Details for Regatta Pointe Marina

Regatta Pointe Marina

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 33 reviews

Address 1005 Riverside Dr
Palmetto, FL 34221


After hours contact

Facility type

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


BoatUS discounts.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager


Dan McClanahan


Paul Van Ryn

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Amex, MC, Visa, Discover

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Daily, Weekly, Seasonal and Annual for dockage and Live Aboards.


Located on the ICW northeast of marker R 20.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: 7

Other depth info: It is reported that the I and J docks are very shallow at below normal tides. There is also a shallow section in the channel on the east side that leads to the boat ramp that is about 4 feet at low tide. Hug the end of C dock if you have a slip on the north side of C dock. Consider the tide changes carefully for your boat. Make sure to inform the marina if you need additional depth.

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

Additional info: $300.00 security deposit required for transient dockage.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: 28

Other info:


Transient: 30
Total: 350
Transient price: $1.75/ft (2016-03-16)

Other price info: Plus 11.5% sales/resort tax.
5% discount for BoatUS members.
Weekly is $9.25 per foot plus 11.5% sales/resort tax.
Includes electric, cable TV, water, WiFi, and pump out (depending on slip assignment).
Security deposit required for transient dockage.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Seasonal and annual contracts, electricity is metered.
Daily, weekly and monthly electricity is included.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - 100 Channel BrightHouse, included.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Yes - Verizon

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Included

Dinghy access

Yes - Small docks for restaurant, four hour tie up limit.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Liveaboards are welcome. There is a monthy fee to liveaboard per person, above the slip and electric fees.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: BoatUS discount $0.05 per gallon. Non ethanol.
ValvTect Marine Gasoline is "specially formulated" for marine engines and is designed to prevent the problems of ethanol gasoline, such as phase separation, moisture, poor stability and the formation of power-robbing carbon deposits. It requires no additional fuel additives to protect your engine, eliminating any risk of improper additive use and saves time and money.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: BoatUS discount $0.05 per gallon. ValvTect Marine Premium Diesel contains BioGuard biocide, lubricity improver, water dispersant, corrosion inhibitor and fuel stabilizer and is specifically formulated to prevent problems caused by the reduction of sulfur content.
ValvTect Marine Diesel with BioGuard is "specially formulated" for your marine diesel engine. It requires no additional fuel additives to protect your engine, eliminating any risk of improper additive use and saves time and money.


Yes - Across the street.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

No - Step-down to all finger piers.

Launch service

Yes - Water taxi available only when there is an event going on. No pickups from anchored yachts.

Pump out

Yes - At every slip, included.




Yes - Garbage cans on every dock.


Yes - 12 showers.


Yes - 14 Heads.


Yes - Onsite, $2.25 per load washed, $1.50 per load dried. Eight dryers and five washers. 2016


Yes - Ship store sells snacks. Publix, Winn-Dixie, Dollar General, Wallgreens, and CVS are nearby. A fish market called Sea Grapes is 2 blocks from the marina.


Yes - Nearby is Grower's Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe's, and West Marine.

Growers Hardware
911 5th St W
Palmetto, FL 34221
Small local hardware store handy to Regatta Pointe Marina with good assortment of stainless bolts and screws.


Yes - 2 on site.


Yes - Bar and Grill on site.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities

Yes - Multiple contractors are on file with the marina.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Nearby 4 miles.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Live and frozen bait, and fishing tackle are available at the Ship Store.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Sailing, fishing, spear fishing/scuba, river tours, and stay aboard accommodations.

Internet access

Yes - WiFi, Verizon and Brighthouse. The marina has WiFi.

It is reported that the signal strength is fairly weak unless you are next to the tower. The marina has Brighthouse Cable supplied but no cabled internet unless you call Brighthouse. However they do have Internet in the lounge you can use. 2016

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Adjacent to the east side of the marina.


Yes - Shuttle service to and from local airports including Tampa International.

Other services

Heated pool and hot tub. Beauty salon and day spa onsite. Banquet facility onsite. Free use of bicycles and dock carts. Shuttle service. 24 hour security. Workout equipment and boaters' lounges.


Golf, tennis, and museums are nearby.

Reviews for Regatta Pointe Marina
Good local marina, 2017-08-30
Captain: , Palmetto FL (47)

We have had our boat in this marina now for over 6 months. One of the few around that provide full facilities and also have no quibbles with you working on your boat repairs. Friendly staff. Management a bit chaotic. As a sidebar to an earlier review which mentions trouble riding the golf cart shuttle, our experience has been the contrary. The shuttle drivers are constantly offering a ride and we have to fight them off ;)

Just outside the hustle and bustle, 2017-05-02
Captain: , Palmetto, FL (504)

Perfect spot! We spent a month here and decided to sign a year lease. Just over the bridge so this marina is quieter than the one across the river. Buses will take you everywhere for $1.50, you don't need a car at all. Grocery, Post Office, and restaurants all less than a mile away. Heated pool and hot tub are a big plus. Restrooms and showers are immaculate and cleaned daily. Laundry room has 5 washers and 5 dryers! VERY liveaboard friendly!

UPDATE! The marina is now steering away from liveaboards. Power pedestals and meters often do not work. Rates are skyrocketing. On E dock the rate was raised from $9.50/ft to $13.50/ft. WIFI is unuseable and the restaurant food quality has plummeted to nothing more than glorified diner fare. I would add half a star for the staff that still maintain their professionalism and courtesy (Please tip them when you can). Most liveaboards are looking elsewhere including us. So sad.

Management response:
Thank you for the great review! We couldn't agree more about this location. We're so lucky to come to this quiet nook of the Manatee River to work everyday!

Nice Place, But Lacking a Few of the AdvertisedAmmenities, 2016-07-22
Captain: , Paradise, MI (64)

Restrooms are usually clean.
There is only one of the 2 advertised computers, and it normally doesn't work, butthere is a public library with computer access 3 block down the street.
Ice is no longer free--it is now $1.50 for residents, $2.50 for others.
WiFi strength is low, most residents can't use it to check their email from their boats, but it works grat in the East boaters lounge--no connectivity in the West Boaters lounge.
There are restaurants onsight and nearby.
Staff and residents are friendly and helpful.

Dinner at Reggatta Point, 2016-05-17
Captain: , Apollo Beach (542)

Stopped for dinner. Parked at Fuel Docks becasue of two pirate ships on the resturant docks. Great atmosphere and food. Would stop again.

Parking is really difficult, 2016-01-13
Captain: , Worcester (20)

I wish I could leave an extra half star because I like the marina and staff but parking is a big issue. The long dock make it a hike as there is no parking reserved for Marina tenants. I currently eat at one of the two restaurants about 10 times per week and get hassled into walking when I ask the golf kart shuttle for a lift.. (I'll probably buy a bike but the marina should be able to come up with a golf cart or two for tenants). Rick at the cafe has better food with better cooks than the Riverhouse but the staff at both restaurants are great. I would recommend this marina to everyone but would caution anyone who has not seen the parking situation.update*it appears they are now throttling the wifi to unusably slow*

Management response:
Thanks for the review. We appreciate your patronage. The shuttle is provided to transport diners and event guests to the Riverhouse located at the end of our main pier. However, we do ask the drivers to accommodate all marina guests whenever possible, regardless of where in the marina they are going. Regarding our parking, we do have over 250 spaces provided by the marina. There is also a city-owned lot across the Palmetto boat ramp, and off street parking along Riverside Dr. and 10th ave. During peak times, we know it the lots can be filled to the brim. We're continuing to look for more solutions to create more parking to ease this burden in the future.

Thank you again for letting us know about your experience!

Run down & Rude, 2015-12-30
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (10)

We selected this marina while sailing up the coast because of the pool and hot tun. On the tricky approach, no one answered the VHF hail. We were able to reach them by phone. Beware if you draw more than 6 feet the approach is tricky. The fixed wood dock we were place in was not in good condition. Overall staff was at best inattentive. The pool had tras floating in it. The showers and guest facilities were nice, comfortable and clean. With some customer service and maintenance, this could be a very nice stop.

Management response:

We'd love the opportunity to speak with you further regarding the concerns you've addressed. We hold our staff to a very high standard, and the experience you've described does not meet our expectations. Please give us a call at your convenience 941-729-6021 and ask for Andrew.

Thank you!

outstanding, 2015-12-04
Captain: , Morro Bay Calif. (100)

Super nice, super helpfull, valvetect fuel 10 block walk to publix

Management response:
Thank you for the great review Dr. Jon!

Not worthy of 1st Choice, 2015-11-14
Captain: , Washington, IL (22)

The marina has a fantastic set of services listed that are provided. The issue is they are not really functional including the actual slip.

We phoned ahead of our arrival planning to stay for 6 months. We provided boat dimension data including depth and were provided a slip. At mid to high tide it wasn't an issue but at low tide, we woke up listing 10 degrees to port. Not only was the slip too shallow for a 3.5' draft, we were over a foot to short! I learned by talking to folks that the marina well knows it and everyone was expecting this to happen. So why put us in that slip!?

Wifi is also a key attraction for people; if it works. They have great coverage but it hasn't worked in two days. Telling the staff ended in a comment, "oh, we've been having issues".

Other concerns to note:
The marina isn't very well protected from waves. The sea walls are walls and have huge gaps.
The nice docks are only for the charter and brokered boats.
Getting anywhere is a hike; all amenities that do work are scattered throughout the property, 5 minutes part from each other.

The positive
Everyone we've met is very friendly.
Affordability is good
Despite issues, have a nice community and nice freebies
Good location

Overall it's a nice harbor but it should not be a Captain's 1st Choice marina. It is apparent in speaking with the live-a-boards and the staff that marina leadership is interested in cash flow and not doing all of the necessary investments. It is inexcusable to damage tenants boats because you don't know how deep your marina really is. If all of the issues are addressed, then it would be a great place to visit.

Management response:
Thank you for the review Patrick. We appreciate your feedback. Again, we apologize for the mix up in your original slip placement. We are glad we were able to get you into a more appropriate location. That was a mistake that will not happen again. Regarding your wifi concerns, we recently upgraded our wifi equipment across the marina. However, the equipment did not work as promised, and we have been working with the manufacturer to rectify the situation. We agree that wifi is a key amenity. We take great pride in offering more amenities than any competitive marina in this region, including our free airport shuttle, pool, hot tub, free ice, free newspaper and two on-site boaters lounges w/ a computer and internet access in the east lounge.

Thank you again for your review!

After everything I heard and read I was very disapointed., 2015-08-23
Captain: , Venice (208)

I came here on a Friday for a weekend stay.
At Regatta Pointe there are two parts to the marina; there is the Western docks and the Eastern docks. It is like there are two different marinas. The main Eastern docks is where the yacht brokers are and the marina office, boaters, lounge, fitness room, restaurants and pool. Access to the pool is by way of the enterance to one of the restaurants.
There was one employee on duty when I arrived on a Friday afternoon; I registered and was told to 'settle up' the bill when I leave. I was assigned a slip on the Western docks. I had to try three peestals before I found one that I could use and I thought the docks were rickety and unsteady. The private heads & showers were clean and in a building on a barge. The building itself was being renivated and it was a work in progress. To get to the office from my slip was at leaset a 300 yard walk.
On Sunday morning I walked over to the office to pay my bill; I asked about the 5% BoatUS discount they declined. I gave the gentleman there my credit card and he said something about the machine not working and proceded to write out all my information on a note pad, He returned my card and left the office and took the pad upstairs to process the charge elsewhere I thought. When he returned several minutes later without a receipt he seemed surprised and a bit put off that I wanted one.
Clearly, as a transient, the Eastern docks are the only ones I would recommend here and then only if their creditcard machine is working.

Management response:

Thank you for leaving your feedback. We are sorry to hear you had so much trouble getting your credit card processed. We'll speak to the staff to try to get more information on that issue.

We do have a large marina, which can make for some long walks at times. We'll look into other options for check out. Perhaps we can find a better solution.

Thank you again for letting us know about your experience!

great place to people and boat watch, 2015-08-13
Captain: , St Petersburg, FL (96)

I had an hour or two to kill while waiting for a yacht to come up from Miami. I sat at the bar and had drinks and appetizers. Very good and resonably priced. Next time, I will sail in for dinner and the live music on the weekends.

Management response:
Thanks for the great review! Tie up on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday for live music at the waterfront deck! And try the Island Ribs ... you won't be sorry!

Great liveaboard marina!, 2015-07-20
Captain: , Lakeland (997)

We lived aboard here for two years before we started cruising. Very liveaboard friendly! Staff is honest and helpful. Wonderful restaurant and other amenities. Laundry is nice. Shopping and restaurants nearby. Would definitely recommend!

Management response:
Thank you for your review. We LOVE our liveaboards!!

Clean, quiet, friendly, 2015-07-19
Captain: , PALMETTO FLORIDA (40)

we have been here several times and have always had nice visits. The staff have always been polite, friendly, and attentive. Will be back to this marina many times.

Management response:
Thanks Captain Ed!

Steel Aweigh at Regatta Pointe, 2015-04-20
Captain: , Camden, AL (142)

Our stay at Regatta Pointe has been great. The people have treated us like family. Amenities really nice and well kept. Small town atmosphere. Mrs. Margaret, marina manager, is a liveaboard, and runs a tight ship, in a good way! Only bad is fuel prices not competitive for big boats.

Management response:
Thank you for reviewing Captain Robert!

Very Accomodating, 2014-12-29
Captain: , Mobile, AL. (151)

The entire staff is very helpful and customer service oriented. The on site restaurants are very good and fairly priced. You get a free bag of ice each day along with a newspaper. The exercise room and the boaters lounge are excellent. The marina is isolated and you will need a car to get around. They have a good population of "work a boards" so there is not much interaction with your dockmates. We especially appreciated Paul.

Management response:
Thank you Jay!

Wonderful, 2014-11-26
Captain: , Ft Lauderdale (10)

Best Marina I have ever stayed, everyone is terrifically helpful.

Management response:
Wow! High praise! Thanks George!

Very nice facilities, 2014-03-30
Captain: , Lanexa VA. (260)

Would be my top choice for live aboard. Bradenton just across the river where I lived for some time while working for Chris - Craft. Spent some time in the marina and other than the bridge I loved my time there

Management response:
Thank you for reviewing!

Wonderful Place, 2014-02-23
Captain: , Ruskin, FL (330)

Stayed a couple of days after coming over from Mobile. Helpful staff, very clean facilities, probably the nicest showers/bathrooms I have found on this trip. Good dinning on the dockk and off the dock. Good parking if you have a car. Laundry is the best I have found, machines work! Boaters lounge with TV and computer. Reasonable priced. Will stay on return trip.

Easy access fuel dock, 2014-01-26
Captain: , Orlando (224)

Good place to take on fuel. Easy access to fuel dock for my 5' draft 48' trawler. Plenty of room to maneuver. (Rating is for fuel dock only; did not use the dock).

Real Boater Resort, 2013-09-24
Captain: , Lizella GA (1826)

This place has it all and the staff is great. Will stay here again.

great liveaboard, 2013-09-19
Captain: , Ruskin, FL (169)

been living aboard here since june 2013. friendly place and pet friendly. they have had some issues with the slip side pump outs but they have been working hard to resolve the issues.

Regatta Pointe Marina, 2013-05-28
Captain: , gulfport (71)

Very nice people, friendly and accomidating. Boaters lounge, laundry, pool, hot tub...quiet at night. Cant wait to go back!

Very Nice for Liveaboards , 2013-04-26
Captain: , Chesapeake Bay (592)

We just left after spending three months. We will return if we are in the neighborhood next year. Very accommodating staff, excellent restaurant, slipside do-it-yourself pumpout. The pool and hot tub are not well situated for my taste and got very little use. Friendly and social group of liveaboards. Monthly marina-sponsored potlucks.
Easy bike ride to Publix, CVS, hardware, public library and many small shops. Bus 99 can take you through Bradenton, to the airport, and into Sarasota for $0.60 for old folks. Downtown Palmetto is struggling, but far from down and out.
Yes, fixed docks, but they did not present a problem for our setup.

Nice but the docks are weathered, 2013-02-27
Captain: , Lewis Creek, Md (1304)

The marina has all the amenities(nice excercize room, a pleasent if querky pool in a resteraunt, showers, captain's room, nice laudery, etc). My only concern was the orginal dock I was assigned had a cleat where the board came up with the cleat about 3 inches. They offered to repair it using deck screws, but I prefered to move. The docks are somewhat worn in places so take care, but we spent a pleasent week. Wifi works well at night, but less well during the day.

Very nice marina, good stay, 2013-01-29
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

We were very familiar with Regatta Pointe when we were down here in Nov. 2011 on our looper boat buying expedition - Charlie Penergrass of American Marine. The marina has two-day boaters expos with seminars and speakers twice a year. Nice touch. All the amenities are very modern and clean. Huge showers. Nice laundry. Pump out at the slips. Next to Hwy. 41 which is a major north-south thoroughfare, so there is traffic noise. Hwy. 41 will get you anywhere from Tampa down to past Sarasota. Marine Surplus in Sarasota is a must. Renting a car would probably be a good idea. Enterprise in Bradenton is the closest. Manatee River is very nice. Previous comments about high docks is accurate but not a deal breaker. Bow in would be ok if your rail exit is 20' from your bow. Good electrical. Wifi not so good but excellent internet in their very nice lounge. Phone calls work better than radio. They are very interested in having more Loopers stop. Give them a call. Very clean, lots of dining options, helpful staff and right on hwy 41 make this a five star rated marina in our opinion.

Nice enough, 2012-05-27
Captain: , Treasure Island, FL (375)

We stayed here 5/25/12 for a night. No answer to hail on VHF 16 but answered phone. Dockmaster was helpful and met us at the dock for assistance. Minor complaint as to how docks are numbered so went down wrong fairway. Docks are old wooden and fixed. Smaller boats may need to board the docks from a gunwale. Ate dinner at the RiverView restaurant and was very nice with great views. Breakfast the next morning at the cafe was very nice and reasonable.

Pool is nice but needs a good cleaning. Hottub was luke warm but clean.

Price is right at 1.50/ft and we will be back.

RiverHouse Reef & Grill, or Riverside Cafe, 2012-03-15
Captain: , palmetto (227)

Both resturants are very good. The RiverHouse has excellent viewing all aroung of the area, and they have a good menu with reasonable prices.

Riverside Cafe has been around forever, and sports a Greek menu. This is a popular locals waypoint.

Wonderful marina, 2011-05-22
Captain: , Hawesville,Ky (371)

An all around wonderful marina. Friendly staff, clean and extensive facilities, groceries withing reasonable walking distance, West Marina nearby, busses run regularly. Fine dining and casual resteraunt on site, as well as a wonderful ship store. After some storm damage, we were forced to do extensive repairs on our boat, and the stafff went above and beyond to help and accomodate us. Everyone was wonderful, and the marina was fantastic. If not for our need to keep moving, we would have stayed more than a week (which was seven times as long as we intended to in the first place.

went to check it out, 2011-05-08
Captain: , folly beach sc (62)

not impressed with the old fixed docks. at low tide you better have an ingenius way to board your boat. restaurant there was ok and expensive. not our choice for the area

Very courtious and efficient staff, 2011-03-30
Captain: , Port Charlotte, FL (43)

Called ahead to get fuel and pumpout, directed me to the fuel dock and were waiting for me. Helped with fuel tanks, water tank and "porta potti" cleanout. Great service with many smiles.

Wonderful place, 2011-01-26
Captain: , Clearwater (326)

This is a great facility with two good restaurants and generally nice staff. Very helpful and easy to get along with

Great Liveaboard Marine, 2010-03-31
Captain: , Marathon, FL (121)

Great Liveaboard Marine. Good staff, helpful, clean

Friendly marina, 2007-05-31
Captain: , Ybor City (35)

Very good for liveaboards. Construction of docks is a bit dated and needs investment and repairs. Clean and spacious washrooms, laundry. Can be quite exposed due to the fetch of the Manatee River when strong winds pipe up in the summer. Easy access (within walking distance) to shopping.

off the beaten path, 2007-02-12
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

nice marina. lots of barnical growth.

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