Come to the Coast for Independence Day!

Come visit the Laguna Madre area to celebrate Independence Day weekend!

MUSEUMS: The Port Isabel Lighthouse, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum are all open. Combination tickets can be purchased at any of the above locations.

SHOPPING: Many local merchants will be having special July 4th sales and events.

DINING: Port Isabel has fresh seafood, fresh wild caught Gulf Shrimp, Mexican, Tex-Mex, Italian, hot and cold sandwiches, all-you-can-eat specials, waterfront dining, SOMETHING for everybody!

FISHING: Fish from the longest lighted pier in Texas on the Pirates Landing Fishing Pier, charter a boat at White Sands Marina, Pirates Landing or the Dolphin Docks. Rent a boat at White Sands Marina. Buy your tackle at Quik Stop, White Sands Bait Shop or Pirates Landing Fishing Pier… you can also purchase a fishing license at these locations.

SIGHTSEEING: See the largest fly fishing rod in the world at Pirates Landing Fishing Pier. Visit the historic City Cemetery. See all our historic markers (find a list starting on page 4 in our visitor guide Walk the Lighthouse Square. Watch South Padre Island Fireworks over the Laguna Madre on Friday night at 9:15 p.m. and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday night at 9:15 p.m.

STAY: For a list of our accommodations click here

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: All the beaches are open! Fireworks Friday, Saturday and Sunday night! Isla Blanca Park and Andy Bowie Park are open!

Happy Independence Day Weekend! We thank everybody for supporting this community and the Laguna Madre area. If we can make your visit or stay more enjoyable, please let us know. E-mail: For more information, visit the Port Isabel Information Center at the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage on Highway 100.

FREE Hospitality Workshop by Texas Tropical Trail l SPI CVB 2/18

The Texas Tropical Trail Region will be hosting a Texas Friendly Hospitality Workshop in South Padre Island on February 18, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This workshop is now being offered at no charge to anyone interested in attending but you will need to RSVP by February 12, 2010.

This workshop will include lunch and all the workshop materials. Location: South Padre Island Convention Center, 600 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island.

Workshop Topics
– Community Pride, Customer Service, Know Your Community
– Personal & Phone Communication Skills, Make a Good First Impression
– Correspondence (Email & letters) Communication Skills , Handling Problems Effectively
– How Your Job Affects Your Community, Make a Good Last Impression

For registration form and other information, click here: or email Lane Hollingsworth, Regional Director at

South Padre Island CVB to Host Texas Friendly Hospitality Training Workshop 2/18

January 26, 2010                                                                               361-592-4603
South Padre Island CVB to Host Texas Friendly Hospitality Training Workshop
(South Padre Island TX) – The South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau will host a Texas Friendly Hospitality Training Workshop on Thursday, February 18. This Customer Service Workshop will be held from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm at the South Padre Island Convention Center.
The workshop will be coordinated by the Texas Tropical Trail Region heritage tourism initiative headquartered in Kingsville. The presentation was developed by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. The Texas Friendly program encourages business owners as well as employees to promote hospitality habits when dealing with local customers and visitors.
Sponsors include South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, South Padre Island Convention Center, Texas Agricultural Extension Service – Texas A&M University College Station, Travelodge – South Padre Island, South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce, and Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce.
Cost for the workshop is $15 per person which includes workshop materials and lunch. Lunch will be catered by Church’s Chicken. Each participant will receive a two piece chicken meal with mashed potatoes, biscuit, and a drink.
Throughout the workshop, participants will learn about community pride, personal & phone communication skills, correspondence (email & letter) communication skills, knowing your community, making a good first impression, how your job affects your community, handling problems effectively, and making a good last impression.
Workshop speakers will include Dan Quandt, Executive Director for the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, Miki McCarthy, Executive Director for the San Juan Economic Development Corporation, Valerie Nite, Program Coordinator for Texas Friendly – Texas Agricultural Extension Service and Lane Hollingsworth, Executive Director for the Texas Tropical Trail Region.   Certified Texas Friendly Hospitality Trainers will include Valerie Nite and Lane Hollingsworth, Executive Director for the Texas Tropical Trail Region.
\”In today hurry-up society, we sometimes forget how to slow down and treat the customer or visitor with respect and friendliness,\” said Hollingsworth. \”It is critical that tourism professionals and service providers remember that tourists need to have a positive experience when visiting the great state of Texas.\” According to Texas Economic Development, the state agency for economic development, tourism is a $40 billion industry in Texas each year.
Participants at the workshop will be given a certificate of completion. For more information about the Texas Friendly program or the Texas Tropical Trail Region, please contact Lane Hollingsworth, 361-592-4603,

Friends of the Port Isabel Public Library l Adventures in Literature

The Friends of the Port Isabel Public Library
Adventures in Literature series presents a Special Appearance
Jeanne Savery (Romance novels) and Betty Hanawa (Spicy Romance novels)

Romance Novel Author, Jeanne Savery: Well-known writer, Jeanne Savery has written more than three dozen Regency Romance novels and current publishes with an e-publisher, Cerridwen Press, in their Cotillion line of Regencies.  She has been the recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award and Holt Medallion, and is a member on Novelists, Inc. and Romance Writers of America.

Contemporary, Fantasy & Erotica Romance Novel Author, Betty Hanawa: Betty Hanawa writes romances ranging from contemporary to paranormal to future societies, all with spicy scenes and a huge dollop of humor that frequently slides into the ironic. Her husband hopes she becomes successful enough that he can retire and be kept in the manner in which he’s kept her all these years. Her son just wants the covers of her books to not embarrass him when he buys them in the bookstores.

Ms. Savery and Ms. Hanawa will make their special guest appearance on Saturday, January 16th at 4:30 PM.  Club Padre, 5800 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island.

Admission is $2.00

For more information or directions to the library please call 956-943-0776 or 956-772-9127.

Port Isabel Longest Causeway Run l Walk- Results and Photos

\"\"The 26th Annual Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk weather turned out to be perfect running weather and a great day for a walk over the longest bridge in Texas.

Over 2,500 runners and walkers enjoyed cooler temperatures and crystal clear skies on the 6.2 mile, 10 kilometer route that starts in Port Isabel at the Community Center, winds through town before taking to the causeway and over the Laguna Madre Bay to South Padre Island. The Awards Ceremony was held immediately following at Louie Backyard on South Padre Island.

Top Male
Keating, Westly: (time 29:42.0) Edinburg TX
Kipserem Cherop, Alfred: (time 30:05.1) Kenya
Soncook, Shadrack: (time 31:54.3)

Top Female
Ngetich, Hyvon: (time 35:06.4) Kenya
Rono, Janet: (time 35:44.7) Kenya
Arzola, Debbie: (time 37:15.6) Allen, TX

Complete results can be found here:

Photos here:

Next year date: January 8, 2011

For more information, contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. 956/943-2262 or

Port Isabel Longest Causeway Run Walk still on schedule

Though tomorrow morning weather forecast calls from some brisk cold temperatures, Port Isabel Chamber President Betty Wells reports that the Chamber Longest Causeway Run & Fitness walk will be held as scheduled. Late registration will continue from 5:00 to 7:00 pm this evening at the Port Isabel Community Center at 213 Yturria St. and then Saturday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Runners leave the starting line in Port Isabel on Yturria St. at 10:00 am and walkers at 10:15 am, Saturday morning.

\”It will be an invigorating event,\” Wells says of the morning predicted temperatures. Runners and walkers are looking forward to the annual trek over the Queen Isabella Memorial Bridge between Port Isabel and South Padre Island as registration approaches record numbers.

For more information and links, click here:

For roadway conditions, call: 1-800-452-9292.