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.
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.
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!
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.