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May 12, 2012
 

Historic Port Isabel, Texas

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Written by: Nydia O
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One of the many blessings of living in the Rio Grande Valley is the weather, and April days are adorned with clear blue skies, blooming shrubs, low humidity and temperatures in the mid to upper 70’s. Another blessing is the broad spectrum of choices for outdoor activities; we have the beach, birding centers, an incredible zoo, numerous shopping malls and quaint towns with loads of history. Such is the case of Port Isabel, Texas. The lighthouse district, surrounded with unique artist shops and family owned restaurants, is the perfect place to enjoy a stroll caressed by the soft breeze coming in from the Laguna Madre. This same area is where, in 1846, General Zachary Taylor and the US Army set up Fort Polk. Also, General Taylor renamed this community known until then as El Fronton de Santa Isabel, as  Point Isabel.

Port Isabel is known in the RGV as a fisherman’s town, some visitors have said it has a charm similar to that of Martha’s Vineyard. Personally, I think Port Isabel has a casual, artsy and easy feel that is welcoming to everyone since 1872 when, thanks to the Rio Grande Railroad, the area was a popular seaport, and a premier resort, and summer retreat. While South Padre Island is a familiar international destination, Port Isabel is not as recognized as its neighbor, even though they are only separated by the two mile long Memorial Causeway. Port Isabel has many outstanding events throughout the year, there is something for everyone in this picturesque town.  Next time you are in the area visiting the Island, consider stopping in Port Isabel for a bit, walk around, visit the shops, and while you are there, why not consider enjoying lunch or dinner?  I can guarantee it will be a very enjoyable experience.

For more on Port Isabel’s history click http://portisabel-texas.com/blog/about/a-brief-history-of-port-isabel/

For additional event  information visit: http://portisabel.org/chamber/

Photographs taken by  Lupe Gonzales, and don’t forget to post your comments.

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About the Author

Nydia O
La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" my life in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. I write about the food, the culture, the good times and the bad. I write about the people who make El Valle festive and laid back at the same time. Contributions and comments are always welcome .



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