Choosing The Right Marina In South Florida
The waterways around South Florida are busy in the fall. When the temperature drops in October and the mullet run begins you can find just about every type of boat out on the water. Many yacht owners start to make the descent down from the Northeast to their winter homes along the coast this time of year, stopping to explore or just fill up with fuel along the way. Whether you live locally and need a slip for your yacht or just passing through and need a place to tie up for the night, choosing the right marina can make a difference in your experience. South Florida offers many options in terms of storage, docking, yacht clubs, and marinas, but here are a few that have had consistently great reviews from other boaters.
Miami Beach Marina – Miami Beach, FL – 300 Alton Road, Suite 202
LAT 25° 46′ 10″ / LON -80 8′ 22″
Conveniently located adjacent to Government’s Cut, plenty of deep water, and no fixed bridges, the Miami Beach Marina is a perfect option for larger yachts up to 250’. With 400 slips available, there should be plenty of dock space available. What makes this marina special is not just the available amenities like electricity and cable hook-ups, but rather all of the things to do within walking distance from the marina. The famous Art Deco District is closeby along with non-stop nightlife on South Beach. A reviewer from Tampa recently said, “Great location. Very friendly staff. Many attractions in the area. You are among the rich and famous here.” You can find out more about the Miami Beach Marina by visiting their website at www.MiamiBeachMarina.com.
Palm Harbor Marina – West Palm Beach, FL – 400 North Flagler Drive
LAT 26° 42′ 58″ / LON -80° 3′ 0″
Known as one of the world-class, premier marinas in all of South Florida, Palm Harbor Marina is one of the best possible locations for docking with up to 200 slips accommodating yachts up to 250’. The state-of-the-art concrete floating docking system along with fitness center, catering kitchen, wet bar, and entertainment area create a special atmosphere and unparalleled experience unlike most marinas. Palm Harbor Marina was also recently voted one of the Top 25 Marinas by Power and Motor Yacht magazine and was the winner of the Top 10 All-Around Marina award by Marinas.com. Having restaurants and nightlife within walking distance in downtown West Palm Beach offers many opportunities to make your stay enjoyable. An out-of-state captain recently left this review about the marina, “We just arrived here for the season after a fun ride down the coast from Annapolis. We have stayed in some first class marinas over the years but Palm Harbor is a new level. The marina construction could not be higher quality. Amenities are outstanding. Service offered by the roving staff in carts is top-drawer. Security gates, cameras and a short walk down town.” For more information on Palm Harbor Marina, you can visit their website at http://www.palmharbor-marina.com.
Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina – Stuart, FL – 4307 Bayview St.
LAT N 27° 09.000′ / LON W 080° 11.700′
If you are looking for a marina with more exquisite accommodations, look no further than Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina located right off of the ICW in Stuart, FL. The full service 50-slip marina is the perfect home to keep your boat for a few days or months. Yachts up to 100’ can be accommodated and the amazing fishing Stuart has to offer both inshore and offshore make this a popular destination for anglers. An on-premises bait and tackle shop can assist with getting you rigged up as well as offer advice on the best fishing spots in the area. The resort itself boasts some of the most spectacular waterfront views on the Treasure Coast and with the comfortable tropical furnishings and a relaxing atmosphere, you will never want to leave. A recent visitor to Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina left this review, “Loved it! This place is a hidden gem. The food was great and the hotel felt we were in the Florida Keys.” For more information on Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina, you can visit their website at www.PiratesCoveResort.com.