Details for Smuggler's Cove Resort and Marina

Smuggler's Cove Resort and Marina

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Average rating 2.2 stars from 8 reviews

Address 85500 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036


After hours contact


Facility type

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


BoatUS discounts

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: 6

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 60
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 8
Total: 33
Transient price: $3.00/ft (2017-04-24)

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: 110/220 volts.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

No - New owner jdoes not allow liveaboards according to a local newpaper report, 2015.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: BoatUS discounts. No ethanol. 90 octane.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out














Yes - Nearby


Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities

Yes - Engine

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Bait and tackle.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Smuggler's Cove Resort and Marina
Just beware - credit card required for reservation and no refund if you cancel, 2017-02-23
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (60)

We called to be sure there would be availability for us. To reserve a slip a credit card is required. They don't tell you that they will charge your credit card and you can not cancel the reservation.

The day before planned arrival we called for information regarding depths and navigational suggestions. The main number where you make the reservations could not answer any questions. He referred us to the dockmaster and gave us that number.

When we called that number a young man working in the store answered, and could not answer any of our questions. He said the dockmaster was out of the office and would most likely not be around tomorrow either.

When asked if anyone would be available to assist in docking the next day, he told us that if they weren't doing anything else, the store staff may help, but it really isn't their job.

So, they were unable to give us navigational instructions and may not assist in docking and couldn't tell us how best to approach. We decided to skip this stop and have a longer day and keep on going.

When we tried to cancel the reservation we were told "no", no refunds. The credit card was already charged an amount we weren't told about. We asked to speak to the owner to dispute the charge and were told he lives out of state and only calls in every now and then. The person who takes reservations could do nothing. We were forced to dispute the charge with our credit card company.

Kareoke 7 nights a week, Horrible!, 2016-01-30
Captain: , Austin, TX (10)

We stayed as liveaboards for a month. This place attracts scumbags and the noise is unreal. The onwer is a hussler and he charges peoples CC's who stay here without permission. This happened to several people who stayed monthly. We had out dock box stolen and there is a private drive behind te dock with no chain to prevent people from cominong to steal on the dock. Lots of strangers wantering around here. It is a mess.

Odd Place, 2015-01-15
Captain: , Cobb Island, Potomac River, USA (363)

This is an odd place, perhaps suffering from new ownership issues. The restaurant and bar seem well run, but no one is attending the marina. We had to seek out some at the hotel front desk (which is itself hidden and in no way out front) just to check in, then they asked for a ridiculous dockage rate which they relented on some. When we were preparing to leave and spoke with the fuel dock personnel across the creek they didn't much believe that we had already paid.

If you need more than 5' of water, though, there isn't much other choice along this stretch of the Keys, and the short walk to Theater of the Sea was well worthwhile!

Under New Management, 2015-01-07
Captain: , Fenwick Island (20)

Needed a place to tie up our 37' sailboat during Christmas 2014. Smuggler's was one of the only options with 5' depth on the bayside near Islamorada. Approached from bay. Marina on west side of Snake Creek, just before bridge.

New owners had put a lot of work into the place. Everything had been cleaned up and looked great. The restaurant opened while we were there. Food was great. Owners and managers were extremeley helpful getting in and out. Phone was better than VHF for communicating with dockmaster.

Plenty of depth (7+ feet) in Snake Creek coming from bay. Channel is well marked. Stay as close as possible to starboard side as you enter hotel/marina from bay. Shallow near the port side white markers. Good depth for slips for larger boats (40-60') to the port side. Port side is where you want to be. Starboard side of marina has bar foot traffic directly in front of slips. We fit (just barely between piles) about halfway down on the starboard side and had 6.5'+ at low tide.

Inside Marina- One shower for male restroom and one shower for female restroom-(clean) shared with restaraunt customers. Use bathrooms early in the day! No laundry or pump currently at this location.

Snake Creek channel had good depth (6'+) heading for Hawk's Channel. Draw bridge opens on the half hour. Motor cruiser hard aground when we went out. Pay careful attention to markers, it's called Snake Creek for a reason.

Plenty to do nearby. Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park is within .5 miles walking distance and is worth a look. Closed Tuesday/Wed.

Overall- nice place, good food, close to other bars/restaurants, tight quarters, but worth a stop if you want to tie up for a night or two.
Owners couldn't be more accomodating.

No boat US DISCOUNT, 2014-08-18
Captain: , Islamorada (10)

It says boat US DISCOUNT And the guy at the fuel dock said "they don't take any kind of discounts" also good luck trying to get any one to answer the
phone, they never do. EVER! You must leave message how annoying. The fuel is the cheapest in the area, but that's all, everything on the store is over priced especially the beer. Let me also add that the fuel price is out of date by a few months so you have to call good luck with that!

Smugglers Cove Marina - East Side of Bridge, 2013-12-31
Captain: , Port Canaveral Yacht Club (107)

Nice little place (room for maybe 5 boats) tucked in along the highway at the Snake Creek Bridge, same canal as the USCG. Restaurant is on the other bank of Snake Creek. Bathrooms are dirty. No laundry or pumpout. They have a fuel dock with good prices so it's busy all day with fishing boats buying fuel and live bait. Big selection of live bait in convenience store. The marina has a fence all around so folks off the road can't get in easily.

Friendly staff but expensive ($95/night). They chum the waters with the bait and let us fish off the docks. Had fun catching mutton snapper and hooked a couple huge tarpin!

Biggest concern in our sailboat was a bunch of power lines that run right next to the dock and over the bridge. At Snake Creek bridge the power line is 70'+ but it comes down quite a bit near this little marina. We stayed during calm weather so it was not an issue. We just wanted to get a jump on the tides going out Snake Creek and into Whale Harbor.

May 23, 2012, 2012-05-23
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (37)

Reopened today.
Fuel and supplies are in the marine store across Snake Creek in the canel by the CG Station

Appears Closed, 2012-02-03
Captain: , St Augustine (413)

Construction. Feb 2012

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