Port Isabel is a city in Cameron County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville and the Matamoros–Brownsvillemetropolitan areas. The population was 5,006 at the 2010 census.
The town's name is also attached to the Port Isabel Detention Centerlocated in nearby Los Fresnos.
Port Isabel Lighthouse
Location of Port Isabel, Texas
|Coordinates: 26°4′25″N 97°12′48″W|
Established as a town after the Mexican revolution, Port Isabel became an important cotton export port before the Civil War. The harbor, town and lighthouse all were fought over and exchanged hands during the Civil War.
On September 1967, Hurricane Beulah caused extensive damage to much of the city of Port Isabel. On 23 July 2008, Hurricane Dolly, a category 2 storm, also caused extensive damage to the city.
Port Isabel is located at 26°4'25" North, 97°12'48" West (26.073675, -97.213234).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it is water.
Children living in Port Isabel are zoned to schools in Point Isabel Independent School District. Children go to Garriga Elementary School (Grades K-2), Derry Elementary School, (3-5), Port Isabel Junior High School (6-8), and Port Isabel High School (9-12). All of the schools are located in Port Isabel. The mascot of both the junior high and high school is theTarpon.
In addition, children may apply to schools in South Texas Independent School District.
The Port Isabel Public Library serves Port Isabel.