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  • Sunset Bay Marina (Stuart, Florida, on the St. Lucie River)

    Sunset Bay Marina is the new incarnation of the old Stuart City Marina – South Pointe Anchorage. This facility has been completely refurbished, and is now operating as BOTH a marina with slip dockage, and an adjacent mooring field. We’ve had several earlier postings here on the Net’s “Eastern Florida” cruising news section concerning Sunset Bay Marina, but the one below from Captain Berry is so chock full of useful cruising news, I’ve posted it here on its own.

    The moorings have gone back down to $10 per day or $240.00 a month. There is free wifi, a nice boater’s lounge, new showers, new laundry facilities and a new waterfront restaurant next door. The restaurant is opening in October. The marina is full but they have a waiting list. They still take transients for short term stays. We walked a short 10 minute walk to the grocery store and to downtown Stuart. They also have a public bus that takes you to just about any store you need to go to. All in all it’s a great place to stay and the staff is the best you’ll find anywhere.
    J. Berry
    S/V Lil Rain

  • Cocoa Village Marina (Statute Mile 897)

    Cocoa Village Marina occupies the mainland side of the Waterway, just north of the Cocoa bridge. As you can tell from Captain Kat’s message below, it’s a quick step from the docks to the downtown Cocoa business distict!

    I just wanted to let everyone know that we had a very pleasant stay at Cocoa Village Marina. We went to Ryans Pizza just a few blocks away. A sweet girl named Mel was the server. We had a wonderful meal and a very enjoyable evening. I recommend every one to go to Ryans. Next day as we cruised South we saw several pods of dolphins and were happy to be back in Florida.
    Kat Luchene

    This is a great spot for cruisers. The basin is nicely protected and the staff is very nice. Cocoa Village is across the street and should not be missed. Great shops and rest. as well as the best hardware store on the east coast of Florida. I’d give the marina 4 stars.
    Scott W.

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Cocoa Village Marina

  • Boat Tree Marina (St. Johns River, just north of Lake Monroe and Sanford, FL)

    The series of messages below are yet another example of how things don’t stay the same in the cruising guide business.
    Boat Tree Marina guards the St. Johns River, a very short hop north of this stream’s entry into Lake Monroe. The last time I researched this facility, the transient dock had 30 amp power connections. Then, today, I received the message below.

    Boat Tree Marina: has 50 amp and pumpout at most slips. The othe “T” and slips have 30 amp.
    Frank Hartle

    So, I e-mailed Captain Hartle, and allowed as to how my information was at variance. He sent along the very informative reply below:

    Claiborne, in February 2006 the Admiral and I moved our 47′ Atlantic from Florida’s west coast to the St Johns River and Boat Tree Marina. They put us on a 40′ “T” dock at the end of “F” dock which is located on the river. That was their transient dock and had 30/50 amp with pump out at dock. We resided their until December of that year because they were full at the time. Have since moved to the beautiful and remote Sanford Boat Works and Marina that I have wrote to you about. That transient dock is still unoccupied as is over half of the slips in the marina.

    So, clearly Captian Frank’s information is more up to date than my own!

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Boat Tree Marina

  • Marina Bay Resort (Fort Lauderdale – New River)

    Marina Bay Resort is located well upstream on New River, above the downtown Fort Lauderdale municipal facilities. It has been around for many years, as I remember reviewing it in the late 1980′s. From Captain Bevely’s description below, it sounds like this facility is more desirable than ever!

    We have been to this marina many times over the years, even with a sailboat with a 53 foot mast, and have always been pleased, even as it was going through its transition from old, to what is now a new, first class facility. It is like being at a country club, with a beautiful pool, hot tub area, exercise room, internet room, movie room, lounge with coffee always available, monthly parties, and new floating docks. Staff is friendly, and the location, at the intersection of 95 and 84, couldn’t be more convenient. Downside is the exhaust particles from the traffic and nearby airport that coat the boat, as in most big cities, and the long passage up the New River, which is fine for longer stays, but not for a night or two. We usually rent a car, and we are minutes away from all the marine places of business, restaurants, Costco, everything you could possibly need. Highly recommend this place.
    Beverly Feiges

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Marina Bay Resort

  • Palm Coast Marina (Statute Mile 802)

    Palm Coast Marina lies directly off the AICW, between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. The loss of the “amenities” described below by Captain Jennifer is probably due to the destruction of the once adjacentt motel.  Doe anyone know if another structure has taken this one’s place?????

    We stayed at Palm Coast Marina on the way up. Again, nice place but it doesn’t have near the amenities that your cruising guide says it once did. The pool and courtesy van that once took cruisers shopping are both gone. It is clean and well run but we were disappointed because the kids were really looking forward to swimming. Those things were the main reason that I chose to stay there. Oh well.
    Jennifer Clendinen

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Palm Coast Marina

  • New Smyrna Beach City Marina (Statute Mile 846)

    New Smyrna Beach Marina, 201 N. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168, 386-409-2042Below we have a quick word from Captain Jennifer about who much she enjoyed New Smyrna Beach City Marina. We agree, and that’s only natural as this facility is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Symrna Municipal Marina is also very nice. We stayed there both up and back and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Many things right within walking distance. Very nice area. I would stop there again.
    Jennifer Clendinen

    I’m glad someone mentioned this marina. We ended up ducking into Ponce De Leon Inlet AS a major thunderstorm was coming through (42kt+ winds). We had called SeaTow about 30 minutes before entering the inlet as we were told it was a “local knowledge only” inlet. They said just follow the markers, and anchor just inside the first green inside the inlet. We rode out the storm here, but as the sportfishers started heading back out again and throwing up wakes that threatened to swamp our 40′/25,000lb sailboat, we felt it would be better to find a marina (after all of the lightning and wind we wanted to be able to step onto land). We ended up at the New Smyrna Beach City Marina and were welcomed with open arms. The floating docks were nice, but the people there were the best part. We pulled in just as the sun completely set, and before we even had shore power hooked up we were being invited to their weekend potluck dinner. We spent a couple of hours with everyone at dinner and had a wonderful time. The next morning, one of the slipholders there volunteered to drive us to Walmart to pick up some necessary supplies (this was our first stop from the Bahamas). I often feel that the people make the marina – not the facilities (and the facilities here were good) – and this place would definitely rate 5 stars with regards to that.
    Chris s/v/ Pelican

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For New Smyrna Beach City Marina

  • Sunset Bay Marina (Stuart, Florida – St. Lucie River)

    Sunset Bay Marina is the new incarnation of the old Stuart City anchorage and mooring field. It reopened several months ago, and will undoubtedly be a prime location for the fall and winter 2009-2010 cruising season!
    This facility is located well up the St. Lucie River/Okeechobee Waterway, from the St. Lucie River/AICW intersection. In fact, you must cruise upstream of the new high-rise US1 Bridge, and the old Roosevelt Twin Bridges, to reach the new docks.

    If your are staying at Sunset Bay for less than 4 nights expect to PAY… $76.00 per day for 32 as of 07/20/09, better to use there mooring field $12.00 per day if Sunset happens to be a stop… new docks and OK amenities know close shopping without transportation.
    John Connon
    S/V LOROLI – Watkins-32

    Subject: Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage
    Cruising News: I’ve been docked at the NEW Sunset Bay Marina & anchorage, Stuart, FL for a few months now and want you to know what a well run place this is. They sell gas and diesel and you might want to include them in your report. The Harbormaster is Buzz Billue with Sam Portolese and Ruth Conrad as Assistant Harbormaster’s. They have pumpout and sell gas and diesel at reasonable prices. Please give them a call at 772-283-9225 or fax: 772-283-7361. And, by the way, thanks for publishing my sunrise photo
    Best regards,
    Dick Harding
    aboard HMS TURTLE

    The moorings have gone back down to $10 per day or $240.00 a month. There is free wifi, a nice boater’s lounge, new showers, new laundry facilities and a new waterfront restaurant next door. The restaurant is opening in October. The marina is full but they have a waiting list. They still take transients for short term stays. We walked a short 10 minute walk to the grocery store and to downtown Stuart. They also have a public bus that takes you to just about any store you need to go to. All in all it’s a great place to stay and the staff is the best you’ll find anywhere.
    J. Berry
    S/V Lil Rain

    I was one of the first long term dockers at Sunset Bay. I could go on and on about how pristine the faciity is and how professionally run it is but the the biggest asset of the marina is the staff. I have stayed at many marinas but have never had the pleasure of having such a friendly and capable staff as Buz, Sam and Ruth. From day one, they made me feel like I had been there for years. The icing on the cake is the magnificant restaurant, Sailor’s Return. The restaurant is owned and operated buy Bob Davis. Bob has a very colorful cullinary background and will soon have Sailor’s Return known as the best restaurant in Stuart.
    Clay Thomasson

  • Colee Cove – Pacetti Point Anchorage (St.Johns River)

    The Colee Cove – Pacetti Point Anchorage is located on eastern banks of the St. Johns River, south of Green Cove Springs. Look out for the piling discussed below by Captains Rex and Jimmie!

    The submerged piling shown on chart is still there and SOLID.
    N29 56.569 W81 35.079
    ALSO—- The row of pilings shown in bottom of cove (east) many are still there and solid!!
    Rex & Jimmie

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida – St. Johns River Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Colee Cove – Pacettia Point Anchorage

  • Good Words About Ortega Landing Marina (Jacksonville, St. Johns River – Ortega River)

    Ortega River Marina is the first facility you will encounter as you enter Ortega River from the St. Johns River, just upstream from downtown Jacksonville. 

    You really need to check out this marina if you are in the area!!! Facilities are as good as you can find in N. E. Florida.. Staff is great! and location is a good “bad weather hideout”, and you can walk to stores, banks and restaurants. Ortegaa Landing is right in the middle of Jacksonville’s boating community here. This weekend sounds like a blast.
    Rex & Jimmie,

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For The Marina at Ortega Landing

  • Westland Marine (Titusville, Statute Mile 879)

    There has been an ongoing discussion on the EXCELLENT MTOA Listserv about the “best live aboard marina.” I have pirated a couple of the contributions in this string here on the Crusiers’ Net. as they give excellent advice about several marinas and marine facilities.
    Below, we hear from Captains Laurel and Murray about Westland Marine in Titusville, Florida. This facility is located in the same semi-enclosed harbor as Titusville Municipal Marina, but whereas the city facility guards the southwestern bank, Westland flanks the harbor’s southeastern shores.

    We spent time the past 2 winters at Westland Marine in Titusville, Florida. It is across the Indian River from Cape Canaveral.
    They have not had a hurricane in many years and insurance is not restricted there.
    It is a DIY yard and has excellent local services as well. Grocery, drugstore and West Marine are within walking distance. It is about an hour from Orlando or Jacksonville. Good shopping in the small friendly
    We would go back there without hesitation.
    Laurel and Murray Thompson
    Northern Magic I

  • North Palm Beach – Lake Worth Anchorage (Statute Mile 1014)

    The long popular anchorage described by Captain LuAnn below, is located on the northern section of Lake Worth, bypassed by the AICW. In the past, there has been coversation, and sometimes action, to charge cruisers for dropping the hook on these waters. With the new Florida anchoring law now in effect, we’ll have to see what happens here!
    More details on this anchorage at:

    The anchorage is great. Lots of room for our 47′ Sailmaster. Excellent holding in 40 mph winds. A little nerve racking to get into from Lake Worth inlet on the weekend. Litterally thousands of people and hundreds of boats and jet skis and hobie cats, plus large commercial ships, cutting back and forth across the ICW. Looked like a great party spot for the younger crowd.
    LuAnne Woods

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For North Palm Beach – Lake Worth Anchorage

  • Lambs Yacht Center (Jacksonville, FL – St. Johns River)

     Serving the North Florida area for over 50 years, we welcome you.  We are in the process of updating this site. If you need help with your question or additional information, feel free to email us atLambs Yacht Center is one of the fine facilities located on the Ortega River, just upstream on the St. Johns River from the downtown Jacksonville waterfront. These good people are Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net sponsors.
    More on this facility at:

    Lambs is a first class facility. They have some of the best mechanics and repair facilities available in this area. Very protected location on the the Ortega River. This place gets my highest recommendation.
    Bill Batelco

    We are now at Lamb’s Marina on the Ortega River. The marina is probably not the ritziest facility for transients (no laundry and the showers are a long walk from the dock and not climate controlled)) but there is extensive shopping at the mall nearby and the staff at Lamb’s knock themselves out to be helpful. (The Chief Administrative Officer is going to drive us to the airport and someone will drive me to a laundromat and get me back.) There is an extensive repair facility which we are making use of. The slip fee for monthly stay on the uncovered dock is $8.50 per foot plus $36 electric. This is most reasonable for Florida. The covered dock is more and has metered electric. There is a security person who checks the docks at night.
    Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Lambs Yacht Center

  • Peck Lake Anchorage (Statute Mile 992)

    The Peck Lake anchorage lies immediately east of the AICW’s track, a short hop south of the Waterway’s intersection with the Okeechobee Waterway and the St. Lucie River. I’ve often found less than ideal depths between the AICW channel and the anchorage, but once you are into the haven, depths are good, and the surroundings are wonderful.

    If you can comfortably anchor, I suggest Peck Lake, just a mile south of the St Lucie River ICW junction….Good holding, anchor 100 yards off a nice state park beach, swim ashore, nice and quiet weeknights, busy on weekends –as good as an RV on the beach.

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Peck Lake

  • Harbor Square Marina (Canaveral Barge Canal, St. M. 894)

    Below, Captain Jennifer gives us a very useful report on one of the facility’s found along the western end of the Canaveral Barge Canal. This marina has a very sheltered harbor, but note in the report below, there are now less serivices available here than in times past.

    Harbor Square Marina (where we are presently moored) is still alive and well but has fewer services than is mentioned in the book.  Duncan has no fuel and does not offer repairs, although his father who previously owned the place may have.  However, he has no problem with outside workman and DIYs at all.  He does take in transients, although he rarely has empty docks.  I have seen him make room, whenever it’s needed.  I even talked to a couple in Indiantown who told me that Duncan had moved his own boat to make room for their trawler.  They were quite impressed. It’s a very low key operation.  It’s still one of the most protected harbors for a really bad storm (ie. hurricane) on the E. coast of FL.  People bring their boats from all over to tie up here when tropical weather is on its way.
    Jennifer Clendinen

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Harbor Square Marina

  • Sun Dance Marina (old Diamond 99 Marina, St. M. 911)

    Here’s an update on a marina facility that I thought was no more. The old Diamond 99 Marina, now Sun Dance Marine, is located on the AICW/Indian River’s western shoreline, a short hop north of Melbourne. Glad to know this facility is still active, and under new ownership.

    Diamond 99 Marina (SM 910.5) is still there despite getting smashed up by H. Frances and Jeanne in 2004 (We were moored there during those storms.  Not fun.)  The pool, alas, was destroyed by H. Frances, much to my children’s dismay.  The marina has changed hands, however, and is now called SunDance Marine.  As far as I know, Carter’s Marine Services is still operating out of there, also.  I’ve not used him but I know people who highly recommend him.
    Jennifer Clendinen

  • Jacksonville Boat Detailer Recommendation

    The note below is copied from the Net’s “Ask Your Neighbor” page ( All of us are always looking for a good detailer, so I thought I would post this info here.

    Subject: Detailer in Jax / St. Aug Area
    Cruising News: The one used most by boaters in this area is Northstar Detailing. They come to you with 3-4 guys and will do what you want/need! wash, wax or compound.
    I use them 3 times a year on our boat!
    Ph. 1-904-687-4755 – Ask for Scott.

  • Suggested Florida Itinerary

    The discussion below is copied from the T&T (Trawlers and Trawlering) mailing list. With soooo many contributors, it was impossible to get individual permissions, so I'm ommitting all names. Also, the Florida waters and ports of call discussed below are so diverse, I have decided to post this string on all the Net's Floridian pages.
    There's TONS of good Florida cruising advice in these messages. All who are contemplating or engaged in a cruise on Sunshine State waters will want to read through this entire text.

    Well, first stay away from Key West unless you are ex military and can stay at Boca Chica. Prices are at least $4.00/ft.
    Other than that sage advice, my experience in Florida is limited to anchorages:
    Sarasota has a very nice anchorage right near the heart of town. Dinghy to the beach and walk to town. They have many street fairs and festivals scheduled in the winter.
    For a couple of laid back places try Boca Grande and Cayo Costa State Park. In Boca Grande you anchor with your stern tied to the shore mangroves. Easy walk to an upscale town. Cao Costa is undeveloped and feels remote, but it really isn't.
    I  can't help you in the keys other than the Key West observation. Once you get to Miami, No Name Harbor on the southern end of Key Biscanyne is a real delight. It is a bit of a hoot on weekends when the Cuban Navy takes over, but during the week it is very pleasant.
    And of course no cruiser should miss Vero Beach. Nice moorings and first class facilities.
    This past winter was unusually cold and you didn't see too many days wiith highs over 80 in Jan and Feb. Who knows what it will be like next year.

    A few "don't miss" places are:
    1.    Sarasota – the City Marina (Marina Jack's) is located on the downtown waterfront.  Shops and good restaurants abound.  The Ringling Museum is a short cab ride away, as is St. Armand's Circle.
    2.    Boca Grande – Take a slip in a marina or anchor in the basin, with your stern to the mangroves.  Great town for a stroll.  Good restaurants.  See how the rich folk live on their winter "break".  A friend of mine put it well when he said "All the damn rich people are running us millionaires out of town"! Pres Bush (Sr.) used to spend the week between Christmas and New Year at the old Gasparilla Inn.  Always a side-show when that circus comes to town.
    3.    Pelican Bay, at Cayo Costa.  Just south of Boca Grande Pass.  Beautiful anchorage, beautiful beach, short dinghy ride to Cabbage Key.
    4.    South Seas Plantation on Captiva Island.  With all the money you have saved by anchoring out you should be able to afford a night or two there. This is a world-class resort.  Don't even think about a holiday weekend – $5/ft-3 night minimum.  They closed for two years after hurricane Charlie and spent $140M renovating.
    5.    The Keys are full of places to anchor or you can join in with the crowd at Marathon and pick up a mooring in Boot Key Harbor.  There are slips to be had and last year the marinas were far from full because of the economy.  We spent about $900/month for our 36' boat.
    The left coast of Florida is a great cruising location.

    Don't miss the Dry Tortugas/Fort Jefferson. You'll need a good weather   window but it's well worth doing.
    If you are going to spend any time in Fort Lauderdale consider staying at  Marina Bay. The facilities are great and a good jumping off place for road  trips. You will have to rent a car or use taxi's but at that time of year  you  will save more than enough on dockage to make up for it.
    Right now we are at the Municipal Marina in St. Pete – great place to visit  and you can walk to everything. Farmers' Market on Saturdays.

    Coming down the coast, Everglades City is a nice stop, the historic  Rod and  Reel Club has cheap dockage.
    Anchoring off Cape Sable beach is nice too, in good weather.
    Key West is a tourist trap in my opinion…  you can anchor in New Found  harbor (good over night spot). there are also good spots north of Bahia  Honda, off little pine key.  Bahia honda (anchor bet. the bridges) is a good  stop for the day, i woudnt' spend the night there.
    Going up the coast, if you stay outside around islamorada, you can grab a mooring at Indian Key. After that, i like the inside route better. Plantation Yacht HArbor is one of the best marina in the mid/upper keys,  Have not been there in a couple of years but reasonable and very nice (Park, pool, etc…)
    I like anchoring north of Pigeon Key/ tavernier, very remote, makes you feel like you are miles away "from it all".  good water.
    After that, a stop at Eliott Key in Biscayne Bay is a must… nice clear water. Boca Chita is nice too, on week days, channel has a 6' MLW at the east end so you shuld be fine.
    No Name Harbor is good on a week days,  on week ends it's too crazy, we dont' go there anymore.  too many loud obnoxious idiots…   but you can land a dink and walk to the village (groceries, drug store, etc…)
    A  better anchorage is on the west side of KB, between the sandbar at the SW corner and KBYC.  good protection, calm.  you can land a dinghy just north of KBYC behind the presbypterian church/school and walk to stores.  I've done that a few times, nobody said anything
    Otherwise not a lot dinghy landing in Miami beside Dinner Key.  By october, the mooring field should be operating (yeah…right…) but it's up to 40' anyway.  smart,isnt' it?   you can land a dinghy there and walk to the grove.    good location for reprovision.. restaurants, etc…
    Further north, thru jupiter it's all $3 a ft marina… there is anchorage on the north side of Lake Worth.  In St Lucie, i like the anchorage in Hooker Cove, jsut off the ICW but the channel has shoaled up and I haven't tried it lately (the boat i captain draws 6+).   5' should be fine.
    I like stopping at Cocoa Beach, tehre is a marina just north of the bridge which is reasonable and near the town, with some nice restaurants and shops.
    Further north, anchoring near New SMyrna is limited with larger boats…. Daytona Beach doens't appeal to me much…   St Augustine Municipal is in a great spot, near the old town, but $3 a ft.  there is room to anchor.
    Not much north of St Aug until Fernandina Beach, a very nice little town.
    Hope this helps…  obviously and will be your most visited sites for the next few months… as well as which i like when looking for marinas.

    Just a couple more thoughts.
    1.    Sarasota is installing a mooring field so the anchorage that David mentioned will likely be gone by the time you get there.  I was in the dockmaster's office last month and they had notices posted warning the anchored boats there when and where the mooring field construction would begin.
    2.    Key West has another marina at Garrison Bight.  Since it is not anywhere near the hullabaloo of Duval Street, it is preferable to many folks.  You do have to be sure that you can clear the power cable at the entrance. It is charted at 50' but I'd sure call and have a conversation with them about that!
    Also, there is a mooring field on the E side of Fleming Key, near Garrison Channel.  Not ideal in northerly winds but OK for the prevailing SE.
    3.    What lots of folks do when they want to see Key West is take the shuttle bus from Marathon.  It costs just a couple of bucks and you don't need to worry about parking, DUI's , etc.  Way cheaper than renting a car.

  • Cooleys Landing Marina (Fort Lauderdale, New River)

    Cooleys Landing is one of the city of Fort Laudedale’s fine marina. It is the most upstream of the municipal marinas on New River. As Captain Ellis notes below, there is tons of good dining and shopping within easy walking distance. In short, this is a superior city marina in every way!

    Cooley’s Landing Marina on the New River in Ft. Lauderdale rates a ten as a place to stop.  Megayachts with a tug at the bow and another at the stern pass by regularly.  The downtown and the riverwalk area are all within walking distance.  There is a multiplex theater nearby, and there is an Imax theater even closer.  Further, the Imax shows first run pictures.  There is no better way to see a movie.  There is a Publix nearby, as well as drug store, etc.
    Ellis Simon

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Cooleys Landing Marina

  • Palm Coast Marina (St. M. 802) and Vero Beach Municipal Marina (St. M. 952)

    Vero Beach MarinaThe string below is copied from the Net’s “Ask Your Neighbor” page, and, in turn, from the AGLCA mailing list.
    There’s some good info in Captain Larry’s message, partciularly about the Vero Beach Municipal facility, And, these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Mas Bueno has made the last crossing of Lake Okeechobee until Sept when the Moore Haven Lock reopens.  It turned into a bit of a rush.
    We are now at Indiantown getting ready to head north up the Fl East coast from Stuart and would like to stop at a marina along the way for a few days to a week that is close to the Beach for some slower time.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Hal and Cheryl Baker

    You might try Palm Coast Marina at  M – 208.  You can walk or bicycle to the beach from their facility.  Can bike or walk to stores, banks etc.  The staff  welcomes cruisers and they are super nice folks.
    We also stayed in the mooring field at Vero Beach.  They also have slips but I think you need to call ahead.  Again you can walk or bike to the beaches or all over the town.  They have plenty of dingy docks. Buss service is free and you can get to all major stores by buss.  The drivers were very helpful and again very welcoming to cruisers.
    Larry V
    M/V Lauren Grace

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Vero Beach Municipal Marina

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Palm Coast Marina

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