Enjoy a warm Texas welcome at one of our hotels in Brownsville, across the Rio Grande from Mexico. Explore Brownsville’s role in the Mexican–American War, shop for handcrafts in Mexico and feast on fresh seafood on either side of the border.
Brownsville got its start as a strategic fort in the late 1800s on the U.S.–Mexico border. Our Brownsville hotels are near Palo Alto Battlefield, where Mexican and American troops clashed in 1846 in the beginning of the Mexican–American War. Admire finely embroidered china poblana skirts, silver-laden charro pants and delicate linen dresses from Mexico and other Latin American countries in Brownsville’s Costumes of the Americas Museum. Families staying at our hotels in Brownsville enjoy visiting with the Galapagos tortoises and colorful flamingos at the Gladys Porter Zoo and playing doctor and engineer at the Brownsville Children’s Museum. For a day in the sand and surf, drive to South Padre Island where fine sand beaches line calm, warm and shallow waters on the Gulf of Mexico.
With passport in hand, guests of our Brownsville hotels can walk across the Gateway International Bridge into Matamoros, Mexico. The bustling Juarez Market sells colorful Mexican crafts such as woven Oaxacan shawls, blue and yellow Pueblan talavera tiles and glinting Taxco silver jewelry. In a local restaurant, order a simple plate of grilled or fried fresh fish or shrimp with a squeeze of lime and washed down with an ice-cold Mexican beer. In Brownsville, try Tex-Mex classics such as chili con carne, sizzling steak or shrimp fajitas and cheesy baked chicken enchiladas.
Book our Holiday Inn® hotels in Brownsville in February for parades, Mexican folkloric dances and mariachi bands during Charro Days, or September, when Matamoros and all of Mexico celebrates Independence Day with fireworks and street fairs.