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McAllen, United States

McAllen is the largest city in Hidalgo County in the south of Texas and shares the border with Reynosa

Typical food

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<p>Beef cuts</p>,McAllen, United States

Beef cuts

High quality beef cuts, marinated and cooked to desired doneness. 

<p>Crispy tacos</p>,McAllen, United States

Crispy tacos

Crispy tortillas stuffed with stew, vegetables and spices.

<p>Totopos</p>,McAllen, United States


Appetizer made with fried corn tortillas.

Typical food of McAllen, United States

McAllen is distinguished by its Tex-Mex cuisine, a fusion of Mexican and Texan cooking

In McAllen you can mainly try Tex-Mex food, whose base is beef and seasonings, as well as international or American dishes.

Some of the restaurants where you can enjoy this type of meals are Republic of the Rio GrandeRamos BBQ & CateringCosta MessaThe Office Bar and Grill, and La Jaiba Mexican Seafood, among others.


Useful Tips

  • -If you visit some of the nearby beaches, don't forget your swimsuit, towel, and a change of clothes.

The weather in McAllen, United States

The climate in McAllen is very hot in summer and mild in winter

What to bring by season

The weather in McAllen is sub-tropical. Temperatures reach of up to 36 °C (96.8 ºF) in the summer months and in winter it can drop down to 9 °C (48.2 ºF). June and September are the months with most rain probability.

We recommend bringing light and comfortable clothing in summer, as well as a cap or a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. In winter we suggest you take warm clothing, including a sweater and a jacket. We suggest you to carry an umbrella during the rainy months.


About McAllen, United States

McAllen is located in Hidalgo County in the south of Texas, in an area known as Rio Grande Valley, and shares border with the city of Reynosa, in Mexico. The Art Community is very important to McAllen, so the Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, Broadway McAllen, the UTRGV Theater, IMAS (International Museum of Art and Science), and the Museum of South Texas history organize various art, music, and theater events. The main street houses more than two dozens of art galleries, restaurants, and the historic Archer Park. One block away and on 15 Street is the historic district of McAllen, where the Sam and Marjorie Miller House sits, and on 17 Street is the entertainment district.

The first Friday of each month at night between September and May, the city hosts a traditional event: a free and self-guided tour of the art studios, museums, and galleries of the oldest districts of the city, including: Nuevo Santander Gallery, the Art House, and the Clark Douglas Gallery, among others. Another attraction of the city is the MCA2, an incubator that supports and gives home to local artists.

There are also local theater groups, including the Thirteen O'Clock Theatre, the Jaguars of the South Texas Association, the Limelight Theater, the University Theater, and the McAllen Musica Theater. This city in southern Texas also houses the McAllen Heritage Center with photos and memories with 100 years of history, the McAllen Public Library, the Church of the Sacred Heart built in 1913, and the Veteran's War Memorial of Texas.

Other places that are part of the entertainment of the city are the McAllen Convention Center, which opened in 2007; the State Farm Arena with 6,800 seats; and Cine El Rey, featuring international artists, bands, comedians, and theatrical works since 1947. On 17 Street you can enjoy nightclubs and restaurants.

McAllen is known as the shopping center of south Texas and is home to La Plaza Mall, Palms Crossing, Trenton Crossing, Northcross, Las Tiendas, and Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets located only 25 minutes from the city. McAllen also has attractions for kids such as the Fantasyland Skate Center, the Action Park Zone, Flamingo Bowl, Laser Xtreme, and the Frio Grande Valley Ice Center.

Kids and adults can also enjoy the public pools, specially in summer. If you want to enjoy nature within the city, you should visit the urban oasis of Quinta Mazatlan, with several species of birds and one of the sites of the World Birding Center. Within the 50 parks of the city you can find Bill Schupp Park, McAllen Dog Park Park, and the Palm View Golf Course.

Anzalduas Park is in the vicinity of McAllen, where you can watch birds and butterflies, and the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge with nearly 400 species of birds and other endangered animals. 70 kilometers (43.5 mi) away is Padre Island, where you can enjoy the beach and water activities, and the Gladys Porter Zoo. The Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan, the Hidalgo Museum, another point of the World Birding Center, and La Lomita Chapel are 10 minutes from McAllen.

***The official currency of the United States is the US Dollar (USD).