Details for Palm Cove Marina

Palm Cove Marina

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 86 reviews

Address 14603 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32250

Phone904-223-4757 (Fax: 904-223-6601)

After hours contact


Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Skip Canfield


Loyd Terry


Rich Davis

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Amex, MC, Visa

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Enter west from R32. Follow private markers to fuel dock. The only problem is the channel. They say there is 6' at low tide but the real depth seen is lower (5' and lower).





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 6

Other depth info: Multiple people have found less than 6 feet in the channel and basin at times. Make sure to ask about current depths and approach guidance if you draw more than about 4 feet.

It was reported April 8, 2012 that a boat entering the channel for Palm Cove Marina at low tide saw a sailboat that had grounded in the channel and was stuck for 20 minutes, they said they had a 5 1/2 foot draft. When they reported they had floated free and were proceeding in, the boat started in behind them. They went aground at the entrance and plowed mud the entire way in the channel and to the slip on S dock. The boat drew 5 feet.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 70
Beam max: 30

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.75/ft (2017-09-20)

Other price info: Weekly Slip Storage rate is $8 per foot plus electric.
Weekly live aboard rate is $9 per foot plus electric.
Monthly Slip Storage rate is $13.50 per foot.
Monthly live aboard rate is $15.00 per foot. Limit 30 days.
Yearly Slip Storage rate is $13 per foot.

Rates are based on a maximum length of either vessel or finger pier with a 30 foot minimum.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Daily rate: 30 amp - $7.00; 50 amp - $11.00.
Weekly rate: 30 amp - $30.00; 50 amp - $40.00.
Monthly and yearly is metered.

Cable TV (and pricing)

No - Not at the slips but available in boater's lounge.

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info

No - Transient liveaboards allowed maximum of 30 days. No new liveaboards allowed.


Fuel brand: Gate (Ethanol free).

Gas price$3.73/gal (2017-09-20)

Other price info: No ethanol. Includes tax. Discount built into per gallon pricing.

Diesel price$2.73/gal (2017-09-20)

Other price info: Includes tax. Discount built into per gallon pricing.



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Free with a minimum 100 gallon fuel purchase.




Yes - Trash cans on all docks.








Yes - 1 block, Publix in a large shopping mall with other stores.

Publix Super Market
14444 Beach Blvd Ste 6
Jacksonville Beach, FL


Yes - Service department on property. Also West Marine, two blocks past Publix.


Yes - Fine dining at Marker 32 adjacent to the property.

Several fast-food, etc. available in the Publix shopping center within walking distance but across busy Beach Blvd.


Yes - In restaurant next door.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Yes - Gas engines only. For a diesel mechanic call Jon Oster at 904-635-5610, recommended by the marina and on site, very nice work, reasonable and very clean, November 28th 2011. Also available is an Raymarine electronic specialist, Dean Electronics at 904-545-1210. Both are quick to respond and help.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Travel lift. Forklift boat launch service.

Storage facilities

Yes - Wet and dry storage.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Frozen bait

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi (free) available on all docks

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Public

Other services

Swimming pool. Emergency Care Center within 1 block.

NorthStar Marine Group
Does maintenance and upkeep of boats.

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


Water park is less than a mile away.

Reviews for Palm Cove Marina
Professional Marina, 2017-06-11
Captain: , Hull, MA (580)

Elan, Capt. Steve and Lynne, MA
Great location for provisioning. Lots of help docking. Fabulous restaurant next door. Friendly and helpful staff. We will stop again on our return journey.

Marina Staff congrnial and helpful, 2017-05-14
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (20)

Nice marina but need to enter their channel at high tide. I was docked there for a month and I'm amazed that it took them a week to empty the trah in the mens shower and I was afrai to stand in the shower without my water shoes. The floor in thye bathroom/ shower was never mopped in the month I spent there.

Quiet respite, 2017-05-05
Captain: , Punta Gorda, Fl (960)

Quiet spot-- easy off the ICW. Only stayed 1 night, but facility was clean. Laundry and lounge comfortable. Walked to restaurant and Publix. Car/taxi needed for any errands, but close to major needs and Mayo Clinic. Would return here.
April 2017: still a good stop

Nice but Shallow, 2017-04-30
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (415)

Nice marina and the staff are very helpful but and its a big but, it is shallow. We came in on high tide and had plenty of depth in the channel. After getting fuel they put us on the end of a T dock. At low tide our 47' motoryacht with a 4.5' draft sitting in the mud which means no onboard toilets and A/C for at least two hours around each low tide.

Great Stop, 2017-04-24
Captain: , Westport CT (554)

Updated Review: Stopped here again on 4/15 on way north. Dock staff is 5 stars, marker 32 next door 5 stars...showers 2 stars. Great price on fuel...did not see less than 4ft coming in pretty much at low tide. Will stop again but the heads/showers need some work to match the rest of the place.

Stopped in here on 11/19 for fuel and to send some of the delivery helpers to the airport. Very helpful dock staff, close to all the stores needed and a great restaurant next door, Marker 32.

Stayed here overnight on our way north last May and five stars as well.

Warm and welcoming stop. , 2017-04-18
Captain: , Marion, MA (472)

The people make this marina great. The staff are warm, welcoming, knowledgeable and helpful. The facilities are clean and reasonably well maintained. The wifi is good. There are 3 washers and dryers in the laundry. Marker 32, the restaurant next door, is very good. Publix and West Marine are an easy walk. Enterprise is 10-15 minutes away and will pick you up if you need a car. You can use the tides to get in and out. We carried 6.5' draft into and out of the marina 2.5 hours before a +3.6' high tide and the least amount of water we saw was 7.2'.

Wonderful Stop, 2017-04-11
Captain: , Rockland Maine (10)

Lost forward gear in transmission. ... the office and dock personal could not be nicer us to a dock and now awaiting the verdict on repairs ..facilities excellent. ..restaurants and shopping nearby .... if you need a place to duck out of the Ditch, please give them a call...nice to have welcoming people when you have troubles ...they gave us names of capable mechanics and we have already scheduled a look see

3 ft MLW in the channel, 2017-03-18
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (40)

Nice marina and convenient to shoreside facilities, but dockmaster advises me that my 4 ft draft will not pass the channel at dead low tide. A couple of hours before or after should be OK.

Decent marina but shallow channel., 2017-03-12
Captain: , Chicago, Racine, Fish Creek,Wi (3189)

Fuel prices as reported $2.50 Diesel $3.55 gas. Washrooms ok. Nice people here. Docks floating decent shape.

Not at Low Tide, 2017-02-28
Captain: , Saint Michaels (320)

Called ahead for reservations. Got there at 1600. Got stuck in the channel several times. Plowed my way thru and got tied up at 1830. We have been here several times and never had this problem. 2 1/2 hours in the mud was not fun. Our dockage got comped. The staff was friendly. But by the time we got there they were gone.
Marker 32, the restaurant next door, is pricy but very good. Great people watchning.
Would have been 4 stars if the channel had been dredged.

Excellent stop, 2017-01-12
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (500)

This place has a pool, clean bathrooms, showers, laundry and a lounge. Great place to stop for the night. The entrance is a 6 foot approach but if your keel hits the bottom it is just mud. We plowed on through with our 5 foot draft. It just took a little longer to get the dock. The staff is very friendly and very helpful.

Nice 1 month stay, 2016-11-23
Captain: , st thomas usvi (30)

Marina staff was very helpful and enjoyed our stay.

Good service. Docks in need of repair., 2016-11-22
Captain: , Hamilton (348)

This is a convenient stopover on the ICW south of the St Johns.

Depths can be low on the approach from the ICW - take care if your draft exceeds 5'. We were put on a face dock near the dry stack launch area. Docks are floating concrete and all services were working fine, but we noticed that the docks are cracking and broken in some places - possibly from hurricane Matthew, but certainly in need of repair or replacement sometime soon. Not an issue for an overnight, but would think about a longer term stay.

Staff were very friendly and helpful and did a great job.

19 Nove 2016 Visit, 2016-11-20
Captain: , Colonial Beach, VA (650)

Nice clean marina with easy off the ICW. Warmart 1 mile away, PUBLIX a 1/4 of that. Uber avail. Dockhands professional and helpful. Floating docks good condition. Only issue was fuel pump for diesel is slow. If you need fuel it will take a long while to fill up. 32 Market restaurant close by and people said it was good. We ate aboard.

Use the tide and it's a good stop., 2016-11-17
Captain: , Punts Gorda, FL (31)

Palm Cove is convenient to shopping, transportation, etc. - Probably one of the better ports in the JAX area. However, if you draw more than about 4 feet be sure you time your arrival for mid tide and rising, or better. They will tell you they have 6 feet in the channel and at the docks, and while it is what they periodically dredge to, we sounded 7.9 in the channel on the way in with the tide up 4.1 feet. We have 9.5 at the slip - that's 5.5 at MLW and we draw 5'.

The good news is that the bottom is all soft loose mud so even if you bump you can likely power through.

All in all a nice, well-kept Marina with good floating docks and helpful, courteous staff.

back again in 2016, 2016-11-08
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

discovered uber, also discovered publix is more than a block away, and West a block farther!
I recomend UBER for shopping, nice floating docks, good staff, clean facility,

Palm Cove Marina, 2016-04-17
Captain: , Sandwich (722)

Good stopping point on ICW 32R. Well marked channel. 8ft water at dock. Helpful Dock hands and friendly office staff. Men and women bath/shower combo make it private but need to be cleaned daily including weekends. Large laundry room washer/dryer $1/load. Nice clean pool area. Gas grill. Good WiFi and Publix short walk! Beware of NE blows!

Protected from wind and current, 2016-04-09
Captain: , Wilmington NC (400)

Stopped again on 3/19/2016. Can't say enough. Publix, West Marine, resturants, all in walking distance. Staff and facilities are top notch.
Excellent marina. was having alternator issues on 4/21/2015 and found Palm Cove by their sign on the ICW. Friendly, helpful staff. A lot of stores within walking distance. Stayed 2 nights. a lot of activity in the marina. Fun to watch all the comings and goings.

Location, Location, Location, 2016-03-28
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (10)

I got in late on 3/26 at low tide and actually tried to go to Beach Marine on the other side, but I hit bottom right in their entrance (I draw 5'7, the dock hand said they were down to as low as 3.5' on some low tides). After waiting to float off, they offered me a T-Head close to the entrace, where I hit bottom again about three feet off the dock. I headed to Palm Cove on the other side of the ICW.

The marina is fine. They apparently have similar problems accommodating drafts over 5', but I got through their channel at a time when I was still hitting bottom at Beach. The reason to stay here, however, is the location:

1) The restaurant "Marker 32" is basically on-site at Palm Cove, and the food was amazing. I was warned in advance it was pricy, and it wasn't cheap by any means, but it looked like they had a good happy hour if I had been there before 7, and even at full price the food was absolutely worth it (Annapolis quality at lower than Annapolis prices).

2) It is about three blocks away from a Publix, as others have said, - but the key is that they are on the correct side of the Beach Blvd. bridge relative to it. It was Easter when I was provisioning and Publix was closed, so I went to Walgreens across the street from Publix (so, on the same side as Palm Cove). Jodee the cashier could not have been more helpful, and she even flagged Jacob, the Asst. Manag. to give me a ride back to Palm Cove after she saw I was loaded up. Something I might "expect" (but never really) in a small sailing town, but from a strip mall Wallgreens? Above and beyond.

Great Overnight, 2016-01-31
Captain: , Newport RI (490)

We stopped here to have local friends to the boat for dinner. Was helpful that Publix is just down the street. Ended up needing an apthomologist who was 1 mile away across the bridge. The staff was helpful, and Karen in the office notarized a document that we needed to sign and mail. We had no problems with water depth, but we came and left at higher tides.

Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1643)

I left our boat here for 2 months while we went home for the holidays. Upon returning we found everything in good condition. The staff was very friendly and checked our boat daily. The restrooms were clean. There is a very nice lounge, showers, and laundry. They even have a customer appreciation party every third Fri. of the month. The Publix and many shopping center staors are a short walk on the main highway. Very convenient. Also, lots of good restaurants near by. Marker 32 restaurant is excellent and right on the property.

Updated Review, Dec 2015, 2016-01-10
Captain: , St Johns, FL (160)

Just a quick note to update...still a great little place, lesser known but nice. Karen in the office is super-friendly and the dock staff is helpful. Good pricing on fuel and dockage, lower than "Beach" across the way. Only reason its not a 5 is that its a busy, working high & dry marina, so there is a bit of noise and activity, shower facility beginning to show age.

Previous Review: This is one of my favorite little places. I draw 3.5, no trouble. If you enter at the lowest tide, stay in their channel and don't be scared by the mud! They just have a nice friendly staff here, Skip and Karen make you feel welcome. Older floating docks in good shape. Clean restrooms and pool. Walk to Publix or Walgreens, plus there is a cool exotic car dealership in their building. Try not to drool on the windows.

Nice Marina With Interesting Approach, 2015-11-27
Captain: , Oriental, NC (190)

The channel is well marked and the marina is visible from ICW. We stopped here going South on the way to St. Augustine again returning North this Fall (2015).We had no problem with depth but were told by staff to stay absolutely center channel at low tide and be careful. We draw 4'. They apparently dredge on a regular basis. Good fuel prices, access to mechanics, pump out worked well and the docks were in good shape. Staff was very good at docking and were friendly afterwards. Short walk to shopping (drugstore, grocery, etc). Security seemed a bit lax but the grounds were well lit

Approach to Channel, 2015-11-19
Captain: , Annapolis (40)

Take ICW R32 on its north side to enter marina channel. Be aware that channel can be shoal at low tide. Marina staff said they have 5' in channel at low tide. We draw 5' and made it in but wouldn't try it again at low tide. Marina has nice facilities. Marker 32 restaurant is fantastic.

Great stop for a respite, 2015-10-11
Captain: , Charlestown (946)

Ditti on the review below. They also have a pool so I give it a five star. The staff is welcoming and accomodating. The facility is clean.

happy feet :-), 2015-10-01
Captain: , Iotta Louisiana (404)

First time along side in 10 days... Nice break. Shallow entrance channel could be a problem for over 5' draft unless you can work the tide. Excellent fuel prices. Well maintained venue with pro staff. Publix close, West Marine a hike, but lots of businesses and bus service on Beach Blvd for $1.50 Great stop if you can clear the channel

Skinny water at low tide, 2015-06-28
Captain: , Honolulu (712)

Excellent facility, good customer service, busy marina with lots of boats going in and out of dry storage. Posted six foot in channel, but we hit bottom with a 3'8" draft when leaving, should have requested local info...

Overnight stop., 2015-06-19
Captain: , Sunbury, Ga (352)

Went in at 2 hours before low tide with no problem. Did have problems where they docked us, stirring up mud going into the slip and only draft 3'6". Gave us free electric for the shallow slip. Make sure they give you a slip deep enough for your draft. Otherwise, nice restrooms, lounge and pool.

Nice marina, 2015-05-19
Captain: , Venice, Fl. (949)

We spent several days here visiting family. The marina is well run, clean and modern. The bath house is a walk. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

Marker 32 restaurant is fantastic. The food is out of this world.

What a Joy!, 2015-05-18
Captain: , Jacksonville (190)

Stayed 5/2 - 5/5 to attend a class at one of the property tenants. The channel is narow, but even at low water I never saw less than 4 feet. The pier was good and easy to approach, dock hands were helpful and provided all the information that was needed. I never used their facilities so no comment there. Purchased fuel for what I felt was a very reasonable price. Publix is within walking distance.

The high light was Marker 32, it alone is worth the trip! Amazing food, great service and even when I left my glasses there and went back the next day they were terific, and had taken great pains to secure them.

Nice Marina - Shallow Entrance, 2015-04-21
Captain: , St. Simons Ilsland, GA (547)

We spent one night at Palm Cove Marina on April 12. I had made reservations earlier with Karen Farish, the Office Manager, and found her to be very nice, caring, and responsive to my questions. The showers were very clean, and there is a nice lounge although we didn't use it. Transient rate was reasonable at $1.65 per foot. I would caution boaters with deeper drafts about the depth of the narrow and privately marked entrance channel. My boat draws 5'8" and we barely made it in at mid-tide. Realistic depth at low tide is less than 5' in my opinion. The restaurant next door (not affiliated with the marina) isn't open on Sunday. The pool area would have been a nice extra if visiting in warmer weather. Overall, I recommend this marina if you have a shallow draft vessel or can time the tides for arrival and departure.

Good place to stop., 2015-04-20
Captain: , Georgetown, South Carolina (91)

We stopped here to wait out a weather front. Very protected. The entrance channel is a bit narrow and shallow. However, we left the dock about 1 hr. past low tide (were informed by the dockmaster that tide here is about 1 hour past the tide for Sisters Creek) and saw no less than 6'2" in the channel, with the shallowest spot being between the last 2 sets of markers (G1-R2 and G3-R4). We were advised not to cut the markers when leaving the channel for the ICW but to steer a true course until into the main channel. We did experience a bit of set to the south from the current but quickly saw 20'.

A note that we had less than 6" under the keel at the dock at low tide.
A nice friendly place to stop with good dock hands, cheap fuel and decent facilities. Laundry and pool. Publix and many restaurants within walking distance.

Excessive Slip Charges, 2015-04-14
Captain: , Vienna, VA (50)

Moving our 40 ft. trawler from FL where it was purchased to the Chesapeake, we kept it at Palm Cove in a wet slip and returned one month and 5 days later to continue moving it north. We expected the extra 5 days to be pro-rated at the monthly rate as was done at the previous 2 marinas (Marker 1 in Dunedin and Loggerhead in Stuart--great marinas by the way) where we kept the boat for a similar time frame. Instead, they charged us a weekly rate which is only $2/day less than the daily transient rate. Anticipating about $100 for the extra 5 days they charged us instead $320, about 2/3 the entire monthly rate of $540! The general manager insisted that is their policy once the one month is over. If we had known this in advance, we would have made other arrangements. Never again--Palm Cove that is.

This is our 2X annual stop, 2015-04-10
Captain: , Oxford, MD (810)

We stop here because the marina is well run, fuel prices are the best in the area, a good laudry stop and provisioning is an easy walk down the street to Publix, Walgreens and a Starbucks. The pool and heads are clean. It is also a treat to have dinner at Marker 32 restaurant next to the Marina. Excellent food, wine list and service. There is always a 10% discount coupon for Marker 32 in the Palm Cove newsletter. We will be back in January 2016.

Great facility, 2014-10-23
Captain: , Morehead City, NC (10)

We spent 2 days at this great facility. Super friendly & helpful staff, super clean restrooms & showers along with 3 washer/dryer setups. Will be returning in the Spring on our return trip.

Not Impressed, 2014-06-17
Captain: , Salem,AL (120)

Staff not motivated,Bathrooms and Showers dirty. Not what past reviews reflect. We will not stop again.

Modern Marina Facility, 2014-06-03
Captain: , Palm Coast, Florida (311)

Great marina facility with concrete floating docks. Staff was very friendly and helpful with fueling and getting into the slip. Only stayed one night so didn't have time to explore the area. Amenities included lounge, laundry, restrooms with showers and pool. Restrooms/showers were large, clean, but basic. Plumbing fixtures could use updating.

Call ahead for fuel price, 2014-04-20
Captain: , Bristol, RI (386)

Gas price is $4.97, NOT $4.53 as reported here and on the Waterway Guide.

Clean, Modern Marina, 2014-03-13
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (602)

I don't give 5 stars often but.......Palm Cove is a modern and clean marina that offers good protection and wide, floating concrete docks (a big plus when tides are 4 feet). Karen in the office is very friendly and helpful. We were there long enough that the monthly rate and metered electricity were offerd to us without asking. Pool, Laundry ($1 per load), Boaters Lounge with computer, TV, and book exchange, 30 and 50 amp servive and water at each slip. No cable TV. WIFI signal was strong. Restrooms were clean and well maintained. Some people may think the restrooms are a long hike from the transient slips but we are finding this is more the rule than the exception. Gas, diesel, and pumpout available. Repair services onsite. Well marked channel from ICW to marina.
Publix grocery store about a half mile away. Restaurant on site.
No courtesy car.
Highly recommend.

Pleasant Place, 2013-12-19
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (250)

Nice place to stay overnight. Easy to get in and out. Bathrooms Ok, not great--B+. Helpful dock hands. Not a lot nearby that we could find. Good fuel price.

Good provisioning stop, 2013-12-08
Captain: , Pasadena,Maryland (510)

Excellant location off ICW. No current- good protection from wind. Good provisioning stop with grocieries, resturants, shopping.

Good fuel prices and facilities, 2013-12-05
Captain: , Clear Lake, TX (694)

Stopped here because and the low fuel prices and a friend's recomendation. Found a fabulous little facility and overstayed our planned visit for an extra week due to high winds and storms. Phyiscal facilities are excellent. Nice restrooms and large boater's lounge. The staff were helpful and the restaurant ( although somewhat expensive) ranks at the uppen level of marina restaurants. Shops and services within moderate walking distance. Entrance to facility gave us adequate water for our 4.25 Ft draft due to recent dredging by management.

One of the nicest yet, 2013-11-25
Captain: , Clinton, CT (10)

A previous review tells it all. When we came to Palm Cove, we were greeted by the friendly first voice, Karen. She made you feel as if she knew you and truly wanted to meet you personally. The Marina is off the ICW at the end of its own channel, easy access. We entered at half tide and saw 8"6" average depth. They offer fuel and pump out service. The dock staff guided us into our slip and did not leave until we were securely settled and connected to power. We were given a newsletter of marina events. The marina is conveniently located near a Publix and a Planet Fitness There are many other conveniences within easy walking distance: West Marine, Starbucks, Big Lots and many restaurants. Across the bridge there is a whole water park and mini golf. The laundry, restrooms, showers, and Captains Room are clean and pleasant with TV and internet that actually works at the dock slip!. Great pool and sunning area. Those who call Palm their marina are friendly and helpful. Within the parking lot is a foreign car dealer who treats his business as a museum-Lambourginis, Ferraris, Porches, Dodge Vipers, vintage vets, etc. Jacksonville Beach and the Train Station are a bus ride away( 1.50 or free if over 60 ). We chose to leave our boat there for the Christmas and Thanksgiving Holidays.

Nice marina, excellent restaurant nearby but shallow approach. , 2013-10-31
Captain: , Cape Porpoise, Maine (250)

This is our second time staying here. The last time we must have entered and left at high tide just after they had dredged their channel, because we didn't have a problem. This time we plowed our way through the mud almost the entire way (we draw 4'). The reason we returned is for the fabulous restaurant next door called Marker 32. It is one of the best on the entire ICW.

Could be so much better, 2013-09-11
Captain: , New Bern, NC (73)

Entering the approach channel we saw less than 5 ft., 1-1/2 hours before MLW. Touched the bottom at least twice.

We were placed in one of the slips. The narrow fairway between docks made backing out the next day a bit difficult, perhaps because the slips/docks were for somewhat smaller boats. I'm a 41' sailboat and don't back up very easily. Glad the winds were calm when we left.

Bathrooms were in pretty poor condition, though the laundry was okay.

Best feature of this marina is the Marker 32 restaurant next door and the only reason we would stop here. Outstanding food.

Probably won't stop here again, though I will miss the Marker 32!

shallow approach, 2013-07-24
Captain: , Fort Pierce, FL (380)

we had to wait one and a half hours to be able to get into this marina. watched others come in pushing mud. would only suggest going in when tide is pretty high and leaving the same way. the Marker 32 was everything we hoped for and more. Do to some GPS issues we stayed and second night and just had to go back for another meal. when have given them a better rating if dock help were better and deeper approach

What discount?, 2013-05-18
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (654)

We found the entrance very shallow between 5%u2019 %u2013 5%u2019 6%u201D called for instruction and were told to, %u2018%u2019 just stay in the middle%u2019%u2019. We never rubbed bottom but a huge mud plume was behind boat. Dock hand was a lot of help at the gas dock in helping us land, beyond that it was all self service for the gas and pump out. When we questioned the Boat U S discount we were told that it was just for Dockers, nothing on AC suggested this. We did wiggle a .04 discount you just got to ask harder sometimes. Gas was $4.50 something on 5/17/13. This is a brand new marina, that could have a lot of potential, but it seems rack storage is the main interest here not the everyday boater that wants to slide in and get some quick gas.

A Great Place to Stay, 2013-05-12
Captain: , Bristol, RI (350)

When we decided to visit Palm Cove, we were greeted by the friendly first voice, Karen. She made you feel as if she knew you and truly wanted to meet you personally. We thought we might need repairs and she was knowledgeable with all the info we would need.
The Marina is off the ICW at the end of its own channel, easy access. The fuel prices were one of the lowest we have seen. The dock staff guided us into our slip and did not leave until we were securely settled and connected to power. We were given a newsletter of marina events. The marina is conveniently located near a Publix and a Planet Fitness (across the street for exercise junkies like me). There are many other conveniences within easy walking distance: West Marine, Starbucks, Big Lots and many restaurants. Across the bridge there is a whole water park and mini golf. The laundry, restrooms, showers, and Captains Room are clean. Great pool and sunning area. Those who call Palm their marina are friendly and helpful. Within the parking lot is a foreign car dealer who treats his business as a museum-Lambourginis, Ferraris, Porches, Dodge Vipers, vintage vets, etc.
We stayed here for four days (Thurs-Mon) waiting for a part for our depth sounder and enjoyed it.
It is a very busy boat yard also.
Jacksonville Beach is a cab ride away.

Shallow and Noisy, 2013-04-29
Captain: , Kinsale (130)

We arrived an hour before low tide and our 5 1/2 foot draft boat pushed mud all the way in, even though we were told by a staff member on the phone that the channel was 6 feet at MLW. We pushed the throttle as high as it would go and were lucky not to have gotten stuck. The floating docks were nice but the bath/showers were quite a long walk through fork lifts busily loading boats into the storage stack building. We don't plan to return here.

Very nice but mind the entrance at low tide, 2013-04-23
Captain: , Hartfield (281)

This is a lovely marina with excellent facilities, but we did go aground in the middle of the entrance channel at low tide. We draw 5 1/2 feet. However, tide was about to turn and we were off in about 1/2 hour. It is soft mud. Leaving next morning was fine.

The marina facilities are excellent. The resto next door, not marina owned, has a lovely view of the marsh and good drinks.

Courteous and friendly staff, 2013-04-08
Captain: , Port Charlotte, FL (694)

Terry went above and beyond to get us settled into our slip, helped with the lines. We had a little trouble with the channel - it was low tide and we plowed our way in, including at the dock - he literally pulled us into the slip thru the mud, and helped us get settled with our lines and fenders.

This is a Great Place, 2013-02-10
Captain: , Somers Point (460)

I had to leave my boat for two months here. Upon my return, it was in pristine condition and was well cared for. marine office worked hard to give a a good and fair deal as I was not sure of my exact return date until about a week before I came back. Dock staff was exceptional and very friendly. A very entertaining place just to watch the dry stack boats go in and out of the water. Market just 1 block away others stores are a longer walk (West Marine and Liquor) and there is no courtesy car. However one of the dock hands drove me to get decomissioning items. Bath facilities are clean and the Marker 32 Restaraunt is very good (but closed on Sundays). I look forward to returning.

Great restaurant adjacent to the marina, 2013-01-26
Captain: , Hilton Head Island, SC (377)

We stayed one night (Jan 17, 2013) on our way to St. Augustine. Entering the channel about an hour prior to low tide, we barely had 6 feet which is almost our minimum. I don't think we would have made it at DLW.

The docks are nice, but be careful on S dock if they want to put you on the side with the pilings. Unlike many floating docks, the pilings on this dock are on the outside of the dock so your fenders will be of little protection. The east side of that dock is a much better choice.

The facilities are very nice, and they even have a swimming pool! I can't speak for the bathrooms/showers/laundry because I didn't see them. The thing that makes a stop here really worthwhile is Marker 32 restaurant at the end of dock S. It is attractive, popular and the food is first-rate. The service is excellent.

I can attest to the friendly staff because I accidentally splashed some strong soap in one eye the night we arrived and awoke the next morning with a red, swollen eyelid. I went to the office to inquire about a walk-in clinic, and not only did they find one, they drove me there. Four hours later, $60 in cab rides, and a visit to an opthalmalogist and we were ready to resume our journey to St. Augustine (which we made from there in four hours at an average of eight knots motor-sailing).

This is how it should be., 2012-12-12
Captain: , Cleveland (10)

I am new to traveling, I was skeptical about entering there channel, but had zero problems with entering or leaving. There face price on Diesel was what was posted @ $4.15 per gallon. Grocery store across the street, Marker 32 was great. I walked in and man was this some good food! The staff @ Palm Cove was the best. I felt very well taken care of. I cant wait to head back North! 40 ft tug, AKJ

Pleasant Palm Cove, 2012-12-02
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (10)

We spent a week at Palm Cove. It is a great marina. Good prices, helpful staff, and easy walk to groceries, West Marine, restaurants, etc.

Great Stop, 2012-12-01
Captain: , Salem, MA (372)

We had a very pleasant stop here. The current runs strong here the staff are very good at handling your lines and getting you docked safely. The 3 new washers and dryers. Had a enjoyable dinner at Billy's on site with a 10% discount if you stay in the Marina. Also they give a dicount on the slip to Boat.US members.

Nice marina, 2012-11-20
Captain: , Ophelia, VA (849)

We stopped at this marina after reading the reviews on Active Captain. It has a nice pool, lounge, laundry, showers, and the best restaurant on the ICW next door. Do not miss Marker 32 - the food was fabulous. Reviews here and on restaurant sites all commented on the noise. We went early at 5:30 and noise was not a problem. The marina itself is quiet compared to others in the area that have bars on site. Stop here if you want a quiet night, go to the one across the ICW if you want activity.

We did have a problem with 50 amp power supply on G dock and had to use our splitter. Dockhand implied that this has been a maintenance issue for a number of years.

Super Stop, 2012-11-14
Captain: , Hollywood, MD (271)

The marina facility is top notch. Great dock hand and marina staff. But if you stop here for no other reason stop for the Marker 32 restaurant. They are only open for dinner, but the menu was outstanding and the food superb. Don't miss this cullinary five star facility. Easy access to other restaurants and a Publix grocery store.

Unexpected pleasure, 2012-09-16
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2870)

On a busy Sun afternoon, we decided not to anchor, and so chose Palm Cove. The dockhand, Rich, was quite attentive. We got fuel and then took the slip behind the fuel dock for the night. The pool and showers were well above average. The Publix supermarket was not far away.

Quiet night, close to grocery, pool, clean, 2012-05-12
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

Despite the large dry stack operation, marina was relatively quiet, maybe becuase we were there mid-week. Great dock help coming in, clean docks, clean showers, very nice small pool. Publix short walk or bike ride away. Marker 32 restaurant next door looked good, but we ate on-board.

Good stop for provisions and fuel, great restaurant, 2012-03-29
Captain: , St. James, NC (253)

This marina caters mostly to dry stack customers, the fork lifts run from 7:00am til 7:00pm. You won't need an alarm clock. Be careful about what slip they give you, some are very narrow. The dock hands are not very knowledgeable.The walk to Publix & Walgreens is very easy, less than 2 blocks. Be sure to go to the restaurant, Marker 32. The food is outstanding. Entrees are $18 to $25 but worth every penny.

Nice place along the way, 2012-03-16
Captain: , St. Lucie River (158)

Did not use the pool or toilets and did not check out the shopping, but the docks are fine, the people taking care of things were efficient and friendly. fuel prices are low and its a good spot between St. Aug and Jacksonville. The restaurant at the end of the pier, Marker 42, was awesome. A Michelin class ($$) rest 100 ft from the boat was a nice surprise.

Excellent Service, 2012-02-05
Captain: , Palm Coast, FL (385)

I have stayed here before and this is one of my favorite fuel stops when traveling the ICW. This time as i was docking one of my spring lines became dislodged and got into the wheel. Without hesitation the young man on the fuel dock called a diver who arrived less than 30 minutes later. rope removed and on my way in much less than an hour.

Very friendly and helpful staff. I will certainly continue to make this one of mt fuel stops and occasional overnight.

Friendly help yes, but?, 2012-01-18
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1422)

We fueled, pumped out and provisioned here on our way north. This facilithy appears mostly supported by dry storage customers seeking the pleasures of day boating as apposed to cruisers, per se.
Nothing wrong with that but showers and toilets are run down and dirty. That "block away" to the shopping complex was long and across a busy road -- we took a taxi back.

Great stopover, 2012-01-14
Captain: , Mystic, CT (150)

This is a very protected harbor and is within walking distance to a Publix grocery store. There are many restaurants and drug stores within walking distance. Dock staff were great. We will return.

Great Place!, 2011-12-20
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (471)

Our 6' draft was not a problem at mid tide.

Stopped to have a fouled prop cleaned and had no problems getting a diver to take care of it in the marina.

Great folks in the office. Very nice pool to cool off in. Short walk to shopping.

Good value for the price.

Good stop not a lot of depth, 2011-12-17
Captain: , Mullica Hill, NJ (688)

This would get 5 stars if not for the 5' depth at MLW. Helpful staff and a good restaurant next door with a 2 for 1 Happy Hour.

Great Place!, 2011-11-19
Captain: , Deltaville, Va. (210)

We stayed here two nights to avoid some bad weather. The dockhands were very polite and helpful getting us docked, showers were hot and close to the slips and there was a good inexpensive restaurant close by. Publix and West Marine are all within walking distance. Everyone was extremely helpful, accommodation and polite.

Palm Cove Marina, 2011-11-04
Captain: , Mattituck, NY. (391)

Nice stop. Pleasant dock master.They have a pool. There is an excellent restaurant, Marker 32 and small breakfast restaurant on premise. Within walking distance there is Publics, and lots of fast food restaurants.

A full service stop on the ICW, 2011-11-04
Captain: , Daytona Beach, FL (533)

Had a great visit here on my way south. Large facility felt antiseptic - not as quaint as I prefer but I have no complaints about the stay.

Palm Cove Marina, 2011-07-14
Captain: , Sanford, FL (657)

Stopped for Diesel Fuel at low tide, very shallow but we made it in and out again OK. Also their channel is very narrow and larger boats will have a risky time passing by other boats without risking running aground. Price of fuel was comensurate with others in the area, we were able to fill our water tanks and get some ice. Very helpful staff.

Friendly and Courteous, 2011-05-22
Captain: , Bagdad, Florida (286)

Reasonable rates for fuel and dockage. Helpful staff. Great little breakfast and lunch restaurant named "the galley" on site. Walking distance to many good facilities. Entrance was a bit of a challenge on low tide for my 5'-7" draft.

Good stopover, 2011-04-27
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

We have stayed several times at this marina on our way north or south. It is right on the ICW, with decent prices on their fuel and dockage. The staff is very helpful, and probably some of the best restroom and on shore facilities. If it fits your trip plan, you won't be disappointed. Marc Colby M/V Rock Chalk

Good place to get ready to go offshore, 2011-04-15
Captain: , chesapeake beach md. (85)

stores are near by small walk. Marina is very helpful on getting parts. Cheap fuel. nice people and a party every other weekend. Watch your depth getting in. 5 foot all the way. stay in the channel.

Good fuel price, 2011-04-07
Captain: , Miami, fl (3666)

Good fuel price (close to Fl Petroleum in Amelia) and friendly staff

No issues at all in the channel. It is narrow but well marked and never saw less than 6' mlw in the middle

Palm Cove Marina, 2011-04-01
Captain: , Wilsonville, AL (474)

Nice floating docks. Friendly and helpful staff. Over two hundred slips and only one shower??

Good Stop., 2011-03-18
Captain: , North Carolina (344)

Channel well marked. We went in at low tide and the least we saw was 7'. They have a dredging machine and they continually work on the marina.

Dock hand was availble for docking. Restrooms could have used some cleaning.

Restaurant nearby - good but pricey. Publix within walking distance.

Very nice stop, 2011-03-16
Captain: , Marathon, FL (458)

We did not realize until we entered their channel that it was low, low tide and we were reading 3-4 ft on our depthfinder. We came in slowly without incident. Nice floating docks, pleasant personnel, Publix within walking distance and West Marine within a mile to the west. Enterprise just up the road. Very quiet for a restful night. Cheapest fuel in the area.

Approach and Dock Depth is not as stated., 2010-12-21
Captain: , Annapolis (197)

Less than 5 feet on approach as you get close to marina. Only 5 at many spots in basin.

Palm Cove Marina, 2010-05-17
Captain: , Patrick AFB Florida (1254)

The on-site restaurant, Marker 32, is excellent with many dishes prepared in a gourmet southern style. It alone makes the marina worth a stop if you want to get off the waterway for a night.

Shallow entrance is the only draw back, but at 4 foot draft we anticipate being able to slide through the silt bottom to depart at low tide in order to get to the St. Johns River for the flood tide in the morning. Otherwise, all the amenities are excellent: clean showers, nice lounge with book exchange, extremely helpful and friendly staff, etc!

Nice Fuel Dock, 2010-04-14
Captain: , Gloucester, Mass. (799)

Easy access in anything but strong northerly winds. Floating dock, easily controllable fuel hose, free pumpout with fuel purchase, very pleasant dockmaster. We saw nothing less than 5.5' MLW in channel or at the dock. The Admiral usually dreads the fueling thing, but says she'd be happy to come back here.

Feb. 2010, 2010-02-17
Captain: , New Bern,nc (75)

Only stayed at the marina one night, but the crusiers and staff were very friendly and helpful. Good resturants nearby.

A good stop..., 2009-10-08
Captain: , Cruising (37)

Channel recently dredged (6/09) and well marked (but narrow) less than 4' under our 3.5' draft hull at MLW. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Short walk to Publix. Busy on the weekends with high and dry storage.

2 Feet of water in channel at low time. Non responsive on radio , 2008-04-20
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (11)

Channel into marina poorly marked. Asked when booked reservation if there was anything needed to know about coming in. Just said stay in middle of channel. Failed to mention that at low tide only have 2 feet of water. Didn't answer radio to give docking instructions.

Quiet and protected., 2008-03-31
Captain: , Old Saybrook, CT (1021)

We felt comfortable leaving the boat here for a few days while we visited relatives by rental car. Nice little restaurant on site for breakfast and lunch. Got some great help from the mechanics next door with a "Murphy".

Nice people, 2008-01-21
Captain: , Oriental, NC (231)

Despite having a reservation, we had to spend the night on the fuel dock. Turned out OK, as it was very quiet. A large crew was on hand to help us make fast, and they opened up the office to sell us fuel and beer. Long hike to the bath facilities. The whole place is very isolated. Make sure you have provisions on board to feed yourself!

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