Alamo Inn B&B - Gear, & Tours

Alamo Inn B&B

Santa Ana NWR, USA-Texas

Guest House / B&B / Homestay Guest House / B&B / Homestay

Self Catering Self Catering


Whether you’re coming to stay with us for the birds or butterflies, or just for our comfortable atmosphere while you’re away on business, we strive to make your experience a great one.Since 1999, we have been a South Texas landmark hide-away for guests to enjoy beautiful sunsets, great birds and butterflies, and our friendly Tex-Mex culture where time moves slower. Located close to the McAllen Airport, in the center of the richest birding area in the U.S., we are the perfect spot for bird watchers.

Why Stay With Alamo Inn B&B, Gear, & Tours?

We understand that there are many places to stay in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and around Alamo, Texas, but none is quite like Alamo Inn B&B, Gear, & Tours. Some reasons you should make a reservation with us include:

We are a unique, hybrid business, offering the personal service of a B&B, the privacy of a hotel, with the quiet, comfort, and spaciousness of an apartment suite, at a price that is competitive with local hotels.
At check-in we provide a birding map and directions to hot spots, list of the Lower Rio Grande Valley top hot spots by habitat and their contact information, list of good restaurants, birding check list, etc.
Many of our suites are themed! For example, we have a Hummingbird suite, Edinburgh Victorian Scottish suite, Johnson Western Memorabilia suite, Pancho Villa Southwest suite, South African suite, and Garden suite.
We cater to folks who enjoy reading, providing bookshelves of easy reading and eclectic books in every suite, along with filtered water, electric tea kettle, coffee maker, free WIFI, cable TV, en suite bathroom, choice of kitchenette or full kitchen, and choice of queen or king beds.
Our facilities are available to all travelers who appreciate our style of accommodation, not just bird watchers!
Our on premises birding and outdoor store offers an impressive selection of birding books on North America and also on international birding.
We are dealers for several birding binocular and scope companies, and offer an interesting selection of birding related goods.
There are great birds and butterflies surrounding us. On the north side of the town square is a park just across from

our buildings, and the residential area immediately surrounding us to the south has many large trees, both providing good habitat. Consequently we have recorded over 180 bird species around the Inn, including many neo-tropical migrants, and in our garden at 101 S. 7th we have recorded over 100 butterfly species.
Alamo Inn B&B, Gear, & Tours is world famous as a birder destination, and regularly hosts birders from 50 different states and over 30 different countries. At any time there are likely birders here from several states and other countries.

Well known as a clean, safe, stable and friendly city, Alamo is a most welcoming place to stay.
The City of Alamo is officially The Gateway to Santa Ana N.W.R. The most diverse of the 550 U.S. National Wildlife Refuges, Santa Ana N.W.R. is located only 7 miles (12 minutes drive) south of our Inn. It has more combined bird and butterfly species than any other U.S. N.W.R.
Our central location in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, with over 540 bird species and 330 butterfly species (in our four counties) makes us the ideal base for birders.
The L.R.G.V. birding maps offer some 100 birding hot spots. Our short list narrows it down to 32 top hot spots – over 50% (17) of these top hot spots are within a 30 minute drive of our Inn, and 85% are within a 50 minute drive.
We provide birding guides if needed – please reserve well in advance.

We offer quality birding tours of Texas and Arizona for three or more people, at attractive rates (advance booking is required). Tours include everything after we meet you at the airport until we return you to the airport. Itineraries can be customized to your interests.

Santa Ana B&B - Gear & Tours


Double Rooms
Family Rooms
Cabins / Bungalows


Private Facilities
24hr – Electricity
Hot & Cold Water
Laundry Service Available
Air Conditioning
Mobile Phone Coverage
Non Smoking

Naturalist / Guide

Resident Guide
Guide can be arranged
Guided Walks
Night Walks / Drives
Boat Trips
Near Migration Hotspot
Butterfly Garden
Moth /Insect Night Light
Near Stream or River
Near Pond or Lake
Reference Books
Sightings Book / Board


Up to 10 miles away


Restaurant / Dining
Self Catering
Shop / Store

Species List - English

  1. Green Jay 2-10km
  2. Bobcat 2-10km
  3. Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1km
  4. Altamira Oriole 2-10km
  5. Nine-banded Armadillo 2-10km
  6. Texas Tortoise 2-10km
  7. Mexican Bluewing 1km
  8. Groove-billed Ani 2-10km
  9. Lilac-crowned Amazon 2-10km
  10. Ringed Kingfisher 2-10km
  11. Mottled Duck 2-10km
  12. Painted Bunting 2-10km
  13. Zebra Heliconian 1km
  14. Brazilian Free-tailed Bat 2-10km
  15. Cinnamon Teal 2-10km
  16. Plain Chachalaca 2-10km
  17. Hook-billed Kite 2-10km
  18. Grey Hawk 2-10km
  19. Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2-10km
  20. Black-crested Titmouse 1km
  21. Blue Grosbeak 2-10km
  22. Central American Indigo Snake 2-10km
  23. Giant Swallowtail 1km
  24. American Beaver 2-10km
  25. Fiery Skipper 2-10km
  26. Thornbush Dasher 2-10km
  27. Claret Pondhawk 2-10km
  28. Narrow-striped Forceptail 2-10km
  29. Painted Turtle 2-10km
  30. Eastern Screech Owl 2-10km

Species List - Scientific

  1. Cyanocorax luxuosus 2-10km
  2. Lynx rufus 2-10km
  3. Amazilia yucatanensis 1km
  4. Icterus gularis 2-10km
  5. Dasypus novemcinctus 2-10km
  6. Gopherus berlandieri 2-10km
  7. Myscelia ethusa 1km
  8. Crotophaga sulcirostris 2-10km
  9. Amazona finschi 2-10km
  10. Megaceryle torquata 2-10km
  11. Anas fulvigula 2-10km
  12. Passerina ciris 2-10km
  13. Heliconius charithonia 1km
  14. Tadarida brasiliensis 2-10km
  15. Spatula cyanoptera 2-10km
  16. Ortalis vetula 2-10km
  17. Chondrohierax uncinatus 2-10km
  18. Buteo plagiatus 2-10km
  19. Dryobates scalaris 2-10km
  20. Baeolophus atricristatus 1km
  21. Passerina caerulea 2-10km
  22. Drymarchon corais 2-10km
  23. Papilio cresphontes 1km
  24. Castor canadensis 2-10km
  25. Hylephila phyleus 2-10km
  26. Micrathyria hagenii 2-10km
  27. Erythemis mithroides 2-10km
  28. Aphylla protracta 2-10km
  29. Chrysemys picta 2-10km
  30. Megascops asio 2-10km

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Lodge: +956-782-9912