Nestled in the tip of South Texas near the center of the lower Rio Grande Valley, the city is flanked by Mexico to its southwest and the Gulf of Mexico just 25 miles to its east.
A picturesque 400-foot-wide resaca waterway meanders through this culturally rich community. This subtropical destination features many native wildlife and plant species. The Rio Grande Valley is one of the top birding hot spots in the nation, and thousands of naturalists converge here annually in search of some of the 484 species that have been sighted locally.
This is the home of conjunto (accordion-style, Latin-based) music and features a rich musical heritage with legends such as Narciso Martinez (the father of conjunto music) and Freddy Fender.
San Benito is just minutes from the Free Trade International Bridge at Los Indios, a port of entry to South Texas and a quick route to the Mexican border cities of Matamoros, Reynosa and Valle Hermoso, as well as the interior city of Monterrey. Historical markers are found within the city and area.