How I Fell In Love With Port Isabel, Texas

A recent visit to the Rio Grande Valley introduced me to Port Isabel, Texas. Many travelers drive right on through this beautiful port town as they cross the 2 1/2 mile bridge to get to South Padre Island. If you make the time to stop and explore, I guarantee you that you will fall in love and want to return over and over. Everyone seems to be in a hurry to get to the well known tourist towns, yet the little towns along the route are often some of the best hidden secrets we have in America. Make the time to explore the smaller towns and I know you will have the time of your life.

Port Isabel is home to the only lighthouse along the Texas coastline that is open to the public.

Lighthouse Port Isabel

In January of 2018, it recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment project. There are only 75 steps to climb to the top. I have climbed many lighthouses and the unique thing about this climb is that there are 3 short ladders in this climb.

Sara Port Isabel Lighthouse

The view is one that you will appreciate and before you begin your decent, you will be planning your next climb. I plan to return in fall of 2018 and look forward to my climb and the view!

View From Port Isabel Lighthouse

I loved the people of Port Isabel! Not only the locals, but also the Winter Texans that I met along the way were also very friendly. The people were all excited to share their story and what makes them an important part of what makes Port Isabel special. This fisherman was not only passionate and proud, he was also very humble. Fisherman, Steve Garza helps put food on the table of many and does what he loves, day in and day out.

The views in Port Isabel are not too shabby. Again, make time to drive off of the main drag and you will quickly find yourself in an area where the locals will welcome you. I had the pleasure of spending 36 hours in Port Isabel and cannot wait to share more of my visit with all of you. The museums here are top notch, affordable and there’s even a Segway tour and several boat tours to choose from. Have you been to Port Isabel? If you have, I’d love to hear about your experience and what you love to do while in the area.

*A Huge thank you to Valerie of Visit Port Isabel, Texas for the grand tour and hospitality.

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21 comments on “How I Fell In Love With Port Isabel, Texas

  1. There are so many small towns that are charming and people drive right on through! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. You’re so right that small little towns and villages can be the most charming. I’ve never been there so thanks for highlighting it.

  3. Sounds like a return visit is in order!

  4. Cindy Bennett now Henshaw on said:

    Thank you. I miss my beautiful home town.

  5. I’m sorry that I made you homesick. You need to plan a visit back!

  6. Anonymous on said:

    Thanks !! Awesome that you liked it , you just made me feel homesick…lol…Port Isabel is my hometown im living in Iowa now

  7. Looks like I have another stop to add to my next visit!

  8. We love living in the area! Port Isabel has some amazing mom & pop shops, including the nicest consignment apparel store ever—Deja Vu Consignment! Come see us for some great treasure-hunting!

  9. Anonymous on said:

    Shhhhh…its our little slice of paradise…

  10. I am envious~ I would love to stay that long!

  11. Anonymous on said:

    We have been in Port Isabel since February 28 & are staying through April! We absolutely love it here!! It gives a small town feel with spectacular views, awesome restaurants, & excellent shopping! We stayed on SPI when we first got here which was amazing as well but who wouldn’t want to cross the bridge every day with the spectacular views!!!

  12. Thank you for the awesome hospitality!

  13. Thanks, Sara! We’re glad you made a plan to include Port Isabel in your travel adventure! We loved hosting you! Valerie Bates, City of Port Isabel Marketing Director.

  14. It’s a fun destination that people drive right on by, so worth the stop!

  15. I haven’t been to Port Isabel, but will put it on the list of places to visit.

  16. Yes, you do! As you know Texas is a very large state and this is a destination you need on your radar!

  17. I live in Texas and have not been yet! Looks like I need to get down there!

  18. I have more to come~ Port Isabel was not only beautiful, it was also fun!

  19. Yes… a fun stop before you land on South Padre Island- 2 1/2 miles down the road.

  20. Looks like a great stop!!!

  21. Great glimpse into a fun destination. I love all things lighthouses so I need to see this one!

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