A small, picturesque village on Laguna Madre, the body of water
between the Texas Mainland and Padre Island. named for Spanish
Queen Isabella who financed Columbus's voyage. Seaside atmosphere
with accommodations, RV parks, shrimp boat fleet. Was supply base
for Gen. Zachary Taylor's army in Brownsville during the Mexican
War form 1846 - 49, port saw flow of gold seekers from the East,
landing here to begin overland trek to California.
PORT ISABEL LIGHTHOUSE STATE HISTORIC SITE
- FISHING - In Port Isabel - Padre
Island area, fishing is available from beach, piers, and jetties
where catches may include reddish, speckled and sand trout, sheepshead,
flounder, croakers, skipjack, and drum Group boats provide bay
and deep-sea fishing for half and full days; charter cruisers
are available for offshore sort. Offshore species may include
tarpon, sailfish, marlin, kingfish, mackerel, ling, pompano, bonito,
red snapper, warsaw, and others. Marinas provide fuel, bait, tackle,
launching ramps, and boat rentals. Small boats with guides available
for bay fishing.
- LADY BEA - 54 foot shrimp boat
in dry-land cradle- authentically restored, rigged, and equipped.
Visitors climb aboard to see the wheelhouse, galley, crew bunks,
engine room, and tackle. Open daily on Texas 100 downtown Laguna
Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge - About 17 miles northwest.
- PORT ISABEL LIGHTHOUSE STATE HISTORIC
SITE - Built in 1853, remained in use until 1905. Always
a popular subject with ;photographers. Visitors may climb spiral
staircase to the top, overlooking the flat coastal plain, with
a fine view across Laguna Madre go South Padre Island. Off Texas
100 downtown. Admission is charged.
- TOURIST INFORMATION - The latest
tips about fishing-boat schedules, bay fishing guides, tackle
rental, restaurants, and all kinds of accommodations at the Port
Isabel Chamber of Commerce. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Sat. 9 a.m. to noon. 213 Yturria Street. Telephone 210-943-2262
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