Port Isabel, TX
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 and Winter Texan time. Port Isabel has an average temperature around 80 and boasts about way more sunny days than the average U.S. city.
The Laguna Madre Bay has lovely views, multiple marinas and docks, and 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.
Port Isabel also provides wonderful dining opportunities, fresh fish and seafood 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. This wonderful community also has several exceptional small retailers for you to visit, including several for your enjoyment as you stroll around Lighthouse Square.
Port Isabel has several pleasant city parks to visit, including Buelah Lee Park, and the smallest State Park in Texas; Lighthouse Square and a replica of the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, which houses the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce.