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Popular amenities for McAllen vacation rentals

Stay near McAllen's top sights

La Plaza Mall86 locals recommend
McAllen Convention Center31 locals recommend
McAllen Medical Center4 locals recommend
Trenton Crossing Shopping Center4 locals recommend
Rio Grande Regional Hospital3 locals recommend
McAllen Performing Arts Center12 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in McAllen

  • Total rentals

    810 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    210 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    280 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    570 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    31K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

Your guide to McAllen

All About McAllen

Located in the southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, the city of McAllen is best known for its thriving Tejano culture, which can be seen in the local music and food scenes. Because the town shares a border with Mexico, you’ll read and hear a blend of English and Spanish almost everywhere you go. The climate here is one of the hottest in the entire country, making this a popular place to spend time outdoors in winter, with summers mainly spent inside or on the water. You can rent a paddleboard to explore the tiny Town Lake at Firemen’s Park to cool off in the summer, or take a walk through the McAllen Nature Center during the cooler months.

Palm trees line the streets of McAllen’s downtown area, where you’ll find Tex-Mex restaurants, shops ranging from big-name brands to independent boutiques, and a vibrant nightlife. There’s live music in town every night of the week, and you can catch a show at one of the local theaters. Learn about American and Mexican borderland heritage and the way these cultures have intertwined over time in this region at the Museum of South Texas History.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in McAllen

McAllen enjoys a subtropical climate and experiences two distinct seasons: summer and winter. Temperatures can spike from May through October, so it’s always a good idea to bring sun protection and limit your time outside during the hottest parts of the day. September also brings the possibility of hurricanes from the gulf. In late October, Fiesta de Palmas sees two days of live music, artisan markets, food trucks, and a pumpkin patch. The day after Halloween, this city celebrates Day of the Dead, making the first days of November an especially lively time, as families celebrate the memories of their departed loved ones with elaborate parades, costumes, and offerings at special altars. Winters are short here, and although temperatures are still pleasant during the day, you’ll want to layer up in the evenings.

Top things to do in McAllen

Arts District

More than two dozen independent art galleries can be found on North Main Street, the site of McAllen’s arts community. Attractions include a large Spanish mission-style gallery specializing in antiques and art from the border, artists’ studios, and performance spaces where you can experience live music and dance. Take a painting class or grab a table at one of the many nearby restaurants. From May through September, join the art walk that takes place on the first Friday of each month.

Tex-Mex Cuisine

From cantinas and food trucks to taquerias and upscale restaurants, McAllen’s food scene is filled with Tex-Mex delights. Chow down on Tex-Mex favorites like chimichangas, gorditas, hand-rolled burritos topped with melted cheese, and tacos filled with slow-cooked brisket and barbacoa. After you indulge, wash it all down with a refreshing agua fresca made with mango or pineapple.

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Fifteen minutes from the center of town lies this protected park with more than seven miles of trails. There’s hiking and biking galore, and a tram runs through the park on weekends. Bentsen-Rio is also a great location for birding, with more than 360 species calling the park home, including roadrunner, groove-billed ani, and the great kiskadee. Stay alert while on the trails, as bobcats are regularly seen around the park.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in McAllen?

    McAllen is known for its warm, subtropical climate. Summers (June to August) can be hot, with temperatures often reaching 97°F (36°C). Winters (December to February) are milder, with average highs around 70°F (21°C). McAllen experiences a rainy season from May to October, with September typically being the wettest month.

  • What are some of the best things to do in McAllen?

    Visitors to McAllen can explore the International Museum of Art & Science, stroll through the McAllen Nature Center, or shop at La Plaza Mall. They can also visit the Quinta Mazatlan mansion and its birding sanctuary, or catch a musical performance at the McAllen Performing Arts Center.

  • What is the best time of year to visit McAllen?

    Winter and spring, from November to May, are the most popular times to visit McAllen due to the mild weather. During this time, events like the McAllen Holiday Parade in December or the Texas Butterfly Festival in November draw visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in McAllen?

    Visitors to McAllen often stay in the vibrant downtown area, known for its eateries, shops, and nightlife. The northern part of the city, near Nolana Loop, is also popular due to its proximity to the McAllen Nature Center and shopping centers. For a quieter experience, South McAllen offers residential neighborhoods close to key attractions like the McAllen Botanical Gardens.

  • What are the best places to visit in McAllen?

    The International Museum of Art & Science is a favorite among visitors, boasting exhibits from around the globe. The Quinta Mazatlan, a historic adobe mansion set within a birding sanctuary, draws nature enthusiasts. For shopping and dining, the La Plaza Mall has an array of retail stores and restaurants.

  • What are some hiking trails in McAllen?

    McAllen Nature Center has several short trails suitable for all ages and fitness levels, often used for birdwatching. Town Lake at Fireman's Park also features a tranquil walking trail around the lake. Just a short drive from McAllen, in Mission, is the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park with trails through native brush and woodland.

  • What are some family activities to do in McAllen?

    Families can enjoy a day exploring the McAllen Nature Center, which has walking trails and a butterfly garden. The Zone Action Park provides fun with go-karts, mini-golf, and batting cages. Fireman's Park features picnic spots, a lake for paddle boating, and a fishing pier.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in McAllen?

    Guests often explore the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, about 24 miles (38 km) from McAllen, home to numerous birds and butterflies. Another popular day trip is to South Padre Island, roughly 77 miles (124 km) away, for its beaches and sea turtle rehabilitation center. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, just 10 miles (16 km) away, is another destination for nature lovers.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in McAllen?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 460 vacation rentals in McAllen featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in McAllen?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in McAllen. Choose from more than 280 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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