City-Wide Easter Egg Hunt 2021

The City of Port Isabel & the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual Lighthouse Easter Egg Hunt a little differently this year! It’s CITY-WIDE!

The City of Port Isabel & the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual Lighthouse Easter Egg Hunt a little differently this year! It’s CITY-WIDE! And runs through Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. Check business locations for hours of operation.

Port Isabel Participating Businesses:

El Faro Mercado [415 E. Maxan St.]
Pelican Station Restaurant [201 S. Garcia St.]
Black Dragon Cruises [501 E. Maxan St.]
Angelitos PHC [117 W. Queen Isabella Blvd.]
PI Health Clinic [202 2nd St.]
Luna Medical Clinic [112 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.]
Pirates Landing Restaurant [110 N. Garcia St.]
Cricket Wireless [1702 State Highway 100 Ste. C]
Laguna Madre Youth Center [190 Port Road]
ReMax Realtors [103 S. Garcia St.]
Port Isabel Housing Authority [106 Port Road]
1st National Bank of South Padre Island [218 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.]
South Texas Gutierrez Insurance [202 W. Queen Isabella Blvd.]
Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce [421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.]

Print out and color our Easter Lighthouse picture and share it with us on Facebook!

Questions or comments? info@portisabel-texas.com or call (956) 943-2262 or
(956) 374-9003. Happy Easter from the City of Port Isabel & the
Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce.

CANCELLED: 2020 Hometown Christmas Parade: Sat. 12/12

CANCELLED: City of Port Isabel Announces Annual Christmas Hometown Holiday Parade

Due to COVID-19, the Port Isabel Annual Christmas Hometown has been cancelled. The City of Port Isabel reminds everybody to stay safe, wear your mask and sanitize. #PortIsabelCares.

WHEN: Saturday, December 12 at 6 p.m.

The City of Port Isabel will kick off the 2020 holiday season with their 13th Annual Hometown Christmas Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 12.

Participants and spectators will be asked to follow all COVID-19 safety precautions for this event. Attendees should socially distant themselves. Float participants will be asked to keep their numbers to a minimum so they may socially distant themselves on parade floats.

Staging for the parade will take place at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Laguna Madre Youth Center on Port Road. The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. The parade route will head east on Queen Isabella Blvd. (Hwy. 100) and end at the Port Isabel Events & Cultural Center (309 E. Railroad Ave.).

Parade applications [Parade Application, Rules & Waiver] must be in by Friday, December 11, 2020. Any application received after Friday, December 11th will be inserted at the end of the parade line-up in the order it is received.

Parade line up begins at 4:30 p.m., and the parade begins at 6:00 p.m. Cash prizes for 1st and 2nd place. Winners will be notified and announced on social media. Awards can be picked up at the Port Isabel City Hall beginning on Monday, December 14.

Applications [Parade Application, Rules & Waiver] can be mailed to 305 E. Maxan Street, Port Isabel, TX 78578, emailed to salcocer@copitx.com or faxed to (956) 943-2029. Applications can also be dropped off at the Port Isabel City Hall (305 E. Maxan Street). For more information call (956) 943-2682.

The City of Port Isabel’s Public Works Department will also be decorating the Highway 100 medians with festive holiday lights and more. A longtime tradition, the City of Port Isabel adds new and exciting features each year.

PARADE APPLICATION: 

PARADE ROUTE:

Port Isabel Christmas Parade Map

Port Isabel Lighthouse Temporarily Closed

Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse. Built in 1852. Open to the public.

We apologize for the inconvenience. The Port Isabel Lighthouse is temporarily closed. See information below for hours of operation and ticket sales when the Lighthouse reopens.

Weather permitting, hours of operation will be Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Last ticket sold: 3:30 p.m.

Tickets may only be purchased at the Lighthouse or the Visitors Center. Debit or credit card only.

Tours of the Lighthouse will be self-guided, will be limited to 15 minutes and to parties traveling as a family of six (6) persons or less. One party at a time will be allowed access. Masks or face coverings are required inside the Lighthouse park, Keeper’s Cottage and in the Lighthouse. Temperatures will be taken. Hand sanitizer will be available at the Lighthouse and all ticket holders are advised to sanitize their hands before and after the tour.

Ticket prices are $5.00 (adults); $4.00 (seniors 55+); $3.00 (children* under 5.)

For more information call the Port Isabel Visitors Center at 956-943-2262. http://www.portisabellighthouse.com

Texas Historical Commission

The Port Isabel Lighthouse is a
Texas Historical Commission State Historical Site.

Lighthouse Hours & Days of Operations:
            Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Last ticket sold: 3:30 p.m.

Keeper’s Cottage Visitors Center Hours & Days of Operations:
            Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
            Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
            Sunday: Closed

The Park at the Lighthouse is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• Children must be 4 years old and 38” tall to tour the lighthouse. A child may not be carried by an adult.

• You will have 15 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.

Shrimp Cook-Off FAQs

Here’s a few Shrimp Cook-Off FAQs, like WHEN to eat, WHERE to eat, how much it will COST and how to VOTE for your favorite! Or watch on YouTube!

WHEN:

Shrimp Cook-Off

                November 3 – 8, Tuesday – Saturday. The first 5 days are for eating during participating restaurant hours. Sunday is online awards and The Agency performs.

WHERE:

                The Shrimp Cook-Off will be curbside and / or dine in at each participating restaurant. See map or ballot card for locations. Restaurants will offer cook-off sized samplings of their cook-off shrimp dish and some may also offer a cook-off sized seafood dish.

COST:

                $5.00, tax included, per shrimp cook-off or seafood sampling. Payable at each participating restaurant.

BALLOTS FOR PEOPLES’ CHOICE:

                Starting on October 20th, ballot cards can be picked up at the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd. Tuesday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm. and Saturday 10 am to 6-pm. Ballots for Peoples’ Choice may also be picked up at participating restaurants. One ballot per diner.

HOW TO VOTE:

                Visit as many participating restaurants as you like between 11/3 – 7, Tuesday through Saturday, and then indicate your favorite restaurant on the ballot card. Drop your ballot off at the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., before November 7, 6 p.m. Top 3 will be announced on Sunday, November 8th, on Facebook and Twitter and websites: http://www.portisabelchamber.com and http://www.portisabel-texas.com. Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm.

WHERE CAN I GET THE RESTAURANT MAP?

                Scan this QR code or click here: http://bit.ly/shrimp-map

GIFT BASKET DRAWING:

                To qualify for a chance to win the Gift Basket, turn your peoples’ choice ballot in at the Port Isabel Chamber by November 7, 6 p.m. Winner will be announced on social media and by email on Sunday 11/8.

Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce

PORT ISABEL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Betty Wells, President
421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.
Port Isabel, Texas 78578
Hours: Tues. – Fri. 9 am to 5 pm & Sat. 10 am – 6 pm.
Phone: 956-943-2262
Email: director@portisabel.org
Website: http://www.portisabelchamber.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/portisabelchamber

Shrimp Cook-Off, Restaurants

RESTAURANTS
Restaurants participating in the 27th Annual Shrimp Cook-Off and Seafood Festival will prepare cook-off sized shrimp samples. They may also offer seafood samples that can be offered for curbside pickup or dine-in enjoyment. The expansion of the schedule allows ample time to take advantage of the $5 (tax included) sample offerings during the participating restaurant’s open hours. The Cook-off is self-guided and diners can schedule stops at their leisure.

BALLOT CARD

MAP WITH PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS
Google map with participating restaurants: https://bit.ly/shrimp-map

SHRIMP COOK-OFF INFO

CONTACT INFO FOR RESTAURANTS

Daddy’s Seafood & Cajun Kitchen
1808 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island
http://daddysrestaurant.com/
(956)761-1975
Hours: Su-Th 11a-9p, F-Sa 11a-10p
Serving: Shrimp Fondue / New Orleans Shrimp

Dirty Al’s
33396 State Park Rd. 100
South Padre Island
https://dirtyalspi.com/
(956)761-4901
Hours: Su-Th 11a-9p, F-Sa 11a-10p
Serving: Fried Shrimp / Stuffed Jalapenos

Dirty Al’s at Pelican Station
201 S. Garcia St.
Port Isabel
https://pelicanstation.co/
(956)943-3344
Hours: Su-Th 11a-9p, F-Sa 11a-10p
Serving: Stuffed Shrimp / Coconut Shrimp

Doubleday’s Sports Bar & Grill
402 Highway 100
Port Isabel
www.doubledaysportsbargrill.com
(956)943-4992
Hours: Daily 12p-12a
Serving: Fried Shrimp / Shrimp Ceviche Tostados

Into the Blue
313 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.
Port Isabel
https://portisabelseafood.com/
(956) 524-8044
Hours: M-Th 8:30a-7p, F-Sa 8a-8p, Su 8a-6
Serving: Garlic-Chipotle Shrimp / Shrimp Chiltepin

Josephine’s Kitchen
3409 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island
https://josephineskitchenspi.com
(956)299-4910
Hours: Daily 8a-2p
Serving: Blackened Shrimp & Grits / Fruit Crepes

Liam’s Steakhouse and Oyster Bar
202 W. Tarpon St.
South Padre Island
https://liamssteakhouse.com/
(956)772-4700
Hours: Su-Th 5-10p, F-Sa 5-11p
Serving: Tequila Lime Shrimp / Award Winning Orange Shrimp

Pirates Landing Restaurant
110 N. Garcia St.
Port Isabel
https://www.pirateslandingrestaurant.com/
(956)943-3663
Hours: Su-Th 11a-9p, F-Sa 11a-10p
Serving: The Landing Shrimp / Shrimp Ceviche


Senor Donkey
4215 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island
https://senordonkey.com
(956)761-4843
Hours: Su-Th 11a-9p, F-Sa 11a-10p
Serving: Tropical Bacon Wrapped Shrimp / Grilled Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce

The Shrimp Cook-Off and Seafood Festival is hosted by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. For more information on being a sponsor or a participating restaurant, call 956-943-2262 or email director@portisabel.org.

Contestant Entry Rules: http://portisabel-texas.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Contestant-Entry-Rules-2020.pdf

Contestant Entry Form: http://portisabel-texas.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Contestant-Entry-Form-2020.pdf

Shrimp Cook-Off Goes Curbside ~ The Agency Performs Online

PORT ISABEL—

Congratulations to the 2020 Shrimp Cook-Off PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNERS!
First Place: Pirates Landing Restaurant (PI) The Landing Shrimp / Shrimp Ceviche
Second Place: Dirty Al’s at Pelican Station (PI) Stuffed Shrimp / Coconut Shrimp
Third Place: Senor Donkey Mexican Restaurant & Cantina (SPI) Tropical Bacon Wrapped Shrimp / Grilled Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

Below: Watch our 2020 Shrimp Cook-Off Awards & performance by The AGENCY!

Thanks to everybody who dined at all the participating restaurants and then dropped their ballots off at the Port Isabel Chamber! Gift Basket winners: South Padre Island gift basket, Joan Zuhlsdorf. H-E-B gift basket, Donna Haga. Port Isabel Grand Prize Basket winner, Primitivo Zavala.

And now, time to sit back and enjoy or get up and dance to a virtual live concert by The Agency! Hosted by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce.

2020 Shrimp Cook-Off

Shrimp Cook-Off

EAT.
VOTE People’s Choice.
CURBSIDE!

The 27th Annual Shrimp Cook-Off & Seafood Festival announces an exciting new format. Retooled as a five day curbside, culinary crawl, the Shrimp Cook-Off will feature shrimp and seafood fares of participating restaurants during the first week in November.

Here is how it works

When: NOVEMBER 3 – 8th. [FAQs]

Schedule

NOVEMBER 3 – 7:
Participating restaurants will prepare cook-off sized shrimp samples. They may also offer seafood samples that can be offered for curbside pickup or dine-in enjoyment. The expansion of the schedule allows ample time to take advantage of the $5 (tax included) sample offerings during the participating restaurant’s open hours. The Cook-off is self-guided and diners can schedule stops at their leisure.

People’s Choice Ballot

The top three professional winners will be determined by the votes of participating diners. Diners will be able to pick up Ballots for People’s Choice at the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce starting on October 20th. Or ballots can be printed from our online links. Vote for your favorite starting on November 3. Ballots must be turned in at the Port Isabel Chamber office November 3 – 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or before 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 7th. The top 3 winners will be declared on Sunday, November 8 during a Facebook Premier concert by The Agency. Ballots are restricted to one per diner. Diners must have ordered the Shrimp Cook-Off sample or Seafood sample.

The Agency Performs Online

The Agency at the Shrimp Cook-Off
The Agency will perform ONLINE on Sunday, November 8. People’s Choice Winner announced.

NOVEMBER 8: For nearly two decades, The Agency has been the soundtrack for the Shrimp Cook-Off. Thousands have gathered to munch on shrimp delights and dance and sing along. This year’s performance will be available on Facebook @portisabeltx and on the Port Isabel Chamber’s Facebook page @portisabelchamber. Alan Hollander and the band will be putting together a selection of crowd favorites. On Sunday, November 8th, viewers can dance and sing along. Link will be posted here.

Hosted by the Port Isabel Chamber

Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce

“Covid-19 has forced all of us to become more creative in how we live our lives,” says Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce Board Chairperson Laura Caudillo. “We wanted to continue our 27-year tradition of celebrating our outstanding seafood and to also support our local restaurants during these challenging times. The curbside concept allows everyone to participate in a safe and healthy manner. We invite the public to enjoy this unique dining experience. With the new concept, the Chamber will literally be driving traffic to the restaurants’ front doors.”

The Shrimp Cook-Off and Seafood Festival is hosted by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. For more information on being a sponsor or a participating restaurant, call 956-943-2262 or email director@portisabel.org.

Participating Restaurants, see complete restaurant listing

Google map with Participating Restaurants: https://bit.ly/shrimp-map

The Shrimp Cook-Off and Seafood Festival is hosted by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. For more information on being a sponsor or a participating restaurant, call 956-943-2262 or email director@portisabel.org.

Contestant Entry Form: http://portisabel-texas.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Contestant-Entry-Form-2020.pdf

Contestant Entry Rules: http://portisabel-texas.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Contestant-Entry-Rules-2020.pdf

Shrimp Cook-Off Gift Basket Giveaway! Winner will be announced on Facebook, 11/8 5:30 p.m.

To qualify, dine at your choice of participating restaurants, fill out the ballot card. DINERS: don’t forget to turn your in AT the Port Isabel Chamber office by 11/7 6pm. 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.

Thanks to the Gift Basket Donors: Port Isabel Business Community, South Padre Island CVB & H-E-B!

Gift basket contents:

PORT ISABEL:
iPad donated by Archer Business Systems Inc.
Original painting of the Lighthouse by artist Kathy Stieglitz Rinearson
5# Box of Large Fresh Caught Wild Gulf Shrimp donated by Quik Stop
Award winning historical signed book “Shrimp Tales”, by Rudy H. Garcia & Pat McGrath Avery with print of the original cover artwork by Risa Garcia
Signed copy of “Images of America Port Isabel” by Valerie Bates
Signed advance copy of novel by Dianne May Vicars
“Factor-7” with custom canvas bag Laguna Madre Art Gallery Hand poured Soy Wax candle “Beach Access No. 5” from the Lighthouse Candles at ArtSea Gallery & Goods Sea
One of- a kind Jewelry by LunaSumacq
Four tickets aboard the Black Dragon Cruises
Four Shrimp Cook-Off & Seafood Festival T-shirts
Pirate’s Landing Restaurant & Bar Gift Certificate
Dirty Al’s at Pelican Station Gift Certificate
Into The Blue Restaurant Certificate
Doubleday Bar of Champions Gift Certificate

H-E-B: Assorted cheese wedges, Assorted chips, crackers, bagels, Wine- White wine, Red wine, Rose, Packaged seafood- Whole oysters, Smoked oysters, Smoked clams, Mackerel Fillets Anchovies Pickles And more…

South Padre Island Tropical Travel: South Padre Island Wine Opener, South Padre Island Apron, Set of 4: South Padre Island Wooden Coasters, Set of 4: Nautical Napkins Set of 3: Simply Bamboo Cutting Boards, Set of 8: Corn on the Cob holders, Wooden Decorative Tray, Char-Broil Flavor Chamber, Chiocciole Artisan Pasta, Infused Olive Oil, Dirty Al’s Grill Seasoning

2020 Shrimp Cook-Off gift basket giveaway
DINERS: Don’t forget to turn your Shrimp Cook-Off ballots in AT the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd. by Saturday, 11/7 6 p.m.