Details for Ballard Oil Company

Ballard Oil Company

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Average rating 4.8 stars from 19 reviews

Address 2000 Main St.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


After hours contact

Local phone: 239-463-7677

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


Call ahead by phone not by radio as they do not monitor. This ensures you will not be standing off waiting for a shrimper to finish fueling.

The pilings are big, strong and intimidating and set more for commerical boats as opposed to pleasure craft.

Be mindful of the tidal flow at the dock.

VHF channel

They do not monitor VHF. Call ahead by mobile phone.

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager

Jim Ballard



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Turn north after the bridge. Go past the shrimp boats. 8+ feet all the way.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: Docks have been rebuilt with new decking and thick, rubberized covering added to the outside of the pilings. Easy to lay your boat against the soft surface.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No slips available - fuel only.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

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Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Diesel only, no gas.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Not available

Diesel price$2.24/gal (2017-08-14)

Other price info: Fuel dock used for shrimp boats but cruisers can purchase diesel too. Price of fuel includes tax. Price is cash or personal check only - no credit cards taken. $0.05 per gallon discount for greater than 500 gallons.

Service Monday through Friday until 4pm. Call ahead and they may sometimes stay late. Going to start staying open 1/2 day on Sat. Has off road high sulfer fuel.


Pets welcomeUnknown

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Disability access

Launch service

Pump out











Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Ballard Oil Company
Jim Ballard a Gent, 2017-08-12
Captain: , Apollo Beach (211)

August 2017. $2.17 diesel. Oil was up this week. I would buy fuel from Jim Ballard even if it wasn't the cheapest in the harbor. He is such a nice guy and a great asset for Ft. Myers Beach. Over 40 years his family has operated Ballard Oil. We are losing Old Florida replaced by corporations with nameless owners. One day Jim will retire and another landmark will be gone. Till that day comes I'll be stopping in to trade stories with Jim about the good old days.

Great fuel stop, 2017-02-07
Captain: , Kingston, ON (260)

2.209 / gal for 118 gal Feb 7

diesel fuel only, 2016-09-26
Captain: , ft myers beach (790)

limited hours, no credit cards, only cash or check. best price in area for diesel and the FRESHEST. near Salty Sams Marina
Current diesel price is 2.04/gallon

Their referral was right on!, 2016-01-23
Captain: , Bay City, MI (730)

We were having difficulty in the near vicinity of Ballard. I called and asked for a recommendation for a fuel polishing company. They gave us a name and the guy was right on. We figured Ballard would know who would be the best to recommend. Thanks Ballard!

Always the best price for diesel, 2015-03-25
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (396)

Never need to shop around. Always the best price. Tax included. Cash or check. No cards. Discount 5cents if you take 500+. Call the day before for quote. Remind him about the discount .. He tends to forget sometimes. He let me stay at his dock for the night. No facilities. Very friendly!

Great Prices, Great Service, 2014-03-15
Captain: , Kent Island, MD (392)

$3.99/gal, tax included. The service is fantastic. We are heading north but will fuel up here again on our way south

Great price !, 2014-02-02
Captain: , Sherrard, il (62)

paid $3.91 w/ tax. marina by bridge was $4.41. No problems with my personal check. Easy in and out. Attendant was friendly and helpful, and even filled up our water tank for us.

Great price!, 2013-07-05
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (260)

Paid $3.72 all in (with tax) for diesel... the marina just up the waterway is $4.41. Cash or check only.

Deisel Fuel price, 2013-05-15
Captain: , Northport MI (405)

On 5/15/13 Diesel was $3.66/gal Cash or checks only, no credit cards. Call number on building as you approach. Best $$$ in area.

Great Fuel Price Plus New Dock, 2013-01-02
Captain: , Hanover, PA (335)

After arriving at 3:30 PM, we purchased 400 G of fuel on Dec 27 for $3.76/G. Rather than grab a mooring or look for an anchorage, we spent the night at Ballard's new shore dock for $15. No facilities but very convenient and secure.

Best price, fuel up here, 2012-04-04
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7374)

Lowest diesel price, probably in all of Florida. Nice soft sided pilings, friendly dock staff. Just watch the fishing fleet traffic plus all the same boats in the area (boat rental just upstream) Call ahead.

very nice people and best price around, 2012-04-03
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

Easy in and out. Just call first. Can hang at a mooring until able to get in if tide is to strong.

Best Option for Diesel, 2012-03-20
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4247)

Ballard now adds 6% tax, but still is much lower priced than competition. Purchased fuel at Ballard's for $3.89, then cruised to Naples City Marina, where the price was $4.40/gal. The staff is helpful and friendly and the new, soft-sided piling are easy to lay to boat against.

Diesel Only Low Price, 2011-11-02
Captain: , Temple Terrace, FL (234)

Stopped for 120 gal diesel on 11/1/11. 3.82/gal incl all taxes.

EZ in and out, 2011-03-09
Captain: , Grand Rivers, KY (88)

$3.83 gal for over 500gal. 3/7/2011
Owner very helpful.
Call 239 463 7677

Services fishing fleet, good prices, 2011-02-17
Captain: , Fort Myers Beach (276)

This is one of the places the shrimp boat fishing fleet uses to gas up before heading out to fish. Prices are always good due to the volume they sell. Call ahead to make sure attendent is available if you want help. Very easy to slip into with no skinny water if you stay within the channel and that side of land.

Great Attendant!, 2011-01-19
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

Easy to get into dock (current can be pretty strong at times so watch the tides). Very helpful attendent. Call ahead - he requested that we arrive no later than 3:30. Best price - $3.179 when down the channel was $3.759!

Friendly staff, 2010-07-09
Captain: , Penetang On Canada (60)

The fuel dock attendant was very help full and the fuel prices were the best in a very long time

Great Service, 2010-03-29
Captain: , Dallas, TX (726)

Called ahead and he stayed open a little late for us to get fuel. Great service and very friendly while we fueled. A larger boat was fueling when we arrived and the owner apologized for the wait but kept us entertained while we waited.

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