Coming together in hard times is a way of life that we’ve enjoyed in Laredo since before the United States was founded. In Laredo, you’ll have the opportunity to experience authentic Mexican food, enjoy a culture that embraces two different nations, and see first-hand how family plays a big role in the foundation of this border town.
The year 2020 marks Laredo’s 265th birthday. It’s a time to reflect on how far Laredo has come and how much Laredo has grown. With over 40 hotel properties, a variety of shopping centers, family-themed activities, and many restaurants to choose from, Laredo is a destination friendly for all budgets. Two new properties have recently opened up, Home2Suites and Tru by Hilton, and are located in one of Laredo’s busiest sectors, the Bob Bullock Loop/Airport. This location makes it easy to navigate your way around town and allows you to see a part of Laredo that is booming with new attractions to enjoy.
Laredo has always been known for authentic home-cooked Mexican cuisine, comida casera as it is referred to locally. One of the most popular places in town is El Meson de San Agustin. Be sure not to blink when looking for this little hole-in-the-wall. El Meson is located in the heart of downtown Laredo and has no signage on the outside. This family business has been cooking up recipes for many years now and has even been featured as one of Texas’ best Mexican Restaurants by Texas Monthly magazine. As you walk in there’s a good chance you’ll be greeted by Don Chuy and his family. The beautiful aroma of Mexican food in the air is enough to make you gain five pounds. But make sure to leave room for dessert.
Some people enjoy getting their steps in during nature hikes, others do it while taking part in some retail therapy. Laredo is home to The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo, Mall del Norte, many shopping centers, independent boutiques, and of course, Avenida San Bernardo. You’ll find several import shops along San Bernardo Avenue. Some of the most popular items include wrought-iron, ceramics, home décor, cooking tools, leather goods, etc. These items are great to take back home as a souvenir of your time in Laredo, and they make great gift options too.
With year-round sunny skies, you are guaranteed to receive your daily requirement of Vitamin D. Laredo has several nature trails and parks to visit while you enjoy the South Texas sun. If you pack your binoculars, you’re sure to see many of the 200 species of birds that are native to the area. Or, perhaps you’d like to enjoy your time outdoors while enjoying a round of golf at the Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course. The Max sits on the edge of the Rio Grande, was designed by Robert Trent Jones, II and caters to golfers of all levels. After a round of golf, enjoy a nice meal with some cold beverages at Las Islitas Grill located inside the 9,000 square foot clubhouse.
We couldn’t be more excited to share our city with you. So when you feel the time is right, we’re ready to welcome you to our home, the city of Laredo.