Port Isabel’s roots go back to the days of Spanish explorers, shipwrecks, and pirates. Learn about this colorful history at one of the three world-class museums in town, such as the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse, built in 1852. The Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum are great resources, as well. Both showcase priceless artifacts, murals, and memorabilia to tell the story of this part of the South Texas coast. Registered historic markers are also sprinkled about the city, including the Queen Isabel Inn, the Port Isabel Cemetery, and the Charles Champion Building.
In the immediate vicinity of the lighthouse, this Texas Gulf Coast destination bustles with activity at its numerous restaurants, shops, and art galleries. Pick up a handbag or a sterling silver piece of jewelry from a charming boutique and treat yourself to a massage or pedicure after a long day on your feet. Manuel’s, one of Port Isabel’s most popular eateries, is a close walk away. Here you’ll hesitate just long enough before digging into your Tex-Mex to gape at the sheer size of the flour tortillas that the restaurant is known for.
Convenient lodgings await you all over town, from cozy bed and breakfasts and romantic hotels to budget-friendly inns. If you need a point in the right direction, local residents will typically be happy to lend a hand and give you recommendations. So heed the call of the ocean and steer your vessel toward Port Isabel as soon as you can.
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