As one of the oldest cities in extreme south Texas, Port Isabel has a long and interesting history dating back to 1519 when it was charted by Spanish explorer Alonzo de Pineda. Downtown Port Isabel! Park & Play ALL Day!
There are tales of pirate treasures still buried on South Padre Island. Port Isabel is home to three world class museums which bring our history to life. The Port Isabel Historic Museum, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, and the 1852 Port Isabel Lighthouse are monuments to our rich past. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, on the grounds of the Port Isabel lighthouse also highlights the maritime history of the Laguna Madre area.
The town has a full-time population of about 5,000 but, that number swells greatly with visitors during the summer vacation season or Winter Texan time. This town has an average temperature around 80 and boast way more sunny days than the average U.S. city.
The Laguna Madre Bay gives lovely views and multiple marinas and docks, it is a destination for bay and deep sea sports fishing. Other water activities include kayaking, parasailing, dolphin watching and eco-tourism and great boating tours.
Local businesses provide wonderful dining at our area restaurants, fresh fish and seafood at our markets, and excellent walk-around town snacks and sweets. If you need groceries, a pharmacy, a clinic, supplies or other services Port Isabel is your destination to stock up and find services. We also have some exceptional small retailers for you to visit. Walk around Lighthouse Square for some boutique shopping or visit some of our small businesses for unique furnishings, clothing and gifts.
Port Isabel has several pleasant city parks to visit. Including Buelah Lee Park, and the smallest State Park in Texas - Lighthouse Square and Replica Keepers Cottage.