Gulf Coast
2010 Census - 689
2000 Census - 550
Riviera, Texas
Riviera Texas History:
The town was established on the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad line in 1907 on land Theodore Koch purchased from Henrietta King of the King Ranch. Koch named the town after the French Riviera which he had visited. Koch brought in potential settlers from Chicago by train once or twice a month. The first town residents were from Chicago. They built a house, but soon returned to Chicago because the climate did not agree with the wife. Koch moved into their house and turned it into a hotel. The Riviera post office was established in 1907. The State Bank of Riviera was built in 1910, the same year the town received a telephone system. The telephone operated out of the same residence until 1975. Koch’s plan was to develop Riviera and Riviera Beach (on Baffin Bay) which at the time were connected by a dirt road. In 1912, he had a railroad line extended from Riviera to Riviera Beach. The train ran several times a month. A great resort developed in Riviera Beach, but was destroyed by a hurricane in 1916; it was rebuilt, but was never the same. Riviera is located on U.S. 77 and SH 285, 16 miles south of Kingsville, 4 miles north of Sarita, 11.4 miles northeast of Riviera, 58 miles north of Raymondville, 9 miles west of Riviera Beach, 57 miles southwest of Corpus Christi, and 22 miles east of Falfurrias. The main part of town is located off U.S. 77; don’t speed.   
Robert J. Kleberg Public Library, 1927 Building, Kingsville:
The Kingsville Texas library is the closest library. It was founded in 1909 by the Woman’s Club of Kingsville. The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, genealogy resources, adult and children’s computer labs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Tue-Fri, 8am-6pm; Sat, 9am-1pm; closed Sunday and Monday. (361) 592-6381. The library is located at 220 N. 4th Street, Kingsville, 21 miles northwest of Loyola Beach.
Annual Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church Thanksgiving Picnic, Vattman, Texas: Email for annual flyer
The former town of Vattman is located at the intersection of FM 626 and FM 772, east of Riviera. On Thanksgiving Day the women of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church host the annual Vattmann Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11am to 2pm. Over 2,000 people from the surrounding area attend this event which started in 1914. The dinner menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, garden salads, cranberry sauce, breads, dessert, and beverages. Other activities include a turkey shoot, arts and crafts, a country store, a raffle and a silent auction, a moonwalk, a fish pond, a country/western dance, Daub Bingo, a hayride, and fabulous cookbook sales. From south of Kingsville, go five miles east on FM 628 towards Loyola Beach and the Kings Inn. The church and hall are located on your left at 204 Palm Avenue, Riviera. The church is visible from FM 626. (361) 297-5255.  Email
Santa's Texas Workshop & Christmas House:
For over 30 years the Minton sisters have been offering tours of the Santa’s Texas Workshop beginning in the fall and lasting through March. The store is open the remainder of the year by appointment only. Call if you want to shop for Christmas items. (361) 325-2068. (800) 276-4339. 1188 East Jim Wells County Road 401. CR 401 is located midway between Falfurrias and Premont on U.S. 281. When driving north out of Falfurrias watch for the U.S. flag painted barn and the Blue and gold La Gloria I.S.D. Home of the Eagles sign on the right side of the highway; CR 401 will be the next right turn. After turning onto CR 401, drive 2.5 miles to Santa’s Texas Workshop. Falfurrias is located 22.4 miles southwest of Riviera, Texas.
Kings Inn Restaurant, Loyola Beach, Texas:
This is the best seafood restaurant in South Texas if not in Texas; it is a great stop on the way to SPI. All seafood is fresh and is lightly battered; choose from fish (drum and others), shrimp and oysters. The tartar sauce is delicious. The onion rings are very, very thinly cut and lightly battered; they are delicious and somehow escape being greasy. French fries are ok. The salad we order is outstanding. It consists of a plate piled high with chopped iceberg lettuce mixed with chopped tomatoes and a wonderful light dressing; the mound is covered with sliced avocados (always great tasting). They have other menu items, but I don’t know what they are; I haven’t looked at their menu in 30 years. The restaurant is located in Loyola Beach on Baffin Bay. Open Tue-Sat, 11am-10pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. The restaurant is packed on Friday and Saturday nights so consider making reservations. (361) 297-5265. 1116 E. CR 2270, Riviera, Texas 78379. From Kingsville drive south on .U.S 77 for approximately 8 miles until you see the large Kings Inn sign on the east side (left) of the highway at FM 628. Go left on FM 628 and drive a few miles until the road curves to the right, and there is a street going to the left. Go straight ahead on the driveway road to the large parking lot you see in the distance. From Riviera, take U.S. 77 north approximately a mile or two; look for the Kings Inn sign on your right. Reviews