cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
the park's setting and site layout, function and identification of signage, overall exterior building maintenance, noise, trash disposal, litter and debris around the grounds and sites, and appearance of grounds, sites and entrance area.
We actually stayed 5 months here as Winter Texans and we could not have been more pleased. The staff is very welcoming and they do a terrific job carrying for the grounds. They have a saying here, If your bored its by your own choice. Literally there are activities every day. From pickle ball to indoor pool/jacuzzi (and heated outdoor pool). I can not begin to list the clubs and activities. I suggest you visit bentsengroveresort.com and just look around.
In addition to all of the activities, its literally down the road (2 miles) to Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park which is one of the best birding centers. South Padre Island is only about 1 1/2 hour drive with so many historical places in between. The nearby communities sincerely appreciate our staying there with actual parades, shopping programs, shows and a lot more.
If you want to get away this is the place to go.
One might think that I am bias in this review but I must tell you, this place is great. Its not the newest place and it shows with the mature trees lining almost every street. The two pools (indoor with jacuzzi and outside heated) are cleaned every morning. To find a activity here, look at the schedule! There is something everyday of the week. From home style cooking (including homemade donuts) to karaoke and dance. Various table games, pickle ball, horse shoes,nearby golf, billiards, volleyball and it goes on. The property is well maintained by a very friendly staff. You can't even keep your hands in your pockets because someone is going to wave to you. The office staff is there to offer a friendly hand but I also must tell you that the manager is more than willing to do for you what she can. Your only minutes away from Mexico and a short drive to South Padre Islands. There is something here for everyone, I highly recommend you trying this place for a day, week, month(s) or permanent resident.
Bentsen Grove; what can I say? I am leaving in the morning but with regret. Wish we could stay another month! We stayed for a month and had a great time. The facilities are not new, nor are they fancy, but the staff is great and there is so much to do. On arrival, we were escorted around the park to select our site from a list of those available. Bring cash or checks. Mgmt does not take a credit card. We chose the one that seemed quietest to us, though all seemed clean and level. The guide hung around to make sure all went well with the hookups. Tips on hookup: Site provides only 50a. If you are running 30a, you will need a converter. Mgmt will lend you one, with a cash deposit. If you plan to use the wifi, bring a modem/router with you. The overair wifi is useless, but once wired into their newer wired system it is great. Lots, and lots, of scheduled activities. Really, something for everyone from Stained Glass lessons, rock collecting, Spanish lessons, indoor table tennis (with lots of opponents), indoor pickleball (great game), and bike club with both easy and more challenging rides several times a week. Place is called Bentsen Grove, I assume, in honor of the area and all the orange trees. If determined you can eat your rent's worth of free oranges: at least in January. This is our first attempt at Snowbirding but we found a gem on the first try. Plan is to return next season and stay longer. We are from Snow Lake Shores, MS and stayed in a 23' Olliver Travel Trailer.
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Also rated are physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
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Good Sam recognizes Parks that are implementing "green" practices. If a park complies with 3 or more items from the following list, a special green designation will show in their listing
Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
Natural Pest Control (most of the time)
Minimized the use of Styrofoam and significantly reduce the use of plastic.
Landscape managers use appropriate irrigation systems and drought tolerant and indigenous plants
Recycling cans for the RVers
Changed light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
Insulated water heaters
Lowered pool temperatures
Installed photocells (solar)
Use more fuel efficient vehicles
Instead of golf carts, implemented a strategy of encouraging the use of bikes and trikes
Tankless Water Heaters
W-bnd: From Jct of US-83 (Expwy) & Hwy 364/La Homa Rd/Bentsen Palm Dr exit, W 1.5 mi on N Frntg Rd to Bentsen Palm Dr (second light), S 0.9 mi on Bentsen Palm Dr (L); E-bnd: From Jct of US Expwy 83 & Bentsen Palm Dr, S 0.9 mi on Bentsen Palm Dr (L)