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Del Rio is a city in the Big Bend Country, across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña in Mexico.

Get in[edit]

Amistad National Recreation Area

By rail[edit]

Amtrak serves Del Rio, by the tri-weekly Sunset Limited, between Los Angeles and New Orleans, and Texas Eagle from Chicago. 1 Del Rio station is located at 100 North Main Street and also functions as an hub for the local bus network.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound Lines, (bus stop) Stripes @ 1602 Veterans Blvd (Stripes Gas Station & Convenience Store at Veterans Blvd & E 15th St near downtown.), toll-free: +1 800 231-2222. Travels primarily on US Hwy 90 (Del Rio, Uvalde, D Hanis, Hondo, Castroville & San Antonio) and another branch on US Hwy 277 to Eagle Pass. Passengers transfer in San Antonio to get to additional destinations.

By car[edit]

US 277 from Sonora on I-10 (about 80 miles north) or US 90 from San Antonio (about 200 miles east).

By plane[edit]

The next nearest major airport for additional scheduled commercial flights is in San Antonio (SAT IATA) located 161 mi (258 km) or 2½ - 3 hr east along US Hwy 90.

Get around[edit]

Map of Del Rio

The best way is by personal car. There is at least one taxi company.

See[edit]

Whitehead Memorial Museum
  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024, starting at 1:28PM local time and lasting 4 min. Chances of a clear sky are 50%. The track of totality is northeast from Mazatlan across northern Mexico to enter the US at Del Rio then through Texas into Arkansas.
  • 1 Whitehead Memorial Museum, 1308 S Main St, +1 830-774-7568. Whitehead Memorial Museum (Q7996033) on Wikidata Whitehead Memorial Museum on Wikipedia
  • 2 The Firehouse. Del Rio's art center offers changing exhibits in the city's former fire station.
  • Laughlin Heritage Foundation Museum, 309 S Main St, +1 830-719-9380. M, W, F-Sa 10AM-Noon, 1PM-4PM. Where you can learn about the history of air power, or, more specifically the USAF, with a small exhibit space.
  • San Felipe Natural Spring Park, 401 Mario Salas Ave. A serene spring/cascade that played a role in the original habitation of the area.

Do[edit]

  • 1 Amistad National Recreation Area, +1 830-775-7491. This recreation area is the major attraction in the Del Rio area, where camping, boating, and fishing are available (the Bassmasters Elite tournament was held here for four years in a row until 2008). At Lake Amistad, visitors can also find 4,000-year-old Indian pictographs, which are accessible only by boat at Panther Cave and at Parida Cave. Amistad National Recreation Area (Q4746825) on Wikidata Amistad National Recreation Area on Wikipedia
  • Val Verde Winery. In the downtown area offers a wine-tasting of about a dozen of their wines for about $5 per person or a free tasting of only three. Their wines are excellent and range from sweet (notably the San Felipe del Rio red, their Texas Rose, and their 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.

Buy[edit]

Del Rio has one, relatively small, indoor mall with typical mall stores: Beall's, Penney's, etc. and the town cinema with several screens.

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

Eat[edit]

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

  • La Hacienda, 330 Pecan St, +1 830-774-7094. 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. Get there early! Their coffee is great and compares well to Starbuck's.
  • Blue Oasis Bar & Grill, 3806 Veterans Blvd, +1 830-313-7088. Formerly Todd and Bullett's (TB's) Bar and Grill, Anthony Bourdain of the Travel Channel once came here for their Corona Chicken, which is succulent pieces of chicken about the size of the neck of a Corona bottle filled with cheese and wrapped in bacon.
  • Chinto's Super Taco, 400 E 6th St, +1 830-774-1592. Has excellent Mexican food and generous portions in a comfortable atmosphere for very reasonable prices. Hours about 6AM to 2:30PM (per many traditional Mexican restaurants).
  • Jitra, 904 E Gibbs St, +1 830-775-7553. There is one Thai restaurant, Jitra's, in town with mediocre Thai food.

Drink[edit]

Lorina's Cantina and Blue Oasis Bar & Grill are excellent places for relaxing evenings with a beer and friends.

  • Lorina's Cantina, 9087 US-90, +1 830-775-8058. A bar outside of town toward the Lake, has steak night on Wednesdays 6-8PM. Call ahead to reserve a steak. The steaks are about 3/4 to 1 lb in size, thick cut, wonderful, beautifully seasoned, succulent, and come with a baked potato and salad (only lettuce and dressings) bar for only $13 per person. This is a real meal for meat-and-potato-kind-of-guys. They also have karaoke on Saturday nights.
  • Gorzugis at the Herald, 321 S Main St Ste B, +1 830-422-2545. Probably the classiest place in town and a good place to go for a nice dinner and drinks.

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Connect[edit]

As of Dec 2021, Del Rio has 4G from AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile / Sprint. You might also get a signal from the Mexican carriers. 5G has not yet reached this area.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Del Rio
TucsonAlpine  W Amtrak Sunset Limited icon.png E  San AntonioHouston
TucsonAlpine  W Amtrak Texas Eagle icon.png E  San AntonioDallas
Van HornMarathon  W US 90.svg E  BrackettvilleSan Antonio
San AngeloSonora  N US 277.svg S  Eagle PassCarrizo Springs
Fort WorthBrady ← Jct W I-10.svg E  N US 377.svg S  END
Ciudad AcuñaAiga immigration.svg  S Texas Spur 239.svg N  END


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