Details for Sanibel Marina

Sanibel Marina

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 29 reviews

Address 634 North Yachtsman Dr.
Sanibel, FL 33957


After hours contact


Facility type

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


Does not provide fuel to jet ski's.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

MC, Visa

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Coming from the Gulf skippers will want to follow their charts carefully as the waters to the south of the causeway bridge are shallow and close to the bridges shoals extend out some distance. Look for a cut just south of the condos which are south of the causeway. The marina lies just inside of the a cut in the beach. Proceed in 12 feet or more. Private and charted R2 marker is no longer there. Underwater hazards lie both port and starboard so keep on line with the center of the cut. Proceed into the cut staying to starboard as channel is shoaling to port. It will be slow speed and the marina will be just to port. You'll have 6 feet or more without tide help.





Tide & current additional info

It is reported the current can run as strong as 4 knots. Beware in a strong tail wind.


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: 6

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Marina has grown up some over the past few years and slips have been added and can now accomodate around 60 boats of varing lengths and beams. Several T-Heads also.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 120
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 15
Total: 65
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2012-03-15)

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: 110 and 220 volts.

Pricing info: 50 amp is $10 per day.
30 amp is $8 per day.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Includes taxes. Rec 90

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Includes taxes.


Yes - Available nearby at Perrywinkle Park (campground).

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Some restaurants with outdoor seating allow dogs - not here. The marina however, has no objection to them.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

No - Pump out is broken. Owner not planning on repairing.






Yes - Very nice with showers.






No - Large stores are back on the mainland which means a trek over the tolled causeway. The toll is $6.00.

Bailey's General Store is quite adequate although 3.3 miles away. It adjoins a hardware.




Yes - Small but good restaurant (Gramma Dot's) on site. Hours and days open vary with the season. They have great fish most nights they are serving. The spot is popular with the locals and busy January - April. 239-472-8138

Pizza delivered: Island Pizza Co. 239-472-3010.


Yes - Gramma Dot's is beer and wine only.

Hotels or motels

Yes - At least two, many vacation rentals.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Tackle and bait.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Fishing charters.

Internet access


Boat ramp availability


Yes - Taxi's or harbormaster may offer his own truck for short errands.

Other services

Boat rentals.



Reviews for Sanibel Marina
Clean and Friendly, 2016-02-21
Captain: , santa barbara (696)

Clean, secure, well protected. Good food at G'ma Dots - comfortable walks to local beaches. Careful with entry - no markers and potentially bad shoaling to port -

Sine Die II, 2015-11-15
Captain: , Madisonville, Louisiana (50)

Beautiful location with restaurant out your back door . The marina seems like a private club. We will stay again.

We will come back, 2015-03-17
Captain: , Oxford, MD (610)

Found all previous comments true and helpful. Upon arrival, three different dock hands gave us three different docking assignments/instruction and seemed confused as to whether we were there for lunch when we had a reservation to stay overnight. After docking everything was lovely. Dockmaster, Tom was very helpful with information, map and distances for walking/biking to beach and restaurants. Setting is very nice and quiet at night. Restaurant casual and food is well prepared.

Rude would an understatement, 2015-02-28
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (333)

Coming in, the channel is shoaling on your port side... about 50% of te channel. I sailed in from the gulf in a pea soup fog. The staff was rude. There is no other way to put it. I left as soon as the fog lifted. There is no way I was going to pay to stay here. I wouldn't stay if they paid me! I went to Captiva and had a wonderful stay.

Caters to the well-to-do, 2015-01-22
Captain: , Greenville SC (250)

Thought we'd come here rather than Ft. Myers Beach before going outside to Naples. Bad idea! When docking, the owner was rude rather than helpful. However, the manager and staff were friendly, and apologetic. 5 stars for them; 0 stars otherwise.

Great place!, 2014-12-12
Captain: , Destin, FL (160)

Beautiful location. Lots of nice boats. Very clean. Great restaurant. They have a men's bathroom and a ladies bathroom and a separate bathroom with the shower. They do share them with the restaurant, however, they are cleaned every morning before the restaurant crowd. Friendly people. I will come back!

Fantastic Stop!, 2014-10-28
Captain: , Fayetteville, Arkansas (651)

This is a hidden jem on the south end of Sanibel. It's easy and in and out, and well protected. We were the only sailboat in the marina, but we were welcomed.

Dinner at Dot's was fantastic, it was a 4 star meal at 2 star prices. We'll come back again!

Gramma Dot's Restaurant, 2014-05-01
Captain: , Ft Myers, FL (11)

Excellent food and atmosphere. Casual dining. A favorite for the locals.

Waste of time - incorrect information, 2014-02-24
Captain: , Earth (561)

We called ahead to make sure they had diesel, and that we could make it in with our 5 foot draft.

We were told Yes they had diesel, and Yes 5 foot draft was fine.

It was three miles closer than Fort Meyers Beach so we headed there. When we got to the inslet we ran agroung. I backed out and we tried closer to the wall and hit bottom again. Then some guy from the marina came on the VHF and asked my draft and told me I'd never make it in.

Ended up going all the way to Fort Meyers Beach for diesel.

Friendly safe stop, if you can get in, 2014-02-07
Captain: , Newcastle upon Tyne (463)

Stayed here 2 nights so we could visit Sanibel. Tom at the Marina was very helpful and friendly and found room for us even though the place was quite full. Gramma Dot's restaurant food was great. Only low note was the shower facility, just one smallish one for all.

Sanibel Marina, 2014-01-31
Captain: , Sandwich (692)

For the rate charged the bath/shower facilities shared with restaurant dreadfully awful. Washer/dryer outdoors and dirty. Although a hike, a safe walk to beach and restaurants. Marina well protected. Fixed wood docks. Blueberry muffin and paper delivered daily not enough to return.

Beautiful place, great muffins, 2014-01-24
Captain: , Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH (300)

Beautful view from the T dock, walked to beach, can dinghy through canals, and were treated to a newspaper and muffins from Grandma Dots Restaurant

Great location, snug and tight., 2013-09-11
Captain: , Sanford, FL (657)

Tom was the one who took our call and made us welcome. Nice spot, easy in and out, good directions. Will never do this place in September again. Gramma Dot's was closed as was most of the islands eateries. I guess off season is not the best time all the time.

The Only Sanibel Marina, 2013-05-04
Captain: , Punta Gorda, Fl (880)

Well marked, narrow fairways, fuel dock, nice showers. Grandma Dot's restaurant onsite---one of the best venues on the island.
Newspaper and muffins delivered to the boat each morning. Good biking on the entire island. Close walk to Lighthouse and beach

Sanibel Marina, 2013-04-22
Captain: , Houston, TX (523)

We came in at about half tide (on neaps) and touched bottom on the way in - 5' - 7" draft, but powered through without too much trouble. Tom, the dockmaster, was extremely nice and helpful. They provide a newspaper and fresh baked muffins each morning to transients; very nice.

New fuel dock & slips, 2012-10-23
Captain: , Fort Pierce City Marina, FL (420)

We stopped in to get fuel on 10/21/12. They had just finished the marina & docks. Beautiful job, helpful staff. Easy in. Also, they had just dredged the channel so previous problems with shoaling have been fixed.

Quaint Marina, 2012-03-15
Captain: , Punta Gorda FL (1709)

Nice local marina with a very popular and busy restraurant (Grandma Dot's). Entranced is not marked. You have to look for the condos just south of the causeway. Stay to starboard when entering as the channel is shallowing. Very tight but enough manuvering for a 42 or small vessel. Helpful and pleasant staff. Breakfeast muffins and a local morning paper are included with the dockage. 1 mile walk to light house. 1/2 mile walk to beaches. Only problem is they do not have a pump out service. Broken and owner has no plans to fix.

Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1523)

First, the entrance is NOT marked. The charts show locally maintained bouys at the entrance, but there are none. The entrance channel is shoaling in and we were advised to wait for high tide to enter, which we did with no problem. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the fixed docks are all well maintained. The only problem was the wifi. We ere within 50' of the office and the signal was very week. The big draw here is Sanibel Island, a great place to stop for a few days. Great beaches, shelling, eco tours, and restaurants. A bit pricey, but worth it.

Tight and Cosy, 2012-01-06
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1340)

This place is a local secret without meaning to be. Passing bayside you trust your GPS and hope a boat emerges out of the man-made cut to show you in. Once in, its tight. The fixed piers have 2' wide 20' long newly upgraded, sturdy wood timber fingers. Max beam 10' or so. What others have said about Gramma Dots popularity is indisputable. We arrived at 1 on a Friday, nosed up to full outside tables and chose to eat on board, take-away. Fixed docks with 3' tides requires longish spring lines that our dock hand was quite expert at setting-up. Friendly inside staff too. Bath & shower facilities are shared with restaurant patrons but after the 7:30 restaurant closing the queues dissipate. 4* is a push but 3 would be mean. Yeah, we'd come again.

Freindly and Helpful, 2011-08-20
Captain: , Rock Hall, Maryland (20)

This is a power boat marina more than sailboats, but very friendly and helpful. You must keep to the right on entering and be prepared for tight corners. Slips are wide with long finger piers.

Sanibel Marina, 2011-05-15
Captain: , Emerald Isle, NC (300)

05/12/11 Markers entering from the bay were gone but easy to get in. Small marina, nice staff. Good restaurant on site. Did not use the showers/bath but we understand they are small but ok. Good stop if you need a marina underway or want to meet some others. Well maintained.

Great stop, 2011-04-24
Captain: , Sebastian FL (142)

My chart said that there were markers at the entrance of their channel, but all we saw were white "No Wake" buoys. However, the marina and staff were great, Tom's morning muffins made 1st Mate's day. Walking distance to the beach and lighthouse, taxi readily available to elsewhere. We'd stay again.

Good Marina, 2011-03-21
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1897)

A nice marina in a lovely area and the freshly baked bluebarry muffins and daily news paper delivered to your boat first thing in the morning are a nice touch.

When leaving or arriving keep to the west side of the entrance canla at low tide as the east side is shallow.

Would stay again.

Nice Sheltered Marina, 2011-02-27
Captain: , Annapolis (1465)

A little difficult to spot the entrance and once you do, it is a narrow run into the marina. Very friendly staff who aim to please. Restaurant has great food and usually has a 1/2 hour wait. Tell them you are on a boat and they will come and get you when your table is ready.

Nothing special about the docks...rough wood and fixed.

Pumpout is $25!!

March 2010, 2010-04-15
Captain: , Safety Harbor, FL (102)

One of my favorite marinas because it is so handy to a lot of places. Sanibel is wonderful for biking. Close by to stores and groceries, excellent restaurants and well protected with very nice people. Free hot blueberry muffins every morning delivered to the boat. WiFi, cable TV. No on site repair or haulout.

Nice Marina, 2009-12-25
Captain: , Dallas, TX (726)

Nice, quiet, well protected marina. Staff very helpful and accomidating. Fresh baked muffins and local paper on deck every morning. Outstanding restaurant, Gramma Dot's but only beer and wine, but a nice selection of wines. Out of the way but there are some very nice restaurants on the island, Sanibel Taxi was a very reliable service. If you are going to need a large quantity of diesel let them know in advance they may need to order it. It was reassuring to know their diesel hadnt been sitting in the tank for a year. The nicest friendliest marina we have been to on the gulf coast.

OK, 2009-02-10
Captain: , Jacksonville Florida (125)

Place as others have stated is on a sleepy little canal with a nice restaurant. Electric is questionable. Nothing much here and you need transportation.

Captain: , Clearwater, Fl (6)

Sanibel Island Marina is a very nice, quiet and protected marina. The people are nice, the bathrooms nice but small. The restaurant is worth a stop. Excellent laid back marina.

Hidden Quiet Spot on a Sleepy Island, 2007-04-25
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (258)

Marina is a quiet out of the way place nestled amongst upper end homes. It is sheltered from wake and wind about as good as you can find on the Gulf coast. Fuel is on site and some supplies.

Major provisioning must be done elsewhere. A car or Motorbike are essential to get around as there isn't much close by and night life will be on the docks as Sanibel is quiet. Rental cars can be arranged, but none available at the marina on my last visit. Large grocery stores and marine supply lie back on the mainland side of the causeway, which is a toll road with a stiff tariff, so plan your trips to get as much accomplished as possible with each crossing.

The marina is quiet, but the parking lot is sand & gravel and cars pull right up to their slips. On windy days grit will pile up on boats and boat washing is frequently required.

Simple Oldstyle Florida marina. No pool or kiddie playground. I do not know about pets.

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