High lights of our trip – Port Isabel, Texas
When it gets hot in the afternoon we head off the beach for some shade. One day we did a quick run across the causeway to Port Isabel for our break. After a great lunch at Joe’s Oyster Bar we walked around the lighthouse and pier area. The little town area by the water is small but very picturesque with the Lighthouse. This is a great place to spend the afternoon either as adults or with the family.
First the parking is free and we had no problem finding a spot to park close by. That is a huge plus for me, I hate to pay to park and I hate to look for parking spaces. We parked right next to the Lighthouse but chose not to tour it on this trip. There are cute little shops that line the 2 blocks for shopping or browsing. The Pirates pier square for dining and ice cream. Also the Dolphin Research and Sea Life Center is on the same block.
We did not eat at Pirates Pier, if you know my husband you know we ate at Joe’s every day. (He really liked the place and I have NEVER seen him be so excited about a restaurant to visit it daily.) At Pirates Pier there is a courtyard to the right before you enter the pier area that has artisans and parrots. Also the world’s largest fly fishing pole and pirate statues dot the area. We walked out on the fishing pier to see if anyone was having any luck. Watched a fire eater perform and saw the pirate cannon fired off the pier before the pirate cruise left.
Just around the corner we found the Sea Life Center entrance, it was $3 a person to visit. In large tanks in the middle were puffer fish and rays. A center worker held up the puffer fish and let the kids quickly touch it, a first for my daughter. Other touch tanks held crabs and starfish. It was not overly crowded and it was easy to access the tanks. They had aquariums full of local fish, sea horses and a turtle to view. My child loves touch tanks so this easily took over an hour to visit and my husband seemed happy to view the local fish tanks.
On Friday nights in the summer they show free movies on the side of the lighthouse. We had planned to view Madagascar 3 during our trip but a thunderstorm canceled the movie for the night.