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Port Isabel is a city in Cameron County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville and the Matamoros–Brownsville metropolitan areas. The population was 5,006 at the 2010 census.The city's name is given to the Port Isabel Detention Center, to the northwest next to the Port Isabel–Cameron County Airport.HistoryEstablished as a town after the Mexican War of Independence, Port Isabel became an important cotton-exporting port before the American Civil War. The harbor, town and lighthouse all were fought over and exchanged hands during the Civil War. In September 1967, Hurricane Beulah caused extensive damage to much of the city. On July 23, 2008, Hurricane Dolly, a category 2 storm, also caused extensive damage to the city.GeographyPort Isabel is located in eastern Cameron County at 26°4'25" North, 97°12'48" West, on the western side of the south end of Laguna Madre, an estuary of the Gulf of Mexico. The Queen Isabella Causeway crosses Laguna Madre to South Padre Island on the Gulf shore. To the southwest it is to Brownsville, the Cameron County seat.Plan your holiday in Port Isabel and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our United States vacation builder.
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©Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, Harlingen
©Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets, Mercedes
©Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo
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