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Things to do in Port Isabel

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Lighthouse
“Take a trip up the light house it has a wonderful view and on Friday or Saturday they have movie night at the light house.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“If you are looking for entertainment for the kids try Pirates Landing in Port Isabel. The food is pretty good and the kids love the atmosphere. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Home of the delicious "taco con todo"! Family-run, little Mexican restaurant known for their HUGE breakfast tacos/burritos made with homemade tortillas. Get there EARLY, otherwise expect a line outside the door.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wonderful views of bay and bridge. Quiet relaxing dining experience with excellent food. I love the blackened fish with crayfish etoufee.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Excellent seafood. Period. Great seafood soup, my personal favorite fried shrimp, excellent po' boys. $6 pitchers. Local favorite. Also a fresh seafood market.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“All you can eat fresh fish (blackened, fried, baked, grilled, garlic) or all you can eat shrimp (the same ways)...inexpensive! Simple menu, good food. A very local place. If you dont speak spanish and the waitress doesn't speak English, just point to the menu....then go around back to the bakery after and grab some empanadas (HUGE for 75 cents - I like the pineapple!) or other pastries. The fancy pastries cost more..about $1.00 - $1.50..no joke, well worth it!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“This is my dad's favorite place to get breakfast tacos. I always order the potato, egg and cheese and it is delicious added with their salsa. If you order coffee you might want to bring your own sweetener as they only have regular sugar and Sweet'n Low. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“Great way to learn some history about the area. Kid friendly environment. Fun way to spend a rainy afternoon. Very nice gift shop.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“We love this place to get good and reasonably priced pasta - but they also feature seafood. We usually carry-out after a long day at the beach, but I see it has been revamped and has an outdoor patio overlooking the lighthouse - might have to eat there next time. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Big Box Store
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“Closet shopping for us local islanders ... pick up groceries on your way in or send us your grocery list and we can pick them up and have them ready for your arrival in your property. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Grocery Store
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“Keep in mind there is only one grocery store on the island, so it's a pricier if you want to stock up on a week's worth of groceries. I recommend stopping here or at the Walmart in Port Isabel on your way in.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Dolphin Research & Sealife Nature Center (956)299~1957 open from 10am~3pm and located between the lighthouse and Pirates Landing. This is a small, educational rescue center with touch tanks and aquariums… THERE ARE NO CAPTIVE DOLPHINS. This is the home of our local Dolphin Whisperer, Scarlet Colley. If you plan on taking a dolphin watch tour, I strongly suggest to opt for a dolphin experience with Scarlet and her dog. She truly has a special bond with our local dolphin tribe, and takes you on a small pontoon boat to personally meet them! The cost for this magical hour long experience is $25/person and only has room for 6 people!”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“If you are looking for entertainment for the kids try Pirates Landing in Port Isabel. The food is pretty good and the kids love the atmosphere. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Home of the delicious "taco con todo"! Family-run, little Mexican restaurant known for their HUGE breakfast tacos/burritos made with homemade tortillas. Get there EARLY, otherwise expect a line outside the door.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Excellent seafood. Period. Great seafood soup, my personal favorite fried shrimp, excellent po' boys. $6 pitchers. Local favorite. Also a fresh seafood market.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wonderful views of bay and bridge. Quiet relaxing dining experience with excellent food. I love the blackened fish with crayfish etoufee.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“All you can eat fresh fish (blackened, fried, baked, grilled, garlic) or all you can eat shrimp (the same ways)...inexpensive! Simple menu, good food. A very local place. If you dont speak spanish and the waitress doesn't speak English, just point to the menu....then go around back to the bakery after and grab some empanadas (HUGE for 75 cents - I like the pineapple!) or other pastries. The fancy pastries cost more..about $1.00 - $1.50..no joke, well worth it!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“This is my dad's favorite place to get breakfast tacos. I always order the potato, egg and cheese and it is delicious added with their salsa. If you order coffee you might want to bring your own sweetener as they only have regular sugar and Sweet'n Low. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“We love this place to get good and reasonably priced pasta - but they also feature seafood. We usually carry-out after a long day at the beach, but I see it has been revamped and has an outdoor patio overlooking the lighthouse - might have to eat there next time. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend

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