Port Isabel Travel Guide

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Port Isabel Things to Do

  • Texas' Longest Fishing Pier

    Not to be missed by visitors to Port Isabel is a stroll along the longest fishing pier in Texas. If you're a fisherman, so much the better. Admission to the pier is only $1.00, and if you have a meal at the adjoining Pirate's Landing Restaurant and show them your receipt, as we did, you get in free. Even though we didn't do any fishing on this...

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  • Offshore Fishing

    Great affordable charter fishing for the bay or an exciting offshore trip can be found at Gladiator II Adventures. Incredibly affordable prices coupled with an enthusiastic knowledgeable captain and you have the recipe for an exciting trip with memories that will last a lifetime!

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  • Lighthouse Keeper's House

    Right next to the lighthouse, this where the keeper lived. The building is basically maintained in its original condition and now houses the Visitor's Center. You can get all kinds of brochures and info. on local attractions.

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  • Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse

    The Port Isabel Lighthouse was constructed in 1852, near sites of Civil War Battle of Palmito Ranch (1865) and Mexican War Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. Tours are given 7-days a week.

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  • Dolphin Watch Ecology Tour

    The most interesting thing we did in Port Isabel was to take a Dolphin Watch Ecology Tour out onto Laguna Madre. Of the several companies which offer dolphin trips this one was the least expensive. It included everything the others do and we don't see how it could have been any better.Our 90 minute cruise was aboard the 70' "Fish Tales," the area's...

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  • Treasures of the Gulf Museum

    Unlike the more general Port Isabel Historical Museum nearby, Treasures of the Gulf Museum specializes in telling the story of the three ill-fated Spanish ships that wrecked off the northern end of South Padre Island in 1554. The exhibit incorporates murals, artifacts, and hands-on activities to interpret this fascinating event that occurred only...

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  • Port Isabel Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage

    Sitting next to the Port Isabel Lighthouse is a replica of the Keeper's Cottage which houses the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce and a Visitor Information Center. This is an excellent place to begin your exploration of the many attractions in the area. Here you may also purchase a "Three Site Combination Ticket" for the lighthouse and two museums....

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  • Port Isabel Historical Museum

    This very interesting museum is housed in the Champion Building, built in 1899 as a dry goods store and residence. The first thing we noticed about it was the unique "Fish Mural" painted on the facade in 1906 by a local fisherman.Inside we found a state-of-the-art facility. It has numerous hands on exhibits, videos, and audio presentations that...

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  • Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic...

    In 1852, the U.S. Congress approved the construction of a beacon on the Laguna Madre to support the growing ship industry of the South Texas Coast. The Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago and the barrier islands. During the Civil War, the light was closed and the tower was used at different times as...

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Port Isabel Hotels

Port Isabel Restaurants

  • All You Can Eat Fish!

    This restaurant sits on the edge of the water in the marina area. They have inside and outside dining areas. I've tried it at other restaurants in Port Isabel, but to me it is the best here. Fried seafood in general, but the All-You-Can-Eat fried fish ($6.95) is what I order every time!

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  • Italian At The Beach

    A cozy ambience, easy to find next to the lighthouse. To the right as you enter there is also a bar, which is separate from the dining room. At lunchtime (until 4:00 pm) they offer all-you-can-eat fried fish fillets as well as all-you-can-eat pizza for $6.95. We generally order at least one of each and share. You can get cheese, peperoni, or...

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  • Pirate's Seafood Bounty!

    We eat at the Pirate's Landing restaurant in Port Isabel everytime we go to South Padre Island and the food is always good. The restaurant has a Pirate Ship theme, which is good for the kiddos. There is a ship's wheel they can play with pretending to steer the ship which keeps them occupied while you wait for a table.The food is great and you can...

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Port Isabel Shopping

  • One-Stop Souvenir Shopping

    This store has all kinds of trinkets, beach items, clothing, souvenirs, etc, practically none of which is made locally- most of the shells are imported from the Phillipines. But anyhow, this is a good place to see what's available. There are a few other similar stores, and all are owned by the same company. In fact, if you drive in on Rt 100, the...

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  • A Gift Shop with Class

    There are many gift shops in Port Isabel, and we visited several of them. In our opinion Treasure Island was just a step above the others we saw. It is in a spacious new facility in front of Gabriella's Ristorante Italiano. Gifts, T-Shirts, Souvenirs, Candles, Oil Paintings, Home Decor, Resort Wear and Natutical Gifts.

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Port Isabel Warnings and Dangers

  • by SpeedyGonzalesII Written Jun 8, 2007

    While enjoying the wonderful restaurants in Port Isabel, and on the way to South Padre Island, beware of agressive law enforcement of their 30 MPH speed limit. My experience is that their radar reads 5 MPH too high so I suggest going no faster than 25. Coming off the bridge from South Padre Island the speed limit drops quickly from 55 to 30 so watch out. You don't want to be a victim of "La Mordida".

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Port Isabel Tourist Traps

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    Artistic Hermit crabs.

    by rsleisk Updated Apr 29, 2005

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    One can't miss the giant sea horse and coral reef that are clearly visible from the main road in Port Isabel. The Harris Sea Castle is a great place to wander through looking at various sea -crafts. If you bring the kids you'll be constantly telling them to not touch everything, but it is so irresistible for them.

    There is definitely a lot to see. My kids especially enjoyed the Hermit crab display. Ornately painted shells make perfect homes for these critters. There is also a snack area where you can get some Blue Bell ice cream.

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Port Isabel Favorites

  • Dolphin Statues

    Chicago has its Cows, Cincinnati its Flying Pigs, and Port Isabel has Dolphins. Several of these fiberglass statues can be seen throughout Port Isabel, in public places, and in front of business establishments. Each one of the brightly colored figures is decorated differently, and they all add a touch of charm and festivity to the town. Here Karen...

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  • Laguna Madre

    Wherever you go in Port Isabel you're never far from Laguna Madre. This large shallow bay seperates Port Isabel from South Padre Island. The water is a deep blue, always warm, and usually calm. It offers unlimited opportunities for boating, fishing, water sports, and observing birds and dolphins. This picture is of one of the sailboats we saw from...

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