Details for Marineland Marina
Name

Marineland Marina
Position

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Average rating 4.6 stars from 136 reviews

Address 101 Tolstoy Ln
St Augustine, FL 32080

Phone904-814-9886

After hours contact

904-814-9886

Pro-Op message

Marineland Marina is fully operational after Hurricane Matthew and recent dredging has increased depths to 6.5 feet in the channel and at our 50 foot slips. Marineland Marina offers $1.25 per foot daily transient dockage. Stay 3 days or more and receive free general admission passes to the Marineland Dolphin Adventure, 1/2 price kayaking ecotours, and transportation to the Publix grocery store. Weekly rates are $6 per foot. Don't miss the Farmer's Market at the marina every Sunday from 10:00am - 2:00pm right at the docks.

Facility type

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

Notes

Farmer's Market on Sundays from 10 am - 2 pm.
Zumba offered Monday and Wednesday.
Naturalist Courses offered November, January, and February.

VHF channel

Hail on 16. Working channel is 68.

Web sitemarinelandmarina.com

Email contact

marinainquiry@gmail.com

Owner, manager

Town of Marineland

Harbormaster



Dockmaster

Chris Kelley

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info



Payment discounts

Marina guests receive 50% off guided kayaking ecotours.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:

Approach

Markers clearly indicate channel from the ICW south of marker green 87.

Tide

2.5

Current

Moderate

Tide & current additional info

Basin is totally protected from currents although it may be moderate upon approach in the marina channel.

Depths

Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 5.5
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Minimum draft is typically 6 feet and at the lowest full moon and new moon tides it may be as low as 5 feet so deep draft vessels should call ahead for tide schedule.

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

Additional info: Mix of fixed and floating docks. Floating docks are usually available for transient boats.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:

Slips

Transient: 20
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2016-10-10)

Other price info: 20+ slips are maintained for transient dockage for cruisers. Transient vessels receive 1/2 off on kayaking ecotours that leave from the marina. Minimum 30 foot charge. Weekly is $6 per foot and monthly is $10 per foot.

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: 30 amp is $6.00.
50 amp is $12.00.

Cable TV (and pricing)

No

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No

Water (and pricing)

Yes

Dinghy access

No - No formal dinghy dock, but dockmaster will let you tie up for an hour to check out the facilities.

Liveaboard info



FuelGas: NOT AVAILABLE
Diesel: NOT AVAILABLE

Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:

Propane



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes

Launch service



Pump out

Yes - The pump out station is free.

Ice

Yes

Trash

Yes - Also recycling.

Showers

Yes - 2 private showers.

Heads

Yes

Laundry

Yes - There is one washer, free, and one dryer, $1.

Grocery

Yes - Publix is 3.5 miles south of the marina. Transportation is usually available upon request for vessels spending at least 3 nights.

Hardware

Yes - A small family owned hardware store is south on A1A about 5 miles.

Restaurants

Yes - JT's Seafood Shack delivers to the Marineland Marina. Tony's Pizza also delivers pizza and pasta. Captain's BBQ is just a short dinghy ride to the south.

Bars

No

Hotels or motels



Repair capabilities

Yes - Not affiliated with the marina, First Mate Yacht Services will come to the Marineland Marina.

Haul out capabilities

No

Storage facilities



Fishing supplies

No

Chartering capabilities



Internet access

Yes - WiFi is available at most slips. Please let the marina know if you need WiFi and they will try to get you as close as possible to the signal.

Boat ramp availability

No

Transportation

Yes - Enterprise Rental Car will come pick you up at the marina and offer discounts for marina guests.

Other services

Daniel Hart Marine Services
Does hull cleaning, detailing, and repairs. 904-859-6832 Dhart777@gmail.com

Attractions

A short walk to the beach and the Marineland Dolphin Adventure. Kayak tours and rentals onsite. Farmer's Market every Sunday. Zumba offered every Monday and Wednesday. The marina's staff and Ripple Effect Ecotours teach Florida Master Naturalist Courses in November, January, and February.

Reviews for Marineland Marina
Quiet and unpretentious, 2016-12-07
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (330)

Stopped here today for an overnight. Eric was most helpful and knowledgeable about navigating into the marina and getting us tied up (Morgan 454 drawing 5'). His positive outlook and helpful attitude makes you feel good after a long day on the ICW. The marina is somewhat removed from many of the normal creature comforts of other facilities. But if you don't need to go shopping or fill your fuel tanks, this is one really nice place to spend a day or two. We'll be back when we can stay longer.



Terrific find!, 2016-12-06
Captain: , New Bern, NC (40)

This small, unpretentiousness refuge is a gem, with a thoughtful and helpful Dockmaster, Eric. Having suffered minor damage due to a 7' storm surge during Matthew, it is fully functional in early December 2016. The Atlantic Ocean is only 100 yards away. The marina is part of Univ of Florida marine research and rehabilitation facility.
Low key and pleasant - we will be back.
Bill & Wade on Shady Lady



Great for beach access, 2016-12-06
Captain: , Port Aransas, TX (552)

Stayed 1 night 11/30. Got excellent help tying up in stiff wind and current. Docks in good shape but limited transient space; will be much better when new docks are installed soon. Clean restroom/shower combos. Didn't use w/d. Very short walk to Atlantic with wide, gently sloping beach at low tide. Nice waterfront access stairs and pavilions. Limited wifi connection, even with our signal booster. Not much nearby so 3-night deal with loaner car would be worthwhile if you have the time to stay. Marineland dolphin exhibit originated here in 1937 and current facility is across the street.



Post-Matthew, still a great experience, 2016-11-15
Captain: , St Augustine, FL (20)

This was our second visit of the year, and after seeing the wreckage and carnage that Hurricane Matthew left up and down the ICW, it was a great relief to come into Marineland Marina and find it tiptop as ever. Expansion is underway, but that did not interfere in the slightest with the smooth operation and the helpful and patient staff. We really hope to visit more often.



very nice people, 2016-11-08
Captain: , Key Largo (5330)

isloated, but great price on dockage. Not alot around, quiet, good stop.



Great Quiet Place, 2016-11-06
Captain: , Annapolis (401)

We had the best instructions ever entering here from Eric. It is a short walk to the beach. Restaurants and shopping are 3-5 miles. This is a simple no frills stop that worked for us. Floating docks and great assistance from Eric and Brandon. Uber will come here but they are 20 minutes at closer to St Augustine.



Best place to stop in the area, 2016-10-10
Captain: , Kemah (60)

Relaxed, nice facilities, floating dosks, great nature trails and excursions. Dockmaster (Eric) is the best!. Even has a loaner car to go to the grocery store.
Only negative is temporary: they are dredging part of the basin and during the day / work week, you may ahve to endure the noise of the trucks, etc.
We were there just before Matthew and we hope they made it OK!



Old Florida at it's best, 2016-06-20
Captain: , Melbourne, FL (20)

Spent 4 nights here. Brandon and Daniel were outstanding. I was meet at the dock by Brandon who managed to get me secured to the floating bock despite my inept docking skills. Thanks Brandon! If you stay three days the marina will comp you passes to Marine land and use of their loaner car. They do not have any fuel for boater and they do not sell ice. wifi is spotty at the floating docks but decent near the marina office. The beach is right across the street and the marina offers Eco tours by kayak at 50% off if you spend the night. If you have kids I'm sure they will have a great time. They say there's a public's supermarket 3.5 miles south of the marina, but I was never able to find it. Some mysteries should be left to the more adventurous.



Quiet and out of the way marina, 2016-05-20
Captain: , New Buffalo, Michigan (600)

This is a great over night stop. The floating face dock was superb but you are out in the middle of nowhere. The gem of this marina is Eric the dockmaster. Knowledgeable, helpful, and professional. He is priceless. The showers (2) and laundry (washers are free, dryer $1.00) were very clean and modern. You can walk to the beach and Eric will help you get what you need to make your stay memorable. This is such a gem. Bravo to Eric!! Wi-Fi is poor on the dock, tho. Eric warned us about this, also.



Nice Marina, 2016-05-03
Captain: , Melbourne, FL (232)

Stayed at Marineland Marina Saturday, April 30th, 2016. Everything was clean and the dock help was great. Not much around the marina, we took a walk on the beach just across the A1A. Worried about wakes form the boats passng the marina but everything calmed down after dinner. I plan to go back next time I pass this way.



Marineland Marina-Eric ROCKS!, 2016-04-29
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (30)

We told Eric we were writing a bad review so we could keep this gem a secret. Thanks to Eric for making this a favorite stop.

Awesome spot! Peace and quiet, no frills, and your own private beach across the street. Simplicity at its best. Be back in the Fall for sure!

SV KATYDID



A great stop!, 2016-04-25
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (180)

This marina offers eco tours; there's a Rivers to the Sea woodsy trail that ends on the beach at the coquina rock. The sound of the surf reaches our ears in our slip. A delightful and relaxing stop.



relaxing quiet , 2016-04-24
Captain: , Annapolis (2892)

Our first contact with the marina was with Eric. He is superb. Took great care of us. Always checked to see that everything was right. Very helpful. The docks are nice, but area bit high. WiFi is adequate, but a bit slow. The area is lovely and the beach is just a short walk away. Several nice nature nature trails are well shaded. We stayed a third night and received passes for the Marineland Oceanarium.



A gem of a marina, 2016-04-11
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (691)

There are a very few marinas that simply make you feel good being there. This is one at the top. We stayed there on April 6, 2016. It was our first time there. Everything was very nice, with the Dockmaster Eric at the top of the list. The marina is well kept, clean and in a very nice place to walk, with the ocean just across the road. Eric will take you to a fine Publix market and hardware store. There are trails through the adjacent woods for walking, and kayak tours if you want to take one. We look forward greatly to returning.



Can't add anything new, 2016-04-09
Captain: , Wilmington NC (400)

Stopped again 3/18/2016. Eric and the crew are awesome. Must stop place.
Staying again 2/1-7/2016. What can I say. Can't pass it up. Great folks, great place.
Staying Stayed here 4/19-20/2015. Can't add any better ratings than below. On Sundays there are local vendors that set up in the marina. Fresh fruit, vegtables, local seafood. Stocked up at the market. Will plan to stay here again. Dogs are aloowed on the beach and there is opportunity to surf within walking distance.



Excellent Marina, 2016-04-09
Captain: , Toronto, Canada (10)

Spent two nights during a blow for the first time. This is an excellent marina. Clean washrooms, friendly staff with a great attitude and very helpful. Eric the Dock Master couldn't do a better job. One of the best marinas we have stayed at on the ICW. Lots of trails and Ocean beach nearby.



Marineland Marina Rocks!, 2016-04-09
Captain: , WARREN (10)

One of our best stops on the Atlantic ICW. Eric was extremely helpful and knowledgable. The kayak tour was great, Marineland was very interesting, and the beach was just a short walk. A 3 mile bike ride got us to Captain's BBQ and Publix. As far as we are concerned, this is a MUST STOP if you are in the area.



Nice place to stay to rent car for St Augustine, 2016-04-08
Captain: , Grand Rivers, Ky (1652)

Very helpful, outgoing staff. If big boats are on the floating docks, a little tight getting into fixed slips. Very clean restrooms and showers. Across the street from Marineland and beach. Would stay here again.



Great place, 2016-04-07
Captain: , Sunset Beach, NC (1124)

The good: dockmaster is incredibly clear about getting you into the fixed docks. They do have floaters, but the fixed ones take good exectution to make it work, and they got us in with great communication. Can't say enough about this, if every marina had people like this nobody would ever crash. The day we came in it was windy and challenging, but at least no current inside the marina.

Dogs: very dog friendly. Short walk over to the beach to let them swim. We let ours off leash with no problems on the beach, but on leash around the marina.

Great rate at $1.25 / foot, for what you get can't be beat.

I give only 4 stars because of the usual histrionics of getting a 36 foot vessel tied to a fixed dock, lassoing two pilings, and dealing with the usual tie up / untie hassles on a fixed dock with dolphins places maybe more appropriately for a 42 foot vessel. But just to be fair, it's like this all over Florida...



Great interesting & relaxing stop, 2016-04-01
Captain: , Chicago, Racine, Fish Creek,Wi (2010)

3 24 2016 Stayed again nice quiet relaxing place. Rented car again and went to St. Augustine to visit. Nice protected marina if the winds kick up. Visited all the same places as last visit. Staff is excellent. No current to deal with once in the marina. Will be back.
12 14 2015 I stayed a week and enjoyed every day. Eric was a great help when docking as I came single handed and needed asistance. Took our bike south the first day and went exploring the Sea to River preserve great scenery! Great Ocean views just across the street. Visited beautiful state park about two miles south with trails and awsum flower garden. Had great BBQ lunch at Bing's landing 3 miles south. Next day went north 2 miles to the National Park and visited the fort & Inlet. Next day took Ecotour kayak trip & in afternoon went across the street and visited marineland all very interesting and educational. in the evening went to lecture in at UF next door. Rented care from Enterprise for weekend and visited Fort in St Augustine & its downtown Friday. Saturday went to downtown St Augustine & then the Alligator farm. Sunday music & craft/farmers market at marina. Then went to tour St. Augustine lighthouse Museum. Great week at Marineland marina!



A broken record....stopped for a night, stayed a week!!!, 2016-03-21
Captain: , Blanco, TX (460)

We weren't ready to leave after a week. This is a hidden gem, without a doubt. Beautiful empty beach, right across the street to capture the sunrises, plenty of bike areas, courtesy car to Publix, extremely friendly and wonderful people here. But Eric!!! I cannot say enough about how good, helpful, friendly and professional he is. On departure, very very windy (was way too nervous), Eric talked us thru the plan and it was executed flawlessly. Can't wait to return.



Stopped here for a night....stayed a week., 2016-03-17
Captain: , Bay City, MI (609)

Sound familiar? Marineland Marina is a hidden gem! A small marina in a "desolate" area. Right? Wrong! Like to ride your bike - tons of fabulous bike trails. A separate bike path to the south! Marineland isn't Sea World, but it was a fun visit. Especially with our free pass for staying a week at the Marina! Went on an interesting ecotour on the kayaks. Got a discount on that too! So interesting! 35,000 Acres! Mangroves with fun paths inbetween. Had fun in our dingy too. Went to a lecture at Whitney Hall, thanks to Eric the Harbormaster.

Oh, and Eric the Harbormaster! There is no better harbormaster in our book. It was windy when we came in and we needed to back our trawler in. No problem! He had his boat hook and talked us through what he wanted us to do. We did it, and getting in was a snap.

There is a courtesy car and Eric would ask us each day if we needed anything. If one of the "guests" was going to Publix or the (fabulous) Hammock Hardware, you could go or send someone else on your errand! There is a Walgreens nearby too.

Overall, I can't say enough good things. The other guests are friendly, helpful and down right fun. Can't wait to go back.....and it will be for a week, not a night!



Hidden Gem, 2016-02-14
Captain: , Amelia Island, FL (507)

We stopped here on 2/12/16 for an overnight on our way south. We had stayed here a couple years ago. Loved ith then, love it now. When we arrived there was a pretty stiff wind blowing from the West at 20 kts with gusts to 30 kts. We can't say enough about Eric and the way he hustled to get us moored flawlessly. We'd stay here again in a heartbeat. With Marineland and the beach across the street, a reasonable sheltered cove and fantastic sunrises and sunsets, what's not to love? We'd gladly give it five stars if the marina had more amenities one would expect (nearby restaurants, boaters lounge etc.) but for its size it is fantastic.



Stopped for one month--stayed two., 2016-02-14
Captain: , Keyesport, IL (170)

We stopped here for a month so we could leave Via Bella while we headed north for the holidays. Then we stayed for a second month.

We agree with all of the positive comments about the marina and the staff--the environment, nearby beach, nature trails, kayak tours, beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The staff is professional, helpful, and supportive. Excellent help in docking, when we came in. They helped us set up our Sailrite on the picnic tables, then Eric got us a work table set up on the other side of the marina building for working out of the west wind that had set in. The farmer's market sets up within feet of the fixed slips. We've made friends with several of the venders and look forward to seeing them again when we return.

An additional plus is that all the staff members are also ecotour guides. Great place to learn birding, estuarine and coastal ecology, and marine wildlife.

When we got back from the holidays at the beginning of January, we learned about a course that was starting, Florida Master Naturalist Program, Coastal Systems Module. One of the reasons we stayed a second month was so we could take the course. If you can time a visit here when an FMNP module is being offered, it is well worth the time and money. The course was offered at the University of Florida's Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, which is right next to the marina. Check for an article on Marineland Marina by Fred Braman in Southwinds February 2016 issue. Fred is writing a follow-up article about the course, so look for that, too.

We plan to return next fall/winter and are looking to time our return to another Florida Master Naturalist module.



Great place, 2016-01-31
Captain: , Belfast Maine (20)

We arrived for a week and stayed for four. Eric was a revelation from assistance in docking to his ongoing interest in our well being. His font of local lore made the stay even more enjoyable.



A Hidden Gem, 2016-01-27
Captain: , Severna Park, MD (40)

We stayed 11 days at Marineland in mid January, behind a trip off the boat to the west coast of Florida. Leaving our boat in a new location has always come with some anxiety.

Behind progressive cold fronts that blew stink across the state, a responsible marina staff did a great job tending our lines and watching over the security of the boat. Before each front moved through they inspected lines, bumpesr, and generally cared for the boat. Combined with the secure yacht basin they occupy at Marineland, a sfer location in the blows could not have been had.

If you are looking for the beach side booze bars, Marineland is not for you. Its isolated and surrounded by nature trails and quiet beaches. If however, like us, you are looking for a great spot to walk nature trails, beaches, and as a bonus tour the dolphin facilities, plan a couple day visit.

Shoreside facilities do not put it in the "luxury" class of marinas. Bath facilities are basic and clean. OK WIFI access. and laundry is adequate. Marina staff,however excells.

If you enjoy kayaking, beach walks, and nature trails, the faciity excells.

We will be back again.





B & B, Rapid Transit, Vero Beach, 2016-01-25
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (30)

We had a wonderful stay at Marineland Marina! Stayed 3 days to get the free admission to Marineland across the street, great location, big empty beach to walk and dog friendly! We also explored the woodsy paths along the intercoastal, just watch out for ticks on dog. Eric was friendly, extremely helpful and informative about the history of the area. Dolphins playing right in the basin. Eric also provided a loaner car to run to Palm Coast for groceries. Quiet, beautiful.



Still Great, 2016-01-10
Captain: , St Johns, FL (160)

Updated from Feb 2012....Stayed here in late December 2015. The staff here is still excellent, very helpful. They make the place special. If you like nature, this is the place. Take a Kayak trip with excellent guides. For night life, you'll get fantastic sunsets and plenty of frogs and nocturnal critter sounds, and the soft pounding of ocean waves. What could be better? No restaurants or groceries unless you can snag a ride. Popularity is increasing so be sure you reserve a slip! ....



Don't Miss It!, 2015-12-13
Captain: , Seattle (80)

We've stayed here three times, each time has been fantastic! Eric and all the other dockhands are fantastic, knowlegdable, and laid back. The floating docks are in great shape, restrooms clean and bright. Across the street in Marineland Dolphin Adventure, worth a visit if you are staying a few days. The ocean beach at low tide is a pink color from the coquina, beautiful. A pod of dolphins (including to newborns) were fishing just at the marina entrance for hours today. The Sunday farmer's market is wonderful. Don't miss this stop!



very nice stop, 2015-11-17
Captain: , New Bern, NC (50)

We stopped at Marineland Marina after we were unable to location an anchorage with sufficient depth on this section of the ICW, at low tide. Eric and crew were very efficient in getting us in. We stayed an extra day to take the Ripple Effect Eco kayak tour. Quint,our guide was very knowledge and provided an excellent experience. If you are not in a hurry, I would recommend stopping here and enjoying this unique area. We draw 6 ft. and had no trouble entering, although we were at 6 feet at low tide and rested on the soft bottom during the night. WiFi was a little weak, but a nice layover.



Great stopping place!, 2015-11-14
Captain: , Joplin, MO (90)

We only spent one night but it was well worth the stop. Eric and his crew were a great help and very friendly. We were able to walk over to the beautiful beach before sunset and again the next morning before we left. Wish we could have stayed longer. Will be back! Mike and Twyla on NautiNell



Our best stop!, 2015-11-11
Captain: , Sebastian FL (142)

Can't add much more after Capt. Pete's review, but we stayed three nights instead of two and will be making it an annual event. Eric and his staff made us feel like family. Could not ask for more.



Great value!, 2015-11-06
Captain: , Mila, VA (70)

We stayed here again heading south for 2 nights. Also stayed here going south and north last year. Easy in and out. This place is great! Eric is the key. Always helpful, goes out of his way to do what he can to make your stay the best it can be. Did a kayak tour with Matt, walked the trails on site to the beach and overall a relaxing stay! Thanks again Eric!



Made our Grandkids visit to Marineland special, 2015-10-29
Captain: , Palm Coast, Florida (311)

Our grandkids from California were here in Florida for a visit so we took them for a trawler ride to the Marineland Dolphin Center. Eric was extremelely helpful by accommodating us for a few hours in a slip while we visited the Dolphin Center across the street. Writing a review for a couple hour visit may not be helpful to everyone, but I can tell you Eric the dockmaster went out of his way to accommodate us even though the floating transient slips were full. He helped us tie up and depart. It made our little dolphin excursion possible when it would have been simple to say they were full. We definetely want to come back and stay overnight as this is the type of service and facility we have learned to greatly appreciate while cruising.



Florida in her natural beauty c/w southern hospitality at it's best, 2015-05-24
Captain: , Montreal Qc., Canada (100)

Stopped in here on our way south for a short visit in Nov of 2014, made it a destination for our trip north.

We just spent a month there and the natural beauty, in a small warm "neighbor friendly" marina was a breath of fresh air.
No train noise, no plane noise and the view of the natural skylinerLESS skyline was a treat.

A loaner car to get to Publix, washer is free , dryer only a dollar, floating docks available but we took the solid pilings equiped with a clean concrete face dock, solid docks, free pumpmouts and the clean washroom all at the very attractive price of 10.00 per foot per month, 6.00 per week and 1.25 per foot /night.
A short drive to Downtown St Augustine via Enterprise rent a car's 3 day weekend rental of a small car for 40.00, incl picking you up and dropping you back off to the Marineland marina.

OK so we came for the peace and the price.;
....... then we walked the beach at low tide...this is what Daytona must have looked like 100 years ago, with almost no development and a beach you could drive on if permitted....long and gentle approach to the water and a dog friendly environment on the beach AND in the Marina.
.........then we talked and asked the staff for local knowledge that was intelligently given....and were always greeted by the staff and the team of young people lead by Eric the ever positive, no problem Manager who seemed to be there at all times.
..........then we were welcomed to a Saturday night local potluck by the regular members and down south hospitality showed its self...great memories.

If life is good we will make this a one month stop on the way down and a one month stop on the way back each year just to get away from all the hustle and bustle often found at other places ...here we charged our batteries and are now on our way home well rested and full of happy memories.

The staff, led by Eric and his director Chris are trying to bring more to this Marina and if they continue on their "customer is important, welcome them AND treat them as family" attitude, I only hope there is room for us here in the future.
They are sure to grow this to become a "destination" for cruisers looking for a little more of the natural beauty Florida has to offer.

Tks for the memories....
We will be back ASAP....

Pete , Rachel n Alfred the dog....



Still a Great Place, 2015-05-13
Captain: , Annapolis MD (40)

We spent a week at the marina. The dockmaster and staff were great - always attentive, always asking if we needed anything. They have a courtesy car you can use to get to Publix. The restrooms and showers were always clean and neat. The eco-tour was fun and informative.



Good things come in small packages, 2015-05-07
Captain: , Toronto (10)

While small this is an excellent place to spend a night or several. If you need work done Al's Mobile Service is a phone call away.



Gem of a Marina, 2015-04-15
Captain: , Belleville, Ontario (400)

We stayed just under two weeks and are kind of sad to be moving on, the marina staff was second to none, Erick looked after us from the arrival to departure. The marina provided free passes for Marineland which was very interesting. This is a great stop for a quiet laid back experience, being quiet both day and night. The beach is across the street and is a nice change from the busy beaches of Daytona. All facilities are very clean. Sunday farmers market provides fresh veggies, fruit and seafood right off the front of the boat. Publix is about 3 miles south and the BBQ restaurant is a little closer, there is a courtesy vehicle available for these locations. One of the nicest marinas we have stayed at through 3000 miles of the loop.



Marineland Marina, 2015-04-11
Captain: , Massapequa,NY (1156)

Great stop, with very friendly & helpful staff. Reasonable rates & floating docks. Get some wave action from passing boats. The beach is right across the street. Captain's BBQ is a must stop for delicious bbq food. It's 3 miles south of the marina by dinghy.



Beach, Bike, Fish, Hike, Kayak and Dolphins, it's all here, 2015-02-28
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (1187)

This is an amazing little marina that has just about everything you can image, right there! The beach is across the street. Mikes of bike paths start here and head south to Flagler Beach with some great side trips along the way. There is great fishing for reds, flounder and sea trout in the creeks on the other side of the ICW. The ocean to river hiking trail is accessed right from the marina. You can rent kayaks and go across the street to feed and meet dolphins. We cannot think of any other marina that can offer so many activites. To top it off, about 3 miles south on the ICW (by bike or dinghy) is Captains Bai and BBQ at Bings Landing. Arguably the best smoked BBQ joint in NorthEast Florida! We will be back!



VERY friendly staff, 2015-01-25
Captain: , Clayton, NY (645)

Eric and Chris helped us dock and were very informative about the area. There are no services in the area. Bathrooms were clean. Washers were free and dryer was $1. Dolphin Adventure was very educational and worth a visit.



2nd stay Dec 2014 last stop March 2013 s, 2015-01-08
Captain: , Colonial Beach, VA (640)

Still one of the best places we have stayed. Staff professional and helpful. Facilities good. Wifi accetable. Only negative is you get wakes from fast moving boats on ICW iin certain locations. But considering price ($1.25 if staying over 3 days) it can't be beat.

Best stop we've made this trip. Chris the Dockmaster is the best on the ICW iin my opinion. One dollar a foot and $12 per night for 50 amp power makes it a pretty inexpensive stop also. We tied up in 20 knots of wind and Chris was very careful about where he put us and he explained every detail of what we would experience before we arrived. Close by is the Atlantic Ocean and Marine Land. We'll stop here every trip in the future.



Take a break from anchoring, 2014-12-03
Captain: , Montreal (96)

I favor anchoring over marinas for different reasons (cost, crowdyness, business relationship). Yet Marineland is none of these.
I was particularly pleased and rerassured by the warm welcoming of the young dockmaster. He was so sincerly friendly that I had a feeling we had met before.

He helped me (solo sailor) and guided me to the most confortable slips availabled, gave me choices and came back after all was done to insure that I didn't need anything else. And found another service he could render with a problem I had with my water pump.

The place is cozy and sparkling and offer also all these opportunities other have described.

A must stop for me on my way back in the spring.



Define Experience, 2014-11-09
Captain: , Buffalo, New York (1727)

We seek out marinas for the experience (or for the more utilitarian requirements, like water and electricity). What a treat THIS experience was! The ecotour was educational and fascinating. The beach (for exercise walks) was a stone's throw away --- and, you could hear the surf all night. The team at the marina are cross discipline --- each are intelligent, interesting people that manage the marina and the educational programs. As noted in other reviews, there is little in the way of provisions or entertainment, if you need that. The marina is peaceful (like being at anchor). We understand from Chris that they will expand with more floating docks, and, will dredge. They are in dire need of dredging (before we can recommend this to many of our cruising friends). Though the bottom is mud and soft, many captains won't risk it. We look forward to scheduling again at Marineland, and, the breadth of educational programs they offer.



First class docks, calm harbor, 2014-10-30
Captain: , Poughkeepsie, NY (5686)

As nice as the marina is, it's out in the middle of nowhere. We arrived on a Tuesday so we took advantage of the farmers's market. Note: it will be held on Sundays starting Nov.

We enjoyed the dolphins but didn't take the kayak tour. We left in the dark since we were concerned about the shallow entrance. We saw 5.2 MLW in the entrance channel on the way out. At our floating dock we saw 4,2 MLW, at high tide the depth at the dock increased to 7.2 ft. We were told the bottom is very soft (soupy) and not to worry about getting out. We only draw 4' 9" so we didn't have a problem.



Update - Very Nice Peaceful Environment, 2014-07-02
Captain: , Perry, Kansas (317)

Date of second stay: 20 June 2014, Still very nice floating docks, clean facilities and great staff. First Stop: 6 May 2014 Stopped one night, always meant to stop here, but other destinations looked better (grass is always greener). Should have stopped here before, price is right, restrooms/showers and laundry are first class, marina personnel are first class. Stayed on new floating docks, excellent. Will definitely stay here rather than downtown St. Augustine. Rated 4 stars because no dining within walking distance.



Marineland Marina, 2014-05-30
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1637)

Wow, what a nice place. Easy access from ICW, although you may experience a cross current in their entry channel. They DO warn you of the possible current and asked us to verify that we heard and understood.
Marina is adjacent to a nature preserve and across the road from the Marineland Dolphin Center (soon to include turtles and rays). The beach south of the Dolphin Center has fantastically shaped coquina rocks along it.
The marina also hosts an Eco kayak tour to the nature preserve across the ICW. Half price for marina guests. Update on 5/30/14: The tour was great! Very informative and the guide very knowledgable. BTW, the 1/2 price tour also included two tickets to the Dolphin Center.
The kayak tour was in an area called a National Estuarine Research Reserve, 73,000 acres between Palm Coast and Jacksonville Beach. What a wonderful resource that we never noticed on our Waterway trips.



Nature at it's BEST!, 2014-05-03
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (115)

We stayed for a week in January on our trek south and knew we must come back for a month long stay in April. The staff at the Marina is top notch and all have a positive attitude in preserving the marina and surrounding area. While there we took in the Marineland Dolphin Adventure, Ripple Effect Eco Kayak Tour %u2013 learning about the Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, visited the Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and walked along the unique shoreline of coquina rock formations that line its beachfront. Fort Matanzas is several miles north of the marina and we were fortunate to witness the firing of the cannons on the 1st Saturday of the month. The area offers great fishing and dolphins visit the marina on a daily basis. Spectacular sunsets were enjoyed by all!



I feel so green, 2014-04-15
Captain: , Lewis Creek, Md (1234)

I am being a little silly, but you are staying at an ecologic base with U of Fl, Whitney Labs. Marineland is accross the straight and A great beach across the street. The people are very nice and helpful. I HIGHLY recommend the back street tour of Marineland. the dolphins are nice, but a typical presentation. Make reservations early if you want to touch and feed. The internet on the flotting dock needs an amplifer, but the pump outs are free.



Everyone Says Stay Here, 2014-04-10
Captain: , Kent Island, MD (392)

So we did, and everyone was right. We were traveling north so it make for a nice short trip St Augustine. We were greeted at the dock by Chris and helper. Chris also does a great job of selling Marineland and all it has to offer. We stayed one night, arrived early enough to walk the beach, the boardwalk and visit and support the Gift Shop. On the morning of our departure, Brandon stopped to introduce himself and to see if we needed any assistance. How much better can it get?



We finally made it!, 2014-04-09
Captain: , Castine, Maine (2997)

There are places a boater hears about again and again. Marineland Marina has been one of those places. In the past we have made plans to stop in but each time something conspired to stop us. We were determined that this trip we would visit no matter what. They have the things you need, nice floating docks for transients - very much appreciated by the canine crew - clean showers and heads, a laundry, friendly staff. But what really sets this experience apart is the location. Marineland is located among 40,000 acres of unspoiled nature that includes ocean beaches, maritime forests, and other coastal habitats. But there's even more.

Across the street from the marina is Marineland Dolphin Adventures, a dolphin conservation center, where you can learn everything about these wonderful creatures that share the waterways with us. They have tours and swim with the dolphins adventures. The marina is also where you will find Ripple Effect Ecotours. If you don't sign up for the sunset kayak tour you are crazy. But there are other choices including the "Vegetable Oil Powered Eco-Explorer Boat Tours". And you get a discount if you're docked at the marina.

This is definitely one of those do not miss stops. We finally made it here and are glad we did. You need at least a week to experience this amazing stop. The marina is small so make reservations early. Do not miss it!



Helpful and Friendly Staff, 2014-04-03
Captain: , Jacksonville Beach Florida (10)

the nature of the place is pretty laid back . . . the marina is by far the most "green" I've been to. Most of the cruisers I met there are great
we even got to break out our guitar and mandolin and set in on a pickin party . . . in the fall and spring most of the sunsets in this area are spectacular flamingo pink!
Its a real GEM . . .



Very nice stop, 2014-03-27
Captain: , Branford, CT (910)

We spent 8 nights here. Others have commented on low voltage at the docks. We did not experience this. We had at least 120 v, sometimes more. Also, we draw a little over 5 feet and never touched the mud while on the floating dock.

Eric is great: Friendly, attentive, great at getting boats in and out of slips.

BUT: Be attentive if taking a shower. They only have a 30 gallon hot water heater. If you are the second or third shower, or after a hot laundry load plus a shower, you may have a quick shower.



A nice and clean place to rest for a few days or a month, 2014-03-14
Captain: , Bear DE (694)

03-14-14 Stayed here again for a week and ended up staying 3 weeks - just a great and quiet place with a short walk to the beach. It's just a jewel on the ICW. Meeting great people and having Dock Party's in the Evening. Great staff as always! Do not come here if you expect a Tiki Bar and Entertaiment - it's nature pure! You always will find somebody with a car for your shopping trip to a local Publix.



2013: We just wanted to stay for one night on the way to Key West and called the Marina on the VHF - Eric answered the first call and helped us docking and we ended up staying 3 nights. Very clean bathrooms, nice floating dock on the south side. Chris borrowed us his car that I was able to buy an FL fishing licence about 4 miles north from this Location. Visited Marine Land for free with 2 complementary tickets from the Marina. There are no Restaurants or Bars close - only a Snack Shack across the Road - the only negative point. We will stay here again on the way north.



John/sv Southern Mansion, 2014-03-01
Captain: , BRUNSWICK Ga (10)

Great place. Very friendly helpful staff.
I intended to stay one night only but had to extend several days because of unexpected maintenance issues. Management was cooperative and accommodating.



Plenty of fun for Nature Lovers, 2014-01-16
Captain: , Savannah, GA (160)

Mimi & Larry, s/v Sweet Amelia
Pristine part of the ICW & Atlantic Coast. Beautiful beach across the street with stretches of private sand to the North and rock formations to the South. Canopied nature trail adjacent to the marina with picnic tables along the ICW. Great kayaking ecotour from the marina 1/2 price for visiting boaters. Chris, Eric & Brandon are smart talented guys when it comes to the environment & boats. Call about tides if 6' draft. At 5'5", we had no problems. Lovely place to unwind. Bring your own groceries, beer & ice and you'll be very happy here. Stay a week & use their car for a short run to Publix and Hardware store for propane. At $4/ft. for the week, it's a deal!



Great place to stop and stay for lovers of natural places., 2013-12-27
Captain: , Castine, Maine (284)

We docked here for 9 days - arriving before and leaving after Christmas. This is a lovely marina and we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The Marineland history and emphasis on conservation are strong points. Chris, Eric, Brandon, and the crew are great. Bill gave me a beach cruiser bicycle for Xmas, so we had the ability to shop at Publix, Hammock Hardware, Chef's Shanty (ice cream), the local bike shop that's next to Chef's Shanty (inner tubes), and dine at 386, an excellent restaurant, where we got to know Steve, the bartender from Maine. The only reason I gave this marina 4 stars instead of 5, a very difficult decision because we love the place, is that we realize other boaters might not be so inclined to appreciate the 6 to 8-mile roundtrip to the stores and restaurant. We took daily walks with the dogs, often going into the woods on River to Sea Park trails, where we saw some interesting animals - gopher tortoise, corn snake, and the Florida Soft-Shelled Turtle. We look forward to our spring return, and hope we can plan a nature outing to the inlet with Chris' Ripple Effects kayak tours.



very curtious, 2013-12-27
Captain: , morehead, city (40)

nice people, very polite



Great Place to Stop, 2013-12-19
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (250)

But not such a great place to stay. Nice marina. Reasonable rates. Right off the ICW, Clean facilities. Dock hands extremely helpful and friendly. Easy to get in and out. But...no cable, no restaurant or other amenities nearby. Nothing. Even Marineland (swim with the dolphins) wouldn't let boaters participate because of morbillavirus that boaters might have. Seems it doesn't particularly bother humans, but is pretty serious for dolphins. Ocean easy walk across the highway, and kayak tours available. For one or two nights, it can't be beat. Any longer any you'll get stir crazy.
Paul and Sandy Tyndall
Going Yahweh
44' Ocean Alexander



Clean, quiet stop, 2013-12-05
Captain: , Clear Lake, TX (694)

We stayed here a month in Feb/Mar. What a delightful marina. Note we had a car so getting around was not a problem. The marina was clean, showers & heads great and management and staff always helpful and friendly. I needed local A C/Heat service and Marine Services of Florida (Peter Grady) was called. His visit was timely, services professsional, problem fixed and reasonable.
A great beach is right across the highwat and Eco kayak tours are onsite. A godd place to Slowdown & recharge.

Dec 2013 anither stop as a 1 night transient. Staff was excellent and facilities still good. But, need a car for supplies, etc.



Great Stop for peace and wuiet, 2013-11-20
Captain: , Where ever the hook is (573)

We stayed here a week in November and liked the marina. The staff is very friendly, the docks and facilities are excellent. Free washer, dryer is 1 dollar. Bathrooms and showers are very clean. MarineLand (across the street) is a nice afternoon if you take one of the tours, the free pass from the marina is just for the watch area near the tanks but the behind the seas tour for us, was awesome. The beaches are across the street and empty, there is a great bile trail South called Flagler trail (I think) which is an easy ride to a restauraunt or two, Hardware (propane refill) and a Publix, all around 5 miles one way. For us, it is 5 stars, the only negative was the occasional wake from the ICW but they were rare.



Marineland, 2013-10-18
Captain: , Athens, GA (110)

We made reservations a day in advance for this marina. Early in the morning of our arrival the dockmaster called to warn us of a possible poroblem with bridge opening just to make us aware. About 5 minutes before we arrived, he called us by radio to make sure we had not passed by as he had heard us on the radio. We love the concern and courtesy shown here. It is a small and clean marina with new floating docks. Had a great time visiting marineland across the street. Definitely want to come back for some of the other things this marina has to offer.



Our first time at this one., 2013-09-25
Captain: , Altamonte Springs, Fl (130)

I made reservations in advance by email, which could not be found. I was not told the restaurant closes for the season on Sept 1st. There is a delivery service, however, a couple of bergers, delivery and tip would be about $25.
Also was a 30' minimum, not listed on the website rates. (Our microyacht is 24')
If you stay at the floating dock, WiFi is weak. Requires a high power unit on your computer to use.
The staff there were friendly and helpful. We walked to the beach, and later, they were there with a golf cart to return us to the marina.
Restroom/showers are very large and clean, but need a more powerful vent fan. A hot shower fogs the room.
My wife like it because it was very quiet and laid back



We are back, 2013-09-14
Captain: , Daytona Beach, FL (100)

Almost two years ago we stayed and liked it. Came back here and still like it. Although there are more boats in marina this time around, it is still fairly quite. After long day run, we took a walk on the beach and enjoyed sunset. This maina captures ICW just as it should be!



What a fantastic stay, 2013-09-10
Captain: , Southport, NC (706)

Chris, Eric, and Brandon ROCK. This is my kinda marina. Real low key. Took the Kayak adventure. This is a must. Walked across the street and saw the 60 yr old dolphin named Nellie. We actually stayed a day longer than we planned and wish we could have stayed longer. Very secluded and dark enough to see the Milky way at night. No waking either. One of the livaboards there offered to bring us to the pulix several miles away. Dont plan on eating out though, no place close. I would have gave it 5 stars but the power on the trans dock is about 208 volts (bad on the A/C's). Hard to blame the staff though, they do the best they can. I wish all marinas were like this and we will certainly come back.



great place to stop, 2013-07-22
Captain: , Fort Pierce, FL (370)

we stopped there for 2 nights. the staff was retry helpful with docking and electric hookup. the shower were very clean and nice but the floating face docks were a bit of a walk, but not bad. The next morning we went to Marineland Dolphin Adventure. very diffent than my husband remembered back in the late 40's but very enjoyable. We spent the few extra $ to do the behind the seas tour and that was well worth it. Highly recommend that if you plan to visit. They have a free washer and it is only $1 to dry which is great. Would have given it a higher rating if there had been a place to have dinner within walking distance. beach looked beautiful but it rained too much and we did not go there.



Great Little Weekend Vacation Spot, 2013-07-17
Captain: , St Augustine, FL (10)

WE sail down from St Augustien on a regular basis just to hang out at the marineland marina. The staff is great and always willing to lend a hand. Can't beat the rates. makes for avery cheap getaway palce



Great weekend stop, 2013-07-17
Captain: , Englewood, Fl (351)

We stopped at Marineland Marina for three days July 5-7 while heading north. Chris Kelly and his staff were extremly helpful during docking and the entire weekend. We enjoyed the tour of Marineland, a kayak excursion, and hanging out on the beach. Only compaint was that they did not sell ice.



Why Can't Other Marinas Figure This Out, 2013-06-21
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Just like Osprey Marina on Myrtle Beach, this place has almost figured out how to make a go of it without having to charge a fortune like so many other palces do. Why would a marina want to have empty docks at $2/ft or more versus being full at $1/ft, I'll never know. The 5 star reviews are all right on. Seeing MArineland across the street a great see of dolphoiins, thaking the kayak tour was neat, and if you need a cab to St. Sugustine, there is a cab company called Eco-Ride that will take you there for <$35 in a hybrid car. This is cheap considering how far it is to get there. eric, Chris are extremely helpful. Also, take your dink for a neat ride to see a lot of critters, even going out the inlet, and/or beaching for a nice beach. See the fort. Stayed here again 6/2013.



Another Rave Review, 2013-06-12
Captain: , Panama City, Florida (511)

All of the other positive reviews are spot on. Great place. Hiking trail, kayaking, dolphin adventure, beach across the street. Staff super helpful. A tad shallow, but no problem for our 5 foot draft with about a foot of tide.



Nice, quiet, place to stay and explore., 2013-05-27
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (537)

Stayed here for the 3-day special and never ran out of things to do. Great access for kayaking/paddleboarding in beautiful reserve, nice hiking in park to the south, and easy access to Atlantic beach to the east. If the wind dies, though, make sure you have bug screens up at night, of course.



Most friendly stop on the ICW, 2013-05-22
Captain: , Herrington Harbour, MD (680)

May21st.
A great place right off the ICW. Plenty of great help by the people there.
Great docks, clean close bathrooms and laundry., right on the dock.
Visit Marineland across the street or the beach. Also great kayaking and nature trails. We will stop again.



Wonderful Stop and Marina, 2013-05-15
Captain: , Solomons, MD (882)

Marineland Marina is one of those little gems that we have passed a number of times and finally decided to stop and check it out. We are so glad we did! The staff is absolutely wonderful. The heads and showers were spotless. The tours, Marineland itself, the beaches are truly first rate. we did not get a chance to do everything we wanted as we could only stay 2 days. But we'll be back next year, will stay longer and will take advantage of more of the facilities.



Great Little Marina, 2013-05-07
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1787)

Go to their website for marina layout. ActiveCaptain satelite photo is obviously outdated. Ditto on all of the previous reviews. Small but good room to maneuver...maybe a bit tricky with a west wind. Dont know if I would spend a season here but top notch for overnight or a few days. Chris and Eric are terrific. Would definitely stay here again.
btw, came up from Titusville 82 sm. first third of route aok. Middle thru Smyrna and Daytona very slow due to tide. top third going with the tide...we flew!
Easy jump to St. Aug and JAX.



Great Marina, staff, beach and activities, 2013-05-02
Captain: , Lake Simcoe, Ontario (240)

1) Excellent budget marina with great staff, laundry, showers/washrooms - like new facilities!

2) Across the street from dolphin center(free if you stay 3 days) and a great beach

3) Within biking distance of the Montanza Fort and Washington Oaks park - both great for visiting

4) Within biking distance of Montanza Inlet Seafood restaurant - very nice!

5) On site eco kayak tours and area boat tour on a luxury biodiesel yacht tender - discounted if you stay 3 days

6) Easy access for docking and NO CURRENT

We will return here in the future!



Great marina staff, excellent floating dock, 2013-04-24
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4176)

Chris and his staff are excellent and will go out of their way to do whatever you need. You can borrow a car to go to Publix if you coordinate it with Chris because the car is used for other marina functions. Publix is 5 miles down the road so you do need a car to get there. Good hardware store is about 1 mile before the Publix.
We spent 4 nights here in a northeaster. Had a really nice day at Marineland Dolphin Experience. When staying at the marina 3 nights, you get free gen. admission tickets to the dolphin experience. We exchanged them and paid the difference for the behind the scenes tour.
The other boaters who are here in this marina are really nice people also. Would definitely stop back.....$1/ft is the right rate for us !!! Would rate it 5 stars if other stores, etc were near by.



What a little gem of a place, 2013-04-23
Captain: , Brightlingsea, UK (202)

Stayed here for three nights while a NE blew hard - well too hard for my 16hp engine.
Super place, good and clean facilities and nice and helpful people.



Great recommendation, 2013-04-04
Captain: , Friday Harbor, WA (490)

Spending 3 days in bad weather. eco tours are GREAT
The fish Tacos mentioned in previous comments are really just so...so.

all the other rating on spot on



A Stop Not To Be Missed, 2013-04-02
Captain: , Westport CT (311)

This is a great stop. Chris (Dockmaster) and Eric and staff are friendly, extremely knowledgable, and always looking to help you. Bathrooms and laundry room are clean. Washer/dryer are free. There is a great beach across the street and there are nature trails next door. We stayed a week for $3.50/ft, recieved 2 free passes to Dolphin Adventure and half price for their fabulous eco-tour (Chris is a very knowledgable guide.. ). AND.. They have a loaner car for grocery shopping (Publix). This is a great, quiet place. If you're looking for shopping or a bunch of restaurants, you will need a rental car (enterprise will pick you up) or you can bike to a couple restaurants.



This may be the best run marina on the planet., 2013-04-01
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (2982)

Seriously. Staff is undoubtedly the most intelligent, attentive, thoughtful, professional, educated that I have experienced. Water depth is a limiitation here, but staff can tell you whether (and when) you can get in and out.



Not to Miss, 2013-03-25
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

We have taken our boat up and down the AICW three times and have not stopped at Marineland Marina. That was a mistake. Although it is small it has so much to offer.
The service and help from Erik, Chris and the staff is terrific. These guys care, and you do not see that in many marinas. Shoreside facilities are fine, but the real attraction are the eco tours available on site. You have to go with Chris and see his passion and expertise of the flaura and fauna of this Florida nature preserve. It is one of a kind and not to be missed.

A two minute walk across the road gets you to one of Florida's most beautiful beaches where you can walk for hours. Or walk the nature trail along Pellicer Creek to see the bald eagles, and dozens of different types of birdlife. Again, do not miss this marina.



Hidden Gem, 2013-02-25
Captain: , Tracys Landing, Maryland (350)

What a wonderful spot! This is one of the most peaceful marina experiences ever, and the proximity to the ocean cannot be beat. Only downside is that the nearest grocery is five miles away. One of the marina managers will let you borrow his car, the other will not. We especially loved watching the dolphin come into the marina to feed every day.



Beach anyone?, 2013-02-21
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (404)

This is the most convenient marina to an ocean beach that I have ever visited. And it is a beautiful, lightly visited beach.
Plus, Chris and his team go out of their way to make your stay pleasant and comfortable.
Great showers and laundry and the food stand at Marineland is excellent (at least based on the fish tacos we enjoyed).
Just don't expect much else as this marina is truly isolated from any other restaurants or services.
We will stop again and try to join Chris on an Eco Adventure. His enthusiasm is contagious.



Great stay!, 2013-02-03
Captain: , new bern (317)

We really enjoyed our stay at Marineland, especially the wonderful staff: Chris, Eric, and Brandon. The Eco Tour is not to be missed! We will be back!



Nice marina, 2013-02-02
Captain: , Oriental, N.C. (130)

The staff are very polite try their best to be helpful. Low price. The harbor pool is rather shallow making access during low tide very questionable. The Ecco Kayak Tour was great! The monthly rate is excellent. Harbor and facilities are all new and very clean. Tour of Marineland was so-so but they are under construction. Will probably be better when they are up and running. Admittance was free with free passes from marina.

We had a little trouble on board with a plumbing issue. Eric recommended a few local service techs. Called Al's Mobile Marine Service to help us. Al showed up right away and fixed our problem for a very reasonable price.

The only problem is water depth. We Draw 5'0'' and had to wait until 10:00 AM for mid-tide, to get out of the marina



Such a nice place to visit...we are gonna stay for a month!!!, 2013-01-28
Captain: , greencovesprings, fla. (279)

Great staff, new and very clean. The beach is just across the street and dogs if you have one or more are welcome.



Great little Marina, 2013-01-24
Captain: , Newport Oregon (260)

Very nice 2 night visit, saw the Dolphin Show across the street and if you want to see some big fish look a the east end of the fenced off pond in front of the marina, we saw a bunch of sheepheads and Black drum in there also there is another pond to tne North of the Marina that is loaded with native species including a sting ray. We will deffonately stop again if we are ever in the area. Thanks Guys!



Don't miss this one!, 2013-01-21
Captain: , Tulsa Oklahoma (22)

Great facility with professional, friendly and helpful staff. Eco-tour option is a great feature. Rates are great and Chris welcomed us and let us know about fun things to do.



Great Place, 2013-01-02
Captain: , Great Kills Harbor (20)

Staff extrememly friendly and intelligent. Great rates, beatiful quiet area with access to beach and a publix.
Free laundry, modern facilities.
I really enjoyed staying here.



Vaughan Taylor, 2013-01-01
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (401)

This is a must stop marina with new floating docks, free washers and dryers, and marine biologist dock hands that even coil your lines. There is a great nature trail, and a tour of
Marineland is well worth the very reasonable cost!
We got some great pictures of the bottle nosed dolphin during the tour, through their underwater windows. They have echo tours and will do anything to make your stay perfect!




Nice marina to stay for a few days, 2012-12-27
Captain: , Scottsdale (330)

With only an hour of daylight left we passed the marina, looked it up on AC and turned around. $1 per foot per night, $6 per day for electricity, new marina with great facilities, this was a wonderful surprise.

Chris and Eric were knowledgeable and went out of their way to be very helpful. There are a number of attractions such as the dolphin research center, eco-kayaking tours and a historic fort nearby.

We decided to stay for the week instead of moving on the next day. The marina is well protected with a few waves coming in from the ICW when large motor yachts pass by, but that doesn't happen often.




friendly and helpful, 2012-12-14
Captain: , Brunswick (10)

Our experience at Marineland Marina has been wonderful. The staff and other guests were all friendly and helpful. We'll definitely stay here again!



Great Stop Again, 2012-12-07
Captain: , Little River, SC (1967)

newly opened and very nice, cleanThe staff were extremely friendly and helpful.They did not sell ice but a staff member brought me some on his way in to work. Lots to do here including aquarium and Eco-tours. Free Wifi, laundry; take an Eco tour and get free admission to aquarium. This will be a definite stop on our way back this fall.

We did stop on our way south. Were planning on a 2 day stay and wound up staying 2 weeks. Chris and Eric are extremely accommodating, arranging rides to hardware store, groceries and even found a notary for us. Met many friendly cruisers at the chili cook-off. Can't say enough nice things about his marina and the price is right



These people are WONDERFUL : ), 2012-12-07
Captain: , Miami Beach (630)

We arrived late on a Thursday after a 50NM run for us which is the most we have ever done.

Eric stayed late and brought us in with a flash light and stayed to help us get electric and lines together. Couldn't have been nicer. Let us stay on the floating dock all week too. We were originally just going to stay overnight but decided to stay for a week.

What a good decision! Great Price! Free Laundry! Courtesy Car if you stay a couple of days!

If you are ever in this neck of the woods and want a WONDERFUL marina, this is it. People are amazing. Costs couldn%u2019t be better and the cruisers are friendly and helpful.

It is also the home of the Ripple Effect Green Ecology Tours.

Chris, who is the dock master for the marina, is also in charge of the eco tours and has his hands on a Castolei 21%u2019 jet boat that he has had reconfigured into consuming both cooking oil and diesel that will take those of us who don%u2019t kayak out into his beautiful estuaries complete with his incredibly knowledgeable history and bird identification skills.

We had a chili cook-off while we here along with music and the band got together across the street at TJ%u2019s for some more music the next night.

They are doing a special with Marineland for the month of December too!

Would come back here in a heartbeat.



Good deal and nice facilities, 2012-12-07
Captain: , Algonac, MI (1659)

Facilities are nice and a bargain in Florida. Dockmaster showed us a hike nearby, but there is not much else to do if you don't have a car.



Great Stop, 2012-12-06
Captain: , Falmouth Maine (120)

We stopped here after getting a late start out of St. Augustine's and we are so glad we did. The marina is totally re-vamped with new floating face docks and fixed docks. The location is totally protected and just off the waterway for easy entry and exit. Chris and Eric met us at the dock. Very friendly and accomodating. Two immaculate bathrooms and laundry with washer/dryer. The laundry is FREE. Nice walking trails through a nature reserve. Marineland Beach is lovely and just across the road. They also offer kayak tours through an estuary filled with wildlife. We wish we had the the time to do it going south. We plan to stop on the trip north. There is a Publix 5 miles away and restuarants within 2-3 miles - good if you have bikes. There is a good place for lunch across the road near the beach.

This would be a great stop for sure if the wind is up in St. Augustine's. Spend a nice, quiet night here rather than a rolly one further north.





Great find!, 2012-12-04
Captain: , Washington, DC (435)

Wonderful service, great new facility. We were agound for part of our visit at the dock but were able to get our 6' 8" draft in and out at mid tides. Inexpensive, free laundry, what's not to love. May come back and spend a week and explore the area. Dockmaster and Crew are friendly and skilled. We really liked this stop



All the things you cruise for, 2012-11-29
Captain: , Galesville, MD (441)

11/29/12- stopped and had a wonderful time. same relaxed and professional attitude. laundry still free. used the dockmasters car. chilli cook out and music on Sunday.

Love this place. Quiet, yet so much to see and do. Marineland across the street is a great find. The Georgia Aquarium dominates the area around the marina with salt pond full of fish. The old campground had a fresh water pond, that is now a habitat for turtles, fish, birds and an alligator. There are great walking/biking trails. Planned on staying a week, and stayed two. The marina staff let you use their cars to get supplies. They also host kayak tours, marina guests get the tours for half price.



Chris is so Kind, MARINELAND=YES, 2012-11-22
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (272)

We passed here several times, but made this a must stop this time. Chis is helpful, positive and informative and the facility docks are great. Floating concrete docks, water and power for $1/ft (2012) 18 miles south of St. Aug, so when it is rough up there, come down here.



Marineland Marina, 2012-11-04
Captain: , London (342)

Arrived later than expected and staff stayed on to assist which was very helpful. Transit dock is floating but the western end is exposed to ICW wakes on the beam and any westerly wind & chop. Passing motor yachts going to the Fort Lauderdale show at speed put up some big wakes that came into the marina but overall well protected and comfortable. After a week the marina like to move you into a berth with pilings so getting on and off can be difficult for high sided boats. During my stay Tropical Storm Sandy passed by and the guys at the marina (Chris and Eric) most helpful with all boats making sure everyone was comfortable. Very good bathrooms. Internet available but only around the office area but picnic tables outside are available. Marineland is over the road for those interested. "Clean Marina" status so maintanence is not encouraged. Chris generously lent vehicle to visit Publix supermarket approx 4 miles away. Local area great for walks and excellent Atlantic beach at low tide. This marina could show many others how to do it! Eco tours available talk with the office. Good stay and will plan anothr stop in future. Well done guys!!



Great stop!, 2012-10-22
Captain: , Nashville, TN (190)

We had an engine failure about a half-mile past Marineland Marina or we never would have stopped. That said, it's a shame this place lies between St. Augustine and Daytona because most people will just pass it by since they don't have fuel. What you will miss is a first rate, very clean and reasonable marina with a great staff. Chris and Eric keep a nice place and will go out of their way to make your stay a pleasurable on. We pulled in under less than favorable circumstances and they were more than helpful. Their docks are beautiful, the laundry is FREE and you are about a 1/4 mile away from the beach and one of the finest cheeseburgers I've ever had. JT's right across the street was out of this world. I love a good burger now and then and when we head back up the ICW... Marineland and JT's will be on our list of places to stop again. Don't miss it!

Capt. Chris
S/V Vacilando



love it, will be back, 2012-10-22
Captain: , Gloucester, VA (60)

We are one of the boats that came to spend the night and stayed for 10 days. If you love nature you have to stop off. If you are looking for action, keep on going. Very clean marina. Helpful, friendly staff, beautiful nature trails, beach across A1A, Dolphin adventures etc. Don't forget to take the Kajak eco-tour. Beautiful and educational.



Great and Friendly Marina, 2012-10-19
Captain: , DeLand, Fl (61)

Excellent stop. Clean restrooms and friendly staff. Will stop on return leg for a few days. No ice but staff brought us a 20lb bag when they opened up in the morning. WiFi was intermittent when we were there but staff said it was being looked into.



Terrific Stop, 2012-09-19
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2709)

I won't repeat all that the previous reviewers have stated, but this is a very nice, new facility with the newest, cleanest baths/showers we have seen yet. The beach is a reasonable walk away. The staff is simply terrific.

It would have 5 stars, but its hard to justify that without the amenitiies of a larger place with a pool, ice, restaurant bar, etc.



july 1 2012, 2012-07-03
Captain: , jax, fl (111)

This place is not swinging hot spot. if you are looking for a bar keep going. What it is, is a great quiet spot with great staff that will actually help tie up your boat. Shrot walk over to the ocean and a great beach. Also at a buck a foot it's certainly affordable. We live near here so we haven't had any reason to look for stores or resturants. we'll be here again a few more times this year.



Marineland Marine-A quiet paradise, 2012-06-27
Captain: , Fort Myers (30)

Chris and his staff are the best. Bring your guitar, banjo or mandolin and enjoy a musical jam session with him and friends, follow the walking paths for some solitude, have lunch by the saltwater pond and dream of catching redfish that big. We stayed a week, and could have stayed longer (only $3.50/foot for the week).

Don't let the lack of a full-time restaurant (JT's does a good lunch) defer you, as Chris may help you get to the nearby Publix, or in my case, pick up and deliver a case of beer.





Ditto everything already said!, 2012-06-23
Captain: , St. Petersburg FL (187)

GREAT place to stop. Wish we could have stayed a couple days, but had to push on to St. Pete. VERY friendly, helpful dockmaster.
Timed it just right; there was a leukemia benefit going on at the Marineland facility, so we had live music to finish off the day as we ate dinner on the top deck and watched the sunset.



Great Stay, 2012-05-31
Captain: , Midway,GA (261)

Upon our arrival, in the pouring down rain, the dock staff was very helpful and friendly. As a matter of fact they tied the boat up and even coiled the dock lines. The marina has clean showers,clean restrooms ,washer and dryer ( free ), pumpout (free ) and all for $1.00 a foot. What a deal ! Beautiful ocean beach just across the street,hiking trails adjacent to marina. Will stay here again



Stayed a month, 2012-05-28
Captain: , Sturgeon Bay WI (40)

This is a great place to relax as you push up or down the ICW. We took a kyack trip run from the marina . It was a learning experience as well as an adventure. Good docks,clean new showers, free laundry, ocean beach and helpful staff. Highly recommend you stay. Also great rates with boat us discount on electric. Dolphins across the street too!



Marineland, 2012-05-05
Captain: , Baltimore, Maryland (330)

This is a good marina if you time it right with the tide. Our boat did not make itall th3e way into the slip at low tide (we draw 5 feet). The staff was great, the nearby beach was pretty, and the restrooms were clean. Did not have a chance to tour Marineland, but would like to do it on another trip. We also had to leave early (5 AM in the dark) so that we would not get stuck and not be able to leave.



Nice Non-glitter stop, 2012-05-03
Captain: , Soddy Daisy TN (142)

Stayed two nights. $1/ft, free laundry, free pumpout free wifi....floating concrete docks, let us park alongside. Free tour of Marineland Dolphin Adventure Center if you pay to take the kayak tour.
50 amp power $12/day. Not much neon close by, so take dinghy or bikes to eating places, about 4 miles...



Nice & Quiet ; >), 2012-05-03
Captain: , Bayport (79)

Great stop over on the route between St Augustine and Daytona for a bit of peace and quiet. Took the Kayak & marineland Tour, all FUN STUFF. Chris was a great host. Will stop for a visit next time around.



Loved Marineland Marina, 2012-04-27
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (6484)

This place is great. Very helpful staff who also run RippleEffect Kayak tours. New floating concrete docks, some fixed docks. Free pump out (although very shallow approach at low tide) free laundry machines, all for $1.00/ft + electric hookup. Snack bar across the street at Marineland Dolphin Oceanairium. Nice walking/biking trails trough wooded area. Very nice beach also across the street, almost have it to yourself. OK for dogs on the beach. Fort Matanzas a short bike ride north as is Matanzas Inlet Restaurant. Wanted to stay longer.



Back to nature, 2012-04-26
Captain: , St. Lucie River (158)

4/26/12 update: Still great. There is now a restaurant open during the day across the street. A nice bike ride N is the Matanzas inlet with great scenery along the way.
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This is a nice place if you are looking for quiet and nature. The dock hands were experienced and the facilities are clean. The beach is across the road, check out the coquina one just south of the marina. There is a nice woodsy walk as well. Across the street is Marineland where you can swim with dolphins or just look at them for a fee. A kayak tour is based here as well. Make sure you are provisioned since there are no stores or restaurants within easy walking distance. There was some mention of access to a car while staying, but we did not explore this.



S/V Lady Lady --keep it our secret, 2012-04-24
Captain: , East Greenwich RI (504)

A little shallow -but carried 5' at a normal low tide to floating dock. Great stop over on the route between St Augustine and Daytona for a bit of peace and quiet. Most helpfull, clean and neat.



Wonderful!, 2012-04-22
Captain: , Cruising (112)

We stopped here to spend a day looking around. Quickly changed the reservation to a week. Quiet, new floating dock, clean restrooms/showers, friendly and helpful staff, very reasonable dockage rate, and so much to do in this area. Chris Kelley, dockmaster and naturalist, will do anything he can to make your stay safe and enjoyable. A big plus for us is the beautiful beach which is just across the street along with the Marineland Dolphin Adventure. There's much to explore by dinghy, too. This is really a hidden gem.



Hidden Treasure, 2012-04-12
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (323)

Perfect place to rest for a couple of days, with a beautiful wooded walking trail ("River to Sea Preserve") next door and a pristine, virtually unpeopled Atlantic beach across the street. Chris the dockmaster will lend you his vehicle to shop at Publix three miles south, and Eric will continue to adjust your lines until you are comfortable and secure; never have we had such a helpful dockhand. Though the marina offers only one washer and one dryer, they are both new and clean and (a first for us) free.
Affordable and pleasant - a real find.



Happy Hours V, 2012-04-02
Captain: , Cairns, Queensland, Australia (121)

Stayed here for one night, the marina is very new, dock guys were great. facilities excellent, free laundry and pump out. Across the road went for a wonderful swim in the surf. Altogether a very relaxing and enjoyable stopover.



Great relaxing marina, 2012-03-18
Captain: , Brewerton NY (257)

If you want to lay back, this is the place. All great people. We found a resturant and Quick Mart, gas station, type store 2 miles north, on the way to Fort Mantanzas.



Great marina! Our first marina slip in over 4 months., 2012-03-08
Captain: , Woolford MD (132)

We arrived intending to spend one night but stayed for a week. We liked the great rates, nice showers, free laundry, and helpful staff. There are many things to see and do within a long hike or bike ride. Marineland and ocean across the street. Nature trail next to marina. Many interesting parks within a few miles. Publix and hardware store five mile bike ride on bike path.



We'll be back and back and back...., 2012-02-06
Captain: , Vero Beach (527)

At high tide (range 2 feet), we saw 6.2 feet in the channel. So we are here until another high tide. (At the 2300 low tide we were aground and heeling 5 in soft silt. A few low tides later we could tell we were aground but sitting in a hole we%u2019d gently excavated. The shelter here is sufficient; this is not a bother.)

Chris Kelley, the Dockmaster, is very good at what he does. A former cruiser, he understands what%u2019s important to cruisers. That he is a nice guy is a plus. And with 20-24 slips/side ties he is able to offer a personal touch that larger marinas can%u2019t. When there was a hiccup, he made good on the situation immediately.

The entire facility is shiny and new this season and what a pleasure. Laundry and pumpout are free. The transient rates are very, very good. The beach is across the street %u2014 literally. We walked there within a half hour of arriving and will again. We can hear the surf through the night. It is remote but not isolated. It is quiet.

A N to NW wind does send a slight swell into the marina, but it is manageable.

WIFI here could be better and 3G is iffy, but the beach about a long punt return away so who needs them...



A great place to stay, 2012-01-15
Captain: , New Bern, NC (466)

A bit shallow if you are 6 feet or more, but the welcome makes up for it. Free WIFI, laundry, brand new docks, and the loan of the Dockmaster%u2019s car to go to the market was a real plus. The dolphin rescue facility and the marine life research center would make this a splendid place to stay just for the educational aspect. Couple that with the eco-tours in kayaks led by the Dockmaster I don%u2019t think you could go wrong spending a week or more. At a dollar a foot, it was one of the best deals we came upon.





A hidden treasure, 2012-01-14
Captain: , Ft. Pierce FL. (208)

$1 per foot, free wi-fi, laundry, pump-outs, showers. Quiet. Staff is very accommodating. Everything is brand new. Limited to power, center board or shoal draft boats. Otherwise a five star rating.



Very Tranquil, 2012-01-14
Captain: , Fort Pierce (90)

First met by Chris/ Dockmaster who was very hospitable and personable. we came in for the night and stayed for a week, this place felt like home. will be back !!



Natural Paradise, 2012-01-09
Captain: , Kingston,New York (10)

We stopped for an overnight, and stayed for a week. If you love nature you must stop here. Birds, dolphins, wetland, palm trees, with Marineland and a gorgeous pristine beach just across the road. With a "Sea to River" natural park immediately adjacent to the marina. The dockmaster, Chris, is one of the best and will do his best to make your stay enjoyable. Clean, new , and free pumpouts. The one negative is that shopping is about 4 miles away to a Publix, and small restaurants.



a treasure, 2011-12-26
Captain: , Black Earth, wi (63)

had we known this marina was here, we would have bypassed Jacksouynville entirely! Dockmaster Chris Kelly is a super guy,, knowlegeable, friendly, and willing to work with you. the rate ($1/ft) is hard to beat, and the setting is peaceful and beautiful. across the road, the dolphin facility offers interesting insights and the beach is terrific! I'd give this facility 6 stars if they were available.



Best Deal on the East Coast of FL, 2011-12-17
Captain: , Mullica Hill, NJ (688)

A very well protected dock with a friendly, curteous dockmaster. No shopping nearby but an Ocean Beach across the road, several hiking trails and Marineland within 5 minute walk. Included in the dockage is free laundry and free pumpout.



So Glad for its return, 2011-11-28
Captain: , Wicomico Church, VA (524)

We came here nearly 20 years ago and loved it then. Everytime we pass, we were sorry to see it closed. It is right where we always want to stop. Better than St. Augustine and Daytona for a quiet spot. Will gladly welcome eating establishments. Very warm wellcome and comfortable layout. Hope the price can stay reasonable. Look forward to returning.



Great little marina, 2011-11-20
Captain: , Ophelia, VA (849)

This marina is small, but a great stop on the ICW. We really enjoyed our stay here. The Dockmaster, Chris, was very helpful and accomodating. We missed hearing the band play but will have to come back again on our way back north. Do note that the satellite photo shown in Active Captain was taken prior to the installation of the slips. To see a schematic of the marina, go to their web site. Only reason I didn't rate it a 5 was because there is no restaurant close by. A real gem!



Great stop, 2011-11-14
Captain: , Clearwater, FL (551)

We stayed over one night. The docks are new and the facility is very nice. They have plans to expand further. Dockmaster Chris was super! There is a free laundry & we got a 50% discount on electric with BoatUS membership.
They need a courtesy car. Nothing is close by, although Chris offered to run us to the convenience store. Kayak rental on site and a 40,000 acre preserve at their doorstep. Marineland is across the street. Don't expect Sea World. It's more of a teaching/research facility.



"What a pleasure", 2011-11-13
Captain: , Flagler Beach, Florida 32136 (305)

Marineland Marina is what boating is all about. Need more of these for cruisers. Neat,Friendly, Easy in, Easy out. Very nice facility for boaters of all types. With fuel and resturant, a 5 star for sure. Great place to spend a weekend.



CAVU Portsmouth, NH, 2011-11-12
Captain: , Merrimack, NH (73)

Excellent facility. New pump out with plans to have pump outs at each slip. Walk across the road to the beach and Marineland. Whenever they have ten or more boats they have a party with food and band.



Will be back, 2011-11-12
Captain: , Rock Hall MD (91)

Can't be beat for staff, location, hospitality. Brand new marina close to the beach, Marineland Research Center. Free Laundry, clean showers and bathrooms. Best stay on the ICW so far, a real gem. If you are lucky enough to arrive when more than ten boats are expected, as we were, they throw a party with a great band, the Seaweeds, catered food at $10 a head and a cash bar.



Marineland Marina, 2011-10-17
Captain: , Patrick AFB Florida (1254)

Great new facility! Everything is new (August 2011) including floating concrete dock, fixed slips, electrical stanchions, heads/showers, laundry. Free WiFi. 30 amp electric was $3.00 with Boat/US discount (have to show your membership card).

The beautiful beach and Marineland is a short walk across route A1A. The GEORGIA aquarium is involved in the education center and kayak tours originate from the marina.

We stayed only overnight as we are on the way home to Merritt Island, but if you don't live in the area you should consider staying long enough to visit the Marineland Education Center (see the new dolphin calf).

The cost is extremely reasonable (currently $1.00 per foot for pleasure boats), but there are no commercial restaurants, etc, within walking distance. It is, however, a beautiful, quiet spot in a well protected basin immediately off the ICW.

Four stars only because it's remote! If there were a good restaurant or two within walking distance I'd give it five stars.



All new marina with fixed slips and floating dockage, great crew!, 2011-09-07
Captain: , Jacksonville Fl (1520)

Our Captain's Club had a cruise there this weekend, awesome place. The marina crew provided live string band music for our dock party Sat night. They play a nice mix of bluegress, blues, and country, and they do it every Sat night. Dockage 1 dollar a ft and half price elec if Boat US member. Check it out next time thru the area.



Brand New and a deightful retreat from the urban areas!, 2011-08-28
Captain: , St. Augustine (80)

Quiet, clean, and a beautiful section of the Scenic A1A Coastal Byway. This is a unique stopover for cruisers and very convenient located just off the ICW at Mile Marker 796.

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