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Nov. 3 – 7

Nov. 8
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The 27th Annual Shrimp Cook-Off & Seafood Festival announces an exciting new format! It is a 5 DAY curbside, food tour and culinary crawl. EAT & VOTE: November 3 – 7. WATCH People’s Choice & The Agency: November 8. The Shrimp Cook-Off will feature shrimp and seafood fares of participating restaurants. Food Tour Map.

The Keeper's Cottage is downtown Port Isabel, next to the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse. It houses the Visitor Center & Chamber of Commerce.
The Keeper’s Cottage is downtown Port Isabel, next to the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse. It houses the Visitor Center & Chamber of Commerce.

The Visitors Center at the Keeper’s Cottage is now open!

Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All COVID-19 precautions apply.
Phone: 956/943-2262
421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.
Downtown Port Isabel, next to the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.

A Texas Historical Commission State Historic Site.


Our town square has an historic Lighthouse right in the center, surrounded by specialty shopping and artisans, dining, pier and charter fishing, eco tours, bars, art galleries and a visitors center. Park and spend the day exploring!

As one of the oldest cities in extreme south Texas, Port Isabel, has a long and interesting history dating back to 1519 when it was charted 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. There are tales of pirate treasures still buried on there.

Port Isabel is home to three world class museums which bring our history to life. The Port Isabel Historic Museum, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, and the 1852 Port Isabel Lighthouse are monuments to our rich past. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, on the grounds of the Port Isabel lighthouse also highlights the maritime history of the Laguna Madre area. COVID-19 Update: the Lighthouse & Museums are temporarily closed.

Downtown Port Isabel, where you can Park & Play, ALL Day!



The CITY of PORT ISABEL encourages residents and visitors to take all the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy!

EVENTS & FESTIVALS: The following events have been cancelled until further notice: Antique & Flea Market, Lighthouse Easter Egg Hunt, Queen Isabella Market Day, Lighthouse Establishment Cinema & Pachanga in the Park.

CITY PARKS: Currently, public parks in the City of Port Isabel are closed.

LIGHTHOUSE & VISITORS CENTER: The Lighthouse State Historic Site park is open, but the Lighthouse and Visitors Center are closed.

MUSEUMS: The Museums of Port Isabel [Treasures of the Gulf & Port Isabel Historical Museum] are closed.

LIBRARY: The Port Isabel Public Library is closed.

CITY HALL: City Hall has temporarily relocated to 305. E. Railroad Ave, during which time the City Hall location on Maxan St. is undergoing renovations. 956/943-2682.

RECYCLING: Recycling is temporarily closed.


COVID-19 UPDATE: The Port Isabel Lighthouse is temporarily closed. Reopen information will be posted here and on our social media:
Facebook: @portisabeltx
Instagram: @portisabeltexas
Twitter: @portisabeltexas

Port Isabel Lighthouse
COVID-19 Policy & Open Info

The Lighthouse will be open on a limited schedule and self-guided tours are by appointment only. The Lighthouse is sanitized daily. Face coverings are required in the Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Park.

Hours of Operation until further notice:
Thursday: 3 – 5 p.m.
Friday: 12 – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 12 – 5 p.m.
[weather permitting]

Making an appointment & purchasing tickets
Tickets may be purchased by phone only.
Tuesday – Saturday: 956-943-2262
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


  • Tickets may be purchased by phone only.
  • Your receipt will be emailed to you with your confirmation number.
  • You will receive a text to remind you of your appointment on the day of your self-guided tour.
  • You will have 20 minutes to complete your self-guided tour.
  • Only one party at a time will be allowed to tour the lighthouse.
  • Parties traveling as a family of up to six (6) persons will be allowed to tour together.
  • Face masks are required in the Lighthouse.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the Lighthouse and all guests are advised to sanitize their hands before and after the tour.

Ticket Prices
Adult: $5.00
Student* & Senior Citizens**: $4.00
Children 4 – 12***: $3.00
*With Student ID
** 55 & over
***Must be at least 4 years and 38? tall. Cannot be carried up the stairs by an adult.

Lighthouse Park
The park at the Lighthouse is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Visitors Center
The Visitors Center is closed at this time. The Port Isabel Historical Lighthouse is a Texas Historical Commission State Historic Site.

For more information call the Port Isabel Visitors Center at 956-943-2262. https://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/port-isabel-lighthouse-state-historic-site


  1. No food, drink or chewing gum.
  2. No backpacks or bags.
  3. No pencils, pens, markers or crayons or any other writing instruments.

COVID-19 Precautions

The Lighthouse is deep cleaned daily. Hand sanitizer is available at the Lighthouse for use before and after your tour. The ticket and reservation process is completely contactless. The lighthouse attendant will be wearing a facial covering. All staff has their temperature monitored on a daily basis an/or has been tested. If you have any questions about our efforts to keep your Lighthouse visit safe, please call: 956-943-2262 or email info@portisabel-texas.com.

The Keeper’s Cottage / Visitors Center is currently closed as we await the arrival of PPE including a temperature screening kiosk. Staff monitors their temperature, a hepa filter has been installed, the building is deep cleaned once a week and high touch points are cleaned regularly. Hand sanitizer is also available. If you have any questions about public health safety in the Keeper’s Cottage, call 956-943-2262 or email director@portisabel.org. 

All ticket sales are final. The Port Isabel Lighthouse is operated by the City of Port Isabel. The Port Isabel Historical Lighthouse is a Texas Historical Commission State Historic Site.
Texas State Historic Site Safety Info

City of Port Isabel

Managed by: City of Port Isabel
305 E. Maxan St.
Port Isabel, Texas 78578

Texas Historical Commission State Historical Site

Visitors Guide

Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce Visitors GuideThe Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce produces a Visitors Guide  annually that’s packed with a wide variety of information from shopping, dining, history, maps, chamber membership lists to events, attractions and activities. To view it online, click pi-guidebook.

To request a copy by mail, email: info@portisabel-texas.com.