Details for Dinner Key Mooring Facility Office
Name

Dinner Key Mooring Facility Office
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 3.7 stars from 17 reviews

Address 3400 Pan American Dr. Dinner Key Mooring MB#xxx
Miami, FL 33133

Phone305-329-4762

After hours contact



Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Moorings

Notes

Dinner Key Mooring Trailer now closed, now located in the main marina building.

VHF channel

16, then to 68.

Tune in : Informative Cruisers net daily at 9 am on VHF 69 typically for busy season from October till late April or early May.

Web sitewww.miamigov.com/marinas/pages/marinas/dinnerkey_mooring.asp

Email contact

dmuelhaupt@miamigov.com

Owner, manager



Harbormaster



Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info



Payment discounts



Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:

Approach

To get to the moorings take the Dinner Key Channel all the way into the Marina basin. After G15 take a port turn with the marina on your starboard and spoil island on your port. At the end of the spoil island take a port turn at R16. Exit the marina basin into to Brennan Channel (which is south of the mooring field). Moorings have yellow buoy row markers.

Tide

Unknown

Current

Strong

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:

Slips

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: 225
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $20 per night plus 7% tax = $21.40.
$275 per month plus 7% tax = $294.25.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)



Phone hookup (and pricing)



Water (and pricing)

Yes - Slip 18 on pier 7 can be used for 1 hour to pump out and take on water.

Dinghy access

Yes - Good dinghy dock at the end of Pier 7 near the boat launch ramps, close to office, laundry and washrooms. Also close to an ATM and bus stop.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Liveaboard friendly. They have launch service, suspended if winds are +20kts.


FuelGas: NOT AVAILABLE
Diesel: NOT AVAILABLE

Fuel brand: Fuel at Grove Harbor Marina north of Dinner Key Marina. Or The fuel dock at Scotty's Landing.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:

Propane

Yes - Taxi ride to Home Gas on 27th Ave.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: On leash.

There is a good/inexpensive vet in Coconut Grove which is familiar with Bahamian health certificates, Coconut Grove Animal Clinc, on Grand Ave across from Post Office.

Disability access



Launch service

Yes - 8 am to 5 pm every hour, contact the Shuttle Boat via channel 68. Suspended if winds +20kts especially NE winds.

Pump out

Yes - Included in the price, need one days notice. Usually only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Ice

Yes

Trash

Yes - At the dinghy dock.

Showers

Yes - Showers closed after 9 pm.

Heads

Yes

Laundry

Yes - 8 am to 10 pm at the main marina facility.

Grocery

Yes - Fresh Market nearby, Publix and Miami Market about 1 mile.

Milam's Market
2969 SW 32nd Avenue
Grove Gate Shopping Center
Miami, FL 33133
305-446-4909
www.milamsmarkets.com
Milam's Market beside the Home Depot, bigger selection and a bit cheaper than the Fresh Market next to Dinner Key Marina. Open 7 am-11 pm.

Hardware

Yes - Shell Lumber on 27th Ave & Hwy 1. Take the .25 bus #249 to Coconut Grove MetroRail Station, Shell Lumber across the road.

Home Depot
2999 SW 32nd Avenue
Grove Gate Shopping Center
Miami, FL
305-443-3534

Restaurants

Yes - Many nearby.

Bars

Yes - Many nearby.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Marriot, Mayfair, Residence Inn, Ritz, Sonesta, Hampton Inn and a few more are nearby.

Repair capabilities



Haul out capabilities

No

Storage facilities

No

Fishing supplies

Yes - Two choices, Crook and Crook at the junction of 27th Ave and Dixie Hwy (walking distance) or West Marine near Douglas/Dixie Hwy (biking distance).

Chartering capabilities



Internet access

Yes - Beacon WiFi if you have a wireless bridge powerful enough. Good signal for Sprint, Verizon and TMobile.

Boat ramp availability

Yes

Transportation

Yes - Bus (Coconut Grove Circulator), metro rail, metobus, train, airport, and cabs.

Other services

Bike rental available at the mooring office. Or use the CitiBike program located at City Hall Building and in Coconut Grove.

Attractions

Kayak/Stand up Board paddle rental place at Miami Watersports & DK Marina.

Reviews for Dinner Key Mooring Facility Office
Sinner Key Marina, 2016-03-12
Captain: , Miami (20)

If the customer service in most places in Miami is subpar, then the service at Dinner Key Marina is absolute garbage. The kind of service that makes you immediately regret having moved to Miami (and I speak fluent Spanish). The kind of service that forces you to set aside ample time to sit down and write a juicy, one star review just like the one that you are about to read. So you do not mistake this review for one coming from a non-credible source, I should probably mention that I am a USCG licensed Captain (50 ton Master) and a Cambridge engineering graduate with 20 years of boating experience. Also for the record, I have never really written a review before, but this nightmare could not have gone unpublished. Here is the sequence of events:

1. I signed a one year contract with the marina for a commercial slip in August of 2014. The plan was to run charters to small groups of elite guests aboard my 41-foot Maxum. Having endured a 3-hour long trip down from Fort Lauderdale, my father and I finally pulled into our allocated slip. The very next morning, we were rudely woken by a bunch of goons banging on the fiberglass, asking why we had parked there. They had chained the boat to the seawall. I kindly replied that I had signed a one year contract for that spot. They later unchained the boat and barely made an apology. That is Dinner Key Marina%u2019s idea of a welcome, apparently.
2. One week following my arrival, I drove up to Orlando for a few days. There, the local police came knocking on my door announcing that they had found a boat registered to my name up on a beach in Fort Pierce (about 125 miles north of Miami). Long story short, a ring of drug smugglers stole my 41 Maxum from Dinner Key Marina. I still wonder if it was not someone from the marina who tipped off my absence. It took 3 months of investigations by the USCG, DEA, and the local Sheriff%u2019s department, and an additional 3 months of quoting repairs before I recouped the money from the insurance company (the boat was declared a total loss). Dinner Key Marina did not help out with anything and did not even express their sympathies for what had happened. I later suggested that they install a camera to monitor that pier (Pier 9) and they really could not have cared less.
3. I returned to the marina with a new Concept 36. Why do you ask? Because none of the other 30 odd marinas in Miami had availability for commercial vessels. I should also mention that although Dinner Key Marina welcomes commercial vessels, they are not zoned for commercial use. I found that out following a visit to the City Hall trying to get my zoning permit. So technically, everyone there operating commercially is illegal. The operations lady at the Dinner Key Marina, Maria Busto, one of the most impolite, ill-intentioned, dysfunctional individuals I have ever had the displeasure to meet, had promised me following the theft of the 41 Maxum, that she would give me priority on my original slip. Sure enough, when I returned to the marina with the Concept 36, she had given it away to somebody else and left me with a slip amidst a bunch of shrimping boats. Just for the record, all of the frustrating experiences delineated above were delivered almost exclusively by her, Maria Busto. Do not waste even a second of your time with her. Talk directly to Stephen Bogner, the manager, anytime you need assistance. I found this out too late. He is of great character and although he does not have much control over what goes on in his marina, he means well.
4. My dad fell ill in early 2016 and I was forced to move back to Orlando to tend to him. I terminated my contract with Dinner Key Marina under this premise. My dad just passed away from heart failure at the age of 55. Even knowing about these circumstances, it took Dinner Key Marina nearly 4 months to refund my deposit. E-mails went unanswered almost every time. Every time I called in, no one was around even during business hours. Simply unbelievable.
5. Summarizing, this was the worst experience I have had with any company in my entire life. I failed to mention the countless times I had to fend off people trying to steal my stuff at the dock (and they did), obnoxious fishermen tossing garbage around and having to pick up after them, birds crapping shrimp guts all over my boat, vandalism, and daily encounters with ill-tempered employees of the marina (with a few exceptions, including Renato, an awesome security guy). Come here at your own peril. This place is a disaster. It will drain you emotionally and ruin your life!




great cruisers community, 2015-12-03
Captain: , st petersburg fl (30)

we stayed here for a month great group of people clean restrooms and showers nice mooring balls and a shuttle that runs till 5 on the hour to pick you up and bring you back to your boat can be a little bit rough in high winds but the best price we can find in the area Coconut Grove has a lot to offer with restaurants and bars would definitely stay here again the dinghy dock Can get full so be prepared to squeeze yourself in



Nothing To Complain About For $304 A Month, 2015-09-12
Captain: , Shady Side, MD (115)

That's the cost of the mooring for the month. Kept the boat here for two months while I went back and forth to VA a few times. No complaints. Staff was friendly, showers and bathroom acceptable, pumpout easily accesible (slip #18, pier #7), water at pumpout. Wifi available at the office though ATT had a strong enough signal for my personal hotspot on board. Hard to beat Coconut Grove area for restaurants, bars, bus service, markets, parks, and hotels if you need a break from life afloat. The only thing that would have made it more convenient was if they ran the launch for more hours. Currently it's on the hour from 8AM to 5PM. Made it hard to catch an early flight outta there.



Very disappointed, 2015-08-22
Captain: , New York City (61)

Perhaps it was just the wrong day to be there, but from our first call to reserve to our departure every aspect of our stay was a disappointment. Particularly annoying was being told the marina had wifi, only to be told after we were in the slip that wifi was available only in their office, not at the slip. The general attitude of the staff was dismissive and sometimes plain rude. Next time we are in Miami we will try one of the many other available marinas.



Dinner Key Trailer Closed! , 2015-04-14
Captain: , Austin, Texas (191)

Mooring staff are now working out of the main Marina building until the new building is completed. Shuttle now runs in front of the main office until the new mooring field dinghy dock goes in at pier 7 gate.

Use the .25cent Coconut Grove Circular Bus to get around. It goes to the Coconut Grove MetroRail or Douglas Station. The CCMR has Crook & Crook Marine Store & the amazing Shell Lumber for tons of needs. Bus to DRMR stop is next to Walgreens, Advanced Auto, West Marine & Enterprise Rental Car. For larger provisioning take the MetroRail to the Brickell stop and Publix is right across the street. Or take the MetroRail to the last stop south at the Dadeland Mall South and Trader Joe's is across the street or Publix 1 block away. If you have a car Publix is past the Coconut Grove MetroRail about 6 blocks on 27th Ave. or a nicer Winn Dixie on Coral Way & 32nd Ave. Fresh Market is next to the Marina but can be pricey & not a big selection for large provisioning.

Day Pass is currently $5.65 to hop on any rail or bus all day for purchase at the rail stations.



Good price with good service, 2015-04-13
Captain: , Merritt Island, FL (243)

We spent five nights here. The staff was great and we really appreciated the shuttle service to/from the mooring field. The facilities are being rebuilt so restrooms and laundry are in temporary trailers. Restrooms were bordline clean. Water/pumpout of pier 7 slip 18. Would stay here again.



Good moorings...facilities need help, 2015-01-31
Captain: , Catawba Island, OH (523)

Spent 2 weeks on a mooring here. Moorings are in good shape. Very exposed to a southerly blow and gets quite uncomfortable. There are also a lot of boat wakes from passing boats coming in the channel. Not too many understand what no wake means. The people in the mooring field office were really nice and very helpful. In the marina office...not as much. They are constructing new showers and restrooms and they are badly needed. Will be nice when done.



Better late then never.., 2014-10-26
Captain: , Keyesport, IL (70)

Everyone's opinion is their own, mine is that the Dinner Key Mooring Facility is top 5 out of over 150 I've experienced in the U.S, Bahamas and Canada. I stayed for about a month starting Jan 26th, 2014. The professional friendly staff, free water taxi and pump out made my stay easy and proximity to Coconut Grove was a joy.



Good facility, expensive area, 2014-08-11
Captain: , philadelphia (440)

We picked up a ball and stayed two nights. The staff was very friendly, the facilities were good, and the at boat pickup was very convenient. But the area's not great for stocking up or staying a while. There's a grocery store and restaurants, but they're pretty expensive. It's a nice stopover, but not somewhere to stay a while.



Inexpensive Option for The grove, 2014-06-16
Captain: , Placida, FL (276)

Picked up a ball for the first week of June. Nice field, great location and great staff. Nice launch service (hourly on request 8-5), pumpout on request, and a slip is available for watering, etc (one hour). Downside is that the field is exposed and can get fairly rough when the wind picks up, (and the launch doesn't run when it gets rough). There's also quite a bit of boat traffic in and out of the channels so if you're near the edges of the field you can expect to get waked regularly. But, for ~$20/night (half that if you go monthly) it's tough to beat for Coconut Grove.



Great location in coconut grove, 2014-01-04
Captain: , Niceville, FL (10)

Helpful staff, great water taxi on the hour from 8 to 5. Pump out and reasonable rates. What more could you ask for.
Great location in coconut grove.



Convenient jumping off place, 2013-08-12
Captain: , Scituate, MA (195)

We picked up our 37' Moorings sailboat, a cat, at Miami Beach Marina late in the afternoon and needed a place to stay that night. This marina is close by and huge. We pulled into the end of a long T dock and got the key to the bathrooms which were clean and large. Next morning we used their pumpout facility without charge and took off for points south. Staff was friendly and answered all our questions. Wi-Fi was not working at the end of the T dock were we pulled in.



Great Facility and Staff, 2013-06-23
Captain: , Apollo Beach, FL (928)

Bill and Judy's review is right on. Shuttle was nice to have when water was a little rough. Nearby grocery is a Fresh Market, but there is also a new Winn Dixie not far that is a fantastic store. Enterprise car rental is next door to West Marine so we could pick up stuff coming and going. Coconut Grove has lots to do. Mooring facility staff is friendly, outgoing, polite, and helpful. I can't say the same about the marina staff. Everything there is pretty much do it yourself.



Great location, but...., 2013-03-10
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (552)

Be prepared to get wet in the dinghy. Perfect location for access to the city, shopping and restasurants, but if its 10 kts or more you can get very wet on the way "home".



Great Access at a budget price!, 2012-12-29
Captain: , New Bern NC (120)

Dinner Key Moorings provide easy access to a variety of restaurants, marina suppliers, theaters, etc. Grocery and West Marine is within one mile from the Mooring Facility Office. Yes, when the wind picks up, the field is subject to some bouncing since it is exposed. "At the boat" Pump out services are offered three times weekly, but subject to winds, staff shortages, and equipment availability. So, get pumped out whenever possible.
Staff is friendly and helpful, explaining how rates can be mimimized depending upon length of stay and where to find parts or other supplies. Coconut Village is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon... and fantastic NY style pizza , too!

The only criticism is the wakes caused by power boats blowing through the mooring field channel from before day break until after sunset.

Bill & Judy
s/v Charbonneau



New entity, seperate from marina, 2012-02-08
Captain: , Kingston, Ontario (1890)

They split away the mooring activity and it now has its office in a trailer next to the conf center near the boat ramp. Showers and laundry, as well as ice, are also here. Dingy dock much larger and in better shape compared to the old one. Staff is wonderful, facilities are not permament but not bad. Pump out and water taxi still available.
Cant say enought about the staff, three guys who make this place really click, very helpful and not your typical municipal employees! Wonderful folks!



Excellent!, 2012-01-02
Captain: , Montreal (61)

Cannot recommend this facility more highly. We wanted to leave our boat in Dinner Key Marina during a 3 week absence but could not justify the $1200+ cost. Right next door was the mooring facility at less than $300/month. We have never left our boat on a mooring unattended for so long.
James was wonderful. He and his crew were professional, personable, perfect in every way. They took great care of our boat.

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