Details for Roland Martins Marina
Name

Roland Martins Marina
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 3.3 stars from 82 reviews

Address 920 E. Del Monte Ave
Clewiston, FL 33440

Phone863-983-3151/800-473-6766

After hours contact

Emergency Contact 863-599-0460 Ramon Iglesias (General Manager)

Facility type

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

VHF channel

16

Web sitewww.RolandMartinMarina.com

Email contact

ramon591@me.com

Owner, manager

Ramon Iglesias, General Manager

Harbormaster



Dockmaster

Captain Sam

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info



Payment discounts

BoatUS discount for transient slips.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Hours: 6 am - 5 pm.

Approach

Corps of Engineers has a nice turning basin when coming or going.

Depths are about 8 feet through the canal when the lake level is at 13.8 feet.

Tide

0

Current

Weak

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 8
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 7

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: The floating docks are fairly close to the water - fenders need to be low.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 150
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:

Slips

Transient: 16
Total: 68
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2015-10-26)

Other price info: BoatUS members receive a $0.25 discount. Guests staying in the hotel receive a $0.50 discount.

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: 110/220 volts.

Pricing info: 30 amp is $5; 50 amp is $7.


Cable TV (and pricing)

No

Phone hookup (and pricing)



Water (and pricing)

Yes

Dinghy access

Yes

Liveaboard info



FuelGas: AVAILABLE
Diesel: AVAILABLE

Fuel brand: Non-ethanol gas.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Non-ethanol. $0.10 off over 100 gallons.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Includes Tax. $0.10 off for over 100 gallons at one time.

Propane

Yes - 0.5 miles.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets at the bar are allowed but not under the roof line. They have some tables on the outside of the bar and you can sit and eat with your pets.

Disability access



Launch service

No

Pump out

Yes - As of February 9, 2016, the pump out is not working. They are waiting for a grant from the CVA(Clean Vessel Act). No indication of when their pump out will be in working order again. Please update when new information is available.

Ice

Yes - 10lb bags are available.

Trash

Yes

Showers

Yes - 2 sets of showers. 1 set is near the Tiki Bar and Grill and the other is at the laundry room on the other side of the Galley. This is a larger area and has washers and dryers.

Heads

Yes

Laundry

Yes

Grocery

Yes - Walmart Super Center and Sav-a-lot.

Hardware

Yes - Ace Hardware and True Value within a mile.

Restaurants

Yes - Galley Grill and Tiki Bar and Grill on site.

Bars

Yes - Tiki bar.

Hotels or motels

Yes - On site they have non-smoking motel rooms with goose down feather comforters and pillows, and many other types of rooms.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Outboard mechanics at their sister marina next door. And have contact with an outside service for propeller and diesel mechanic.

Haul out capabilities



Storage facilities

Yes - Can handle some long term freshwater dockage during the summer months.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Tackle shop.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Guiding fishing trips for large mouth bass.

Internet access

Yes - WiFi

Boat ramp availability

Yes - There is a public boat ramp 500 yards from the marina.

Transportation

Yes - Coutesy car or Taxi Pronto, 863-902-1111.

Other services

Pool.

Attractions

Airboat Tours.

Reviews for Roland Martins Marina
Interesting, 2016-12-01
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (531)

Good halfway stop for the trip across Florida. You will be tied to a face dock that could use a bit of love and care. However, it is well protected so the loose cleats should not be an issue.

The Tiki bar is great and the hambuger at the small restaurant was wonderful. The ships store and gift shop is pretty well stocked. All of the locals, that we talked to were friendly and helpful.

The town of Clewiston really offers nothing but can be a nice walk if you want the exercise.

One other thing, the marina is located in a very narrow channel with the dock one one side and a pile of rocks on the other. Unless your boat is very small, you will not be able to turn around. The only choice is to back in or out.

There are times, during the spring and fall migration or when one of the many fishing touraments is taking place, that it can get very crowded, so call ahead for space.

WiFi connection is good until early evening. At that point it slows until it is almost unuseable. Their is a motel and a number of condos who I think may be using the marinas connection. Combined they overload the sysyem. The marina might consider issueing a daily password to boaters in order to eliminate these leaches.



Easy stop before crossing lake, 2016-11-24
Captain: , Port Aransas, TX (512)

We stayed one night in mid November. Great dockmaster - all the info we needed to know (wind, current, tide, floating docks) as he expertly tied us up. Thanks Cap'n Sam! Docks are not in great condition but servicable. Tiki bar food was typical fried fish and very tasty. Loaner car was out of commission. Plenty of places to walk dog. Didn't use the laundry.



Nice place, great people!, 2016-09-14
Captain: , Kemah (60)

Perfect stopover before or after crossing the lake. Dockmaster, Cap'n Sam is super helpful. The office lets you use a courtesy car if you want to go into town for some shopping. Walmart is 2 miles away.Floating docks so easy! Tiki bar and restaurant specialize in fried food as most places around here.



Good Place to Stop if Crossing Lake O, 2016-06-21
Captain: , Forked River, NJ (114)

Stopped here one night while crossing the lake from west to east. Captain Sam was great. This is not what I would call a destination marina, but it is clean, has what you need for an overnight stay, and is reasonably priced. It is very narrow in there, expecially if you need to be placed farther towards the back. In the morning we were unable to spin our 50 foot boat around so we had to back out. it wasn't an issue as there was no wind or current to speak of.



Stayed one night, 2016-04-28
Captain: , Bedford, NH (675)

Stayed one night, 4/23/16. Capt. Sam is very helpful. Very narrow fairway and we were all the way at the end. No current or tide so that helps. Had to back all the way out with a stop at the fuel dock in the morning as boats were already docked for the night at the fuel dock when we arrived at 4:45pm. No room to turn around for our 50' boat. Restaurant on site with music in the outside bar in the evening. We couldn't hear it at the far end of the dock. Didn't use the bathrooms or showers so can't comment on those. Store already closed so not sure what is there. Easy in and out to Lake O. Would stop here again. Be sure to make a reservation in advance.



One nighter it is!, 2016-04-18
Captain: , Chicago, IL (998)

No frills, but nice folks and for us it was an easy in with Sam's help and an easy out at first light the next morning. Floating docks, we experienced no current when docking/leaving. Live band in bar most Friday nights.



Capt Sam make it work, 2016-04-18
Captain: , Marblehead, OH (255)

Can't say enough about Capt Sam. One of the best dockmasters I've seen.



Clewiston Stop, 2016-04-10
Captain: , Sandwich (692)

It's a Coinjock on the Lake. Not much of a town. Marina is one long dock with Sam helping transients running east or west. The bath/head facilities are kept clean yet are public bathrooms for restaurant. Thursday night is RibEye and Friday night is Prime Rib! Restaurant goers are a rowdy loud croud. Stale beer odor and cigarette smoke fills the air. A one nighter tolerable.



Four stars because of Capt. Sam, 2016-03-16
Captain: , Sunset Beach, NC (1124)

I love this guy. So helpful in every way. This is the only thing once you cross the lake before Morehaven, so leaving Stuart heading West this is as far as I'm willing to go in one day, so convenient after crossing the lake. Ask Sam when you contact him if the lock is closed. The second time we came in we were caught off guard when the gate was closed. The lock doesn't monitor the radio so use one long blast followed by one short blast. The next day the gate was left open.



Courtesy Car is Back!~but still way over priced!, 2016-02-07
Captain: , Key Largo (5330)

Pricey @ $2 a foot, $1.25 would be more like it. Dockmaster contacted me after my negative review, said he would talk with owner about lowering the rates.(they never did)
low floating docks, coustesy car,
Nice tiki bar on property,
. Docks are run down, but useable.
in town, several bars, wall mart and resturants by taxi . Don't miss the Clewiston Inn for dinner!





Basic but passable for an overnight, 2016-02-01
Captain: , Wickford, RI (411)


Convenient access while crossing Okeechobee. Well positioned for overnight from either coast.
Docks in disrepair.
Noisy Tiki Bar beside dock.
Capt. Sam works hard.
High point is the breakfast which opens at 5:30 am.



Convenient stop crossing OKW, 2016-01-21
Captain: , Jamestown RI (223)

Stopped for one night while crossing OKW. Staff very friendly - Capt. Sam called in morning to advise us that we had to lock through at Clewiston due to high water. Backed down narrow fairway to leave. Face dock was full. Good fish tacos and burgers at Tiki Hut. Nothing fancy but a good place to stop after long day crossing from Stuart.



Surprisingly good stop, 2016-01-09
Captain: , Point Edward (428)

Good assistance with docking at their low floating docks. Friendly staff. Great tiki bar and store on site. Courtesy car was a real bonus for provisioning. Would stop again. Marina was full with 14 boats the night we stayed.



Friendly and Accommodating, 2015-11-30
Captain: , Fort Myers, FL (40)

Very friendly and accommodating staff, and the food at the Tiki Hut was unexpectedly delicious. We made the calm waters here after closing following a rough crossing of Lake O when we brought our new boat from Fort Lauderdale to Fort Myers. The staff at the Tiki Hut picked up where the regular staff would have had they still been working. Not too fancy, but it was a nice layover. The only negative was the pumpout was not working, but everything else was good.



Capt Sam makes it fun, 2015-05-06
Captain: , Conroe, TX (50)

We eased into the marina, The Dockmaster, Sam, made everything easy. The HOME RUN was the availability of the courtesy car to run to town for some FRIED CHICKEN...
The counter staff was incredibly fun and nice to visit with.



Only full service on, 2015-04-17
Captain: , Punta Gorda, Fl (880)

This is the only full service marina on the west shore of Lake Oeechobee. The docks are all side tie and not in good shape, sometimes tilting. This is a fisherman's marina! The location works/before/after crossing Lake O. Fuel/pump out. Tiki Hut has good burgers,etc and cold beer, and loud music most of the time. If you can, dock away from the tiki hut, esp on weekends. Don't expect any dockage help if Little Man is gone. He knows how to dock a boat in all kinds of weather! Motel rooms available. Very nice ship store. Bathrooms/showers need remodeling. They are heavily used by the dining patrons and boaters.
April 2015: Little Man is gone and Sam is dockmaster. We have docked here many times, and always do starboard tie as we come in, as it is not a problem for us to back out. Crew had to set for port tie as we were docking, as no one answered the radio prior to arrival. Agree they were busy, but was an issue for crew (my wife). After docking Sam was very cordial and helping out.



OK but nothing great, 2015-04-01
Captain: , Louisville, KY (347)

My experience is far different from that of Jeff, but I have a 34 footer, and arrived early afternoon. Dockmaster wanted me to give hime the bowline so he could pull me through the 180 degree turn to dock portside to. I told him I could do it myself with the bow thruster and all he said afterward was obviously I didn't need any help. Restaurant/tiki bar has limited food, but the fish was pretty good, and a reasonable selection of draft beers. Marina store has hardly any boat stuff, mostly resort clothing, etc. But as an overnight stop, it was OK. Littleman is gone for good, new dockmaster is Capt. Sam, very good, helpful fella.



Improved dock master, 2015-03-08
Captain: , Bohemia Bay Yacht Harbor (66)

Some of the previous reviews were very comical, especially Jeffrey's. We called ahead to see if they had room for us. When asked if the docks were fixed or floating the "not yet trained" new girl on the phone replied they were face docks. After asking a couple of more times she said she "thought" they floated. Being unwarned about that day's bass fishing contest,the docks were full of bass boats and docking looked hopeless. After being told to come back later Captain Sam hailed us on the radio and directed us to a spot at the far end of the "face"dock. He very expertly helped us tie up, communicated all the necessary information, and, offered to help us spin around in the morning when the bass boats had cleared out. As others have cited the tiki bar is not a food destination, especially with the limited menu on tournament days. Yes price is too high, but laundry is convenient, and yes the coutesy car is back. Captain Sam is a great asset to Roland Martin's.



Just a staging point to cross, 2015-03-01
Captain: , Belleville, Ontario (400)

Dock master Captain Jack was exceptional in helping us in
Booked in during fisherman arrival on a Friday - was not impressed with marina office staff they couldn%u2019t have cared less about a transient - washrooms are shared with the bar and everyone else - floating face dock best to turn around for morning departure if large vessels are present it would be difficult to back out of the narrow channel. Could not connect to WIFI




Rode hard and put up wet, 2015-02-04
Captain: , United States (2528)

For what this place charges I expected more. The docks are worn out and the cleats are barely secure. The lone dockhand appears to be well past retirment age and would not follow the captain's instructions for handling lines. The food at the Tiki Bar was overpriced and mediocre at best. Worse still, they permit smoking in the whole joint, so there's no place for us non-smokers to get away from it. They did have a courtesy car for $5.35 and we were able to drive to Walmart for a few provisions. Few other choices along here, and they seem to know it.




A place to stay but a bit pricey, 2015-01-13
Captain: , Chicago, Racine, Fish Creek,Wi (2010)

We stayed one night. Laundry was OK. Wash $1.50 Dry $2.00 Older showers but had been repainted and were clean. Bar is open late so if you want quite dock as far away as possible. Diesel Pump Read $2.699 a gallon I do not know if taxes included. Used courtesy car cost $5 to go to Walmart for supplies. Sam who docked us was very helpful and did good job with lines. Resturants open 5:30 am so if you want breakfast you have it.



Nice stop after lake, 2014-10-11
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (675)

Just made it into here before a large thunderstorm with 40 knot winds hit. Very well protected. Folks were really nice and we really enjoyed the Tiki Bar, but if you are there on the weekend try to tie up away from it, gets a little noisy. When we arrived they were great and told us that and moved us to the farthest point on the dock away from the bar. Interesting to see a lot of Roland Martin trophies and mementoes in the Marina store.



Stay because you have to, 2014-08-11
Captain: , philadelphia (440)

We've been twice. The first time they moved us off the long dock into a slip that was both too wide and too short for us because they were expecting too many boats. No more boats came. But the diesel is pretty cheap, and there's nothing, marina or anchorage, for miles on this side of the lake. And Clewiston is a bit of a walk, but has some decent groceries and restaurants.



Old Florida, 2014-06-26
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (80)

It is what it is, rustic. No help from dockhands to dock or fuel, do it yourself. Floating docks are OK. Tiki bar restaurant is pretty good. Boaters facilities are OK. It's a stop on the west side of the Lake making the next day to the East coast very doable.



Protected Stop, 2014-06-11
Captain: , Beach Haven NJ (150)

Floating dock out of the wind - face dock tie up. Great breakfast right at the docks. Always a pleasure to stay overnight.



Freindly and Helpful, 2014-06-01
Captain: , Lizella GA (1414)

The marina staff were friendly and very helpful. The store has a great selection of items. the food in the resturant and Tiki Bar was very good and the wait staff did a great job even when it was crowded.



The tiki bar was a laugh, 2014-05-24
Captain: , Wilmington DE (792)

I agree this is overpriced. $1/ft would be more appropriate. We were here off season and were one of just a few boats. Ramon took our reservation was there to tie us in. We checked in, perused the menue and went back for happy hour which turned out to be draft beer only. The dispensing system was broken for several days and they made no compensation. The salad bar closes after lunch. Dinner cannot be ordered during happy hour so we had to wait. One of our party ordered roast beef and learned it was only available on Thursday, but was supposed to have been blacked out on the menue. After all the laughing and kidding our waitress (she was great about it) we did get a good meal.



NO MORE LITTLEMAN, 2014-05-02
Captain: , ROLAND MARTIN MARINA (37)

My name is Ramon Iglesias I am the GM of the facility and wanted to make people aware that Littleman is no longer with us. In an effort to provide the level of service that is expected we have moved on.
I strive to bring customers a level of service that I would expect for myself. Should you have any issues or comments please feel free to contact me personally on my cell @ 863-599-0460.



the adventure continues, 2014-04-26
Captain: , iuka,ms (222)

after calling in the am for a reservation, which was handled very professionally, i was told to b sure to call on 16 for assistance entering their harbor.. well guess what im tied up, hooked up, paid up,all by myself..not a word or help from anyone except the cashier, even little man wasnt here..the power is ok as is the wi-fi



We were the only people who stayed here who did not meet LittleMan, 2014-04-13
Captain: , Wanakena, NY (619)

We had a dental issue and called to asked if we could dock while we went to the dentist (found a great one Dr. Kevin Van) and the manager said no problem, no charge. Very nice of him. We ended up staying overnight but were not subjected to the loud music so we were OK.
We liked the food but didn't eat in the Tiki...to buggy.



Narrow approach and exit fromfuel dock, 2014-03-25
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (532)

Do not try to turn around in channel parrallel to fuel dock. I hit submeged rocks ten feet from far shore although I showed 5 feet, transducer in center of boat, so shoreline rises quickly. Recommend backing out almost to lock basin before your 180 degree turn. Best is to not try to refuel here if vessel is over 25 feet. If you fail to mention the discount with 100 gallon purchase you won't get it, fortunately I did, after the bill was totaled.



A hard review to write..., 2014-03-25
Captain: , Castine, ME (59084)

I'm having no joy in writing this review...

Karen didn't want to go to Roland Martins but I really wanted to experience it. We knew that it's a three star marina and that it was overpriced going in. But I also expected a nice, small town feel with good service.

Our first exposure to Little Man was over the phone and radio as we were approaching. Instructions were very garbled and confusing. We both got the impression that he had been drinking but I think now that he has some speech problems and doesn't talk carefully over the radio. There is also an issue whether he's on the VHF, whether his VHF is working, and whether he's on the right channel. There were almost comical radio exchanges all afternoon that we overheard.

The entrance is quite difficult for a larger boat - perhaps anything 40 feet or longer. For our 53' trawler, I spun around in the basin before the marina and backed my way down the very long face dock past about 12 boats - maybe 300-400 feet. It was fairly breezy with some current and not my most favorite maneuver especially as people got up from their seats at the restaurant to watch. I knew this was a potential issue so I specially asked to be closer to the basin. That request was totally ignored, instead putting me all the way down the dock. There was room for me much closer to the basin especially if one boat was moved a little. I had given them 4 days of reservation notice before coming.

When we were alongside our designated spot, Little Man was right there demanding a bow line. After 11 years of nearly full time cruising, I pretty much know that what we needed was a forward spring line. A bow line on our very flared bow would cause issues getting our stern parallel given the bow-facing wind. Little Man loudly yelled at me and demanded the bow line. Karen whispered in my headset to just go along so I did.

Rule 1 to marina hands: Never, ever yell at the captain when they explicitly tell you what they think they need. If you think they're wrong, you can calmly explain why you think they're wrong. Never yell at me especially after I just backed down some 300 feet in a narrow channel demonstrating some amount of control competency.

After a struggle to get the stern line (for exactly the reason why a bow line was wrong), Little Man demanded that we move the boat much closer to the boat ahead of us. At the point where I felt I was too close (my anchor overhanging their swim platform), I refused to move closer. Again with the yelling from Little Man. But this time, nothing was going to move on my boat and I flat out told him so. He finally tied the line acting quite pissed off.

There have been multiple reviews about how incredible Little Man is as a dock hand. I find that hard to believe. Every line, and I mean every line, was tied incorrectly as a cleat hitch. I had to reposition and re-tie every one.

The stay at the marina wasn't that bad. There's not much around - we walked the dogs all over. The restaurant is OK for drinks. The menu seemed quite uninteresting with the typical fried fish kinds of items.

Friends of ours were stern-to-stern with us. They don't have a bow thruster and needed to spin around to leave the next morning. I waited to help them with a backward spring off their bow and fender so they could spring their stern out against the line. Little Man ran out as I untied their stern line. He demanded that their bow line be kept up near their bow. I told him that they needed to use the line as a spring and he said that the line should be forward. As the boat started moving forward, I had to physically grab the line out of his hand to pull it back to a cleat as a spring. I felt bad doing that but I wasn't going to watch my friend plow into the boat ahead of them.

I can honestly say that I've now had the experience. Karen was right here...we shouldn't have come and I'll never be back. There's some serious attitude adjustments needed at this marina before someone is hurt, property is damaged, and lawsuits start. The owners need to understand what's going on and fix it. I think Little Man can be a personable guy but he needs some significant training on the meaning of customer service and good manners.



If you have another choice take it, 2014-03-12
Captain: , Mullica Hill, NJ (688)

It is way overpriced at $2.00/ft. Docks are O.K. but restrooms are the public restroom for the tiki bar with the shower open to the rest of the restroom. The dock was alongside the Tiki Bar and on a Friday night there was loud music until late. If you do not want to eat in the Tiki Bar the eatery was self service.
When you go to leave there is not enough room to turn anything longer 36 ft. around and you need to back out.
Never again!



Fuel Only No Service, 2014-03-11
Captain: , Satellite Beach, Fl. (125)

Good price on diesel since we purchased over 100 gals. $3.90+tax. Everything is basically do-it-yourself. We received no response on radio, no one came out to assist docking, handing us a fuel hose or anything else. We had to go to the ship's store and inquire about obtaining fuel and were handed keys to the pump. Although the staff was nice, service was sorely lacking.



A good stop with deep water, 2014-02-22
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens (452)

This is an average marina in an area with no choices. The entire facility is average, the bugers are good at the restaurant/Tiki bar and the water depth at the dock is 9.1 ft with a lake level of 13.99 ft. at least up the middle of the Tiki bar. The staff is friendly, but there were a lot of bugs, so be prepared. The lock is open if the water level is not too high on the lake. If the level is high then locking is required. The lock lenght is 78 ft long maximum.



Tie Along Dock for Transients, 2014-02-15
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (602)

Roland Martin Marina has only a long dock for transients. This is not necessarily a bad thing but there is no room for large boats to turn around. You must either back in or back out if your boat is longer than 40 feet. Great ships store for apparel but no groceries. Gas, Diesel, pumpout, 30 and 50 amp, WIFI, laundry, clean bathrooms with showers, and water are all available.
Great bar and restaurant with live music. Snack bar for breakfast, coffee, sandwiches, etc.
This marina caters mostly to sport fishermen but it is a nice stop half way across the Okeechobee waterway.
You do have to go through a lock to get from the waterway into the marina but it was open when we arrived and when we left the next morning.



A place with some character, 2014-02-13
Captain: , Newcastle upon Tyne (463)

Tied up here for one night before Okeechobee. Little Man assisted docking. Services ok, Tiki bar lively and food ok. Woken at 3.30 am by noisy boat going past. Left early to get across before weather got bad.



Nice facility that can be noisey, 2014-01-25
Captain: , Meredith, NH (638)

Stopped here 1 night. Dock master is a riot. 2 restaurants on site & good shower/restroom facilities. Ample dockage for numerous boats. One downside is noise in lounge started @ 9:00 PM & went on into the night. Each night is a divverent program such as live band, kareoke, etc.



A good stop, 2013-11-28
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, Fl (410)

Charming spot. Glad we didnt pass this up. Little Man the dockmaster came in early to help us dock. Tiki Bar/Restaurant open for lunch & dinner. Food good. Well protected from wind. A good relaxing stop. Note: If you can dock port side for easy exit. Large boats come in and if you arent port side you will probably have to back out .



Great staff bare bones marina, 2013-11-25
Captain: , palm coast fl (40)

The reason I'm giving this marina 4 stars is only because of the staff and great dockmaster, "Little Man". He really knows his stuff. He was in the sick and waiting for us when we arrived. He also came in at 6:00 to see us off sue to rough weather that came through. The food at the tiki bar was good. They had a live music and a fishing tournament going in which was a nice touch. The restroom and showers leave much, much to be desired.



An over-priced fish camp., 2013-09-02
Captain: , Tampa, Florida (100)

The price was $2.00 per foot. For that we received no assistance in docking, connecting the electrical cord, or the water hose. We were directed to a side tie along a dilapidated section of the fuel dock. 2 beers at the tiki bar cost in excess of $12.00. This marina is located in Clewiston, Florida. The town looks like it has suffered from the poor economic times and offers very few services other than gas stations with food marts. We would not recommend this marina.



Fishing Camp, but location, location, location, 2013-08-08
Captain: , Corpus Christi, TX (702)

Not much here except a face dock to tie to, but there are few options along this route. You should plan to be self-sufficient, and though restaurant/bar/store are okay, the head/shower/laundry facilities when bar is closed are marginal.



It's an experiance, 2013-07-27
Captain: , Anna Maria Island (573)

We stayed twice. Each time no matter who was there is was restful, interesting & a step back in time........



Fun Fun Fun, 2013-07-24
Captain: , Indian Rocks Beach (296)

Great stop with clean showers/restrooms and a large tiki hut restaurant. We are in Clewiston, so don't expect white glove service or a pool, but other than that it is a wonderful stop while crossing the waterway. We will definately stop again, but will make sure we have lots of bug spray because the mosquitos are the size of small birds here during the summer!



Cheap fuel, 2013-06-10
Captain: , Kitchener (140)

We stayed one night, had a burger and fueled up with the lowest price on our trip back to Canada. Its a stopover, not a place to stay.



A welcome stop after a long day, 2013-05-20
Captain: , Connelly N.Y. (343)

We pulled in after a long day crossing the State from Stuart and Little Man had us tied and powered up quickly. Being a weekend he warned us of music and gave us a more remote spot. The power was good as well as water. This stop made the next day to Fort Myers easily within reach at a comfortable 8 knots.



1/2 WAY POINT, 2013-05-07
Captain: , Ft. Pierce, Fl (265)

Not a bad spot to stop and settle in for the night. Good food and drink at the Tiki. Showers could use some updating, but the water was warm. The channel is narrow and requires good boat handling skills for anything over 30'. A bow thruster would have been nice. Sorry to anyone that heard a crazy lady screaming at 6:20am about how I was bringing the boat around. She is new. LOL....



Honky Tonk, but fun with the right attitude. , 2013-05-03
Captain: , Jupiter, Fl (151)

Easy access face dock right next to the Tiki bar for our 64 footer. Tiki bar was well stocked with supplies and eccentric characters. Best band we have heard in a long time. (Andrew Morris Band). Decent bar food. If you want quiet and pristine anchor out. If you want luxury go to Boca Raton. If you have a sense of humor and want to have fun, come here.



OK for a night, 2013-04-23
Captain: , Stuart FL Middletown RI (240)

We stopped overnight twice at Roland Martins on a short cruise to the West Coast of Florida. It is appealing in some ways -- the Tiki bar restuarant is a fun gathering place and the food is aceeptable. There are almost always interesting boats at the marina and you can meet other cruising folks.

The docks are fine and the dockmaster -- "Little Man" is cheerful and competent altrhough if it is busy he can be hard to reach on the VHF.

I have to say the heads and showers are beat up and we had the misfortune to stop at the marina on the final day of a huge bass fishing tournament going on there. The heads reeked to say the least.

Roland Martin has lots of atmosphere but it would rate higher if it were better maintained.



Cheapest Fuel in the Area, 2013-04-12
Captain: , Hollywood, MD (271)

Left from Ft Myers and thought we'd give this place a try. Nice facility, but the fuel price of $3.60/ gal is hard to beat. Dpn't miss the "Okee" burger at the grill. Nice friendly staff and easy to get in and out of.



Fantastic If you Are Open Minded, 2013-04-04
Captain: , Somers Point (460)

If you are looking for a state of the art marina with full amenities then this is not your place. If you are looking for a small marina with a lot of quirky character and personality then this is one of the best out there. Think Coinjock of Okeechobee. Small marina with limited spots all on a face dock that abuts their bar and restaurant. Food was pretty good but the friendship/people were even better. Could be quite loud on the weekends. Dock master is one of the best around and helped us in and out with ease. We are a 48 foot boat with a 5 foot draft and the place had no problems handling us in or out. Very buggy at night. We will return.



OK overnight stop, 2013-03-12
Captain: , Stony Point, NY (852)

We called for a reservation, but when we got there no one answered the radio. I called the phone and I think I got the bar tender who said just tie up... which we did - no help with lines - that's a big part of what I think we are paying for. We did enjoy some excellent burgers at a reasonable price. Took of in the AM early. Glad the lock gate was open.

Also - the approach to the locks is a 90 degree turn, and hard to see the first time. Once through the open gates, the marina is straight ahead. We were able to tie to the nearest end of the dock (starboard side behind another boat) - easy in and out with a single screw 40 ft trawler.



not maintained, 2012-12-08
Captain: , Halifax Marina Daytona Beach (300)

when little man is not around then nobody cares about VHF or docking, Cadillac for 5$ an hour to drive to Walmart, Florida Cafe is a very good cuban restaurant close by , its a very dirty city!!!



Overpriced and Little Man was an annoyance, 2012-12-07
Captain: , Algonac, MI (1659)

No one answered radio when we arrived, so we docked ourselves without issue. Be careful of the overhanging wires 2/3rds of the way down the dock. $1 beers at happy hour were a good deal. Thursday night karaoke had both kinds of music; country and western. Next morning Little Man stopped by six times to ask when we were leaving. His persistent shuffling of bills was a not-so-subtle request for a tip. Pretty pushy for a guy who was absent when we arrived on schedule with a reservation.



little help please, 2012-11-20
Captain: , Murfreesboro, TN (360)

It seems only little man knows how to catch a line. Office staff plentiful but not helpfull. Food is very good. Neal will deliver to your boat. A little cross traininng for office staff could be helpfull. Channel is very narrow and w/o a thruster you may need help that may not be available if little man is out sick.



Interesting place, nice shop, 2012-10-23
Captain: , Palmetto (412)

The marina is showing some wear and could use some maintenance. The docks tilt near the fuel dock and seem unstable at other locations, the heads are generally clean but had maintenance issues too. The Clewiston Inn is a great place to eat, visit, and have a drink in their lounge.



Better Than I Thought, 2012-08-14
Captain: , Sarasota, FL (130)

Stayed one night recently. Not fancy but ok. Food was acceptable and they had music on Sunday afternoon. Dockmaster Little Man was very competent and helpful as was the rest of the staff. For us, we'd rather stop here then spend a long day going coast to coast in one day.



OK in a pinch, 2012-07-11
Captain: , Sarasota FL (50)

Restaurant/tiki bar is noisy and food is lousy. Little Man, the dockmaster is a unique guy and almost makes it worth the price of admission---which is overpriced otherwise. We'll stay on the hook next time we cross.



Three Stars Plus for Character, 2012-06-06
Captain: , Punta Gorda. FL (360)

A refreshing old Florida halfway stop when transiting the Lake O waterway, often hosting a fishing tournament for trailer boaters, the long floating dock is excellent for larger boats. "Little Man", the quirky very professional dockmaster says he got the moniker when he started there umpteen years ago. The Tiki restaurant had good food and friendly prompt service on our two recent stops there. Nature put on quite a show: alligators patrolling the canal; a cormorant taking up residence in our cockpit and leaving a copious fecal gift when prodded out with the boathook; the nest of really ugly iguanas (up to at least three feet long) living 30 feet away in the rocks across the canal. You don't get to see this stuff just anywhere. We loved it.



Loud music, fair facilities, 2012-04-18
Captain: , Naples, FL (1096)

The floating dock is in excellent condition. The dockhand knew how to tie up the boat. Boaters must share bathroom facilities with local partyers.
We were there on a Saturday night and the loud, live music lasted until 1 am and then canned musics continued until 2:45am. Beer bottle cleanup commenced about 5:30am.
If we were transiting through again, we would stay someplace else: the Hoover free dock or the lollipop anchorage.



Depends What You Are Looking For, 2012-02-19
Captain: , Pensacola (42)

A good place for fuel and a place to rest. We found the people helpful and generous with their time and efforts. Not too fancy - for sure just the basics.

If you are there for the fishing they appear to be really on top of that. If you have a pet, no problem but do pay attention for the gator(s) moving done the slip area, pets can at one point move easily to border of the water's edge in a grassy area, could be very dangerous for pets.

Folks who run the local ships store were marine knowlegeable and friendly. They allowed me to purchase items and return them till i got the setup I needed for an electrical issue.

It is a small town community feeling but very much a backwater experience, if you are looking for a yachty experience it is not there. If you are looking for a fish camp like enviorment you will feel right at home.



The place needs some sprucing up, 2012-02-01
Captain: , Charlestown (946)

If I were Roland and had my name associated with a facility I would want it to be a little better than this. The dock hand known as "Little Man" is great. He dosen't miss a beat. The woman who checked us in would get a lot out of a Dale Carnigie course. Although, she may have had a stroke and here smile muscles were impaired. The bathrooms leave a lot to be desired. The food at the Tiki bar was mediocre and that is if you like cool vegitables. The wait staff was good though. If you want a quiet evening go past the fuel dock to tie up or you may as well join the party at the tiki bar. Would I come back, maybe, but I would try some place else first.



Overpriced, 2011-12-28
Captain: , Edenton, NC (887)

We were warned about tiki bar having a band, which was OK. But it is overpriced for what you get. We went here because we have a dog and wanted to be able to get ashore. In retrospect we'll tie to the dolphins next time and dinghy to the very nice boat ramp.



Not what it use to be....., 2011-12-15
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

14 Dec 2011-things have changed. 4 bartenders, only one rude one actually working. told they were having music, when we showed up that was mislieading! Bar filled with local drunks and only one boat on there dock for the night.I was told Roland was there the night before, he should have been there the night after.........wont pay to stay the night, better to dinghy in from the dolphins.....PS..Bartender let us know not to check the website because they dont update it......fyi. It felt as though we were bothering everyone just being there.

Great place to stay over. Cheap drinks at happy hour, nachos were outstanding. Close walk to downtown, nice local bar and other stores.



A Miisstake for sure, 2011-11-18
Captain: , Flagler Beach, Florida 32136 (305)

Came by in April 2011, Called on the radio 5 miles out and got an answer right away. Asked for overnight, and told them I was a 33 ft. sail. After that, no answer. Went into the dock, No one came out and I couldn't make contact with anyone, radio or otherwise. Turned around and came on across to Indian Town Marina for a good nights stay. Only way to stop there is if you are broke down.



Roland Martin, 2011-05-27
Captain: , Hudson (274)

If you can get in, with the low water, it is really worth it. Once the summer rains start there should be no problem getting in.The staff are great. They have most everything here, laundry, restaurant, showers, wifi and a Tiki bar. Short ride to town if you need to go.



Not in the spring!, 2011-05-01
Captain: , Bonita Springs, FL (411)

We just visited Roland & Martins last week. We were told that there was 5 feet at the dock. Unfortunately, it was 4 foot 3 inches at the dock anywhere hear the fuel dock area. The ramps down to the dock are very steep because of the low water. My other complaint was that they quoted me $4.10 for diesel including tax. I asked twice to confirm. After buying 200 gallons they added tax to the bill which made them $4.29 a gallon. When I complained, the response was, %u201COh well I made a mistake, we only include the tax on gasoline not diesel.%u201D




Hot Spot on Lake Okeechobee, 2011-04-12
Captain: , Rockport, ON, Canada (265)

Spent three days here due to an engine failure. Staff very helpful. Good power, water and internet. Food is fair to good. Never heard of a fish called Sway before. Gloria is a courtesy car you won't forget. But it is hotter than hell during the day (mid April) so don't be here without a/c.



Beer and Bug Spray, 2011-03-05
Captain: , New Rochelle, NY (1000)

We stopped here in November 2010 and met some friends traveling in their RV. We had a great time eating and drinking at the Tiki Bar until swarms of mosquitos joined us. The bartender quickly distributed cans of 'Off' to the patrons. The rest of the night was spent inside our closed up and air conditioned boat. Otherwise is was a nice spot to stop.



A Diamond in the Rough, 2011-02-12
Captain: , Channel Islands, California (1149)

We loved this place. If you want glitz and glamor, go somewhere else. If you are cruising to experience new places, people and things, this place was stunning. There was a resident Alligator swimming around, iguana on the rocks across the way, every kind of bird you could want to see. The docks could use some work, but who cares? You only walk on them and the cleats held just fine. The power poles worked as did the water. The staff was totally friendly and happy. The Tiki Bar was great. Good food and good drinks. The facility is otherwise immaculately clean and it was a lot of fun staying there. The town if Clewiston is rather depressed, but there is a plenty of grocery shopping within walking distance. This is really a great place to get away from it all, and still have it all right there. By the way, the gator's name is "Wallygator". Again, if you want shiny and spiffy, stay in FOrt Lauderdale. If you want down to earth, warmth, a little rustic, and unwinding fun, then this is a great place to visit. I wish I could have met Roland and Mary. I would have like to thank them for the stay.



One-Night-Stand, 2011-02-11
Captain: , Punta Gorda, Florida (22)

Always a stopping point going to and returning from the east coast. Good food and nice people.

Be careful of the non-OHSA approved fuel access "plank"... (gotta see it to believe it)



Really Had A Good Time, 2011-01-26
Captain: , Palm Coast, FL (385)

Fuel prices are very good. Docks are a bit run down and the depths are questionable. With my 3" draft I had no problems but saw a larger boat kicking up a lot of mud.

On site restaurant is excellent and there is a shuttle into town for a change of pace.

If you can, be sure to stop in on Thursday night which is Karaoke Night. LOTS of fun and some of those local folks can actually sing quite well.



Never Again, 2010-12-06
Captain: , Washington DC (152)

The food is good, the showers are clean enough, and the gift shop is nice but the docks are in disrepair ... the cleats are falling off and we had to try four or five electrical posts before we found one that worked. We asked when we signed in about depth and were told 8 feet. Active Captain says 7 feet at the fuel dock but we found it to be much more shallow since our 4.6 draft touched ground! It's a good stopping point but I would not stay there again.



Interesting stop, 2010-11-29
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

We didn't have to back in, buy Little Man was upset with us for not doing so. Lively bar scene on weekends. Everyone should stop here once. Narrow channel where you side-tie - may want to think about fenders on the non-dock side.



Only have to walk 30 ft to Tiki Bar, 2010-11-18
Captain: , Stuart, Fl (435)

A little pricey, but we got to see Roland and Mary! Woke up at 6:30 and he was filming in the space off our stern!
Food is very reasonable and breakfast is served beginning at 6!



Great weather stopover, 2010-11-12
Captain: , Fosters Point, Random Island, Newfoundland (82)

Have stayed several times and have always found everything to be fine. On one stay we had some hit and run damage by another vessel while we were away from our boat and the staff went out of theirway to try and find out who had done it. Sorry to hear that little Man is no longer there. He could turn around a boat in that narrow channel like nobody else. The pool at the hotel was a bonus.



Great place to spend the night, 2010-11-11
Captain: , Panama City, Florida (511)

An nice, rustic marina geared mostly toward small fishing boats but with a face dock to accomodate crusing boats. Great open air bar and Okee Burgers, but remember to bring the bug spray. Dockage was bit pricey, but the people here were very friendly and easy going. Sailboats should watch the powerlines just past the fuel dock.



Great stopover crossing Florida via waterway 3-16-10, 2010-03-29
Captain: , Dallas, TX (726)

Cruised from Ft. Myers to Miami and found this to be a great stopping point. It appears that most slips are smaller but there is a 400' or so side tie dock that doubles as a fuel dock. They have nice long hoses so we were able to fuel without moving the boat. The pump out was broken when we were there so we had to wait until Stuart. The Clewiston lock was open so access was easy. The Tiki bar had good food for dinner, but the breakfast, on site but different location was wonderful, nothing like eggs and corned beef hash to calm the alcohol saturated stomach. Staff was very helpful, we arrived after closing but the ship store/fuel dock/dockhand solo employee assisted several arriving before we left. Had heard this route would be crowded with fishermen but mid week and misting rain made this a non issue



OK stop, 2010-02-08
Captain: , Portsmouth, RI (260)

Good welcome and assist on docking. Docks needy. Pump out only works for one attendant other wise it' doesn't. Trash disposal over a hundred yards away from dock. Grocery store over a mile. Sugar plant nearby emits a foul odor.



Great 1/2 way point, 2010-01-19
Captain: , Friday Harbor, WA (490)

For those who want to break the Ft Myers to Stuart run in 2 legs we found that Rolands Marina in Clewiston was a great stop. The restruant is OK and the docks are reasonable, I been at much worse. They have a NEW store and restruant area so over all it is a great stop. The Lock that you normally have to go thru is open so it is an easy in & out.

Larry



Call Ahead, 2009-03-04
Captain: , Punta Gorda (36)

Convenient stop. Noisy entertainment at night, weekends anyhow. Call ahead or prepare to be lectured for not doing so!



Gotta stop here! Roland Martins, 2007-02-12
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (35)

Floating docks and friendly staff. Interesting approach the first time when you come through the hurricane lock...you have to be there to appreciate it!

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