Port Isabel Park Center RV park is a busy Winter Texan campground in Port Isabel, TX, with daily, weekly, and monthly rates. It sits across the causeway from the coveted South Padre Island beaches.
We've stayed at the Port Isabel Park Center (P.I.P.C.) in Port Isabel, Texas, multiple times in the past twenty-some years. It has been like staying at various dissimilar campgrounds. What made the difference was the part of the park where we stayed.
Our first time at Park Center, we had a full-hook up waterfront site. Bob could fish out the back door of our trailer. As I sat at my desk and wrote, I could look out onto the water and watch the fisherman, the pelicans, and the shrimp boats. We stayed a month. During that time we didn't go down to the rec hall for any of the activities. We were busy and content enjoying the view and enjoying the Gulf of Mexico. Perhaps because we had the canals on one side of us, the park did not seem crowded.
For our second stay at Port Isabel Park Center, we were assigned to middle site, on an inside row. Our view? Recreational vehicles and mobile homes of every description. Quite a few of them housed permanent residents and had not moved for years. We again had a full hook-up site and stayed for a month. Sitting in our motorhome looking out the window, we felt we could have been in the middle of an RV park anywhere in the USA.
We did a lot more socializing this time and participated in more park activities. Our neighbors were pleasant and we became friends with them. We went to the weekly jam sessions, musical entertainment, and Sunday hymn sing-a-longs. P.I.P.C. also hosted games, dance and Spanish lessons, a fundraiser for the Shriners, and occasional breakfasts and pot-lucks. The rec room bustled with activity. I think everyone felt welcome.
Our third stay at Park Center RV park was only for one night. We wanted to spend a night in a waterfront site. They had a new waterfront section. The sites were short, on gravel, and had water and electric hook-ups. They referred to it as over-flow parking. But, like ourselves, other RVers were choosing to stay there, and to pay the higher nightly rates, rather than to have a site in the middle of the RV park.
Another time at the Park Center RV Park, we again had a waterfront site, only this time it was in a newer part of the campground that had full hook-ups. We now had friends in the park, so returning was a bit like going home. We socialized with those friends both in and out of the park. The activities program had shrunk, no longer having the Sunday gospel sing-a-longs, the weekly jam sessions, the Spanish classes, or many of the other activities. The once a week professional musical entertainment remained excellent. Finding out what activities were taking place was difficult -- I heard nothing about a photo contest until the night of the judging.
When we return now, we try to get a water front site. Without reservations, we are taking our chances. Waterfront sites cost more, but are worth it for us. We enjoy watching the birds and the shrimp boats. Lights shining on the channel make gorgeous views.
Port Isabel Park Center campground is a destination park in the lower Rio Grande Valley. We liked it well enough the first time, over twenty years ago, that we thought we might want to get an annual lease and make it our winter-time home base. Just last summer, when I asked Bob where, if we went south for the winter he'd like to go, without hesitation he answered that he'd choose the Park Center RV park in Port Isabel, TX.
The campground rates are reasonable, perhaps some of the lowest in the Rio Grande Valley. On the monthly and longer rentals, you pay metered electric, which can be a huge savings. The park offers free WiFi at the sites, but connections can be iffy. It is a pet friendly park. The park has an activities program, but it is difficult to find out what is happening when. This year, they have a new swimming pool. A propane truck comes through the park a couple of times a week, so you don't need to move your RV to have your tank filled. You can have mail sent to the park. Port Isabel has numerous small cafes, several that are within walking distance from the park. Park Isabel Park Center is a convenient place to stay if you want to spend time on South Padre Island, but don't want to pay the Island prices.
Port Isabel Park Center
702 Champion Ave.
Port Isabel, TX 78578