Things To Do

Explore the Best of the Area:
Places to Dine and Things to Do

Places to Dine in Port Isabel and South Padre Island

Looking for some delicious local dining options? Our area is home to a variety of locally owned and operated restaurants that serve tasty dishes to satisfy every palate. Here are some of our personal favorites (not in any particular order!):

Joe’s Oyster Bar in Port Isabel is renowned for their best-fried shrimp and seafood soup in the area. Everything is fresh!  You can also buy fresh seafood in their connecting market.

Los Tortugos in Port Isabel is a great little place to enjoy fresh fish and shrimp or purchase some to take home.

For a hearty breakfast, try Mexiquito in Port Isabel.

Dirty Al’s at Pelican Station in Port Isabel is a casual spot with great drinks and big portions. Be sure to visit on Taco Tuesday for the best blackened and grilled shrimp, fish dinners, and burgers. The Avocado and Shrimp sandwich on Texas Toast is a must-try!

The Painted Marlin Grille in SPI is the perfect spot for stunning views, excellent drinks, and outdoor dining on the water. Bring your boat and pull right up!

Yummi’s Bistro in SPI is the best breakfast and lunch spot on the island, with tasty options that will keep you coming back for more.

Blackbeards in SPI is great for steak and sandwiches

Russo’s if you want a pretty good pizza, this is one we like.

Padre Island Brewing Co. good craft beers, pizza, sandwiches. Sport Bar

We are dedicated to offering competitive pricing to our guests and ensuring they have an enjoyable and unforgettable stay. Come visit us at Villa Venezia and The Hideout at Lake Granbury soon!

Places to Go and Things to Do

Our area is filled with endless opportunities for adventure and fun. Here are some of our top picks for places to go and things to do during your stay:

Take a tour and learn about the future of space travel.

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center – Don’t miss the Alligator Rescue section for a unique and exciting experience.

Port Isabel Lighthouse
Climb to the top and enjoy the breathtaking views, then explore the shops in the area.

Dolphin Tours
Book a tour and get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures.

Parasailing, jet skiing, and boat rentals are all available for thrill-seekers.

Deep-Sea Fishing

Catch your own dinner and enjoy a fresh seafood feast.

Golf Cart Rental

Explore South Padre Island at your own pace and enjoy the island’s natural beauty.


On a rainy day, head to McCallen, Brownsville, or Harlingen for some retail therapy at the local shopping malls.

Ready to experience all that the area has to offer? Book your stay at our vacation rental cabins today and start making memories that will last a lifetime! With our clean and family-friendly properties and endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Experience the Best of Local Culture:
Seasonal Events in Port Isabel

Looking to immerse yourself in the local culture during your vacation? Port Isabel is home to a variety of seasonal events and festivals that offer a unique and exciting glimpse into the area’s rich history and traditions. Here are some of the must-see events that take place throughout the year:

Charro Days Fiesta
This week-long celebration of Mexican culture features parades, music, food, and dancing, as well as the popular Sombrero Festival. Don’t miss the colorful floats and traditional costumes that make this one of the most beloved events of the year.

Taste of Port Isabel

Sample the best of local cuisine at the Taste of Port Isabel, an annual event that features delicious food from area restaurants, as well as live music, games, and entertainment for all ages.

Port Isabel Antique and Flea Market
Browse through unique treasures and one-of-a-kind finds at the Port Isabel Antique and Flea Market, which takes place every first Saturday of the month. With a variety of vendors and a relaxed atmosphere, this is the perfect place to find something special to take home as a souvenir.

Art Walk
Explore the vibrant art scene in Port Isabel during the Art Walk, a monthly event that showcases local artists and their work. With galleries, shops, and restaurants open late, this is the perfect opportunity to discover the best of the area’s artistic talent.

Explore Areas &
Places to Dine and Things to Do in Lake Granbury

Explore historic landmarks, lake activities , dining and shopping nearby.

Located less than two hours from Dallas, 45 minutes Fort Worth, and an hour and 45 minutes from Waco, it’s not as off-the-beaten-path as one would assume while walking around our little stuck-in-time town. Founded in 1886, Granbury centered around a historic courthouse square with shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The  Historic Granbury Square was the first courthouse square in Texas to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

One of the highlights of visiting Lake Granbury is the wide array of fantastic dining options with scenic views of the water. From Golf Club fine dining to Wild West ice cream shops and everything in between, you’ll definitely find something you like.

Explore some of the town’s most history-filled locations, starting by taking a step inside the three-story limestone Hood County Courthouse, which was originally constructed in 1890. The newly restored 1886 Granbury Opera House still puts on year-round performances, and the circa-1914 Granbury Historic Railroad Depot offers a glimpse into frontier days when railroads remained the most vital transportation between Texas towns. A few other fun stops include the Hood County Jail Museum, Bridge Street History Center, and Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour. Nearby, the Acton State Historic Site, which also happens to be the smallest state park in Texas. There you can visit the gravesite of Elizabeth Crockett, the wife of Alamo hero Davy Crockett

Outdoor Recreation and Water Sports
Lake Granbury is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and water sports lovers. Whether you enjoy boating, fishing, kayaking, or paddleboarding, this reservoir offers ample opportunities for fun and adventure. Rent a boat from one of the local marinas and explore the scenic waters of the lake. Fishing enthusiasts will find an abundance of bass, catfish, and crappie, making it an ideal spot for angling. For a more leisurely experience, take a peaceful kayak or paddleboard excursion, enjoying the tranquility and natural beauty surrounding you.

Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tours
Indulge in a delightful wine tasting experience at wineries near Lake Granbury. Several vineyards and wineries offer guided tours and tastings, allowing you to sample various locally produced wines.
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply appreciate a good glass of vino, the vineyards in the area provide a serene and picturesque setting to relax and enjoy the region’s flavors. Some wineries also host events and live music, creating a lively and enjoyable atmosphere for visitors.

Places to Go and Things to Do in Lake Granbury

Granbury City Beach Park
Granbury City Beach Park is a popular destination for families and sun-seekers. This sandy beach area offers a great spot to relax, swim, and soak up the sun. The park provides picnic tables, barbecue grills, and shaded areas for a fun-filled day by the water.

Kids can enjoy the playground, and there are designated swimming areas for added safety. Take a leisurely walk along the shoreline, or bring your beach chair and a good book for a peaceful afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Granbury.

Historic Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour
Embark on an entertaining and spooky adventure with the Historic Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour. This guided walking tour takes you through the historic downtown area, where knowledgeable guides share captivating stories of the city’s haunted past.

Stories of ghostly encounters, historic events, and local legends shape Granbury’s history. It’s a unique and immersive experience that blends history, folklore, and a touch of mystery, making it a must-do activity for those intrigued by the supernatural.

Lake Granbury Marina
Visiting Lake Granbury Marina is a great idea for those looking to make the most of the lake’s offerings. Rent a jet ski, pontoon boat, or ski boat and spend a day on the water, exploring the lake at your own pace.

The marina offers various watercraft rental options and boat slips for those who bring their own vessels. Take in the scenic beauty of the lake, enjoy water sports, or relax on the boat and take in the peaceful atmosphere of Lake Granbury.

Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center
Head to the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center for a dose of art and culture. This center is dedicated to promoting the arts and provides a platform for local artists to showcase their talent. Explore the galleries featuring rotating exhibits of paintings, sculptures, and other forms of artistic expression.

The center also hosts workshops, lectures, and educational programs, allowing visitors to engage with the local art community. It’s a great place to appreciate creativity and immerse yourself in the cultural scene of Lake Granbury

Book your stay at our vacation rental cabins today and create unforgettable memories! You won’t be disappointed with clean, family-friendly properties and endless adventures!