Details for Colonial Beach Yacht Center

Colonial Beach Yacht Center

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Average rating 3.4 stars from 50 reviews

Address 1787 Castlewood Drive, PO Box 400
Colonial Beach, VA 22443

Phone804-224-7230 (Fax: 804-224-7232)

After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Brokerage service. Dockside Restaurant adjacent to marina.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

BoatUS members gets 10% transient slip discount, 02/2014.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info

Strong current on incoming and outgoing tides. Take note as you enter the narrow channel for dock approach decisions.


Approach: 9
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 150
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 40
Total: 120
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2017-08-21)

Other price info: $45.00 per night minimum. Plus $5.00 for electric.
Weekly: $7.25 per foot weekly plus $20.00 for electric.
Monthly: 395.00 per month plus metered electric or $95.00 if not metered.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: Twin 30-amp electric services.

Pricing info: Daily $5.00 for electric.
Weekly: $20.00 for electric.
Monthly: Metered electric or $95.00 if not metered.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Shell. Fuel pump is at the first pier on the right as you enter Monroe Creek. Current can be fast here so be ready for it.

Gas price$3.50/gal (2017-08-21)

Other price info: Mid-grade premium gas, no ethanol.

Diesel price$3.16/gal (2017-08-21)

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - Floating Docks and Ramps.

Launch service

Pump out





Yes - Plastic, aluminum, glass, and oil recycling.






Yes - In Town.


Yes - In town.


Yes - At the maintence yard.


Yes - The Dockside Restaurant is open year round, 804-224-8726. Enticing historical atmosphere and excellent food.


Yes - Restaurant has a pub with a fireplace and a Dockside Lager.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities

Yes - Full sevice repairs plus detailing of exterior and interior cleaning, sandblasting, blister work, shrink wrap along with full service mechanical, woodworking, fiberglass, aluminum, as well as the restoration of classic wooden boats. See for more info.

If CBYC is not able to perform any needed service, they have a list of on-site qualified sub-contractors that will do the job.

CBYC offers a Yacht Watch Program to take care of your boat when you're not able. CBYC also has access to divers for hull service, zinc, prop, and retrieval services.

DIY welcome. They provide water, electric, and land storage space, and offer marine products from many catalogs.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Boat Ramp, 30 Ton Lift, and 9-ton Hostar Hydraulic Trailer.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Basic bait and tackle.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Golf cart rentals available. Staff can arrange transportation.

Other services

Private sandy swimming beaches, grassy picnic areas, and children's playground.

Kayak Rentals available to explore the wildlife and beaches along the Monroe Bay and Potomac shoreline, $10 per hour.


Many antique shops, beach wear, and art galleries in town. There are also several great local attractions including the Westmoreland Berry Farm, Ingleside Winery, Statford Hall, George Washingtons Birthplace, and Westmoreland State Park.

Reviews for Colonial Beach Yacht Center
Some things never change, 2017-06-23
Captain: , Kings Creek Marina (766)

Members of our crew have been coming here since childhood. Memories of covered slips are reinforced when you see them again. Staff has always been courteous and helpful. Town has always been just a little quaint. Now Denson%u2019s Grocery Store has a little restaurant attached serving outstanding land and sea food. A micro-burst or tornado or something came ashore here last April. Locals refer to it as a ten minute hurricane. Significant marina damage increasingly evident as you go up Monroe Bay. All local marinas are making repairs and improvements. Fast boat parade every evening is well controlled by Marine Police. Everyone is polite and gets along just fine.
We have always come back, and will again.

Everything you want at one facility, 2016-12-03
Captain: , Kilmarnock VA (55)

Late last summer we bought our boat that happened to be stored here. I've been here by land to the tiki bar for a couple of beers & a late lunch & thought it would be a cool place to come by boat & luckily, I was right! The staff is friendly, the facilities are decent and pretty much all you need is right there. We hauled out at Gladys Marina ,which is on premises ,for an inspection & their staff was friendly & helpful. The full time boating residents on C-dock were very nice & we missed not seeing them when we brought our boat home. Lots of stuff to do within walking distance & if needed, you can wait for the trolly which will take you into town where you can get any supplies you need (ABC store, Ace hardware, banks, Food Lion, etc). 3 stars because the fuel dock is a hassle with the tide ebbing or flooding & no fender pilings on the offshore side. There's not a lot of water in the basin & we never found the bathrooms/bathhouse (we walked the area multiple times over the 6 or so weeks our boat was there) but then again,we never asked! The resturant definitely isn't a formal dining experience but it's ok.

The best in Colonial Beach, 2016-06-12
Captain: , Goose Creek (70)

A solid 3-star marina. The restaurant/bar is very popular here. We kicked up a lot of mud coming in, so be careful at low tide. Our power pedistal had low voltage, but we found another that worked. A good bike ride into town.

Good location, Great staff poor power, 2016-06-08
Captain: , Occoquan VA (20)

Stayed there over Memorial day weekend. The Staff was great and the floating docks were good. Had problems with power. My boat is a 60' and requires 50amps of power at 240volt. Tried several outlets but dock breakers failed at about 25 amps. This required me to use only 1 AC unit out of 5. At one point we had to run the Generator to cool the boat. Because of this power issue we will not be back.

When you need fuel, 2016-05-18
Captain: , Annandale Va. (265)

This place is the best.Great sevice

Middle-of-the-Road in the Middle of the River, 2016-03-28
Captain: , Coles Point, VA (788)

(Review date: January 2015) After telling me they didn't like ActiveCaptain when I informed them I was a member, I asked why and was told they thought they were 5-stars. I asked how could that be, and they said compared to the other marinas in the area. I have stayed at and spent the season at a number of other marinas up the coast to Rhode Island and Lake Champlain and in between, and one thing this marina isn't is 5-stars.

That being said, it is a solid, 3-star, middle-of-the-road rating they earned during my season here (2014 season). Yes, there is a restaurant and bar, yes there is a boat yard, but this is not a resort. There is no club house, no captain's lounge, no swimming pool. The restrooms are small and the toilets do not flush well, and with the lack of a working pump-out from Memorial Day on, the restrooms really took a beating. Super-high tides fill the parking lot with water, and the bands play loudly and into the wee hours on the weekends (1-1:30 a.m.). Docks are in mediocre shape, with exception of the floating portion of A-dock, which is in good condition. Covered slips are tattered in many places. The introduction of barge-based floating buildings gives the place a very curious vibe--the residents of the other marinas in Monroe Bay are calling this the trailer park marina since these barges were towed here earlier in the summer. Boat yard prices are too high for this area, and the levels of service received have been complaints I have heard this season. I have very little direct experience with it to pass my own judgement, but the prices did seem high to me. The restaurant building is in poor shape, and the floors are not level in many spots (restaurant reviewed seperately). This is also visible in the marina office. The yard in general was kind of junky during the early part of the season, but drastic improvements were made during the latter part of the summer and early autumn with junk-boat removal and grading of dredge pile tailings (this should also give much better access to the marina's severly under-used private beaches). Twice during the season the shore power to the pedestals was cut in half, resulting in only 60 volts, causing me to lose A/C and refrigeration while aboard with guests the first time it happened, and discovering that my fridge/freezer had defrosted and spoiled a bunch of food during the week between visits the second time it happened. Wi-Fi is only a theory here. In practice, it is practically unusable based on my experience.

One great thing about this marina is the people, and another is the location. It is well located, and is on the convenient end of Monroe Bay with fairly good access to the river, however the depths in the marina can get a bit skinny, especially at the lower tide levels. The silt build-up against the sea wall (E-dock) is significant in places. The town of Colonial Beach has a good deal to offer and is fairly convenient, via taxi, tram during the weekends of the season, rented golf cart, or private automobile. Often-used services include a Food Lion supermarket and True Value hardware store with a boat supply section. Other offerings are restaurants and fast food, convenience stores, deli, coffee shops, OTB betting and restaurant, boardwalk, beach, NAPA auto parts, and lots of town activities on the various weekends.

Gas prices were anywhere from about at market to too high. The prices did not change a penny during my entire stay there (October 2013-Nov 2014) and were still at $4.29 9/10 when I left, which is above market. Gas sold is ethanol-free however. The gas dock can be a bear to navigate as it is athwart-ships at the outlet of Monroe Bay and tides flow rapidly abaft your boat when entering/exiting the slips.

I was left with the sense that the marina was in decline, but was at least pleased to see the improvements in the boat yard clutter and the grading of the dredge pile tailings. It is my understanding that the marina is for sale, and people can judge what they choose to based on that information.

All-in-all, though, I have to say that I enjoyed the people I met, and appreciated the location. Also, to me, personally, the owner and his staff were very courteous, which I appreciated. The marina can be a nice place to stay and visit for a weekend, especially if there's something fun to do in town.

Colonial Beach Yacht Center, 2015-09-20
Captain: , ColonialBeach, VA (330)

It is hard to schedule a haul out here. It is hard to get a hold of the owner/operator of the yard. Seem to do work at their pace and not worry about business.

Lively spot, 2015-09-04
Captain: , Honolulu (712)

I would have given this spot four stars, except for the restroom/shower facilities. Very cramped and difficult to maneuver in. Nice restaurant on the point with great views of the river. Remote from center of town, 1.5 miles one way. Stayed 9/31/15 $1.50 per foot plus $5 electric.

Best Yard Service Experience Had, 2015-06-22
Captain: , Aquia Harbour Marina (10)

Took my 34' Silverton "Quiet Storm" for bottom paint, compounding & waxing hull, installation of underwater led lights. True to their word the folks at Glady's Marine exceeded all expectations of providing quality work and doing it on time! A truly professional experience that isn't always the norm when dealing with yards for marine service. They earned my respect and will use them again when needed.

Mediocre facilities; closed on Tuesdays; fuel is $3.99 plus 5% tax, 2015-06-20
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (375)

We stayed here as part of a US Power Squadron event (three boats, nine people). First the good news. The floating dock is nice and uses recycled plastic timber that doesn't warp. It was wide and stable. The tiki bar looks nice but wasn't open when we were there. The pumpout is working and it emptied our two 15-gallon tanks in short order. There are some nice covered slips for reasonably large motor vessels. Compared with other nearby marinas, it is good.
Now the bad news. But it is nowhere near a great marina (Zahniser's comes to mind). The non-floating docks are wood and have a number of badly warped boards, so watch your step. The shower and toilet facilities are clean but cramped. Our knees touched the door of the toilet stall.
Closed Tuesdays. We happened to arrive on a Monday and found that they are closed on Tuesdays. Strangely enough, they don't give a discount for Tuesdays when their services (fuel, pumpout, store, and restaurant) are unavailable. Some of our group wanted to rent a kayak Monday afternoon for Tuesday, but were told they they couldn't because the marina was closed.
Lack of picnic facilities. The weather was hot and humid - 92 degrees with a heat index of 104. There are no picnic tables or shade except in the tiki bar area, which was closed. So we gathered there for dinner together. But one of the staff found out that we were there and went to the effort to stop by to tell us that we had to leave the area and that the floating dock was where we should be gathering (out in the direct sun with no tables). Some of our group feel that since there was no discount on the transient slip rate that we should be allowed to use the facilities. We did leave the tables back as they were and cleaned up the area better than we found it.

A nice alternative, about 20 miles down river, is Coles Pt.

Customer Service, 2014-09-06
Captain: , Colonial Beach (25)

We do care about each one of our customers. We hope each one has an enjoyable stay and gets to visit our "quaint" (as in small but very local) town. During the Fall we are full service only Fri-Sun, and by appointment during the week, but someone is always around. Our full time slip holders find a good sense of boating community here and our transients get a peaceful break 1/2 way to DC and some live entertainment on the weekends. If any of our prior customers feel we have not serviced their needs we do hope they write us at so we can address the issues that are possible to resolve. I look forward to meeting many other travelers through Active Captain. Thank you, Robin.

OK but not great, 2014-09-03
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (354)

This is an OK facility but the real draw is it's location near town. CB is worth a trip as it is a very fun, resort tyoe town. There are several good restaurants and bars to pick from. The marina is not bad but most times, because of our size, we have had to tie up on the exterior pier so there is a bit more wake and current. In side the lagoon is much better. Do not take a slip along the entrance parallel to the gas docks as the pilons are way too high to get a line around and difficult to dock in if there is any wind or current.

dont waste your time, 2014-03-28
Captain: , Virginia (10)

rotten bathrooms nasty place greedy, lazy people

Facility Comments, 2013-10-09
Captain: , Quantico, VA (261)

Monroe Bay can be very shallow (<4' at low tides and when the wind is out of the Northwest) and the slips at Colonial Beach Yacht are largely affected by this, especially fixed slips along the parking lot wall. Approach the fuel dock and pump out at slack tide due to rapid currents during tide swings. Anything other than a mild breeze will aggravate the situation as the dock are largely unprotected.
Staff are very helpful and accomodating. There is a resturant which serves excellent food and offers both inside and outside seating. Bathroom facilities are clean, but very cramped, especially the toilets. Overall a good facility and good stop over point or weekend destination.

There is a trolley service that will take you to the town of Colonial Beach. There are many good eateries there as well as a hardware store, auto parts store, grocery store, pharmacy, and dollar store which are all serviced by the trolley.

Gas and diesel prices are generally competitive and the marnia accepts cash and credit cards. Dial 804-224-7230 or hail them on channel 16 for more info.

Great Staff, 2013-07-25
Captain: , Abilene, TX (210)

Small and quite, stopped coming and going to DC, was promptly greeted and assisted on both visits, on site restaurant ok, town shops closed on Mondays

Disappointed Stay, 2013-05-14
Captain: , Port Royal, SC (231)

Docks are nice, but we arrived late and despite several calls to let them know our status no one stayed to assist with docking. (No fee adjustment for reduced services) Bathrooms are some distance from the facing dock so we never used them, and while they left us an instruction package, we could not connect to WiFi no matter how many or who tried on what device. A black hole if as we are Sprint users so out of it during our stay. Good spot if you are trying to break up the Potomac transit, but might try other marinas in the area if we do this again.

Nice People, 2012-11-27
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (695)

Very nice folks who are very helpful. Would definately stop here again due to the nice folks who run and work this Marina. The reason for only three stars is that it is a bit hard to get into the fuel dock with a current and the bath hous eis not the best, but agian still a good stop. The nice folks is the key element here.

Peacfull spot, 2012-11-15
Captain: , Charleston, SC (135)

Stayed for 2 months in the fall and weathered through Sandy there. The only slips deep enough for our 6 ft draft are way out on the end but they are large slips, docks are wide and strong. Wifi was useless and the small bathhouse is a long way off across the parking lot but the rates were good with a discount for a long stay. Friendly folks, good restaurant but not close to town. I would stay again if passing through.

JUly 4th 2012, 2012-09-05
Captain: , Goose Bay (30)

Arrived on the 3rd of July as scheduled. Hailed the staff on VHF 16 and was told our dock was between the "power boat and the sailboat on the right%u201D well after getting some detailed information my wife and I found our spot on the float dock and secured our boat ourselves, no staff to be found. Nice peaceful stay overnight decided to stay an additional night and enjoyed it big time. Staff was found in the air conditioned office and was very accommodating to our wants, secure showers, wifi, town maps etc.. too bad we didn%u2019t know about this yesterday. Quite a ways from town, like 2 miles, rented a golf cart (fun) and had a really good time. Several restaurants and watering holes in town with a nice view of the Potomac River. The town basically shuts down during the week around 9 pm but stays open longer Thursday through Saturday nights. Looking forward to going back next year for a short stay.

stayed two nights, 2012-09-03
Captain: , Deltaville Va (531)

WEll as I said we went back Labor day this yr 2012 and Loved it !
we stayed here two nights and enjoyed our time there, Robin was great at workin' the docks and the folks in the office helped a lot in getting a golf cart to run around town in.Some of the stuff is dated and could be updated, but in times like these it seems they're focused on C/S and we're happy with that. And it's on the go back to list..

Short on help, 2012-06-20
Captain: , Topsail Beach, NC (480)

We had advance reservations, and had been assigned a slip in case we got there after closing. However, we arrived during normal hours. We tried hailing them on the radio to no avail, so we tried calling them on the phone and got no answer. As we approached what we thought was the right location, we could see people in and out of the office, but still no answer on radio or phone. Dock letters and slip numbers are not visible from the water, so we just had to take our best shot at a slip that was open....turned out it was the right one but that was just luck on our part. Even when we could see where the slip number was supposed to be, it was not there....had fallen off.

When we finally did check in, they said the on site restaurant was open, so we walked over there for lunch. But it did not open until 3PM, so lunch was not available. Overall, not a good experience.

Restroom facilities are a long way from the boats, and are average at best. Very weak wifi, no TV. On the plus side, this was the first place we had seen in quite some time that had recycle facilities...something we always appreciate.

We bypassed this on our way back downriver!

Bustling busy marina, 2012-05-30
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

If you're looking for a quiet, serene stay for a night or two...;this ain't it. But if you want someplace cool and happening this might just be your kind of place. Stayed one night as transient on up the Potomac on Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend. Mega busy. Party marina. We stayed on a fixed T on the main dock. Only 30 amp power. Dock was good. Plenty of depth. We didn't have any problems with wake where we were. No current. As mentioned in previous post the bathrooms are the worst (tiny tiny stalls). On the plus side Colonial Beach is a nice town with a 25 cent trolley all around the town on weekends only. There is a Dollar General and a Food Lion but they are not within walking distance. Pump out and fuel in large slips right as you come in. Cool place, fun vibe, good docks, friendly staff, nice town, lousy bathrooms.

Good pit stop, 2012-05-30
Captain: , Pasadena,Maryland (510)

Floating docks. Diesel fuel. Staff was helpful. Location is good, but a long way into town. You will need bikes, or rent a golf cart. Resturant on site was very good. Nice sandy beach on river. Toilets/showers are a long way from the floating transient piers. Cater to transients. Good stop for staging up/down the river.

Best stop to and from DC, 2012-05-25
Captain: , Miami (71)

Colonial Beach Yacht Center is running a great marina catering to the transient boater. This is a family operated marina with fixed and floating docks that are well maintained. They offer a small ship's store, a restaurant, and fuel. There is good wind protection, good depth, and no current. It's a well run marina by friendly and efficient locals. It's helpful if you have bikes as the town is a distance away. Bob and Ivy on M/Y Karma

Nice Dock - nothing more., 2012-05-14
Captain: , Mackinaw City, MI (60)

The floating dock we were on was very nice, though exposed to any wakes from boat traffic passing by. The washrooms were the pits. Their web site claimed to have CATV, was told not on A dock where we were at. Was told there was WIFI, even gaves us passcode, again not on A dock. We take 30 amp power and had to use our adapter to plug into a 50 amp socket. The breaker kept blowing even though we were only drawing 20 amps. This place would be ok if you needed a quick tie up for the night but don't expect anything from shore.

An OK place to spend some time, 2011-10-04
Captain: , Marathon, FL (458)

We tied up to the floating dock for a couple of days. Their bathrooms have extremely short stalls. If you were taller than the average person, you might hit your knees on the door. There didn't seem to be many knowledgeable staff ready to help, but the office staff was friendly. The town is about 1 1/2 miles away and is a good bike ride. The best ice cream is at Denson's Grocery on Washington St.

Great marina a, 2011-08-11
Captain: , hampton (70)

if it had a pool it would get 5 stars , but hey its got a nice beach

The restaurant was great both times we ate there others with us agreed
I will be back

OK for a quick lay over, 2011-08-01
Captain: , Germantown, TN (181)

We made the mistake of getting here early afternoon only to find out we needed a golf cart to get into town - no problem except the carts were $72 a day minimum!! We stayed in the marina and ate on board - the restaurant didn't look that great. The docks are in great shape but the other facilities are out dated. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Docking was fine; restrooms and restaurant were horrible!, 2011-07-20
Captain: , Charleston (241)

The only reason I give this a 2-star rating is because their docks are in great shape, and the dock hand was friendly and helpful. Other than that, the restrooms were old and untidy. We couldn't get a cab when we needed it, so we ate at the dock restaurant. It was the WORST meal we have ever had! If you end up needing to stay for the night, make sure you can cook on board and use your own heads.

Convenient Overnight Stop, 2011-07-12
Captain: , Yeocomico River (336)

This was a very convenient stop when traveling up and down the Potomac. We have stopped here on several occasions and have never had a bad experience. The marina is a ways from the commercial part of town and bikes of rental golf carts are needed. Our most resent stop was due to bad storms were forecasted for the night and it was better to be at the dock with shore power and A/C for the night. It is easy in and out when side to the floating dock near the entrance.

Very Friendly and helpful, 2011-07-09
Captain: , Swan Creek, MD (20)

A family owned and operated marina. The dockmaster (Robin) was very helpful even when everything seemed to be happening at once; 5 boats waiting to fuel up, two boats wanting pumpouts, a 110ft sailboat with 10ft draft plus our 2 38ft sailboats in process of tying up. Robin handled it without a flap and apologized for any delay. A very nicely kept fascility with even an airconditioned bathhouse.

Great Stop on the Potomac, 2011-07-07
Captain: , Seattle, WA (415)

We decided late in the day to stop at Colonial Beach Yacht Center. The manager was very helpful and stayed late to help us dock. The docks are almost brand new and in perfect condition. Had no trouble with the depth just had to be watchful. Perfect place to watch the sunset and the birds were awesome. Had to leave early in the am so didn't get to see the town but we'll be back. Very peaceful and quiet marina!

Dissapointment after Deltaville, 2011-07-02
Captain: , Varies - Home in Charlotte, NC (202)

After leaving Doziers in Deltaville the night before we were very dissapointed in the marina. We were out on the face docks that were a very long walk to the office. Got very little help in docking and seemed to be a fairly unfriendly woman that owns the place. The internet did not work out on the face dock.
I am not usually a complainer and it may have been such a disappointment after a first class marina the night before.

Excellent People and a great stop on the way to DC, 2011-06-20
Captain: , Channel Islands, California (1149)

We came in here on our way up to DC and found a first class place. The staff could not be more helpful. There is a pretty good restaurant on site. There is a trolly that will take you anywhere you want to go for $.25. The docks are clean and neat. A fun place on weekends since folks from the big ciies come to party on their boats. I would definitely stop here again.

Friendly Quiet Marina, 2011-05-09
Captain: , New Bern NC (10)

The sunset was just beautiful. Great meal at the restaurant next to the marina. Friendly and helpful staff, clean restrooms and nice wide floating docks. We did not have any problems with the depth of the water. We would stop back by this friendly family owned marina and we enjoyed the quiet of the small town.

Colonial Beach Yacht Center, 2011-05-08
Captain: , San Antonio, TX (310)

Check to make certain they have diesel before coming into Marina. Narrow and shallow entrance. Floating docks. We stayed on anchor between R10 and R12 in order to go into town Originally called to make a reservation but they wanted a credit card up front. also called 24 hours in advance about fueling and was told no problem A nice woman called apologizing for the lack of diesel Nice gesture. Cannot rate facilities or personnel.

Liked the area, not the marina. Won't return, 2011-01-26
Captain: , Frog Mortar Creek, Middle R., Chesapeake (420)

We are a 32 foot sloop with 4 12ft draft. We tied to a floating dock and went to the office for instructions. They told me to anchor anywhere in the mini-harbor which is an area surrounded by floating docks. Said nothing about the depth. No dock hands.

It was mid-tide and we found the bottom on the far dock so we moved to the dock just inside the entrance. Shallow, but seemed OK. the next morning we were on the bottom. I went to the office to complain. They were no help. Offered nothing. One marina resident told us it is known to be very shallow in there and the office knows it.

Fortunately, we met some very friendly and helpful marina residents who took us to a market and showed the town. Later we rented a golf cart and toured the town. Did our laundry.

Later that day we were afloat and moved the boat outside the mini-harbor. We stayed there that night without paying. No one asked us to pay either.

Break from the rat race, 2011-01-10
Captain: , Woodbridge VA (80)

If you are looking for a high-end posh marina with all the amenities look elsewhere. This is a great inexpensive stop with a good restaurant and sports bar on-site, live music on Summer weekend nights, and lots of boat friendly people. Sunsets at the marina are 10+

Definitely rent a golf cart and cruise the town, plenty of small shops with OK food choices, laid back small town friendly environment.

If you need a Nordstroms and or a Starbucks fix you have stopped at the wrong place!

Nice Marina, watch the currents and depths, 2010-10-29
Captain: , Quantico (20)

We are a 50ft Sailboat so we anchored out but were part of 10 boat group that used their facilites extensively. Great little beaches for the kids to swim and play on, easy to get to the rest of town, very helpful management. Asked about depth at fuel docks and wound up aground on an outbound tide despite assurances of 6ft deth. Current is significant at tides feeding into or out of back bay but channels well marked etc. Would repeat. kids loved it.

A logistical stopover but nothing more., 2010-08-08
Captain: , Chesapeake Bay, MD (311)

This marina is located approx. halfway up the Potomac and has diesel fuel so we stopped over. Reluctant dock hand helped us get tied up. The marina is very basic but does have a good restaraunt on site. Fuel dock required much work to get in as it sits at the inlet to this creek and tide rips thru the area. (Fuel at slack tide if possible) The town looks like it has seen better times and was very depressed to us. Summer vacation season and it looked not well attended. The guide books play it up but believe me, the town is not much.

Summer Stopover, 2010-07-08
Captain: , Washington DC (105)

Super easy approach, floating docks. I stayed 3 days in Aug '09, the place was empty of transients and I had the small 'basin' on the outer dock to myself. A larger cruising sailboat captain was frustrated by the speed of service at the fuel dock but I filled up inland with jerry cans for cheaper prices anyway.

The marina staff was friendly and coordinated my arrival even though no one was manning the marina on that day (Monday). The local Golf Cart rental provided a courtesy car pick up and my wife and I enjoyed our 2 night stay in Colonial Beach. Not too much going on but I recommend checking out the Off Track Betting facility pier (technically part of Maryland) and the sandwhich shop. Be warned that the town shuts down by 9pm on weeknights.

Nice Stopover, 2010-06-26
Captain: , annapolis (183)

If you are coming up or down the Potomac, Colinial Beach Yacht Center is a logical place to overnight. Nice new facility with fuel. Friendly service. Restaurant's food and service are adequate. Town nearby is a quaint, nautical village, though not a lot to do.

Good stop over point, 2009-09-06
Captain: , clear lake texas (435)

This is a good stop over point. Has a lot of boat traffic on the weekend and the current is strong at the fuel dock can be a challange to dock. Dock hands were not avalible when we docked, but a local handled the lines. There is a trolley to town on the weekends. It was an entertaining trip for $0.25.

Great Expectations, 2009-07-03
Captain: , Holland, MI (116)

Friendly people, easy access with at least 5.5 ft. Cost at 1.50/ft & $5/day for 50 amps is reasonable for what is here. Only issue is that the town is about a mile and a half away and no coutesy car but as other reviews have pointed out golf carts can be rented etc.

Fun visit, 2009-05-19
Captain: , Stafford, VA (1077)

Easy access off the river. The facilities are not that great, but the staff is friendly and the restaurant is pretty good. Town is a bike ride away or you can call to rent a golf cart (this is a golf cart town). Several interesting shops to visit and they have off-track betting.

Are you kidding?, 2008-12-09
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (197)

Colonial Beach is a red neck dump like no other on the Chesapeake or it's tributaries. Do not believe anything the cruising guides say, this a place to skip if there ever was. It is the standing joke on our boat for the place you would never want to go to again.

Nice Place, 2008-07-30
Captain: , Alexandria VA (59)

We spent a weekend getaway here. The new floating docks for transients are first rate and folks are friendly around the marina. Getting into the marina slip area the depth sounder was sounding warnings all the way but we didn’t seem to drag bottom. Fuel prices were reasonable given the market. The bath house and showers while a little cramped are adequate to OK. They are in a strange location hidden over in the maintenance area so getting to them is a long walk and you'll thread your way through maintenance equipment getting there. The Dockside restaurant and Pub are onsite and have very good food and service. The town is a scenic 1.5 mile jog along either Monroe Bay or the Potomac waterfront. The village is sleepy even in high summer yet the beaches are well used and we found the High Tides restaurant on the 'boardwalk' a nice hang out. Our favorite morning ritual was going to Espresso Station in town which is one of the most pleasant coffee shops I've ever been to with very good coffee, pastries and a nice staff. There's more in town to explore so we’ll return. We also enjoyed the golf cart phenomenon in this town with many interesting customized versions rolling around.

Worth an extra night, 2008-05-23
Captain: , Bristol, RI (132)

Great spot to hang out for a few days if the weather turns punky. Rent a golf cart and tour the town. Definitely worth spending an extra night. The area where they have transients is a floating dock,"lagoon" and very well protected.

Great food, 2008-03-04
Captain: , fairport VA (74)

Great pub and restaurant. VERY SHALLOW in spots. IF over 4-5 feet suggest high tide. It was dregged last year but still a few high spots

Friendly Marina, 2008-01-21
Captain: , Mt. Vernon, VA (10)

Great little gem on the Potomac. This marina is by no means 5-star but if you are looking for a reasonable transient slip and a quaint little town, this is is. New transient slips, and friendly staff make this a regular summer stopover.

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