Details for Free Municipal Dock

Free Municipal Dock

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Average rating 1.9 stars from 13 reviews

Address Pensacola Beach, FL


After hours contact

Facility type

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


Can be quite crowded on weekends in spring, summer and fall. Gets a bit rolly with east winds, not protected. Best to drop an anchor and back in so you can tie up off the dock (also makes more room for other boats). Can be loud with live music on weekends. During the day the jet skiers will zip by constantly causing wakes.

VHF channel

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 8
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Depths at dock are around 7 feet, but you need good charts to get to the dock. Less than 4 feet available when approaching from the north directly after clearing Pensacola Beach bridge, therefore pay attention to your charts for best water based on your vessel to approach.

The north end of the T-dock is better for boats with more than about 4 foot draft, while the south end of the dock is for more shallow draft vessels.

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

Additional info: No water or electric.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: No apparent size restriction.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

No - No liveaboards allowed.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Provided they are on leashes and not allowed on the beach.

Disability access


Launch service

No - Portofino operates in the area, but not to this specific pier and the Gulf Island Authority will begin operating ferries in 2018 to this pier.

Pump out



Yes - There is ice available at a conveneince store next door. Walking off the dock, take a left and follow the boardwalk to next door.


Yes - Trash cans on the boardwalk and dumpsters next door.


Yes - Outdoor style rinse off showers.


Yes - Public restrooms are located on the boardwalk.




Yes - There is a convenience type store with a small selection of groceries, snacks, soda, beer, etc. located next door.


Yes - There is some limited hardware available at Key Sailing located next door, north end of the dock.


Yes - Several places to eat/drink.


Yes - Lots of bars.

Hotels or motels

Yes - There are several hotels within walking distance.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Yes - There is not chartering available at this specific dock, but there is directly across the street on Little Sabine.

Internet access

Yes - Cell strength will depend on your provider, but in general there shouldn't be an issue. Local restaurants provide WiFi that is easy to connect to.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Taxis and Uber operate on the beach.

Other services


Shopping, water slide, etc.

Reviews for Free Municipal Dock
Wouldn't tie my boat up there., 2017-08-30
Captain: , Biloxi, MS (519)

Sept. 2010 We stayed at Sabine Marina and sitting at a bar, looking at what was going on at this pier made us glad we didn't even consider tying up to it. Dozens of rowdy teenagers all over this pier. Don't even think about tying up to it.

No More Fun, 2017-06-25
Captain: , Sarasota (205)

Signs up all along the dock.
I used to love this place it was great access to everything Pensacola Beach had to offer. Very sad.

Nice dock to pull up to for dinner., 2017-04-27
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (1178)

Update: Still a nice dock at the boardwalk which can be great when pulling in for dinner, but be careful if the wind is blowing from the East, because it can make for a difficult task pulling away from the dock. If you have a deep draft boat, be sure to go to the North end of the T-dock when approaching; there are additional docks at Flounders restaurant to the South, but they are for shallow draft boats only. There are no wake zone signs and one section of the dock that isn't allowed for mooring and only for loading/unloading, but otherwise there are no issues if you tie up. It is true that if you stay overnight, you might have to fend off drunks boarding overnight. During the day the jet skiers will zip by causing wake without a care in the world.

Easy dockage prepare to be boarded, 2014-07-28
Captain: , NiceVille FL (186)

Easy dockage. Chanel is direct to if u follow the coast u will hit shoals. You will be boarded if u have an easy access ladder by the kids jumping off the dock. It is all illegal, but it is. Many people come by and ask to fet their pictures ON your boat. Something else to deal with. In the time we went to brunch 3 kids 14' were jumping off the boat and climbing up my swim ladder.

Good for a brief stopover but gets shallow, 2014-06-15
Captain: , High Springs, FL (848)

Spent the weekend in Pensacola and tied up to this dock on a Saturday night to go watch a few bands play on the boardwalk. There was a lot of foot traffic not associated with the dock which made me a bit leary.

The worse part of this dock is the fact that there was less than 2ft. of water at low tide which had us sitting on the bottom for a few hours unable to move.

Free Municipal dock, 2013-05-20
Captain: , Illinois (2562)

Too high. Can't use it.

Do not leave your vessel unoccupied, 2013-01-06
Captain: , Panama City, Florida (123)

We have boated through this area several times over the years and in the past have not had a problem docking during lunch leaving our vessel and coming back. In the summer of 2010 we were on our way to Ft. McRee for the weekend and decided to stop in and have lunch on the board walk. We tied off and locked our cabin, fortunately, and went to Flounders Chowder House to eat. We had a window seat - thank GOD - because as we sat there waiting for our lunch much to our surprise we looked at our boat and there were at least 10 unattended children crawling all over, inside the cockpit area and diving off the dive platform. They had our boat rocking from end to end. My husband left and ran down to the boat to get them off and by the time we had eaten our lunch (hurridly) they were back on the boat. We saw no adults monitoring these kids. They appeared to range in ages from 10 to 15 years old. We did call the sherriffs department when we returned home the next week to report this. The were very very concerned and said they would address this problem. Too late for us we will NEVER dock there again! Go to Sabin Bay for dockage.

"No Mooring" signs, 2012-05-30
Captain: , Houma, LA (417)

We took the dinghy here yesterday and there are "No Mooring" signs everywhere. Did not stop.

T-dock change of policy, 2012-05-22
Captain: , Chattanooga, TN (554)

I have never liked to stay there as it is too exposed. In May 2012, I stayed at Sabine Marina. I walked out to the end of the T dock and found " No Mooring" signs posted. There were no boats on the dock.

Reviews are true, mostly., 2011-10-02
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (79)

I am local to the area and stay around this dock alot of weekends, what they say is true. Anchor out on the weekends to keep the drunks off your boat, and get away from the very loud dueling bands (there are usually 3 bands within 150 yards). It is accessible to vessels with a deeper draft, from the East, make your turn about 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile East of the docks, then come in at a 45 degree angle. At low tide you will see some 8ft spots, but mostly over 10. Once in front of the dock, tie up stern to on the West end, over 10ft at least all summer.

Fun but loud!, 2011-03-25
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (164)

A good place to park in the summer to see and be seen, grab a meal or a drink at one of the adjacent bars or restaurants, or just take in the beachfront activities. Extremely high eye-candy rating, with hoards of fit and trim college age kids out sunning themselves. But forget spending the night unless you are the type who can sleep through a train derailment with associated fuel tanker explosion outside your bedroom. With an average of five very loud bands playing until 2 or 3 AM at the various beachfront bars, all trying to outdo each other to attract customers, we've found it impossible to get any sleep when within a half mile of the dock. If you're spending the night at the pier, it's a good idea to anchor stern-to, because that way you can pull your boat away from the pier when retiring onboard for the night. If you don't, you may be treated to the experience of having drunks fall off the pier and onto your boat when the bars start to close in the early AM.

Shallow and unprotected., 2010-10-25
Captain: , Stuart, Fl (435)

Getting in there can be tricky, and if there is any chance of winds picking up, stay clear as this is very unprotected.

Not as deep as it was., 2010-04-15
Captain: , Fairhope, AL (167)

Sitting here on tax day, April 15, 2010 and we draw 3.5. Lucky we got up to the dock. We are at low tide, but still, not the 11 quoted. No way. Otherwise, nice dock.

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