Nicogagne From France, joined Feb 2003, 76 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3196 times:
Hello, I am going to Del Rio next month as part of a 15-day road trip from Dallas, TX to San Fransico. We'll be spending one full day and two nights in Del Rio, Texas and I would like to know what is worth seeing/visiting/exploring in and around the city of Del Rio - good bars, restaurants, parks etc. We would have loved to see a rodeo show but there seems to be none when we are in the Del Rio area, i.e. April 25-27.
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4204 posts, RR: 53 Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3187 times:
Take Jerry Jeff Walker's advice and cross over the border for a little cultural exchange
Main Street in Del Rio is supposedly pretty decent, and Ciudad Acuna across the Rio Grande has some decent stuff. Don't have specific names of places, though. And the drinking age across the border is 18 while in Del Rio it's 21.
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
StuckinMAF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3174 times:
My wife and kid are driving down to Del Rio tomorrow (actually to Ciudad Acuna) to visit their mother / grandmother. I am quite familiar with Del Rio and go there often.
If you go across to Mexico, there are lots of places you can get some good authentic Mexican food. Don't drive across, there are good places to park on this side that have security (vigilancia) and have taxi service too and you can take a taxi across pretty cheaply. Don't accept the first price you get on the taxi ride by the way, make an offer of about 60% of the original price offered (usually about $20USD for 2 people) and work up from there. After you get a price set, the driver is usually quite friendly and most of them speak fairly good (albeit broken) english. Ask your taxi driver to drop you off at a good place to eat (try Lando's or La Macarena, they are very accomodating to people from north of the border) and then go for a walking tour downtown at some of the shops for souveniers. P.S., it would be somewhat of an insult to try to bargain on the price of the meal, that's the one thing that's off-limits when it somes to trying to get a lower price, but fortunately it's usually worth every penny of it! Bargain the price down on everything else, though- it's expected! Nightlife in Acuna is one of the most attractive things about the town, and if you decide to spend the night there, stay in the Best Western Villa Real. It's close to downtown and it one of the safer places to stay in Acuna. Pass up any offers to be taken to "Boy's Town". While that's where you can get some real "action", you can also get some stuff that soap won't wash off!
Rodeos take place many weekends in Acuna, ask you taxi driver about it and he might be able to assist you in finding one. Beware though, the rodeos end up being bullfights with Matadors sometimes!
In and around Del Rio, you can go take a swim in the little river draining from San Felipe springs at a park on the east end of town on Hwy 90. Laughlin Air Force Base is about a 15 minute drive out the same highway and they fly T-6 Texan II's, T-1 Jayhawks and T-38's. You can park along the highway or close to the entrance and get some good pictures.
Lake Amistad (friendship) is a few miles north of town and offers some good bass fishing. The lake level is coming back down a little from the recent peak about a year ago and that makes for some good fishing conditions. About 40 miles west of Del Rio on Hwy 90, you'll drive over the tallest bridge in Texas, where the Pecos river meets the Rio Grande and it's quite scenic out in that area.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask me and I'll try to help!
StuckinMAF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3167 times:
Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 5): Hey Stuckin MAF: Here's another shot I found when trying to see where Del Rio is located relative to AUS (the water is a bit more reflective in this one - nice scenery):
Yeah, that's a great pic! Here's a picture I took in that same spot, but you can probably see that mine was taken in the hot and dry part of the year!
StuckinMAF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3110 times:
Quoting Nicogagne (Reply 9): We will have a rental car and we are not allowed to cross the border with it. So taking a taxi accross seems to be the best option.
Even though I have family (in-laws) on the other side, I rarely take my own car over there because you can be jailed for the most minor of accidents in Mexico and an accident is certainly not out of the question in Acuna. It's very crowded downtown and the streets are narrow with parked cars on both sides. One thing that may take a while to get used to is the way the traffic lights work. Some of them have no yellow, it's just green, flashing green and red.
Once you are on the other side, you can ride a donkey-drawn taxi, they are kinda fun for first-timers. You can get a real taxi by the town square if you get tired of walking or want to go out to the west end of town where the newer stores are at (Soriana and Merco are like WalMart). Busses are not out of the question either and you can just flag them down most of the time but since there's not any published route map, it might be a real adventure if you pick one that's not going exactly where you want to go!
Most of the people are generally very nice, helpful, and very respectful with the exception of some young adult males. You might encounter people asking you for money downtown, but they will generally not be aggressive and they are usually very appreciative if you give even a small amount (especially younger kids and elderly folks).
You don't really have to worry about currency conversion, most people take US dollars and that also gives you one more way to bargain on prices. If you do decide to exchange some money, do it in Del Rio instead of waiting until you get to the other side, you get a better exchange rate. Be aware of the current rate so that it's easier fo you to make deals!