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For more information, contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, Lighthouse Square, 421 Queen Isabella Blvd., 78578; 956/943-2262 or 800/527-6102; www.portisabel.org. The area code is 956.
Point Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site is at Lighthouse Square; 943-2262; www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/portisab/ . Winding stairs (and 3 short ladders) take you to the top.
The Port Isabel Historical Museum and Treasure of the Gulf Museum are at 317 E. Railroad Ave.; 943-7602; www.portisabelmuseums.com.
In the Channel District: Quik Stop, at 501 Texas 100 (943-1159), is a fishing store selling tackle and bait. R&R Marina, at 100 Bridge St. (943-6311), will hook you up with prominent local fishing guides. White Sands Motor Lodge, Marina and Restaurant, at 418 W. Texas 100 (943-2414; www.the-white-sands.com), contains 30 units and has been in the same location for more than 40 years. Its channelside dining room perfectly captures PI’s essence. Fresh catch awaits at B&A Seafood/Harbor View Restaurant, at 604 Texas 100 (943-2461; www.freshtexasshrimp.com). Across from White Sands, Traveler RV Park, at 504 Texas 100 (943-3373), stays mostly full year round with its by-the-water quiescence.