transported by barge to/from the Port of Harlingen.
Arroyo City is 30 miles due north of Matamoros, Mexico, on Paredes Line Road aka FM 1847. We are about 22 miles from Valley International Airport and Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. Scroll down and grab the map below for a satellite tour of the Rio Grande Valley!
Harlingen developed at the crossroads of major national rail lines and is an important trade and transportation center. Incorporated in 1910, its namesake was a canal-encircled Town in the Netherlands. With Harlingen's subtropical weather, golf courses are open year-round.
The tropical climate allows year-round fishing for trout, redfish, flounder, snook and tarpon from the lighted piers located in most of the waterfront yards.
The Arroyo Colorado allows quick access to the Laguna Madre for great fishing points between Port Mansfield and South Padre Island, making Adolph Thomae County Park a favorite launching point for the weekend fishermen.
Commercial Activities at Arroyo City include several RV Parks, restaurants, boat storage facilities, bait stores, car wash and a convenient "Country Store" for emergency supplies, including fishing licenses and an ATM.
Heron Cove and Pelican Pointe are new housing developments with waterfront lots available. A new Fire and EMS sub-station from Rio Hondo has recently been completed and training is underway for a volunteer firefighting squad.
Arroyo City receives its mail service from Rio Hondo and children attend the Los Fresnos School District. Scroll down the page and grab the map below for a tour of the Rio Grande Valley.
Rio Hondo (Deep River), Texas was established in 1910 and is located less than 15 miles south west of Arroyo City and about 8 miles east of Harlingen on FM 106 (Tyler in Harlingen). One of two lift-span bridges in Texas was built in 1953. It is primarily a fertile farming community taking advantage of the deep river Port of Harlingen and the barge channel to the Intercoastal waterway and the Lower Laguna Madre. Winter Texans love us due to the January Average Low Temp of 49°, July Average High Temp of 95°. Pop. 2,394 Alt. 35