Introduction to San Benito, Texas
San Benito, Texas, in Cameron county, is 5 miles SE of Harlingen, Texas (center to center) and 116 miles S of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is conveniently located inside the Brownsville - Harlingen - San Benito metropolitan area. There are an estimated 23,444 people in San Benito.
San Benito History
San Benito was originally known as the Village of Diaz. It was named after Porfirio Díaz, the Mexican president. The first railroad entered the area in 1904. An irrigation system was introduced in 1906. The post office was established on April 2, 1907. The name of the city was changed to San Benito on May 11, 1907. San Benito was the hometown of Freddy Fender, the Tex-Mex and Country music icon.
San Benito and nearby Attractions
- Los Ebanos Preserve
- Wild Bird Center at Harlingen
- Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum
- Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
- Gladys Porter Zoo
- Children's Museum of Brownsville
Things To Do In San Benito
There are several parks and playgrounds in San Benito including Stokey Park, Hermosa Park, Kenedy Park, Landrum Park, and San Benito City Park. The Los Ebanos Preserve is also worth visiting. The city has several houses of worship including the Pentecostal Holiness Church, San Benito Seventh Day Adventist Church, The Pentecostal Church, and First Church of the Nazarene. Leisure hours can also be spent at the San Benito Public Library and Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum.
San Benito Transportation
Valley International Airport is close to the city.
San Benito Higher Education
Reynaldo Garza School of Law lies within the city. Texas State Technical College-Harlingen and The University of Texas at Brownsville are also nearby.