Nestled peacefully on the shores of the Laguna Madre
Once known only to roaming Indian tribes, then by fishermen who found the waters off this section of the Texas coast to be especially productive, Port Mansfield is nestled peacefully on the shores of the Laguna Madre… only nine miles from the beauty and solitude of South Padre Island National Seashore and Bird Sanctuary.
Port Mansfield enjoys the same latitude as Palm Beach, Florida. The Rio Grande Valley has a semi-tropical climate and much of it has lush semi-tropical vegetation. Port Mansfield benefits from a sea breeze that keeps it warmer in winter and cooler during the summer.
Reach Port Mansfield by Land, Sea or Air
IF DRIVING: Take US 77 to Raymondville or Highway 281 to Highway 186 and turn east, then just drive to the coast. IF FLYING: An unmanned 3,200′ lighted runway with fuel is available.
Discover the Thrills of Bay & Deep Sea Fishing
By boat the Gulf Of Mexico is only nine miles away and once through the Port Mansfield Pass you’ll be able to go after the big ones: Sailfish, Marlin, Tarpon, Ling, Mackerel and Snapper. Port Mansfield can help make your fishing dreams come true. Port Mansfield is described as “one of the 10 best fishing areas in the country.” Speckled trout, redfish, flounder and other fine eating and sport fish are usually plentiful in the bay. Lighted fishing docks are in the harbor.
Only 80 miles to Mexico by car
After crossing the International Bridge into romantic Old Mexico, you can bargain in the Matamoros market and visit its sensuous night spots. Or drive further into Mexico’s interior and drink in the flavor, the fun and intrigue during a visit to this foreign land with its totally different culture.
PLAYGROUND / PARK / TENNIS
An outdoor basketball court is available for those who like to shoot hoops. Swings, a children’s area and picnic tables allow families to play together. A tennis court is also available.
The shallow waters and smooth, clay bottom near Port offer water skiers and windsurfers a safe area to practice their sports. Our close access to the deep blue water of the Gulf, about 15 miles from Port, makes scuba diving and spear fishing closer than most places on the Texas coast.
BICYCLING / WALKING
A quiet community like Port Mansfield offers ample time and opportunity to safely partake in bicycling and walking activities. With very light traffic, especially during the week, joggers and bicyclists can feel safe while getting their exercise on the roads.
A chipping course has been set up for those in Port Mansfield who want to practice their short game—it’s really just a mowed field with no greens, but it is still used frequently. A 9-hole municipal course is located at the south end of Raymondville, less than 30 minutes away. Harlingen has a nice municipal course, 27-holes, and there are many other public golf courses available in the valley.
HUNTING / SHOOTING
There is some good hunting done in South Texas, especially during dove season. Willacy county has whitetail deer, javelina, squirrel, turkey and other game birds. There are hunting guides available and an outdoor target range has been set up in Port Mansfield.
COUNTY PARK / PIER
Overnight camping is allowed at the park area at the north end of town. Picnic tables, bar-b-que pits, restrooms, and a 500 foot lighted fishing pier are there for public use.
Two public boatramps allow trailered boats easy access to waters of the Laguna Madre and the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Well-marked channels and a bay system averaging about three feet deep offer the chance to really make use of your boat. Boat rentals for fishing or recreation are also available locally.