Details for Sunset Marina

Sunset Marina

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 4.1 stars from 7 reviews

Address 5555 College Rd
Key West, FL 33040


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Michelle Wilson (Jan 2016)




Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


The east end of Dredger Key (Sigsbee Park) is a bit tricky due to confusing daymarks (not red/right/returning as expected). Follow the channel on the chart and visually; deep water is visible. Stay in it. It shallows immediately outside of the channel.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 7
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: 12

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 47
Total: 163
Transient price: $2.75/ft (2012-06-12)

Other price info: Per day. Varies depending on size. See the website for details.


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)

No - This is primarily a residential marina and cable access requires setting up an account with a local provider. (Jan 2016)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water and electric at slips. Water is free; there is a charge for electric.

Dinghy access

No - No dinghy dock but room for dinghies at slips and on the fuel dock with easy access via floating docks. There are occasional ladders on docks, too. (Jan 2016)

Liveaboard info

Yes - Many liveaboards as of Jan 2016.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: 90 octane, non-ethanol.

06/11/12: $4.66 for mid-grade, $4.86 for premium.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Plus tax, 7.5%.


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info: Excellent Key West Vet Dr. Lisa Bump. She operates a full emergency clinic. She will come to your dockside location if necessary.
Bumps & Bruises Veterinary Hospital
605 United St, Key West, FL
Phone 305-396-7628

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - $5 with slip rental, available on weekly basis. 2016




Yes - Trash cans at the end of each dock. They are emptied daily. Recycle bins are located in the parking lot.











Yes - No restaurants on site. There are several nearby: Roostica pizza, Hogfish, Hurrican Hole, and a few small sandwich shops.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Yes - Engine and propeller.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Bait

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Dream Catchers Charters, 18 foot center consoles, operates from Sunset Marina. They have approximately 4 boats and go out daily.

Internet access

No - No WiFi. Verizon cell service is decent. 2016

Boat ramp availability


No - No courtesy car. Taxis charge by the person; it was reported to be $8 per person from the marina to Key West airport as of Jan 2016. Taxi companies have successfully banned Uber from Key West. Bus stop is about a half mile away. Bike lanes are wide, paved, and in many cases off the road. It is very easy to get around on bicycles here and rentals (bike and scooters) can be rented right on Stock Island.

It was reported that a cruiser from WeCycle was under $10 day (they offer 10% discount). They also deliver and pick up the bike wherever you are at no charge.

Other services

Onsite postal services.


Adjacent to golf course.

Reviews for Sunset Marina
A well kept secret in Key West, 2016-01-19
Captain: , warm waters (828)

This is primarily a residential marina with mostly (all?) privately owned slips. Staff and long-term liveaboards are friendly but it's definitely not a Looper hangout. All the docktails we have attended have been at Stock Island Marina (1.5 mile bike ride). We have biked to several other marinas in the area and appreciate many things about this one:First, it is very quiet and peaceful here. Aircraft noise is minimal and non-invasive. We are a short bike ride (less than 5 miles) to Mallory Square, Duvall St. shops and eateries, museums, etc, but are happy to leave all of the traffic, crowds, and noise behind at the end of the day (or night). Second, it is well maintained with clean docks and facilities. Third, we have a vast and excellent view of the Gulf to the north and west and enjoy watching the sun go down behind downtown Key West. The water is clear, too; we can see the bottom at our slip (13 ft.) when the sun is shining. There are abundant fish and waterfowl to observe, not to mention a variety of large iguanas (they can swim!). The marina is well protected from all but north winds, which shoot right through the entrance and can rock things a bit. We ride to a variety of restaurants and three grocery stores within 1 to 3 miles on our bikes. We also really enjoy exploring the reefs, shallows, canals, and small islands by dinghy, which are all just outside the marina entrance.The down side: The marina does not have wifi or cable and our digital antenna (mounted on radar arch) has not picked up any national network affiliates. We can, however, watch all the Dr. Who we can stand, in between the Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction. We depend on our hotspot for Internet connection; with 10G a month, we are not streaming movies or news clips. There is no security here and not many lights, which make a nighttime walk to the bathroom a conscious decision.Previous reviews are correct in stating that the marina sits between a capped landfill and the sheriff's office with an overnight homeless shelter about a half-mile away. To be fair, within that same distance, there is also a botanical garden that hosts yoga classes three days a week, an impressive schedule of entertainment at the Keys Community College theatre, and a great public golf course. The whole of Key West seems to be a mix of populations; low income housing is found alongside posh resorts, marinas, or condos, and the homeless can be found napping on sidewalks, bridges, and in roadside bushes all over the island. Sunset Marina is no better or worse than any of the others for its location. As far as its location by water, it is bit more difficult to navigate to via the Northwest Channel, then up around Fleming and Dredgers Keys.We arrived in mid-December with reservations to stay through March 1. We think we have found a well-kept secret here in Key West. The lack of amenities such as wifi and cable has not diminished our experience and we are enjoying our stay here.

Most sheltered marina in KW, 2015-02-18
Captain: , Key West, FL, USA (10)

Sunset Marina is nestled between Mt Trashmore (a capped landfill), The Key West Golf Club, the Monroe County Detention Center & Sheriff's Department and KOTS (Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter). Wind from the Northwest blows right up the fairway but all other directions are insignificant. The approach is not as easy as some with indirect access to the gulf. The Atlantic ocean is accessed by going all the way around the island of Key West. Cow Key Channel Bridge is too low for sailboats and most vessels over 30' long. The marina itself is clean and well maintained. Most slips are privately owned but the corporation does control several. Call for availability. As of this writing (02/15) marina pumpout costs $30 or there is a pumpout boat the comes by if the weather permits, charging $25. By 03/15 the marina may have their pumpout system fully operational and will only charge $5 per use.
Sunset Marina also has an interesting mix of commercial, charter, liveaboards, boatels, wet storage vessels and boats on lifts. They have a fule dock and a convenience store with beer, snacks, sundries, beverages, fishing tackle and reading material. The staff is very friendly. The women's bath house is closed from 10am til 11am for cleaning daily and the men's is closed from 11am til noon. One urinal and one private restroom in the men's room plus three showers and two sinks. Women's is the same sans urinal. Bath houses are locked at all times, enter with code given in the store.
It's a great marina for wildlife. Dozens of tarpon can be seen waiting for the fishing boats to come in, parrot fish, snappers, goliath grouper under the dock, needlefish, various fish species in all stages of their lifecycle. Manatees do show up in the winter months. Brown pelicans are always looking for handouts.
Duval St and downtown Key West is about a 15 minute cab ride. There is sporadic public transportation. The bike ride is about 5 miles and, depending on the wind, easy one way and difficult the other. Both the north and sounth sides of the island have wide sidewalks that are safe for cyclists, joggers, walkers and rollerfolk until you get to within a mile of downtown.

We've been here for a few months, 2013-01-06
Captain: , Bayou Bonfouca, LA- Great Loop Cruiser (708)

We looked at several marinas to keep our boat while we traveled back and forth from home. We wanted to stay at the closer marinas to Duval Street, but at 1/3 the price I couldn't pass it up.

After entering the narrow cut to the marina at 6:30am after an overnight run from Captiva Island, I wasn't sure this place was going to be up to our "standards". Boy was I wrong. Great concrete floating docks. Clean laundry and bathrooms ( a little walk) nice shipstore.

The only negatives: Pretty close to the Stock Island "Hilton" (Sheriff complex) and about 5 miles from Duval Street (a $20 cab ride).

Great Marina, 2012-03-19
Captain: , Port Orchard WA (261)

Loved keeping the boat in this marna while in Key West

Lots of Turmoil right now..., 2012-01-06
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (3132)

Talking to these people was the most surreal experience I have had in a long time....I called them 3 different times over the course of 6 days, and each time was told something completely different. The first call I was told $14.30 per foot per night for a slip. The second call I was told that I could get a slip for a month for $735. The third call I was told that they don't offer slips for a month, and that even if they did it would cost me $1,335 for the month. I hear it's a pretty nice place, but I just couldn't tell what they really wanted from me.

Sunset Key, 2011-01-28
Captain: , Greenville TX (580)

Very nice after spending 3 weeks in the mooring field. They sent out a guide boat as the channel is very narrow. Nice facilities, very nice folks.

Sunset Marina, 2007-03-20
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3171)

From T&T
We had a great time at Sunset Marina, Stock Island. It was 1/3 the cost of Galleon and only about a 20min bike ride to downtown Key West.
The marina was quiet and great place to see the fishing boats come in and feed scraps to the Tarpon and Pelicans, etc. There are all kinds of fish that hang around the reef on the West side. Several very nice live aboards.
Fishing with Tyson Veach - (305)7975635 ,out of Oceanside marina was a blast! (Picture attached) Nassau Grouper was illegal to keep so had to throw him back! The two of us also caught about 20 King fish (so fun to catch)! We had no experience. Must do!!!!
Across Hwy 1 from the Marina is Hurricane Hole, where we were regulars, cooked up our catch for us. There are several restaurants that will do that. They made the mackrel taste great! The locals don't like Mackrel because too oily. I only noticed it when we warmed up the left overs. The Rusty Anchor was a good restaurant with healthy portions and the best chocolate desert we have ever had! There is another restaurant/bar near West Marine that is fun/good. Anyone will know if you ask, i forgot the name . (All Stock Island)
Great restaurants in Key West in order of favorites include: Pepe's(homemade bread and coconut pie) they will give you their recipes), Louie's Back Yard, Blue Heaven, Cuban(near White and Southard), Mangia Mangia, Martins, We're eating our way through the Loop!
Took the Sea Plane to the Dry Tortuga's. Interesting Fort/Prison(Dr Mudd sentenced there for assisting John Wilkes Booth that shot Lincoln), and great snorkeling around the wall.

Cindy (aboard C's Joy)

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