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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Port Isabel, Texas

Port Isabel is a resort and boating town of about 5,300 on a barrier island in extreme southern Texas, almost in Mexico. Fishing, beach going, going out in the boat around the barrier island and into the Gulf are all popular activities.  Corpus Cristi is just to the north. Surrounding towns include South Padre Island, Harlingen, and Laguna Vista. Port Isabel is a beach town and a popular resort. The area is quiet and the weather is warm in the winter.

Where to Retire in Port Isabel and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in Port Isabel, or you can live in a regular home near the beach, here, or in one of the surrounding towns.
Median home value in mid 2020 was $139,162 according to

What Is Special about Port Isabel

Southern-most place in Texas, right on the beach.  It is a great tourist area and has a very warm year round climate for retirees.

What Is Not Special about Port Isabel

Port Isabel has been devastated by hurricanes in the past. Crime is above average. And, it is closer to Mexico than to any large U.S. city.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average July high temperature is 89 and the average January low is 52. The wettest month is September (6").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are at least 3 museums in Port Isabel including the Lighthouse, Port Isabel Historic Museum, and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum.


The crime rate is slightly above average.

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals are in Brownsville, about 19 miles away.


Port Isabel has a small airport, the nearest international airport is in Brownsville, 21 miles away.

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