As one of the oldest cities in south Texas, Port Isabel, has a long and interesting history dating back to 1519 when it was chartered by Spanish explorer Alonzo de Pineda. Port Isabel is located 2.6 miles from South Padre Island and the best beaches in the Gulf Coast. This city offers an array of attractions for residents and visitors. Port Isabel’s town square has a historic Lighthouse right in the center, surrounded by specialty shopping and artisans, dining, museums, fishing pier, charter fishing, eco tours, bars, art galleries and a visitors center. This area is a great place to spend the day exploring!