Laguna Vista, Texas

Laguna Vista is a town in Cameron County, Texas, United States.  It is a quiet community located on the mainland shores of the Laguna Madre Bay and is also home to the South Padre Island Golf Course.

Rod Bates writes in the Island Breeze (9/15/07) that Laguna Vista has historically existed under many names over the course of its history. Perhaps the oldest name is Los Mogotes, translated as wooded hills, because it was part of the ranch of the same name. Also, another ranch known as Buena Vista lent its name to the place in the 1800s through the early 1900s. The Buena Vista ranch was named for the old Spanish land grant of the same name and is the grant just north of the Santa Isabel in which Point Isabel was located.

In 1928, the Point Isabel Land Company purchased much of the area now known as Laguna Vista with the idea of making a country club for their Point Isabel buyers. They marketed the development as the Laguna Vista Club, and the name stuck.

Today, this community features large homesites, Golf Villas, Waterfront living and luxurious Townhome Rentals.

Demographics

This town is included in the Brownsville - Harlingen - San Benito metropolitan area.  According to the 2000 Census, 1,658 people lived in Laguna Vista.  Also in 2000, it had a median family income of $48,304.  An estimated 72% of living spaces in Laguna Vista are occupied by their ownders, not by renters - eventhough vacation housing is not uncommon.

Education

Children living in this area are zoned to  Port Isabel Independent School District.  Grades K-2 attend Garriga Elementary, Grades 3-5 attend Derry Elementary, Grades 6-8 attend Port Isabel Junior High, and Grades 9-12 attend Port Isabel High School.  All schools are located in nearby.

Parents opting for private schooling may contact Laguna Madre Christian Academy at (956) 943.4446. Brownsville offers a variety of possibilities as well.

The nearest university study programs can be achieved through University of Texas at Brownsville - nothing so close can take you so far!

Attractions

South Padre Island Golf Couse offers a standard of living like no other.  Sunsets have to be seen rather than described.  The third green looking east over the Laguna Madre Bay must be felt rather than featured.  The craftsmanship found in its homes is better appreciated in person.  SPI Golf Course can only be celebrated first hand - through sight, smell, and touch.

Events

There is a lot going on at the Golf Course.  Special & Weekly events.  Keep in mind that our temperate climate allows our golfers to tee off 12 months a year.

SPI Winter Texan Golf Classic - January
Texas Senior Open - November

Getting Here

Laguna Vista is served by U.S. Route 77/U.S. Route 83 (US 77 is a proposed part of NAFTA's future Interstate 69) and by U.S. Route 281.  Once on Hwy 77, exiting on Highway 100 will get you here.  If you're coming in through Brownsville, Hwy 48 will lead you in just the same.  The closest airport to Laguna Vista is the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport.  This airport is used for general aviation and is served by one commercial airline, Continental Airlines.  Valley International Airport is another means by which you can fly down to Laguna Vista.  VIA is serviced by major airlines such as Continental, Southwest & Sun Country.