Editor’s Note: Since Hurricane Matthew in October, 2016, the docks at the Palmetto Bay Marina are closed. Repairs are scheduled to be completed sometime in the early summer. The shops and restaurants are open. For more information, contact the marina directly at (843) 785-7131.
Before there was Sea Pines, there was Palmetto Bay Marina, opened in 1959.
What was once an old lumber dock at the end of a dirt road is now a thriving full-service marina that has over 5,000 feet of docks and the Island’s largest boat lift capable of hauling a 77-ton boat from the water – an amazing process to witness.
The marina’s free-spirited Key West ambiance makes it a popular all-day destination. Water activities, restaurants, and shops will keep folks of all ages and interests busy from morning to night.
Go dolphin watching and nature touring. Take an exhilarating sail, enjoy a romantic sunset cruise; during the summer, join a cruise to view the fireworks display or play pirate in search of lost treasure.
Here you can rent either a kayak or a boat to explore on your own. The adventuresome types will want to try jet skiing, parasailing, or even a thrilling banana boat ride. Or try the latest craze, stand-up paddle boarding.
Now you can eat! Between three restaurants (all with both indoor and outdoor dining areas), you can find a meal from sun-up to moonset. The central courtyard features two outdoor bars for spirited libations. The atmosphere is made even more remarkable by the splendid views across the bustling waterway of Broad Creek to the mansions of Spanish Wells.
If you like to shop, you’ll find men’s and women’s resort wear, accents for your home, T-shirts, souvenirs, and snacks to take on your nature tour. Buy jewelry and art by local artisans.
The marina’s location near the mouth of Broad Creek gives you quick access to Calibogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, something very important to those interested in chartering one of their fishing boats. The marina is located at 86 Helmsman Way at the end of the Cross Island Expressway.
For more information, contact the marina office at 843-785-7131.