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Thank you! #PortIsabelCares ~ Proclamation FAQs

From the City of Port Isabel, THANK YOU!

Thank you for Sheltering in Place and protecting your friends, family and neighbors. Thank you for consciously and courteously social distancing while out on essential tasks. Thank you for your support of our local businesses and restaurants. While it will continue to take patience and endurance, you play THE most important role in the health of our community and the City of Port Isabel is very grateful! 

We’re continuing to update our Restaurant and Local Business information to keep you informed of where you can get food, supplies and services. If you have information we need to add, update or correct, please let us know!


UPDATES and other information is regularly posted on our social media:
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• Facebook Group for Local Business: PortIsabelBusiness

City of Port Isabel

UPDATE: Port Isabel Mayor issues proclamation with NEW restrictions, effective 4/2 5p.

NEW RESTRICTIONS regarding accommodations, numbers of persons upon any public roadway or waterway, boat ramp usage, shopping cart protocol, age restriction for shoppers, restrictions regarding trips outside the home, drive-thru and take out restrictions. [https://bit.ly/345ZN55]


When does Proclamation 2020-4-2-1 go into effect? April 2, 2020 at 5 p.m and shall continue until April 8, 2020 11:59 pm, or until rescinded or modified.

Short term rentals: are prohibited from entering a new rental agreement. Some exceptions apply.

Transportation restrictions: no more than 2 people are allowed in private transportation on a roadway or waterway.

Fishing: is not prohibited, but anglers must keep restrictions regarding transportation, boat ramps and time of day into consideration.

Boat ramps: closed to the general public.

Shopping cart protocol: no more than two persons can use a single shopping cart.

Age restrictions in businesses selling groceries or staples: no persons under the age of 14 are allowed.

Essential travel restrictions: residents encouraged to minimize trips outside the home, restrict the trip to one person, persons with odd-numbered license plates should shop on odd-numbered days, even-numbered license plates on even-numbered days.

Public rights-of-way regulations: no person shall be upon public rights-of-way including waterways (includes the Port Isabel Side Channel), streets, sidewalk, alleys and parks, at any time. Full proclamation text: -No person shall be upon public rights-of-way, including waterways (added 4/2/2020) streets, sidewalks, alleys and parks at any time. The presence of any person who is not essential to the function of a public entity or business, or who is not seeking medical attention, upon any public right-of-way between the hours of 11:30 pm and 6:30 am shall be considered prima facie evidence of a violation of this order (added 4/2/2020). Exceptions include: walking and running between the hours of 6:30 am and 11:30 pm in compliance with social distancing rules (added 4/2/2020), personnel essential to the function of public entities or businesses, and persons traveling to obtain medical care, medication, food, staples of daily living or other essential services.

11:30 pm – 6:30 am: Being in a public right-of-way or waterway (includes the Port Isabel Side Channel) will be a violation of this order. Exceptions include walking or running in compliance to social distancing rules, personnel essential to the function of public entities or businesses, traveling to obtain medical care, medication, food, staples or other essential services.

Commercial business access: general public may only be upon its premises if they are seated in a vehicle. Some exceptions apply: laundromats, banks, hardware stores, medical providers, utilities, pharmacies, grocery stores, food service of takeout and delivery, exempted day cares, shipping/postal businesses, units of government, building work and landscaping.

Take-out restriction: no more than 10 people may congregate in take-out area, drive-thru and take-out must stay in their vehicles. Patrons on foot my stay 6 feet from each other. To minimize contact, payment is encouraged by telephone or electronic means and the order is placed on an open tailgate or vehicle trunk.

Previous restrictions effective March 20, 2020 6:00 am: remain in effect unless there is a conflict in which case this order shall supersede.


Spring Mixer at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum 3/12 5:30 p.m. You are Invited!

It's a SPRING MIXER  and you are invited! The Museums of Port Isabel and the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a mixer at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Refreshments • Door Prizes • Gift Shop Discounts! For more information call the Museums of Port Isabel (956-943-7602) or the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce (956-943-2262).  LOCATION: Treasures of the Gulf Museum. 308 E. Queen Isabella Blvd. Port Isabel, Texas.
It’s a SPRING MIXER and you are invited! The Museums of Port Isabel and the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a mixer at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum.

Refreshments • Door Prizes • Gift Shop Discounts!

For more information call the Museums of Port Isabel (956-943-7602) or the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce (956-943-2262).

LOCATION: Treasures of the Gulf Museum. 308 E. Queen Isabella Blvd. Port Isabel, Texas.

Queen Isabella Market Day at the Historic Lighthouse! [rescheduled 5/9]

Queen Isabella Market Day [Rescheduled May 8]

The Museums of Port Isabel and the City of Port Isabel invite you to enjoy a day filled with music, vendors, food, family fun on the grounds of the Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse! Queen Isabella Market Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 9th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Special admission price to the Port Isabel Lighthouse and Port Isabel Historical Museum & Treasures of the Gulf Museum, $1.00 each site, all day, Saturday, May 9.

There is no admission charge to the event. Vendors selling collectibles, antiques, local art, jewelry and more will be lining the sidewalks around the lighthouse.

A tent with tables and chairs will offer the opportunity to sit down and relax while enjoying some tasty tamales, baked goods or other dishes local vendors and restaurants will be offering. Or just roll down the grassy hill of the lighthouse! Relax and let us entertain you during a family fun day in Port Isabel!

See vendor-application-pkg.


Queen Isabella Market Day dates from the 75th Anniversary of Port Isabel. Celebrated in 2003, the 75th Anniversary of Port Isabel included a street parade, open house at the Museums and the Lighthouse and the first ever Queen Isabella Market Day. The City of Port Isabel also minted a limited edition coin to commemorate the historic event. Queen Isabella Market Day continues as an outreach of the Museums of Port Isabel.


In 1492, Queen Isabella financed Christopher Columbus’ exploratory expedition to this part of the New World. Community leaders in the Laguna Madre area recognized the importance of this partnership and named not just one causeway in her honor in 1954, but again in 1974, when the second causeway was constructed it too was named in her honor. On July 4, 1954, the grand opening of the first causeway was graced by the Consulate of Spain who was among the dignitaries on hand to cut the ribbon. Queen Isabella is further honored at our annual Queen Isabella Market Day each April on the grounds of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.


Jeannie Flores, Museum Director

Pachanga in the Park! September 28 ~ 6p – 12a

Pachanga in the Park

The 9th Annual PACHANGA in the PARK will be held in the Laguna Madre Park just off Port Road. September 28th, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Want to be a Vendor? Click here vendor-application and more info.


Booth 1 – “Museums of Port Isabel” … Nachos, Popcorn, Assortment of Sweet & Sour Candy, Assortment of Chocolate Candy, Pickles, Assortment of Peanuts/Cornuts, Cotton Candy, Frito Pies & Hot Cheetos & Cheese

Booth 2 – “Port Isabel Police Department” … Assortment of Candy Apples, Hotdogs & Corn in a Cup

Booth 3 – “Rodriguez Raspas” … Raspas, Funnel Cake & Spiral Potatoes

Booth 4 – “PI Volunteer Fire Department” … Fajita & Chicken Tacos

Booth 6 – “El Buen Pescador” … Churros, Tostadas w/Chicken, Lettuce, Tomato & Cheese & Fried Bananas

Booth 7 & 8 – “Veronica & Jorge Pineda” … Light-Up Toys

Booth 9 – “Tita’s Food Mobile” … Chicken Sopes, Chicken Empanadas & Chili Cheese Fries

Booth 10 & 11 – “Tacos Nava” … Tacos de Tropo & Bisket, Totas de Tropo & Bisket & Gingas de Tropo & Bisket

Booth 12 – “PIHS Band Booster Club” … Brisket Sandwiches w/potato chips

Booth 13 – “Kelly Hernandez” … Light-Up Toys

Booth 14 – “Antojitos Martha’s” … Tacos de Trompo, Garnachas de Chicken & Tamales de Verucruzanos

Booth 15 – Gloria Ramos” … Strawberries w/Crema & Chocolate, Candy Apples w/Gummies & Mangonadas

Booth 16 – “Moore’s Concession” … Turkey Legs, Funnel Cakes & BBQ Brisket w/Cheesy Fries

Booth 17 – “Moore’s Concession” … Basketball Game

Booth 18 – “Moore’s Concession” … Balloon Game

Booth 19 – “Junior Catholic Daughters of America” … Raspas, Sweet Desserts & Baked Goods & Fruit Cups

Booth 21 – “Scarlet’s Crepas” … Chicharron Preparado W/Ham or Pork Skins, Marranudus & Tostadas de Sibernias

Booth 22 – “Scarlet’s Crepas” … Corn on a Stick/Cup, Russa & Crepas

Booth 23 – “Tu Salud Si Cuenta” … Information Booth

Booth 27 – “Capable Kids Foundation Lower Valley” … Information Booth & Cotton Candy

Booth 29 – “Texas Kettle Corn” … Kettle Popcorn

Booth 30 – “Kelly Hernandez” … Light-Up Toys

Booth 31 – “Designs by Grace” … Chalk Paste Frames & Home Décor , Handmade Car Scents & Earrings

Booth 35 – “Department of Elections & Voters Registration” … Election Information, Census & Verbal Information

Booth 40 – “Port Isabel Friends of the Library” … Information Booth & Raffle