Welcome to Port Isabel
In the days before inexpensive hurricane insurance made South Padre Island (SPI) viable as a town, Port Isabel was the focus of life near the southern end of Texas. Records show that Spaniards and pirates both made frequent landfalls here in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. From 1872 it was the hub of more-reputable steamship landings as the terminus of the Rio Grande Railroad, and nearby Brazos Island was the major shipping point for ferrying goods in and out of South Texas until the deep-water port at Brownsville was opened in 1936.
Today Port Isabel is a scenic stop just before South Padre Island. Its small old town covers the waterfront for a couple of blocks on either side of the base of the TX 100 Queen Isabella Causeway.