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Hi! DH is military and we are trying to gather information on our potential transfer spots, and South Padre Island is one of them. I've checked out the area a little online so far, and it seems a nice affordable spot that's not too far from his work and the bigger shopping areas is Los Fresnos. What can you all tell me about this area, or any other good spots to live? We homeschool, so schools are not an issue but it would be nice to have activities and homeschool clubs around. Wherever we live would have to be within 30min of SPI. Thanks!!<br><br><br>
ETA Also, what about organic products, farmer's markets, csa's, etc? Are they available in the area? Are they tolerant/supportive of natural birth and nursing out there?
 

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Sorry I don't have a LOT of info on SPI <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: , but wanted to let you know that it is sometimes called "The Rio Grande Valley" and I have seen a thread around here with info. I used to travel to McAllen and Brownsville on business, so I have never lived there, but I found it to be very hot and humid and quite conservative.
 

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Hi! I'm not from SPI, but I grew up in a town about 45 minutes away and all of my family lives down in the Valley, so I know about the culture down there. It is very very hot, very very flat, but very friendly. It's also a very economical place to live. I've always heard of the whole Valley as being described as very family friendly - as a kid I always thought that was dorky, but now I understand.<br><br>
The closest big city to SPI is Brownsville - they are pretty much right next to each other. Brownsville has a zoo, and I think a children's museum just opened there. There are tons of water activities on the Island as well, and I'm sure there are other kids activities in the city, too.<br><br>
I don't know about organic food (it's also a very poor area), but it does have a lot of fresh local produce, so farmer's markets won't be hard to find. I live in Houston now, and my mom sometimes brings up fresh produce when she visits because it is both cheaper and tastier than what I can find up here.<br><br>
As far as I know, the area is very open to nursing. It has a huge Hispanic population that in my experience sees nursing as a good thing. I never had a problem nursing my little one when we visited.<br><br>
I have no idea about homeschooling since I was in the public school system, but I'm pretty sure I've seen homeschooling groups for the Rio Grande Valley listed in my own homeschooling research.<br><br>
I haven't lived there in ten years, but since I did grow up there, I thought I'd give my impressions. Hope that helps!
 

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I live in the "lower valley" about 30 min from the island - Rio Hondo, Arroyo City, Harlingen are my main stomping grounds. I get organic food in Harlingen fairly easily at the biggest grocery store.. I have 2 friends who sell milk goats or can provide raw milk if you are into that. A few of us are currently going in to buy bulk grains from waltonfeeds.com. Our family doctor doesn't hassle us about not vaxing. There's also a doctor in town that has kind of a holistic slant. Nursing is fairly common - though alot of people I know wean pretty early (before a year). I haven't found the homeschooling groups yet, but I hope I can find one before I get heavily into it. Not the place to hospital birth. There is a birth center in the upper valley that gets good reviews. I haven't found any English speaking homebirth midwives. I'm planning a UC. It is a nice family oriented area - I have found it to be far less stressful here than other places we have lived. Hope that helps!
 

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Thanks gals. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Wow, no homebirthing midwives? (ok, who speak English LOL) Crazy. I don't know if I would UC, though I could. I would like to have one more child and said child would be born wherever we move next. Glad to hear about the rest though! I actually think we'd settle in Harlingen, or just east. Thanks for the input. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hi! I live about an hour north of SPI. I've lived here my whole life so I don't have a lot of experience to compare with other areas. But, to answer the other email, there is a birthing center midvalley and they do homebirths and do speak English. My youngest son was born at the birthing center, in the tub. The midwives there were great. The area is slowly getting a bit more progressive as far as breastfeeding, etc. I know there is a homeschool group though I don't know much about it yet. For children, in Brownsville (would be about 20 mins from you in SPI) there is a great Children's Museum, a decent zoo, and a big park area and pool. At the beach, there's a place you can ride horses, dolphin watches, etc. 2-3 hours away is Corpus with a great aquarium. San Antonio is about 3 hours away with Sea World, the riverwalk, the Alamo, Six Flags, and tons more to do.<br><br><br>
Jessica, mommy to Cristian and Jaden <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 
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