"Port Isabel, Texas" Port Isabel by Stephen-KarenConn

Port Isabel Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 33 photos

Many people pass by this historic town on the southern tip of Texas in their hurry to get to the better known resort of South Padre Island. We feel they do so at their own loss. Port Isabel is the older of the two communities and has much to offer in the way of historic, scenic and natural attractions. It was once home to the largest shrimp fleet in America, and is still a fishing village as well as a recreational spot.

When we recently spent a week-long vacation at South Padre Island, we found ourselves coming back over the causeway to the mainland and Port Isabel several times to sample its fine restaurants, museums, shops and nearby outdoor opportunities. We especially enjoyed exploring Port Isabel's splendid old Lighthouse Square and the waterfront.

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  • In a nutshell:A Delightful South Texas Treasure Not to Be Missed.
  • Last visit to Port Isabel: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2006 at 7:15 AM

    Sounds like too many miss this great little place. shame I never got here. The restaurants sound good.. been a while since I heard of Po Boy sandwiches. They sure do make em big in Tex'us.

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2005 at 10:46 AM

    Hard to believe someone could get tired of seafood ... yum! Thanks for the helpful tips; planning a Texas road trip for "someday" ?2007 ('c',)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2004 at 6:23 AM

    What a little "gem" this Port Isabel is! Loved the entry about the lighthouse keeper's house. You do wonderful restaurant reviews. You could make a living of it. Thanks for being so diligent.

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2004 at 7:41 PM

    Great page, sounds perfect! Nothing better than being on the Gulf and eating. Love the lighthouse. very helpful information. :o)

  • Jun 18, 2004 at 6:54 AM

    You're right....this does look like a delightful little town!!! Great page!!! Jen

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