Details for Bluewater Bay Marina

Bluewater Bay Marina

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Average rating 4.5 stars from 28 reviews

Address 290 Yacht Club Drive
Niceville, FL 32578-7122


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

BoatUS discount on overnight transient dockage.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 7
Transient dockage: 5
Fuel dock: 5

Other depth info: Narrow inlet into marina. Pay attention to nav buoys.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 10
Total: 300
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2017-06-27)

Other price info: Includes electric. Cooperating BoatUS members 25% discount on daily guest dockage.
Monthly: $10.00 - $12.00/ft.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Potable water at slip.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Plus sales tax. Commercial diesel discounted.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: On leash.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Free if you take the boat to the pump out at the fuel dock. $10 if they bring the pump out boat to your slip.


Yes - 7lb. bags or 10lb.


Yes - Garbage cans at regular intervals.








Yes - There's a Winn Dixie located at:
4500 Route 20
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone Number: 850-897-3535
Pharmacy Phone: 850-897-3968


Yes - Marine supplies.

2 West Marines are driving distance, one in Destin, the bigger one in Fort Walton.


Yes - There's a dockside restaurant with a great menu and beautiful view. The restaurant is open 7 days a week.


Yes - Dockside oyster bar with beer and wine. Frequently has live entertainment on the weekends. Bar is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, low season. It is open 7 days a week the rest of the year.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities

Yes - Hull and engine. Can help arrange for mechanical, electrical, or canvas/sail repair.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Limited haul out available at Bluewater Bay High-n-Dry.

Storage facilities

Yes - Covered storage available at Bluewater Bay High-n-Dry.

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - With WiFi.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Is a small 2 lane ramp with docks along either side. Limited parking and there is not much room to dock after launching but the marina is wonderful and they can set you up with a slip before you launch.


Yes - Courtesy car available for the local area.

Other services

Free coffee. Complimentary newspaper delivered to your yacht.



Reviews for Bluewater Bay Marina
Protected marina , 2016-11-28
Captain: , Grand Rivers, Ky (2206)

We had at least 9 feet of water on our approach at mid tide. Very helpful and friendly staff. At our assigned slip south of the fuel dock the Wi-Fi was poor to none existant. The facility is very nice with a ships store and onsite restaurant.

Super Marina!, 2016-08-23
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (79)

These folks couldn't be nicer, I went down to Destin for the weekend and stayed here because it was rated so well on AC. We didn't arrive until after dark on Saturday night. They put a big helium ballon on the dock assigned to me!! That sure made it easy to find!
The marina has the standard facilities and all in good shape, the docks are in need of some work as they are the fixed wood type and my wife wanted to watch the Olympics but we couldn't pull any TV channels from the air antenna and there was no cable at the dock but it was still a great weekend stay!

Best option near Destin, 2016-04-13
Captain: , Charleston, SC (31)

Great marina. Great staff that is very helpful. Great restaurant and store. Top notch owners and management.

Great Marina!!, 2016-03-10
Captain: , La Crosse, WI (941)

April and Jimmie are the nicest people in Niceville! Great staff, have a courtesy car available, trailer and truck storage for those who trailer their boats and a deep boat launching ramp. Restrooms and showers are clean. Easy bicycle distance to shopping. A great restaurant and bar on site. As we bicycled through the neighborhoods, everyone we met were truly Nice!!

Hidden Gem, 2016-01-19
Captain: , Kemah, TX (306)

We were travelling with friends and layed over here for the night.

The marina is well protected and has two great restaurants on site.

The entrance channel is fairly narrow but well marked. If arriving for the first time during periods of limited visibility I would recommend you call ahead for approach directions.

Best option between Pensacola and Panama City, 2015-12-06
Captain: , Cincinnati (252)

First nice marina we have found after traveling multiple times between Pensacola and Panama City. Nice sheltered cove, would work well if things turn rough on Choctwahatchee bay. Sometimes it is just the little things that make crusing eaiser, they place a flag at your slip, so the moment you get in the cove you know where your headed. The marina is located in a residentail development, great for stretching your legs. No problems with depth, watched several comercial fishing boats come in for fuel.

Perfect Stopover, 2015-11-30
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (286)

Great for a few days or weeks. April and Jimmy were super, the docklands couldn't do enough. Mayhew's Marine is very good for service work. WiFi needs upgrades and sometimes is challenging, keeps it from 5 stars. Entrance is narrow, but well marked, with plenty of water. Diesel $2.99 plus tax

Stopped 11/29/15
Same great service, WIFI is improved, but they finally put the courtesy car out of it's misery. They did offer to get us to shopping in the area. We have family in the area and didn't need it.

The friendliest folks around, 2015-11-18
Captain: , Iuka, MS (1130)

We always stop here for the friendly, quaint atmosphere. Easy spot to provision with nearby grocery stores and restaurants reachable via courtesy car. Wooden docks are showing their age, but I prefer these fixed ones over floating anyway. Request the side-tie on the east end of the main dock for easiest in and out. Basin protected from all but strong north to northwest winds.

Great Stop Over, 2015-07-09
Captain: , Corpus Christi (240)

As we proceeded towards Port St Joe from Palafax this was a reat stop over. we actually enjoyed enough to spend an extra night there before moving on.

Blue water bay marina, 2015-06-19
Captain: , Lake City Colorado (50)

great marina staff could not have been more helpful . would stay there anytime

Good Place to Stop, 2015-02-15
Captain: , Orange TX (130)

Well marked channel. Wooden fixed docks a bit old. Jimmie very helpful upon arrival. She even ran down to the dock with orange flag to help us locate our dock. She was very helpful in all ascpects of our stay. Took advantage of the courtesy jeep for provisioning. Short drive for grocery, fast food, banks, etc.

Nice, quiet marina with great people running it, 2015-01-25
Captain: , Aurora, KY (146)

My wife and I stopped for an overnight stay and were treated very kindly by the friendly staff. Were it not for the weather window we would have stayed longer and intend to stop back by when in the area again. Beautiful little, protected cove.

Friendly and helpful, 2015-01-15
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (70)

We really enjoyed our 2-day stay. Jimmy (a lady) and April in the offce were so nice and friendly. Dave met us at the pier to help us dock the boats. The bar is great and the restaurant was ok... Some things we ordered were great... others so-so. The have a great restroom/shower facilty and a loaner jeep... just don't turn on the A/C Ask for slip A-16 or A-17... the have 50Amp power.

A Little Out of the Way, 2014-12-03
Captain: , Mobile, AL. (151)

Restaurant on site served a great Sunday brunch. Ships store very well stocked. Courtesy car availabe which we used to go into town. Niceville is a great place has everything you need and more.

Bluewater Bay Marina - Fun place, 2014-06-17
Captain: , Stockton, MO (240)

This little marina has a nice restaurant and bar. It is a little distance to get to shopping but overall it is a good place to stay.

Nice place., 2014-04-06
Captain: , Halifax Harbor (109)

The people make this the best place to stay. If you want a place with clean restrooms, good food and a stocked ship store, go here. We used the courtesy car to stock up at the nearby Publix, walked to the 27 hole golf course and ran throughout the Bluewater Bay property. Given all this, it was the wonderful people at this marina that make it great and will get our repeat business whenever we go back to this area.

Nice stopover, 2014-03-05
Captain: , Heber Springs, AR (146)

About 3 1/2 miles off of the ICW but nice facility with friendly and helpful staff.

The people made it great, 2014-01-02
Captain: , Ocean Spings Mississippi (215)

Such a friendly, helpful and professional staff! Stayed for three nights and made lots of friends on the dock and in the bar. The ships store is the best stocked I''ve ever seen. What they didn't have they had delivered to me the next day. Can't say enough good things about my stay here.

Home away from home, 2013-10-24
Captain: , Galveston, TX (599)

Initially planned on a stop over before continuing on to Panama City for a layup. Liked it so much we layed up early. Great facilities in the marina itself, as well as the surrounding community. School is close by for the kids. Out of the way enough to be a quiet spot, but close enough to the action that we weren't put out for stuff to do. A great community of people who live, work, and play on the water. But wear shoes on the dock.

An osprey nests in the trees along the spit. Nicely sheltered for dinghy sailing. Close enough to the Bay for taking the big boat out for the day. Sailing lessons available for the kids. Paddle boards available for everybody.

Enjoyable Place, 2013-09-24
Captain: , Lizella GA (1826)

I was confused about where to dock but they put up a flag on the open slip so I couldn't miss it. They help you to dock and tie up. The resturant and grill both have good food. Had Live music the night we were there. It was loud so we went to the bar and joined the fun. Had a great evening. Stay mid channel markers to avoid sand bars. Is fine once inside.

First time by chance, second by choice, 2012-12-10
Captain: , Reedville, VA (689)

We have stayed here twice. Cannot say enough good things about the marina, the staff, the food, or the well stocked ships store.

Great Marina, 2012-06-25
Captain: , Elberta, AL (100)

Great facilities and a nice staff (kudos to Chris on the dock). We spent a total of $5.00 for ice, got a pump out and topped up the water tanks. Did not need fuel. They treated ud like regulars spending big bucks. We'll be back to take advantage of the restaurant.

Top Notch Marina, 2012-02-08
Captain: , Marietta, GA (260)

Wonderful marina with friendly staff. Narrow channel to get in, but plenty of depth if you stay in channel. Very nice community. Fixed docks, power and water. Restaurant on site, but closed on Monday and Tuesday. Discount with Boat US and Marina Life.

Bluewater Bay Marina, 2011-12-01
Captain: , Mystic, CT (382)

Friendly staff in the office, on the phone and docks and in the bar and restaurant. Fixed wood docks, Clear restrooms and laundry available (1 washer, 1 dryer). Dock fee is $2.00/ft but they offer a 25% discount for BoatUS members.

Great place to stop for a day or month!, 2011-11-16
Captain: , Niceville FL (102)

Very friendly staff on dock, in store, restaurant and bar. Many services are available from well-known local contractors.

BlueWater Bay Marina - Great facilities, Wonderful service!, 2011-02-27
Captain: , Atlanta (314)

Fantastic, attentive service!

Small Sailboat Cruising, 2009-05-13
Captain: , Carrabelle (364)

We enjoyed this marina very much. The food at the restaurant was excellent. The showers and restrooms were clean. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I would revisit this marina.

Bluewater Bay Marina, 2008-04-15
Captain: , Bon Secour, Alabama (22)

Friendly marina on Rocky Bayou away from the husle and bustle of Destin. Restaurant on site. Courtesy car available. Fuel and pumpout. Great stop between Pensacola and Panama City.
Bill Stuart, Grand Banks 50.

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