Port Isabel, TexasAt the beginning, Port Isabel was a cattle ranch owned by Don Raphael Garcia, the first recorded owner of the area, having claimed it in 1821. Then known as El Froton de Santa Isabel, early settlers described the native dwellings as straw huts covered with "raw cattle hides and then recovered with "sacahuiste" grass."
This quaint fishing village's strategic location, once having a 25-foot bluff in the area where the Point Isabel Lighthouse now stands, was a natural lookout for viewing both the Laguna Madre Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This natural formation was instrumental in the settlement and development of this area and was an important force during the U.S./Mexican War, Civil War, and maritime commerce.
Today, Port Isabel has blossomed once again with many unique shops, restaurants, historic hotels, and museums that make up this historic and colorful area. Spend a day discovering Port Isabel, and take advantage of the many places that are within walking distance of each other. We hope you enjoy your visit to Port Isabel.
DemographicsPort Isabel is located in Cameron County, Texas, United States. According to the 2000 Census, the city had a population then of 4,865 people, 1,649 households and 1,225 families. The median income for a household in the city was $25,323 and the median income for a family was $ 26,077.
EducationChildren 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.
- Faith Christian Academy (PK - 8) 956.546.7725
- First Baptist School (PK - 8) 956.542.4854
- Episcopal Day School (PK - 6) 956.542.5231
- Livingway Christian School (PK - 11) 956.548.2223
- Incarnate Word (PK - 8) 956.546.4486
- Kentmont Montessori School (PK - 6) 956.542.0500
AttractionsSmall town - BIG fun! Climb the Port Isabel lighthouse, take a sunset cruise, sharpen your fishing skills, keep an eye out for dolphins, windsurf the Laguna Madre, visit our museum, buy fresh seafood, eat fresh seafood or shop 'til you drop.
Pick a day, pick the time - Come Stay & Play
- Shrimp Cook-Off: November 2, 2008
- Longest Causeway Run: January 10, 2009
- Boat Parade: December 6, 2008
- Texas International Fishing Tournament, South Padre Island, first weekend in August. This legendary contest draws anglers from all over the continent. Non-fishermen can come down to the docks for the weigh-in at the end of each day. (956) 943-8438
- Ladies Kingfish Tournament, South Padre Island, second weekend in August. This "women's only" tournament draws over 200 participants yearly from all over the country. One of the largest all women's tournaments in Texas, it has been around nearly 20 years. (956) 761-4412.