Details for Monroe Harbour Marina

Monroe Harbour Marina

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 28 reviews

Address 531 N. Palmetto Ave
Sanford, FL 32771-1353


After hours contact

Jerry, 407-466-8046

Facility type

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


VHF channel

Contact by telephone. The marina does not monitor VHF.


Email contact

Owner, manager

Brian Volk


John C. Lucarell


Allan Mann

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Boat US discount.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


The lake waterlevel is controlled by the seasonal rains. By march the lake level may be down 4 feet from the rainy season high. You could get stuck in your slip and have to wait for summer rains in order to leave the marina if you draw 5 feet.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: 5

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2015-05-01)

Other price info: $25 minimum. 25% Boat US discount.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: $0.10 per foot for electric.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

Yes - $100 fee.


Fuel brand: Diesel available by appointment.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Non-ethanol, 89-91 octane.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: On leash. Unpaved areas of the marina parking lot are weeds and dirt. River walk has nice grassy areas and pet stations with bags.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Free at the fuel dock. Available at the slip, Monday and Thursday, for $5.






Yes - Showers are average, at best. Odd design with 2 showers, one toilet, and one sink. Sign in women's recommends locking, so only one person can use at a time. Located in a public area a good walk from the docks.




Yes - Two newer washers and dryers, $1.75. Dryers run 45 minutes. No folding table or hanging rack. Located in a public area, but has a combination lock for security. Marina office does not have quarters.


Yes - Small, limited grocery a few blocks away. Winn-Dixie 1.5 miles, Publix 6 miles. Small farmers' market every Saturday, 9 am - 2 pm. Marina usually provides ride to the grocery store. If you have transportation, there is a real farmer's market on a farm at the intersection of SR46 east and Lake Mary Blvd. Often not staffed - just select your vegtables and put your money in the marked cardboard box.


Yes - Marina has a ship's store.


Yes - 2 restaurants on the premises- Riverwalk Pizza/Wolfe's Bar and Grill. Many good restaurants on 1st Street in downtown Sandford, only a couple blocks away. The Willow Tree Cafe, a German restaurant, is the most recommended and most visited eatery. The Corner Cafe may have the most interesting food and the best value in town - open every day for lunch, Thur/Fri/Sat for dinner.


Yes - Within walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Yes - On site.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

Yes - 35 ton travel lift.

Storage facilities

Yes - Wet and dry storage but for small boats only.

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi available. Strong Verizon signal.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Public boat ramp on site.


Yes - Enterprise will you pick up at the marina.

Other services

Will launch stored boats.


Within walking distance of historic down town of Sanford with antique stores, used book store, library, and long river walk. Art Walk - 4th Friday. Car Show - Last Saturday. Downtown Party - 2nd Thursday. Food Truck Brazar first Saturday. Two community theaters. Events calendar can be found on the City of Sanford's web site -

Reviews for Monroe Harbour Marina
love the St. John's , 2017-09-25
Captain: , Newport, MN (123)

Finally cruised up the St. John to Sanford. Stayed here for the weekend and cruised during the week. We were in a pretty short slip with only 4.5' of water, but at $.75/foot, a bargain. The German restaurant music starts at 6 and well worth it and there is a local grocery store a few blocks up Sanford avenue. Good farmers market on Saturdays, near the restaurant.

Nice marina and very close eateries, 2017-05-05
Captain: , Frostproof Fl (260)

We stayed here twice for a total of 4 days. No dock hands but other boaters helpful in docking. Office staff helpful about town. Docks have locked gates we felt very safe. Restrooms clean but not fancy. Laundry has A/C. Docks are protected by wall and land from wind and waves. Library, banks, eateries, and more within 3 blocks. There are 3 resturants within 100 yards. Don't miss Hollnbach's Willow Tree German Resturant 3 blocks away. Food and beer are a 5 star.

very good and quite secure, 2016-12-16
Captain: , Spruce Head (582)

Mostly live aboard or stored boats, but very nice to us transients. Locked gates, floating docks, quite decent ships store, did not use facilities and very friendly staff. All that for $.75 a foot and $0.10 a foot for 30 amp. Sanford is very nice and seems to come alive in the evening.

Very nice marina and town., 2016-11-08
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

We live in Key Largo, but keep our boat here!
still a great marina
.Floating docks, nice. great town area walkable. secure gates.
use phone to contact them. charts are accurate
town is terrific, no groceries walkable. lots of bars and resturants
wifi is off and on.

Friendly stop, 2016-07-07
Captain: , Burns Harbor Indiana (881)

We had our boat at Monroe Harbor for a month. We came and went to visit grandkids so we were not on the boat the entire time. Everyone in the office and on our dock was friendly and extremely helpful. It is a nice walk into town with good restaurants and bars. Be sure to eat at the German restaurant but go early to get a table and stay till seven for the music. Very entertaining. Be sure to stop in at the Imperial. Beautiful on the inside and the bartender drinks are amazing! Everything in the mixed drinks are from scratch! The only reason I give it a 4 not a 5 is because the restrooms and showers are to far from the docks and they need a nice boaters lounge and pool!

A busy live-aboard-friendly place., 2015-12-22
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1422)

And the town of Sanford is worth the trip.

Close walk to downtown, 2015-09-18
Captain: , Winter Park, Florida (103)

It is great for what it is. A fully functional marina within walking distance of 1st Street, which is the main drag. When it was about to storm we walked to a German Restuarant and had a great meal to do something other than sit in the boat. The docks are gated and we felt safe at night. The bar did have a live band Saturday night, but did not bother us.

Good marina, 2015-04-19
Captain: , Cape Canaveral (1191)

Marina is nice, well protected, and the price is right. The general manager is very helpful, though yard hand Phil couldn%u2019t have cared less if he got us pumped out or not. The GM saved the moment and got the chore done with just a little effort after Phil gave up. On the other hand, Allen helped us tie up and gave us good tips about the town. Very good guy. Sanford is an interesting town with more bars and pubs than you can count. Hollerbach's is a very good German restaurant and the German Magnolia Square Market around the corner has more beer selection and great deli food too. We also tried Buster%u2019s Bistro, but this was all Belgium beers. Even better!

Monroe Harbour Marina, 2014-04-15
Captain: , Sanford, Fl. (887)

Very well run facility. Knowledgeable staff. Bar, restaurant, etc are onsite. 12/13 to 4/14. This is the first time we have been back in a couple of years. The marina is still one of the best run and friendliest on the East Coast. The town has really capitalized on the River Walk and made it a boater friendly (and anyone else) place to visit.

Transient slip, 2014-02-12
Captain: , Camp Lejeune, NC (180)

Stayed 3 nights. Friendly staff. Cost with Boat US for 36 ft boat was $27.00. Town located just outside of the Marina

Family owned and operated, 2013-08-30
Captain: , Oviedo, FL (200)

I would highly recommended staying at MHM, Spent many good years at this marina and they just make you feel like family. Sanford is super close and is an awesome little city to check out. If you make it this far down south I couldn%u2019t think of a better marina. Luke is the best Harbour Master around!

Pretty Marina, Friendly Town, 2013-06-22
Captain: , Amelia Island, FL (507)

From the waterway guide we thought making the approach to the marina would be challenging. It was not at all. The approach from entering Lake Monroe to the basin is well marked. We docked in the East basin along a long floating dock in between two houseboats. The approach to the dock is straight forward. Electrical power was strong. The staff here was very accommodating and eager to help. The ramp from the dock is a little steep for an area with no tide but no more so than marinas with a 5-7 foot tide drop. The price is definitely reasonable, and for BoatUS members, it's even better. At the foot of the dock is moored a very pretty paddle wheel steamboat that goes out on the lake for lunch and dinner cruises. The town itself is charming. There is a small museum focusing on the town's founder, Stephen Sanford, and the town's role in major league baseball. There are a number of antique stores within walking distance of the marina as well as the requisite plethora of restaurants. The Veteran's Memorial Park is small but tastefully done. There are even reserved parking spots for electric vehicles, complete with recharging stations. The motel on site is not functioning as a motel. It is currently being used as a dormatory for students attending a nearby flight school. While we were there, three manatees played nearby and an alligator came right up to our transom. Add to all that the people we met on the dock were all friendly and welcoming. We would not hesitate to stay here again should our travels take us this far south on the St.John's River.

Impressive marina and city, 2013-04-03
Captain: , Athens, AL (641)

Very nice stop. Got a little confused with the phone directions - thought he said west end of the east basin but apparently he said/meant west basin. So we visited both sides. Cut the turn in/out of the east basin as tight as you can or you'll bump the bottom with 4 foot draft or more. Strange gate lock system but it works. Ramps are a little steep to the docks. Very convenient access to town and great waterfront city.

As good as it gets., 2013-04-02
Captain: , Welaka,Fl (60)

Friendly staff, reasonable rates, well-maintained floating dock, clean power, & no issues with approach (their website has an acurate map). Downtown Sanford has good restaurants and shops nearby, is a good place to walk/bike and read the many historic markers.

Convenient Location, 2013-04-01
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

Sanford is just 30 miles from the Orlando airport. This would be a very convenient and safe place to leave your boat if you had to fly home. It is the only marina in Sanford and represents the end of the naviagable water in the St. John River. So it is a good place to restock and rest after your up bound trip through the river.

The staff are very freindly, and I would give them 5 stars. The facilites are dated, so overall I would give it a 3. Grocery is 1 mile away. Many restaurants in downtown Sanford, but the German restaurant is not open on Mondays.

Capt. Betsy gave a good description of the navigation into the marina, especially if you have to go around to the east basin. Watch your depth.

Great town, Fair marina, 2013-02-10
Captain: , Topsail Beach, NC (480)

Getting into this marina is a little confusing. You will probably be on the east side, not on the west side where Active Captain mark is. (In other words, on the side Active Captain says is the boat ramp is also where the transient docks were when we were there). Follow red markers across the lake to R14, then turn left at G5 and follow reds R4 and R6 into east side of marina. It is very shallow if you're not right in the channeL. Some boats in the marina were having to move due to shallow water, and the ramps to shore were very steep because the water was low.

The restrooms were dirty several days we were there, then were finally cleaned after the first few days. There were only 2 showers and 1 toilet for ladies, which seemed to be not enough for a marina this size but they weren't used much.

There are numerous restaurants in walking distance. Wolfy's was good. Willow Tree German restaurant with its oompah music was great fun on Thursday night. Not sure what other nights they have the entertainment, but it is great fun and good food.

Numerous quaint shops, used book store, library, museum all within easy walk. Farmer's market on Saturday. Wonderful waterfront park and walking/biking trail. Overall, a great town.

An ok stop for the end of the St John's, 2013-02-06
Captain: , Stafford, VA (148)

Nice floating dock and great rates. With that said we have a couple of negatives - the ramp from the dock to land is extremely steep and difficult to enter and leave with bikes or carts full of supplies. Right now the water level is low, we are ok but have heard other boaters say they have to move because there is not enough water at their slip. Not sure if that is something for this time of year or if a constant problem.
Overall we do like it here and would come back. Very convienent to eating places and downtown Sanford which is an interesting little town. Grocery store in biking/walking distance but a better one is further out. We had friends that took us to that and also to the local Walmart. Would be nice if they had a courtesy car.
Rick & Margi Decatur

nice spot to stop at the end of a trip up the St.Johns, 2013-01-10
Captain: , Charlestown (946)

Convienience to groceries - 3 stars, Winn Dixie is about 1-1/2 miles
Staff - 5 star, very nice and friendly
Facilities - 3 Star - a bit out dated and a walk from the boat
Shops - 5 Star - walk to 1st street and go to the Willow tree if you enjoy German food.
Follow channel markers carefully, if you go off channel it gets shallow quickly.
Average rating - 3 star

tried to stay here, 2012-11-29
Captain: , jax, fl (111)

to be fair we didnt stay here, but we tried really hard. We called ahead to reserve a space but were told they dont do that as there are always spots. When we arrived we called on the radio but couldnt reach anyone on any channnel. we called on the phone but got a recorded msg say they were closed. hours are 9 to 5. it was well before 5. we tied up in a slip and a nice person helped us find the office but it was closed and everything was locked. it was 5 by now. we had no way to come and go as the docks are locked and we couldnt find any help or process to get a key or what slips might be available. we had hoped to see the city spend the evening there but thought it better to stay with the boat outside of the marina. we have learned in our first year of boating many marinas are very relaxed with hours or assistance. if you are going to stay here I certainly would call well before your stay and ask about what you do if no one is around.

Stayed here, 2012-11-07
Captain: , Orlando, FL (81)

I like this Marina, of course it doesn't hurt that I know the owner. But aside fromthat prices are not out of line they have a nice little ships store, There plenty of shops around the marina. It's a very clean, well run facility. Plus they have a great sales and service dept.

Monroe Harbor Marina, 2012-07-01
Captain: , North Charleston, SC (752)

Captain: John Sagel's review is accurate and to the point. I'll add that you have to leave the secure area to use the bathrooms and showers or the laundry and it's a fairly long walk. If you get there and someone is taking a shower, you might have to wait or come back later depending on if they locked the door with the deadbolt.

Sanford is trying hard to revitalize itself and has rebuilt much of the city near the marina but there are people "hanging out" on the waterfront that might be a little scary to some folks.

Other than that, it's a pretty neat town with lots of restaurants including a great German restaurant. The city seems to come alive in the evening.

Great town, 2012-03-10
Captain: , Cincinnati (1810)

This marina is clean and maintained but just doesn't offer any extra's. Showers are minimal with no privacy, there is no "captains lounge" or other congregating place, pump out is not included in fees ($5 extra per). Docks do have locking gate to keep people off the docks which is good since you are surrounded by others. Always felt safe though when off the dock. The old town is only 2 blocks away and is very neat with small businesses and restaurants. It is a busy town with plenty of activities. The marina is a good place for a basic marina - no frills.

Great winter port, 2012-03-07
Captain: , Stone Mountain, GA (180)

I'm ending my 3 month stay here the end of March, 2012. I also stayed here Jan-April 2011. I originally came here to have a warm place to work on a newly-acquired older boat and it's been ideal both for the weather and location. The marina is right in town so it's convenient to a lot of past times. Not close to major stores, however. You'll need a car, cab or the bus to do major shopping (Enterprise has 2 locations and, other than March-April, which is racing season and spring break, you can get the $10/day weekend rate). Not a great repair facility; mostly houseboats and small sail and fishing boats. But they will always have a referral for any service they don't provide.

the good and the bad, 2011-12-19
Captain: , N Fort Myers, Florida (516)

The marina itself is excellent. The docks are floating concrete, and in good condition, and the staff is very helpfull getting you into your dock, and hooking up to power, etc. The gates are kept locked to get on the docks, with security and cameras as well. The bathrooms are a little rough, with only one comode in the men's room. That hasn't been a problem so far.
Now the bad. I had my boat pulled so the bottom could be painted and a prop repaired. The prop was less than $500 so the bottom job was about $3500, which I thought was excessive. Other times it has cost me around $2000. They repaired my outboard (dirty carb) and the price was almost$450. When I complained, they took off $85, and returned my "old" plugs, which had 3 hours on them, Gave me 1/2 quart of oil, because they replaced the fuel in the tank, and charged me for a quart, when it needed less than a pint. Basically, they used the shotgun approach to the repair. They replaced lots of items "just because", many of the parts had been already replaced within the last year and a half.
The bottom line is, the marina is very nice, and the staff friendly, but I would not recommend their service department. If you HAVE to have them do work, insist on a written estimate, and a phone call if it will exceed their estimate.

Nice end to St. Johns river (at least for 4.5 ft draft), 2011-11-14
Captain: , St. Lucie River (158)

Nice secure marina, nice people and ideal location. Boating store on premises and downtown Sanford is a two block walk away. Restaurants, arts, and antiques located on 1st street. Picked up a red Moroccon lamp that makes a nice night light that is kind to your night vision. Shallow lake so need to stay in channel and pay attention to diretions from marina for getting in safely.

Little known paradise., 2011-08-28
Captain: , Sanford Florida (20)

If you have never ventured the St. Johns River, you will be in for a great time. The wildlife, fishing and old world Florida is at it's best. At the end of the trip is a little know secret known as Monroe Harbour Marina. This Marina has a staff which is first rate, and a Harbor Master with 40 years at the helm. The web site will give you anything you need, and information is only a click away. I and several other cruisers have spent many winters and summers here and will continue to do so. If you have the time in your trip, stop in and enjoy the great town of Sanford Fla. Also one last note, you don't need a car to get around.

City run but personable, 2010-12-02
Captain: , MONARCH. COLORADO (1156)

This place has some of the best staff we have seen. We noticed many cruisers settling in here and not going south. Rates are good and city has all you could want.

Really Nice Marina, 2008-03-13
Captain: , Jacksonville Florida (125)

This is a really nice Marina with two different areas to dock. Nice floating docks and a store with marine supplies and both diesel and gas. The east marina has a slight problem with birds so I'd choose the west marina if given a choice. It's protected by break waters and has nice showers and laundry. Many different restaurants are within easy walking distance and their is and independant grocery store about 5 blocks away (not the cleanest place). Rate was around $1.00 per foot.

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