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Sombrero Marina

Posted by admin | Posted on 07-17-2008

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44. Sombrero Marina
http://www.sombreromarina.com
(305) 743-5663
Lat/Lon: near 24 42.515 North/081 05.028 West
Location: resides on Boot Key Harbor’s southerly banks, near the bay’s easterly limits, just east of unlighted daybeacon #5A
Transient dockage: Limited
Transient dockage rate: $2.00 per foot per night( winter rates), $1.50 per foot per night (summer rate), $5.00 minimum for electrical hook up
Type of dockage: fixed wooden slips and some face docks
Total number of slips/berths: 57
Dockside Power Connections: 30-50 amp
Dockside Fresh Water Connections: Available
Showers: Available
Laundromat: Available
Restaurant: on-site
Restaurant Recommendations: Dockside Tropical Cafe on site
Provisioning Possibilities: Walk to Publix or Winn Dixie supermarket a few blocks away, plus Super K-mart 10 minute walk or 3 minute bike ride away
LPG (Propane) Availability: Take taxi to Fairway convenience store for LPG tank refill 1 mile away
Free Wi-Fi Internet Access: Available
Waste pump-out: Available
Depths: 5-foot MLW depths

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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (4)

We stayed @ Sombrero Dockside for 1 month. Never could get internet as promised. The people on the docks are wonderful and are very welcome to new comers. They love the place. Dave the Prince of Poop is a hard worker and will POUT on Thursdays and Mondays if needed the fee is $5 and $10. Dave is always cheerful even when replacing old dock boards in the hot sun. The parking lot is right at the docks and locals/tourists speed through the curve fast so watch out when biking/walking to nearby stores. There is a golf course across the street with a nice walking trail. A patch of grass is provided as a dog walk and some users from the marina never pick up after their large dogs.
The Dockside Cafe is on the grounds and is a good place for a cold beer and has a great Mahi sandwich, but the music is so loud the acoustics so bad you can’t hear the music for the sound level. I assume the singers are good.
The tiny kitchen is quickly overwhelmed by the crowd and service depends on the size of the crowd. You share the showers and such with the bar. The laundry is in a shed and seemed to always have one or more machines out of order. The huge demand for dock space in the winter keeps the place full at $23 @ Ft plus elect and pump outs.

Currently at Sombrero. I like it, sort of a 50s flavor. Slips are big for a 2665 Regal but well set up. First marina I have been to with no tie down cleats. Lots of poles to tie to. Dockside Restaurant is good. Lots of locals. Menu somewhat limited, no steaks for example. Drinks good and beer cold. Frequent live entertainment. POUTs on Thursdays. I think you could talk Roy into other days if needed. He will get you POUT if you are gone sight seeing. Showers, laundry are 50′s but you have everything you need and is clean. Restrooms are shared with Dockside and you get a key for after hours. Publix is walking distance and most everything else, West Marine, stores could be walked or biked or a $5 cab ride.

Keep trying Sombrero Beach, too. Folks are in and out of there frequently. They always say they are full for the season…you just have to get used to Roy (the marina manager, if he’s still there). But we really liked it there and once on the good side of Roy, life smoothed out.
PS Russell
M/V Ocean Breeze

We stayed at Sombrero Marina and Dockside Lounge from Thanksgiving to Easter last winter. We found it to be a great place with easy access to many restaurants and two large grocery stores. The entertainment at Dockside was great. It is a two dollar bus ride to Key West. Most of the folks staying there were repeaters from previous years. We will definitely stay there again when do the Loop again.
Jeanne and Jerry Cilibraise
Morning Star

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