Details for Cape Charles Town Harbor

Cape Charles Town Harbor

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 69 reviews

Address 11 Marina Road
Cape Charles, VA 23310


After hours contact

Honor System

Facility type

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


If you use a credit card for any purchases a 3% fee iis added. Virginia Clean Marina.

VHF channel

Monitor 16 Talk 06


Email contact

Owner, manager

Municipal Corp. of Cape Charles


Charlie Farlow


James Jones

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Diners Club. There is a 3% surcharge for using a credit card.

Payment discounts

5% on dockage and marina shop items when staying at a local B and B, hotel, or weekly rental.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Annual and seasonal slips have a waiting list. Contact the Harbormaster for details.


Chesapeake Bay to Cape Charles Town Harbor. Follow the well marked Cherrystone Channel into the harbor.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 18
Transient dockage: 18
Fuel dock: 7

Other depth info: Fuel by transport for larger vessels with more than 7 foot draft.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 170
Beam max: 40

Other info: Dock side up to 200 feet.


Transient: 30
Total: 125
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2016-10-24)

Other price info:


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: There is no moorings or anchorage within the harbor basin, see chart 12224.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: $5.00 per 30 amp, $10.00 per 50 amp, $20.00 for 100 amp. Weekly, monthly, annual, and seasonal are metered at $0.15 per Kwh.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info



Fuel brand: Pep Up

Gas price$2.47/gal (2016-10-24)

Other price info: Ethanol free gas is available at per $3.20 gallon. Taxes included in all gasoline.

Diesel price$2.39/gal (2016-10-24)

Other price info: Vessels requiring 7 feet (MLW) or greater fuel is available by transport and deeper draft vessels to 18 feet, minimum 500 gallons, Contact the harbor for information.


Yes - Nearby

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Leash Required.

Disability access


Launch service

No - In the near future.

Pump out

Yes - Located at the fuel dock.


Yes - Bags and blocks are available.


Yes - There are trash cans near the docks. Bagged garbage to be disposed in trash dumsters at the rear of the bathhouse.


Yes - 2 unisex, 4 female, and 4 male.


Yes - 2 unisex, 4 female, and 4 male.


Yes - Nearby in Town.


Yes - There's a a Food Lion 2 miles outside of town. Arrangments can be made through Uber style transportation from the marina.


Yes - Watsons Hardware - Nearby in Town. Some supplies at the Harbor Masters office.


Yes - The Shanty Restaurant is dock side. There are several favorites in town, Kelly's Pub, Hook U Up, and The Coffee Shop. All just walking distance The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek and the Coach House on the golf course, golf cart rentals or Uber style transportation.


Yes - The Shanty is on site and several nearby in town.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Cape Charles Hotel, Seagate Bed and Breakfast, Cape Charles House Bed and Breakfast and Blue, along with several weekly rental houses.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Waynes Diesel is nearby. Diesel Dawg Yacht Care, Yanmar Certified is avaliable out of Norfolk.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - 70 TonTravel lift is in place at Cape Charles Yachting center on the south side of the harbor.

Storage facilities

Yes - Available for boats and trailers, $5 per night, $30 per week, and $75 per month, 2016.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Nearby is Bailey's Bait and Tackle
327 Mason Avenue, Cape Charles
Phone - 757-331-1982

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Charter boats run expeditions daily for Cobia, Striped Bass, Flounder, Drum, Spade, Trout and Croaker.

Internet access

Yes - 5 bars with Verizon and ATT, WiFi available on site. ATT has 4G.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Public, no charge.


Yes - Cape Charles Water Sports, 757-387-9283. Uber style transportation, and golf cart rentals.

Other services

Waste oil disposal.


Cape Charles Museum, New Roots Garden, Palmer and Nicholas golf courses, Central Park, Public Beach, 25 foot tall Crab Pot Christmas Tree, Sunsets, and the Chesapeake Bay.
Blessing of the Fleet is the Friday after Easter.
Crabby Blues Festival every May.
Tall Ships at Cape Charles every June.
One of the best 4th of July celebrations on the bay.
Annual Clam Slam and boat docking contest the first weekend in August.

Reviews for Cape Charles Town Harbor
Great place ; Except, 2016-10-22
Captain: , New Bern, NC (476)

Marina is great as other have said. Town is wonderful and friendly.
However, If the winds are anything out anything with a N or W over 8kts harbor is extremely rolly. We held up in here for a blow for 4 days are had to put out all our hurricane lines to protect the boat plus chafe gear. Do not come here but go to the other marina around the point is what the town told us.
Very dissappointed the harbor master did not warn us how bad the harbor and marina gets in a blow.. I even asked.

Laughter on 09/05/16, 2016-09-10
Captain: , Burns Harbor Indiana (881)

When we came in on Thursday they were dredging the Harbor. All of the equipment is gone now. This is a very friendly Marina. Andrew is great. He goes out of his way to help in any way he can. He even offered to take us to the grocery store because it is to far to walk or for bikes. The town is really cute. Several shops, and good restaurants. The beach is great and the sunsets are magnificent. They really need to add a curtesy car and I personally feel the price is hefty for what is offered.
Be sure to visit Kelly's Pub on Mason, short walk from Marina. So much atmosphere and good food!!!

We'll be back!, 2016-08-25
Captain: , Arlington, VA (30)

Very nice marina with newer floating docks and pleasant bathroom facilities. Cape Charles is an old railroad & port town that is being steadily renovated and updated. Very nice beach, main street, and great people. The Shanty restaurant is not to be missed (we ate there twice).

But the best thing as I said is the people. We had engine trouble and ended up having to sail back to the marina for repairs. The dockhands helped us get in under sail, and Andrew & Charlie were very helpful arranging parts & a mechanic to fix the engine. Like I said we'll be back!

44' sailboat, 7' draft.

Great Service, 2016-08-19
Captain: , Woodbridge, VA (10)

Made a fuel stop for diesel. Called ahead and they agreed to stay open so we could get fuel. Their courtesy saved us a 20 mile diversion for fuel and let us stay ahead of some thunderstorms on our transit up the bay. Well worth the visit and also had a good dinner at the Shanty.

Cape Charles Town Harbor, 2016-08-19
Captain: , Norfolk (47)

Very nice marina. The folks at the marina were very helpful and frienly. They were more than willing to lend a hand if you needed. The facilities were clean and well maintained. My wife and I are looking forward to the next time we can make it over there.

Dining @ The Shanty, 2016-05-10
Captain: , Beaufort (92)

The Shanty Restaurant, only a few steps from the dock. No need to go any further away. You know the seafood is good when you see the watermen eating there.

05/19/2015 CAptain Jeff, 2015-11-12
Captain: , Brant Beach NJ (10)

Very Nice Marina and staff. Close to town and restaurants and shopping

Convenient to town, 2015-09-04
Captain: , Honolulu (531)

Close to town, new docks and facilities. Clean modern restroom/showers. Next to popular restaurant with live music on Saturday Stayed 9/22/15 $1.75 per foot.

Great Weekend in Cape Charles, 2015-08-17
Captain: , Hampton VA (140)

Entrance is easy with range lights to follow - which was nice as it was the firt time in 7 years we had been to Cape Charles. Barbara is the new dockmaster and Steve was her assistant when we pulled in with over 20 sailboats after a race. All boats were berthed quickly with a minimum of fuss. Docks were OUTSTANDING, new FLOATING docks that are set high off the water, making it easier to get back on board a high freeboard boat. Water, and 30 amp power were available, fingers are 40ft long. Showers and bathrooms stayed clean and were well maintained over night. "A" dock is closest to the Shanty and town access, "D" dock is closer to the launching ramp. Harbormasters office is on the west side of launching ramp and has ice (8 and 16lb bags) and sodas. We will be back!
36 ft sailboat, 7 foot draft. Great Job Cape Charles!

Clam Slam at Cape Charles weekend, 2015-08-09
Captain: , Seaford, VA (783)

August 2015-Still a great place, but any wind/waves from an easterly direction will rock your boat. The jetty and breakwater are just not enough to protect this harbor that is wide open to the west.

August 2014-Back again and it just keeps improving. Dock hands were plentiful and very helpful. Transient bath house nice and clean. New facilities and travel lift across the harbor.

August 2013- Our third visit here. Very nice floating docks with finger piers the entire length of the slips. Came over for the 3rd Annual Clam Slam weekend. The workboat docking competition was fun to watch. Our group of boats were docked together, unlike last year. The Shanty restaurant now has AC, and seems to be THE place to go. Dockmaster Smitty and his crew were always helpful. We will be back!

Our small fleet of four powerboats pulled in on Friday 6/8/2012. Lots of activity in the harbor due to the tall ships and a couple of Navy vessels in port. Easy access to fuel dock (and pump out). We were a little perturbed that they did not put us together on the docks like our original slip assignments showed.
Floating docks were brand new last year, and now there is a new bath house and restaurant as well. The Shanty is in its first week of operation, so maybe still has a few kinks to work out. Crab cakes were very good. Was very loud until closed down around 11:30.
All in all a great place, but does occasionally rock a little with a westerly wind or boats passing by outside the harbor headed to Kings Creek.

A great marina for a small town, 2015-07-21
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (60)

Given that the eastern shore of the lower Chesapeake Bay offers few harbors for boats with drafts much greater than 5%u2019, Cape Charles is a welcome and worthwhile stop. The marina staff is outstanding, hardworking, but unobtrusive. Reviewer comments about the harbor being open and exposed to the west are well worth believing. Conditions on the A-dock (and B-dock) during a storm from the west can be truly hellish, but further in not bad at all. Spent July 4th weekend. Marina docks were full and the crowd in great holiday spirits. Great fun. Fantastic fireworks display launched from barges near the cement factory. The town offers little in the way of entertainment, but a few small eateries and browsing small stores and arties places. Willl definately return.

Catalina 445, wind keel, 5%u2019 draft.

Okay marina, 2015-07-18
Captain: , Arizona (216)

The marina itself was fine, as were the employees. The town was very small; the wifi was extremely slow. There is a cement factory across the creek that can work well into the night and starting at 0400 which can cause a great deal of noise and light. If it weren't for that, I would give this marina a higher rating. The dockmaster was very gracious.

Nice place to stop, 2015-07-14
Captain: , Stafford, VA (1063)

Easy entrance from the bay, nice docks and helpful staff, excellent restaurant on side, and a short walk to town. We ducked in here travelling up the bay to avoid weather and were glad we did.

great marina, 2015-05-26
Captain: , Hampton, Va (210)

Smitty and his staff were outstanding again for the Memorial Day weekend. Great assistance in docking and facilities were clean. connecting to Wifi was slow. Stores were all open and town was busy.

Could be a nice marina, 2014-10-02
Captain: , Frog Mortar Creek, MD (180)

New docks and facilities. Long walk to office. Exposed docks, northern wind caused unpleasant night. Short walk to historic town. Beer and ice cream at local shops was good. Local renovated hotel may be good choice for a land cruise stay. Marina personnel not very accomodating - not avail at 8 am for ice purchase. Received nice pkg of reading material on Cape Charles and events in the area. In season could be worthy of another stop to check out the area. For golfers could be a nice place to visit the adjoining developed areas - 2 signature Palmer/Nicklaus courses.

Huge Marina with big slips and not much staff., 2014-09-26
Captain: , Annapolis Md (280)

Probably the easiest place to stay in Cape Charles. This big marina has very large floating docks newly installed. The facility has some services but laundry is not one of them. The onsite restaurant is high priced but the food is good. In certain wind conditions the slips can be quite bouncy which may make sleeping difficult. The staff, what there is of it, try to be helpful, but don't much help in docking or casting off. The town is a short walk away and is worth a visit if you like old homes and some history.

communication, 2014-09-21
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (280)

the entrance to the harbor is clearly marked and you should have no trouble entering. We did have a significant problem with communication at the marina. Radio calls went unanswered, even though we had a reservation. The telephone was answered, but the provided slip information was contradicted at the dock. The dock hand was inexperienced. The marina is new and has first rate facilities. However, the office is located in a trailer about 100 yards east of the marina, which no one mentioned at the dock. The office is too far for wifi to be available at the dock without a booster. An industrial site is located across the creek from the marina. During working hours, the industrial site is busy and noisy. This marina does not warrant the high prices charged for the available facilities and services. The nearby town of Cape Charles City is only a short walk and is a very pleasant place to visit.

Sept 3/4 Great Stop, 2014-09-05
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

Dock hand was very good and floating docks are nice. We were on dock C. The Shandy Restaurant at the marina has a great menu, service and friendly staff. Nice town to walk around. Walked to King Crk Marina and had dinner at Aqua. the food, sevice and staff weere the best. Atmosphere was great and the view better. Definitely would come back. Only negatvie was the marina showers. Restroom was fine but the showes needed some cleaning. Still giving it 5 stars.

Good Layover, 2014-09-04
Captain: , Annapolis MD (191)

Facilities are top notch and the staff very friendly and helpful. Couple of restaurants in town and one at marina. Golf nearby. Only nit is you tend to roll.

Nice Destination to Visit on Eastern Shore, 2014-08-23
Captain: , Hampton, VA (314)

This is a very nice marina with good docks, nice bathroom, and services. The town is an easy walk with an old theather and hardware store. It's nice to walk the streets, and visit the fishing pier. There is a lot of history in this town. It makes for a nice weekend trip.

Not a relaxing getaway, 2014-08-18
Captain: , Solomons, MD (464)

If you are placed on the A dock side of the marina, prepare to rock and roll, but not in a musical way. The winds were SW 5 to 10 and for two days the A dock boats rocked as the waves slapped against the hulls. Multiple fenders were needed to keep the boats from being damaged by the constant movement against the floating docks. Not peaceful or protected in any way. The onsite restaurant Shanty%u2019s was good, but so popular that if you weren%u2019t there when they opened, it would be a minimum 30 to 40 minute wait for a table. Wi-Fi nonexistent.

Last stop!, 2014-08-10
Captain: , Edgewater, MD (140)

Great place to top up your provisions as you exit the bay.
The facilities are recent and clean. Prices are reasonable and the staff is courteous.

Captain: , Hampton, VA (291)

Both the town and marina have become true destinations, especially for those of us who either sail the southern Chesapeake Bay or transit the area toward other cruising grounds both north and south. Nice, wide slips, attentive dock hands and reasonable rates. The "new" Shanty restaurant at the marina is icing on the cake with great food and live music (although on our last trip the "music" was more like noise to us!).
Although not part of this city-owned marina, just across the harbor there is a brand new (mid-June opening) marina which has a mega-yacht dock and haul-out facility. The new dock will attract larger yachts to the golf resorts in town and the haul-out facility is a much-needed addition to the harbor's capacity. The only (slight) negative is that even with new offshore breakwaters, with a westerly breeze there can be a bit of a swell in the harbor. If the wind is from that direction, suggest asking for a slip at the far eastern end of the marina where the swell is minimized.

New convenience, 2014-06-29
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (465)

Shanty Restaurant now has small seafood market

Great marina, but..., 2014-06-21
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1696)

As everyone else has said the marina itself is terrific -- floating, big slips with long finger docks and tee heads, wide fairways, nice bathouse...all good. The fuel dock is very busy from noon to 3:00 with incoming bay boats bringing in their catch and fueling up. Fuel dock may be tricky for big boats; it's past the new marina in the area of the old marina. Note: the pump hose is only 20 feet long and is offset from the pier edge eight feet. You'll need to dock with your pump out at the dockside. The Shanty restaurant at the marina is great -- try the clam strips. Yum! Kelly's is good too. Reuben was realy tasty.

The good people of the town are obviously trying to make things happen there. IMO they are not quite there yet. But the effort is obvious. Again, IMO, not a destination in and of itself yet, but a VERY good transient stop for two nights or a place for a buddie boat excursion. The docks are BIG and would make for ideal docktails. Channel coming in and out easy. Deep throughout the harbor. Kind of rolly from what could come in from the bay.

Captain: , YORKTOWN, VA (293)

Over the past ten years this town and its marina have gone from terrible to outstanding. Good restaurant on the dock and the town is full of nice people who have cleaned up their houses and made it a fine place to visit or live. Stores in town are limited but nice. Docks are first class.

Great place, nice people, neat (small) town, 2014-06-01
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (2982)

Had a great time.....ate at the Pub in town and was surprised by the quality. Marina is really well run, and the on site bar is THE happennin' spot in town. Great docks.

Improving Every year, 2014-05-22
Captain: , Deltaville, va (101)

We have seen Cape Charles Harbour grow up over the years. The floating docks are great but the main center post has a metal side guards. If you are on the outside and there is Southern swell, there is no sea wall yet....

The sunset is magnificent. Kelly's Irish Ginter pub is superb. The hardware store is iconic with a group of men chatting.

Cape Charles is a Harbour not a Marina ! Fuel is easy but workboats predominate in the morning.

Cape Charles Town Marina, 2014-05-14
Captain: , Visalia, CA (350)

Nice quiet marina. There is a seafood restaurant at the marina and town is a short walk away with nice shops. People at the marina are very pleasant

Great marina but not well protected, 2013-10-28
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (107)

We love Cape Charles--great marina facilities, friendly folks that work for the Harbor, and a wonderful downtown. We had a very uncomfortable night on 10-26-13 with SW winds at 15+ knots. We were towards the end of one of the floating docks and the motion felt like whip-lash. We'll be back, but probably not in the same wind situation.

Great new facilities, 2013-09-05
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (270)

Great new facilities with floating docks. Only a 5 minute walk to downtown. We came in after Labor Day and had the place to out selves. Not a lot to do in town but the people are boater friendly. Would stop again.

New Docks and Bath House, 2013-08-25
Captain: , Austin, TX (346)

The floating wooden docks were new two years ago. The docks and fingers are all nice and wide. High pilings for good storm protection including pilings in the middle of double slips for secure tie up if storms are anticipated. Fingers are full length of the slip. The bath house with showers and restrooms was new last year and is large and clean. No laundry on site although there is a laundry nearby in town. No cruisers lounge although there are some nice outside picnic areas. There is some exposure to winds and waves from the west. Ate at the Shanty which is right at the docks and the food was good. The Shanty is very popular and can result in some noise into the night. Also had breakfast at the Cape Charles Coffee House. Excellent food and service and a lovely art deco interior. Some interesting older houses starting with the founding of the town in the 1880's. Went to the local museum which described the history of this railroad terminal town which had an interesting method of transfering rail cars from land to barges with rails mounted on top. The old hardward store is a look at the past. Also a sandy public beach at the west end of town with facilities. The water is clearer here than in much of the Chesapeake. Cape Charles is not the place to provision with food or marine supplies.

Cape Charles, 2013-08-01
Captain: , Lottsburg, Va (264)

We fueled up this past Friday, 3.71/gal for diesel. The fuel docks are beyond the floating dock thru a narrow opening and across from the CG Station but we had no issues. Friendly staff and a small store with fuel related products While we did not stay here, yacht club was at King's Creek, I just might on our next visit. More convenient to the town and the floating docks looked well maintained.

Fantastic Stop, 2013-06-26
Captain: , Annapolis, Maryland (110)

Stopped with Flotilla of 6 sailboats after traveling the Carolina loop. Floating docks first rate. Short walk to town, fishing pier beaches. What a wonderful town with just about everything - good food, hardware store, bail/tackle, restaurants, home made ice cream, provisions and novelty shops. Lots of ongoing activity in town improving the infrasructure. Stayed and extra day. Expect the facilities to continue developing and improving with each season.

Cape Charles Harbor May 2013, 2013-06-18
Captain: , Hampton Virginia (20)

The harbor continues to improve each year. Smithy the harbor master has a fine crew assisting arriving boats. Floating docks are first rate. Bath facilities very clean. Walking into town is a short distance, with two good restaurants and GREAT home made ice cream parlor. This is our fourth year cruising to this harbor, it is improving every year.

Cape Charles Marina, 2013-06-12
Captain: , Oriental, NC (220)

We stayed a couple of days there. The floating docks are first rate. The showers are good and clean but can be a long walk from the western end of the marina.

Excellent, new floating docks, 2013-05-19
Captain: , Poughkeepsie, NY (5620)

The dock hands were there to meet us and tied up our boat quickly. The floating docks are new and in excellent shape. A new bath house is now open, first rate showers.

There is a good bar restaurant on site right by the docks, very convenient. We ate there one night, sandwiches - fresh seafood and prepared well. The town is about 1000 ft away and consists of one long block, a few interesting shops.

The docks are open to the east and you will get small rollers in from any wind direction with an easterly component, rocking the boat. Since the docks are arranged so the boats point east or west, the small waves don't cause a side to side motion, but you will rock fore and aft some.

Great Stop on the Southern Bay, 2013-02-14
Captain: , Pennsville, NJ (195)

This was our first stop in the Bay after an overnight sail offshore from Lewes DE in Sept 2012. Floating docks, ample electric, water, immaculate showers and restrooms. Nearby eats are Kelly's Pub and the Shanty right at the head of the docks. Not much in the way of major shopping/provisioning but there is a small convenience type store for minor purchases, a bait and tackle shop, and an old style well stocked hardware/general store all within easy stroll on main drag. Staff was a little disorganised but courteous and helpful.

Great Weekend Trip, 2013-01-07
Captain: , Yorktown, Virginia (391)

If you're south on the bay and looking for a day trip, or coming in to the bay and want some place low key to stop, Town Harbor is it. Amenities are nice, Cape Charles is quiet. There are two great local restaurants, one right at the head of the dock and then Kelly's a block away. There isn't a ship's store or grocers close by, so don't plan on provisioning, but they do have fuel and water. Nice sleepy little town to stop off in.

A place to return to visit again, 2012-12-19
Captain: , New Bern, NC (40)

I want to return. I stayed only one night as I moved my boat down the Bay. Mid Dec and so open, welcoming and full of information. The dockhand helped me tie up and gave good directions (eat at Kelly's Pub...the Shepherds Pie is the Best ever!). The bath house was clean and an easy walk from the dock. The office staff answered questions and gave me a hearty welcome. i have come to appreciate the welcome packets I get to allow me to read about the marina and the town even after I am in another place. I plan to return in warmer days.

Love Cape Charles, 2012-11-19
Captain: , Hampton, Virginia (226)

Most recent visit was October 11 - 12. Cape Charles is a great small town to visit. The downtown area is a short walk and has some nice shops and restaurants. The new docks and bath house are excellent. The Shanty restaurant on site is a great addition to the marina. We had one of the best lobster dinners ever!

The only downside to this marina is rough water when the wind blows 15k plus from the NW through SW. Nothing terrible, but it's exposed to the west and gets rolling in stronger winds.

Check out Watson's Hardware while in town. You'll feel like you're stepping back in time. No lack of all kinds of hardware and advice on everything from DIY, politics and the weather!

Would have given five stars if not for the choppy roll in the slip when the wind was blowing.

Lots of new floating slips, 2012-10-17
Captain: , Virginia Beach (56)

This marina is new with of lots of floating slips. Nice air conditioned bath house. Restaurant located at the marina and just a short (10 min) walk to the town.

A pleasant stop; a quiet town, 2012-10-06
Captain: , Kent Narrows, MD (200)

The marina floating docks are relatively new and the head/shower facilities are brand new. The marina staff is friendly and helpful; the office being a bit of a walk from the docks. The marina is exposed to the West and can be a bit bumpy with a Southwesterly or Westerly breeze which we had. The town is close by and has some decent restaurants and an ice cream shop. The food shopping is a drive away. We spent two nights ther and had a good experience; but saw all we needed to see in two days, all good.

Super New Facility, 2012-09-29
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (745)

Our first time here since the facility was built. Great floating piers long enough to tie bow or stern first. Good electric service. Super clean restrooms and showers. The Shanty restaurant on site is good with a party atmosphere. Short walk to town for several very good restaurants. Very good prices for fuel. Get a fuel card for 10 cents off on gasoline and 5 cents off on diesel. Their fuel prices are VERY competitive. Much easier to get into than Bay Creek nest door. Top notch facility. We will certainly return.

Great harbor, busy, livelly, new, and nice, 2012-09-19
Captain: , Chesapeake, VA (80)

Visited 14-16Sep12 in 28' pocket cruiser. Slips are huge 18' x 45' on C dock, with 30 and 50 amp and water. First the good: new very nice/wide floating docks, new/great showers (need code), great restaurant/bar Shanty at the end of the pier, great view of sunrise over the harbor and sunset over the Bay, close and easy 2 minute walk to town. Town has ice cream shop, coffee shop, bars, restaurants, public beach, and a public fishing pier (no license req). Coffee and ice cream shops have places to sit outside and dog friendly, even gave our dogs treats at the Brown Dog Ice Cream shop. Shanty had places to sit outside, so we kept an eye on the dogs in the boat from the deck. Would not allow pets on the deck as one reviewer claimed

Great place to stay, but could get 5 stars if: more protected from westerly winds and waves, live band/crowd at Shanty a little loud until midnight, didn't have concrete plant across the harbor or loud trains at the tracks between the harbor and town.

But really enjoyed our stay, cheap, dog friendly, looks nice and new,friendly staff, easy access to town, and had everything we needed. Will go again.

A real nice harbor, 2012-09-06
Captain: , Hampton, VA (116)

All in all, a very nice marina. We spent Sunday night, 2 September. The marina was nearly full.

Pluses: Very nice floating docks. Helpful dockhands when berthing. Reasonably priced ($1.50/ft, $5 for 30a). Friendly staff. Clean area and facilities. Convenient walk to town, which has some really nice shops, including a great wine and cheese shop (Gull-Hummock Gourmet Mkt) and (I was told) a great pub (where I wish we had eaten). (And if you're wanting to see a big gun from an old warship, there's one by the railroad tracks. I'm guessing it's at least 14", if not larger. It's just the barrel, but it's still very impressive.)

Cape Charles is a neat little town, certainly worth a leisurely stroll off the main drag to see some interesting architecture.

Not-so-pluses: docks are not well labeled, so we did some discovery learning pulling in. Despite having called for a reservation earlier in the week, the office had no record of it when I called again Sunday morning; fortunately it worked out ok, but it was a bit annoying. Nearby restaurant, The Shanty, rates maybe 2 stars....rather slow service, seafood was nothing to brag about. Ok if you just want a burger and a beer.

Would I return to Cape Charles? Definitely.

Really nice facility and cute little town, 2012-08-15
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2465)

There is not much to add to the previous (recent) reviews. These were some of the best showers we had on our 130 day cruise so far.

New town Docks, 2012-08-02
Captain: , Norfolk VA (56)

New town docks need a designation of thier own.
Immediately west of the boat ramp. Deep water, terrific floating docks with very heavy and large steel piles. true Harbor of Refuge.
New Shanty Restaurant and bath house. The town is improving the harbor. Smitty the harbor master is guiding. Good local resource. Short 5 minute walk to town. docks show up clearly on the Satellite image. Just a little more gentrifrication and a pool. Smitty is working to get in the town budget. 10X improvement over the older town harbor docks.

Town Harbor, 2012-07-05
Captain: , Norfolk Virginia (469)

Stayed on trip up the Bay and then down. New, wide floating docks and amenities. New shower facility is great and Shanty is excellent stop for beverage at the end of the day (is new but seem to have hit their stride, appetizers were excellent and wait staff very attentive). Seems like the transients assigned to C Dock which has Shanty to the left and showers to the right and within short comfortable walk. Wind from the West quadrants sets up a little chop that is still comfortable with the wind filling the boat on a hot day. Good Wifi and easy to walk the pet. Dockhands on station on time and around the piers willing to help in all matters. Kelly's (Irish Pub) is short walk with wider variety of beers (reasonable pour of Guinness and micros) and excellent menu (constantly changing) very nicely prepared and presented. Also on the hot days of summer, Kelly's has well above average AC while the Shanty is open air, layed back marina pub approach.

Updated Information, 2012-06-19
Captain: , Kings Creek Marina (736)

UPDATE----TODAY, 6/19/12, DIESEL IS $3.51/GALLON INCLUDING TAX............................................................ What a wonderful supprise! The new floating piers are stunningly gorgeous. It%u2019s just before you make the turn to the fuel dock & pump out. The fit and finish is first class. Cape %u201CC%u201D now really is the jewel between Onancock and Great Bridge. You%u2019ve got to come see. AND $3.79 FOR DIESEL UPDATE. Now you really have to come to Cape Charles. The showers are outstanding and private. Smitty and the staff really go out of their way to be helpful. Chad even helped unload the truck and carry it to the boat. What a swell bunch of people. The Wi Fi is snapping fast. The piers are beautiful. We're going to try the new restaurant, "The Shanty" tonight for dinner. I know it's going to be great!

What a difference!, 2012-05-31
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (121)

When we last visited we were tied to the seawall and nearly touching bottom. The new docks are terrific, and the people as friendly as ever. The new restaurant (right at the marina) is scheduled to open in two weeks.

Recent Visit, 2012-05-28
Captain: , Hampton, VA (40)

The Town Harbor at Cape Charles has undergone some very positive changes over the last two years. On my recent visit I was pleased to see a new restroom and shower facility. In addition a newly constructed restaurant is preparing to open very soon. The marina staff is very helpful and the town welcomes visitors. The Cape Charles and theTown Harbor is a nice place to spend a few days.

We love Cape Charles, but not in love with the noisy concrete plant!, 2012-05-28
Captain: , Gloucester, Va (222)

We love the quaint town, the place that time forgot - great old main street feel. Super new floating docks, nice staff. Bathroom basic. I agree that they don't have the quality of the otherwise top notch marina. We enjoyed our multiple visits here, great beach nearby too. But the concrete plant visible across the marina is loud as hell at 5:30 every morning. The reverse "beep Beep" sounds from the heavy equip. are reall obnoxious & echos throughout the marina. Get rid of the concrete plant or tone them dwn at 5am, & this place is otherwise great. Beautiful old victorian houses line the shores, great for walking, friendly townsfolk. We'll be back again, just with earplugs for overnight. Cheers.

Getting Better All the Time, 2012-05-27
Captain: , Yorktown, Virginia (30)

Been coming here for quite a few years on Memorial Day weekend. This year a new wide boardwalk is in-place overlooking the floating docks. At the east end of the walk the new bath house is open and very nice. The new restaurant should also open soon and is located at the west end of the new boardwalk. WIFI was good at our slip on B-dock. New shops are opening in town - still need better opening hours to accomodate visitors.

Nice stop over, 2012-03-06
Captain: , Olcott, NY (2536)

Easy access, friendly staff.
Love the new piers

New Docks, Fair Price & Easy Access from Ocean, 2011-11-09
Captain: , East Haddam, CT (315)

We stopped over for just one night (first time). Floating docks are new and have a rubber bumber on the side, nice large cleats too. Town is a 5 min. walk, basically across the street. It was late when we were here, but there are places to eat and a hardware store. Easy to get in here and not far past the bridge. There is no new bathroom facillity that was indicated as being built but the existing ones are fine (large and clean). Diesel price was the cheapest we'd seen around.

Wonderful Destination, 2011-10-24
Captain: , Smith Mountain Lake, VA (266)

The new public harbor has great floating docks, a lot of transient slips, and provides easy access to town. I just hope a permanent office and bath facility are in the works. The existing prefab one is adequate but out of sync with the dock and ramp facilities. I also wish the bathrooms were locked and limited to paying customers when the office is closed. Cape Charles is a wonderful town to visit and a great sailing destination.

Cape Charles Town Harbor, 2011-10-05
Captain: , Oriental (100)

Very friendly marina. Bath house is a long way from transit docks but clean. Kelly's great place for dinner

Wonderful place to stop over, 2011-08-06
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (53)

Impressive new docks that are just the beginning of a complete overhaul of the marina facilities. We enjoyed staying here and look forward to another visit.

Across the tracks from the docks/marina is the main street of the town, with some interesting and delicious eateries. We really enjoyed the breakfast at the Cape Charles Coffee House and would recommend this stopover to anyone on their way north or south.

Easy Access, Nice Docks, Friendly Staff, 2011-08-05
Captain: , Deltaville, Va (91)

We spent last weekend in Cape Charles and had a wonderful time. Access in the harbour is very easy and the new floating docks are well constructed. The dockmasters are eager to help with lines and very friendly. Although we didn't spend much time in town, there appeared to be plenty to do. Golf carts and jet skis are available for rent, if you're so inclined.

Cape Charles is a great place to meet up with friends, 2011-07-18
Captain: , Lansdale, PA (330)

The new floating docks are nice, the restrooms/showers are clean and the staff is friendly. They are still having problems with the water system and there is no wifi at the marina. We were really impressed with how much was going on in town. There was live music right at the small harbor fest at the marina and at Kelly's in town. There were lots of cute new shops and we went to a wine tasting. The town dock is reasonably close to the shops, beach and restaurants. We will definitely stay here again.

Cape Charles, 2011-06-02
Captain: , Newark, DE (250)

After a long ride on the ocean in a little boat this was a welcomed relief! The services here are fuel electric and showers/bathrooms. The dockmaster was a friendly guy who gave me the welcome package and then told me where I could find a place to get a drink. Not many of these places here, but one is all they needed. Good food and ice cold drinks. It is typical MD Eastern Shore with everyone being very laid back and down to Earth. For a stopover is was just perfect. Talking to the crabmen you can get an EXCELLENT deal on crabs. They sell them by the bushel on the CHEAP, but the guy gave me a dozen for free! Just the typical friendliness you get on the eastern shore.

It does seem like the town has suffered from the hit to our nation's economy, there were for sale signs everywhere. So if you like it, there's plenty of opportunity to make it a place to call home.

A great improvement, 2011-05-31
Captain: , Hampton, VA (423)

The new floating docks are great. They are still working to get them fully operational. Have power but no water but they are working on getting it on. Helpful staff. They have plans for new showers and on-site food. Cape Charles is struggling with many businesses closed or open on limited hrs/days. Kelly's is still open and has a very good but limited menue - a short walk from marina. There is also a new fishing pier overlooking the Bay and entrance to harbor basin

working harbour, 2011-04-29
Captain: , Pensacola (307)

This is the town hargbour which is evident by the large number of crab traps lining the docks. The dockmaster was very pleasant and spent time explaining what we could find in the small town.

The walk into town took us past the old ferry docks where train cars were once laoded aboard the ferry for crossing to Norfolk. The town itself is mostly a single street with several resturandts and a few stores.

Quaint Little Place., 2011-03-13
Captain: , Gloucester, VA (514)

Decided to nip across the bay and visit Cape Charles. This marina, like most municipal; facilities, is bare bones. A lot of fishing vessels w/a sprinkling of pleasure boats. Fuel was cheaper than I expected. Town is a short walk from docks and the wife liked the ambiance. We visited in early Sept. %u201810 and plan on a return trip during summer of %u201811.

Do it yourself, 2010-06-29
Captain: , Red Wing, MN (384)

Stayed here on a very hot day, good power for air conditioning and such but poorly set up for docking. Good depths getting in and out of marina The help getting into a slip with a very poor finger dock was the dockmaster hollering across the bay giving us directions. We did get in with some heroics and ended up having to exit and enter the boat via the bow pulpit. Cute town but ordinary marina.

week end trip, 2010-03-23
Captain: , Deltaville Va (531)

the habor has nasty stuff floating every where, and felt hurried at the fuel docks and to many junk boats. workers seemed to just want are visa and be done with you.

I would like to up date this review, Today the dock master called to tell me how sorry he was that I was treated the was I was and steps have been made to change it, And clean up the water in the harbor, This call shows me he cares what we think of his town and marina. I'll be going back this summer and hope to enjoy our stay more. date 23 3 10

Working Municipal Marina, 2009-01-11
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (495)

Very good fuel prices. Many workboats and fishermen but they are very helpful and friendly. The new expansion will help this facility very much and should be a real asset to Cape Charles which is a charming Eastern Shore town with a rich history. Kelly's Pub is a short walk to town and has cold beer and very good fish and chips. A good experience.

It's okay, 2008-08-30
Captain: , Marathon, FL (1203)

In the midst of watermen docking. Finger piers are very short. Town is small but charming - very bikeable.
No assistance from dock personnel.

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