Make yourself at home in our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Brownsville, Texas, on the border with Mexico. In no time you’ll be picking out talavera tiles in a Mexican market and relaxing oceanside on South Padre Island.
Start your exploration into this border town’s history at Palo Alto Battlefield, a short drive from our Brownsville hotels. In 1846, General Zachary Taylor led more than 2,000 troops in battle with Mexican forces here in the early days of the Mexican–American War. In downtown Brownsville, the Costumes of the Americas Museum displays intricate folk dresses from Mexico and Latin America. Admire the silver-laden Mexican cowboy gear and shimmering china poblana embroidered skirts—the national folk costume of Mexico. Trails through marshes and woods in Resaca de la Palma World Birding Center lead to viewing platforms where you can watch for rare native birds, such as the orange American redstart and slim whistling ducks.
Guests of our hotels in Brownsville can walk across the Gateway International Bridge for a shopping excursion in Matamoros, Mexico—passport essential. At the Juarez Market, you’ll have your pick from hand-painted Pueblan pottery, finely-worked Taxco silver and kitschy tooled leather belts. Choose a Mexican restaurant to dine on fresh fish grilled to your liking. Tex-Mex restaurants near our Brownsville hotels serve sizzling fresh shrimp fajitas with roasted onions and green peppers. Whether you dine north or south of the border, finish off your meal with a refreshing Mexican beer.
Book our Holiday Inn Express hotels in Brownsville to be a short drive from South Padre Island. This Gulf of Mexico beach has warm and shallow water perfect for swimming and long stretches of white sand for sunbathing. Catch an endless view of the glittering green Gulf of Mexico from Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Park.