Details for Boca Chica Navy Marina, MWR

Boca Chica Navy Marina, MWR

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Average rating 4.3 stars from 15 reviews

Address PO Box 9026 Midway Ave.
Key West, FL 33040


After hours contact

Facility type

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


This marina is not opened to the general public. You must be active duty military or civil service or retired military or civil service.

VHF channel

Monitors VHF 16 most days. However if Dockmaster is on the docks, you'll need to call in to communicate.

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager

US Navy



Barb Herzog

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


It's a well marked channel with plenty of water for cruising sized vessels of 6-8 foot draft. Averages 18-20 feet all the way in from the Hawk Channel to pier side.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 14
Transient dockage: 14
Fuel dock: 14

Other depth info: There is no fuel dock, but there is a pump out dock in front of the marina office.

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

Additional info: New 2008.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 6
Total: 121
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2013-12-20)

Other price info: No monthly rate. Eligible persons only - must have Military ID to enter marina. Active Duty military, Retired Military, or DOD. There is a waiting list for all annual dockage.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Mooring balls are rented on an annual basis only, to eligible persons. There is a waiting list for annual mooring balls.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included in the slip fee.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - At each slip.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info

Yes - Eligible persons only - Active Duty or Retired Military, or Retired DOD.


Fuel brand: Gasoline and diesel are available at the gas station on the base, about 1.5 miles from the marina.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: At the on-base gas station, 1.5 mi from the marina.


No - Not available.
There is a propane dealer on Stock Island, about 4 miles away, and there are places to exchange or fill tanks on Key West.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Excellent Key West Vet Dr. Lisa Bump. She operates a full emergency clinic. She will come to your dockside location if necessary.
Bumps & Bruises Veterinary Hospital
605 United St, Key West, FL
Phone 305-396-7628

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Pmup out is available at the service pier at the marina office and through use of seven manual pump out carts.


Yes - 20 lb bags of ice are available at the bar, The Navigator.








Yes - At least 6 washers and 6 dryers.


Yes - Mini mart on base a mile or 2 on the other side of the base.


No - West Marine on Stock Island, the usual assorted hardware stores in Key West.


Yes - Navigator's Bar and Grill on premises.


Yes - Navigator's Bar and Grill is open to eligible persons only. If you can get on base through the front gate, you can come to the bar and grill.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

No - There is just about every repair facility you can imagine on Stock Island, just 4 miles away. Mechanics from over there can and do come to the Navy marina.

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Verizon aircard works well here. There is a free WiFi service through MWR - GoWifi.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Wide boat ramp launches directly into deep water, plenty of room to get in and out.


Yes - At the main gate there is a town bus stop. Taxis also can come onto the base. There is an off road bike path from the main gate into Key West (it also goes to the east, don't know how far).

Other services


There is a nice beach for swimming and sunbathing, and an MWR bar/ restaurant on the beach with indoor, screened lanai and outdoor seating on the beach. Picnic and BBQ facilities on the beach, three large tiki huts for shade. Sun chairs and kayaks for rent from the bar. They were building a picnic area on the little island across from the beach too, 2014.

Reviews for Boca Chica Navy Marina, MWR
Great Facility!, 2016-04-12
Captain: , Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, MS (168)

For those that have access to military facilities. Great staff. Very nice docks and showers. Bar/restaurant is nice and very reasonable. Can't beat the slip rates. Lots of nice folks doing the liveaboard thing. Been here twice and plan to return.

Second stay, glad to be back, 2014-07-23
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (980)

If you have the ID to use this facility, then this is a great stop.
Barb is on top of everything, welcoming us back, helping with lines. They have a great community of permanent parties.
The navel community is great.

Nice facility...But, 2014-05-12
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (308)

This is a very nice military facility. The only thing bad that I can say is that they charge transients $1/foot/day. What is sad is that they don't have a weekly or monthly transient rate. You'd think that they would give some sort of break to military personnel if they need to stay longer than a day or two waiting for repairs or weather, or whatever. I know it's cheaper than most local marinas but most local marinas also offer a cheaper rate if you commit to a week or two or even a month, making choices in and around Key West more attractive.

Military Affiliation Required., 2014-03-19
Captain: , Cape Coral, Fl (82)

A great, cheap marina in the keys! You must be active or retired military to stay here. 20' deep channel all the way in. Substantial concrete fixed docks. Bar, snack bar, beach, and watersports rentals at the marina. $1 per foot transiet slip fee! It is about a $30 cab ride back to Duval Street though. Barb and Kelly were friendly and helpful at the office. You do need to present current ship's papers (registration, documentation, and insurance) and a current DoD ID card.

A slice of heaven in the Keys, 2014-03-07
Captain: , Port Charlotte, FL (533)

What an awesome facility, and very well run. Barbara was on top of things, probably the best-run MWR marina I have ever seen. She even was kind enough to give us a ride up to the service station to fill some Jerry cans (they sell diesel at the on-base gas station). The other transients and liveaboards made us feel very welcome while we were there too. But if you were military, you would agree that there is nothing like military comraderie on the "outside".
We brought bicycles with us, which made it easy to get into town on our own schedule. There is bus and taxi service if you don't cycle, or you could rent a car. It was about 8.6 miles from the marina to Duval Street. There is an off-road path along Rte 1 that passes right by the main gate and goes into Key West. Once in Key West, get a free tourist map and ffigure out a route using the non-main roads (Duck St, Staples St, South St, then ride along Duval - the traffic is so slow you can keep up with the cars easily).

Excellent marina / off the beaten path, 2014-01-31
Captain: , Annapolis (795)

The things good about this marina are top notch - staff, condition on the facilities, security, easy approach, on site beach, bar and grill, laundry.

The bath house has three showers and it decidedly institutional, dark and dank, but it is very clean. The marina lacks some key items - wifi/internet access, access to transportation (cab ride to Key West is $35 one way, bus stop is two miles away); access to groceries, access to fuel, etc. The small NEX two+ miles away has few items. The on-site bar and grill closes at 9 and has a limited menu.

Great place, but understand the shortcomings when deciding to come here.

2 weeks stay, 2013-12-30
Captain: , Scottsdale (320)

We arrived yesterday and found this to be a wonderful marina full of retired military liveaboards. There were at least 6 people waiting on the dock to grab our lines. Basic amenities that are well maintained and the price of $1/ft. is great. We'll likely rent a car and spend some time traveling up and down the keys over the holidays.
Update: We rented a car from Marthon at half the price of a Key West airport rental. Budget for two weeks for $390, plus returned it to Key West airport with no drop fees.

Great Marina, 2013-04-26
Captain: , Gulfport, MS (321)

One of the best marinas we have stayed at. The staff is very helpful and professional, and the marina is well protected. The current rate is $1.00/ft per night, which makes it the best in the area. Great little restaurant on site, along with plenty of showers and laundry facilities. We ended up staying 3 weeks instead of one, because my wife broke a crown. If you need a dentist, we can highly recommend Dr. Jason Manchester. He pulled out all stops in order to get a crown made in about a week and a half rather than the usual 3.

Great stop over, 2012-05-25
Captain: , Eglin AFB (150)

Wow, what a gem in Key West. The marina is nice, well protected, easy to get into and all the staff are fantaastic. Plenty of retired military folks around to lend a hand and a very friendly vibe to the place. Can't beat the cost of dockage. Laundry, showers, beach bar and grill are all very nice and clean. Would get 5 stars from me if there were wifi, fuel docks, and such other non-necessary niceties available. The facilities that are here are top notch. DOD ID Card holders only, not open to general public. This is a definite example of an MWR NAF funded operation that is well run and maintained.

Excellent Marina, 2012-04-05
Captain: , Kemah, TX (612)

This marina is a great place to keep your boat. Military (active and retired) and DOD personnel only however. Very reasonable rates. No Taxpayer Dollars Used to support this marina. It all comes out of the Morale, Welfare, and Recreational Fund, financially supported through the commissary and exchange program by other military members. No fuel at the docks. Great bar/grill at the marina. Need transportation or walk to the gate to pick up the bus which stops at the exit. Eight miles from downtown Key West. Great People here! Hard to get a slip for permanent residence.

Boca Chica, Key West Naval Air Station, 2011-11-15
Captain: , Key West (154)

You must have a valid US military ID to enter Boca Chica Marina. If you do, there are usually transient moorings and/or dockage available. The channel is 1.9nm long and runs on a NE/SW axis. It is deep (12' - 20') but there is less than 2' depth outside the channel. The channel is well marked and wide enough for large recreational vessels to pass and/or overtake. Also, the overhead power line shown on the charts at the SW point of Boca Chica is long gone. Contact Dockmaster at 305-293-2402 or VHF ch-16.

the sound of freedom, 2011-02-02
Captain: , chesapeake beach md. (85)

Brought the boat here thanks to George being retired navy. If every marina was this friendly and helpful what a world it would be.the GARI

Great physical facility with even better social aspects, 2010-01-30
Captain: , Key West, FL (748)

Though there is no weekly or monthly rental deals, the daily rate is pretty good and the value is clearly there: very nice fixed docks, good electrical system, beautiful surroundings, nice beach bar with daily social events, adjacent beach with kayak rentals, nearby gym, quickmart and gas station. Best of all, a great group of fine retired military folks. We'll be back; and for longer next time. My only serious complaint is that there is no WiFi at all. Use your 3G.

Great military marina if you can get in...., 2010-01-08
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1915)

1/2/2010 You can't beat the price of dockage here but the marina is also very popular and tends to be close to full. Always worth a phone call to see if there is space available. Any long term stay requires a car since facilities are all located off base. Mini-mart on base, post office, great gym and of course the Navigator Grill at the marina.
Washers/dryers also available

must be military, 2009-07-21
Captain: , ft myers beach (790)

active duty, retired, etc id card required for services.

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