Details for Paradise Cove Marina

Paradise Cove Marina

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Average rating 4.8 stars from 8 reviews

Address 1242 Paradise Shores Rd
Merritt, NC 28556-9582


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Scott and Deb Dickinson, Michael Holsemback


Scott Dickinson


Scott Dickinson

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

BoatUS 10% discount.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 5
Transient dockage: 5
Fuel dock: 5

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: 2013, under new ownership and extensive renovations are underway. Bulkhead repaired.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 55
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 4
Total: 14
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2013-04-01)

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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

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Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: New fuel pump installed, 3/25/13. Ethanol free fuel, deisel will be available in the near future.

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Call Scotty.

Pump out

Yes - Permits in place, 2013.






Yes - Restrooms refurbished with new fixtures, shower available.





Yes - New convenience store.



Yes - The restaurant is open with fresh local seafood and Home of the Carolina Cheesesteak. If you need a ride in call, 252-249-2025. Captains Bar and Grill


Yes - Bar serving beer and wine. Beer and wine to go.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - 1.5 meg available.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Talk to Scott and Deb at the marina.

Other services


Reviews for Paradise Cove Marina
Great place to anchor overnight and dine., 2015-10-23
Captain: , ORIENTAL, NC (35)

Just off the ICW a couple of miles. Anchor in Broad Creek just in front of the Paridise Cove Marina sign on a small point of land. Depth is 6 to 7 ft. and is pretty well protected and not much traffic. You can see the ICW traffic off in the distance so not too far away. We have stopped here several times and just dinghy 1/2 mile to Paradise Cove for dinner, live music, and craft beer and good wine. If you don't have a dinghy out or don't want to use just call Scott on the phone and he will pick you up in his fishing boat and bring you back when you are ready. Can't beat that for service. They have realy good live music on the deck on most weekends and the food is great. The marina is small and only about 4 ft deep so best to anchor out, hail the water taxi and have a great time. Can't say enough about Scott & Deb.

Paradise Cove is a going place., 2015-05-26
Captain: , Norfolk (20)

Scott and Debbie are excellent people and extraordinarily helpful. Marina car to get into town. Recently finished new kitchen and bar. Serving excellent food and all the beer and wine you can drink. Showers and restrooms available. Affordable overnight docking with power and water. Definitely worth the stop and not far out of the way going north. Scott can pick you up if you anchor out and there is plenty of room to tie up the dinghy.

Great Place to Overnight, 2014-01-15
Captain: , New Nern, NC (10)

Very helpful owner. Provided exellent directions to dock. Helped tie up. Rates were super, $/ft. Dockside power and water included. Shower and head clean. Also very nice bar. Cold beer, Killians @ $2.75.
Looking forward to my next visit.
Nice place to stop as a way point or saiing distination.

Small, comfortable marina., 2013-10-24
Captain: , Cayuga NY (40)

Our three foot draft made it in nicely... Could take up to three and a half feet, no more. Great all round protection, nice tiki bar (locally brewed beer on tap!), WIFI, 1.50/ft, really helpfull hosts, Scott and Debbie. 6 transient slips. Shallowest part at opening. For us, perfect.

They're Back!, 2013-07-29
Captain: , Between Boats, USA (623)

We dropped the hook in Broad Creek and stopped by in July 2013. Scott and Debbie are working hard to create new magic out of this, once famous, place. We asked a lot of questions and Scott had lots of stories. A former land developer that is working his butt off to fix the old place up. New facilities are coming along and big plans to inch Paradise Cove back into the game of great stops along the ICW. A growing beer selection and only basic fodd right now, they have purchased the property next door to add the septic they need to put in a kitchen. Gas only (no diesel). 4-5' draft in entry creeks so don't plan to take your 40'-er in there (not like there is enough room to turn around either). Still, look to Paradise Cove if you are at anchor or at River Dunes for a great night. Scott will even come pick you up in his boat if needed. Frequent music acts and lots of locals to talk about boating. We had a great time and will surely go back soon!

Nice spot for a beer, 2013-05-20
Captain: , Great Falls, VA (1092)

Not for deep draft boats, anchor out and dinghy in. The owners are friendly and the atmosphere is nice. The bar has an inside and out side area, beer and wine only. They also have a small store for basic provisions.

Now open with many upgrades, 2013-04-14
Captain: , Paradise Cove NC (17)

remodeled restrooms, bar is open with beer, wine & nonalcoholic beverages, ships store with groceries and sundries

Nice place to dink in and have drinks listen to music, 2010-06-02
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

We dinked in had drinks and listened to music. Live music on weekends and potluck on saturdays, call for info. Bar owner, Paul, was great. Even gave us some softshell crab for us to take to the boat. Enjoyed our time and will return.

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