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St. Petersburg Municipal Marina

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Basic Marina Information:

Phone: (800) 782-8350
Lat/Lon: Near 27 46.286 North / 82 37.713 West
Location: lies west, northwest of Tampa Bay’s flashing buoy #3
Depths: 7 ft.
Address: 500 1st Ave SE
St. Petersburg FL  33701

Service Details:

Transient dockage: Available, All reservations (none by phone) and registration done through Dockwa. If you arrive and contact the office via VHF, they will put you in an available space, then process your registration through Dockwa.
Transient dockage rate: $1.85 per foot per night
Type of dockage: fixed concrete decked slips and face docks
Live Aboards Allowed: yes
Total number of slips/berths: 652
Dockside Power Connections: 30/50/100 amp power hookups available

Included with Transient Dockage Fee - 30-50 hookup, $20.00/per night - 100-amp hookup
Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
Laundromat: Available
Restaurant: one on-site and MANY others within walking distance
Restaurant Recommendations:

Fresco (on-site), Moon Under Water, Mid-Town Sundries, Birchwood, Parkshore Grill (727-896-3463)

Provisioning Possibilities: Publix suparmarket within walking distance
LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

Take taxi to Ace Hardware or Home Depot for LPG tank refill about 1 1/2 miles away
Waste pump-out: Available
Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas & Diesel Available

Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

Reporting Date: May 22, 2018
Notes: ethanol free/ 90 octane/3% off for Military
Gasoline Price: $4.20
Diesel Fuel Price: $3.69
Any Boat/US Discount: 3% off per gallon
Any SeaTow Discount: 3% off per gallon
ValvTect Dealer: Yes


Reviews from the Cruisers' Net Community (15)

  1. Bob McKane -  July 16, 2017 - 8:41 pm

    Overall a nice place to stay. Doug the master is enthusiastic and helpful. Tied up along a T/A Pier. A couple of places are roped off.
    Marina only accepts reservations via Dockwa. No phone reservations accepted.

    [Editor’s note: Confirmed: reservations and registrations through Dockwa]

  2. Marc Holtzberg -  September 8, 2015 - 10:53 am

    Refilled my charter boat on Labor Day after a weekend of sailing/motoring. Very nice chap met us at the docks and helped us tie up and pump the diesel that we needed. They have remodeled their marina supply store and it is very nice.

  3. Tom -  May 12, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    For leaving your boat for a time, I would recommend the St Pete Municipal Marina. They have good security, are in calmer waters, and have lots of folks looking after boats with absentee owners.
    Stay safe,

  4. John Walsh -  March 19, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    We are currently enjoying a weekend at St Pete Municipal with the Tampa Bay MTOA. 2 years ago we visited most of the local marinas looking for a place to spend the summer. There are a number of options but no other marina has the walk – to attractions as does St Pete.
    John Walsh

  5. Steve Willett -  March 19, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    We enjoyed St Pete municipal a few years ago. Lots of walkable places of interest to visit .
    Steve Willett
    Monk 36, Gumbo

  6. David -  March 10, 2014 - 11:07 am

    St. Petersburg Municipal Marina is great for liveaboards. It would be a 30-45 minute drive to downtown Tampa, depending on the time of day. The facilities are very good including laundry, showers, and a captains lounge. Vinoy Park and the Pier are on the same property. Downtown St. Pete is just across the street. There are resturants, clubs, gyms, banking, groceries, and parks within walking distance.
    I pay $505 for a liveaboard slip for boats under 34′. Larger slips are about $100 more up to 45 feet, I believe.
    Good Luck,

  7. Jody Argo and Rick Schroath -  December 30, 2013 - 5:31 pm

    We couldn’t agree more! Downtown St. Petersburg, with its dozens of sidewalk cafés and its easy-going style, is the closest thing to a European city a cruiser will find on this side of the pond. And St. Pete Municipal Marina is right in the middle of it all! We’re as happy as clams to be here for the winter.
    Jody Argo and Rick Schroath
    and Skipper
    SV Moment of Zen

  8. Joe Pica -  December 23, 2013 - 11:54 am

    I am amazed by the number of cruiser “snow birds” that skip St. Petersburg Municipal Harbor (an approved live aboard marina) as a
    “wintering over” port. I guess 5 miles up Tampa Bay is too far off the GICW for many. We and several of our fellow cruisers have found it to be a real nugget of a spot to winter over. If you like beautiful waterfront parks with walking and bike paths and all the conveniences of City amenities you would like St Pete. You are in the easy walking middle of a vibrant big little City surrounded by an urban waterfront
    park hosting numerous activities all winter long. Easy walking to a major college, Nice Publix 3 blocks from marina, nice air park, the largest farmers market on the Gulf, Salvador Dali Museum, Chahuly Collection, glass hot shop, art classes, Mahaffey Center for the performing Arts, other museums, Vinoy Hotel, a large shopping Cinema Complex, many, many shops, quality restaurants, Sports arenas e.g. Tropicana field, 6 blocks from a major medical complex. etc., etc.etc. Permitted parking is available for marina residents convenient to the docks which are secured and have camera surveillance. Pump out boat service included in dock fee. 50 cent trolley ride to beaches. 20 car mins from Tampa International Airport.
    The only draw back is that it can fill so requires some planning.ahead although the Harborage is another option only 6 blocks away. St Pete also has many highly skilled boat repair technicians because of it’s history as a boat building venue. A Yard is available in Salt creek where major restorations can be done.
    The winters are very mild but water too cold for me to swim in but hardier souls do swim. Temperatures are very pleasant and cold snaps
    unusual. Oddly we puzzle over the lack of bugs that had us leaving the boat open many times? Not a complaint for sure
    Joe Pica
    Carolyn Ann GH N-37

  9. Bob Dersham -  October 2, 2013 - 11:18 am

    Suggest . . . the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina. I have my boat there; they are great people and you are close to downtown and very easy to get to the Tampa Airport.
    Thank you,
    Bob Dersham

  10. Joe Pica -  June 13, 2013 - 9:42 am

    St Petersburg Municipal Marina is one of the largest liveaboard “approved” marina and offers the benefits of being downtown and within walking distance of all needs and attractions. Keyed gates secured with 24X seven security and cameras. dedicated parking,keyed mail box, etc, etc, etc,.. Plus the St Pete area is a wealth of boat technicians from it’s boat building eras.
    What is amazing about St Pete is it’s vibrancy of venues, events, shops, restaurants, museums, performing arts, sports venues, large
    hospitals college, etc., etc. etc. I all our cruising we find it to offer the most at a great price point.
    Joe Pica
    Carolyn Ann

  11. Rich Gano -  April 30, 2013 - 9:14 am

    Claiborne, as you asked a couple of weeks back as we left the Keys, here is a report on St Petersburg Municipal Marina. I will not recap the many published statistics on depths, etc, etc.
    For the newbie to this area (us), it is important to understand that the entrance is just a bit tricky because this marina is located in the Central Yacht Basin between North Yacht Basin (known locally as Vanoy Basin) and
    South Yacht Basin, where the St Petersburg Sailing Center is located. The St Petersburg Municipal Pier sticks a goodly distance into the bay between North (Vanoy) Basin and Central Basin; so there is little confusion about
    the difference in those two basins. However, there is a “Y” in the channel as you enter the breakwater to the Municipal Marina which allows a right turn into the Central Basin or a left turn into the South Basin . The
    sometimes noisy local small aircraft airport is located immediately to the south of South Basin but was not a nuisance at the transient pier.
    By the way, the “upside down pyramid” which has long marked the end of The Pier is scheduled to close very soon and be demolished. A grandiose design has been offered up, but there is local dissention about what will ultimately grace this area.
    Further confusing to the newbie is the fact that there are three separate landside marina entrances to their three separate piers (each with an office at the locked entrance), and the St Petersburg Yacht Club also resides in
    Central Basin. The long transient alongside-tie pier is part of the North Entrance pier structure and is quite easily seen once you enter central basin. You just angle right about 30 degrees to enter the basin from the
    breakwater entrance and then dogleg left about the same and look for the long pier.
    Piers are fixed, and tide is a couple of feet. We had to step on the handrails of our GB-42 at low tide in order to get aboard. Power was adequate with 30- and 50-Amp plugs at each pedestal. A limited cable TV service was provided, but was essentially worthless due to the poor channel selection.
    Potable water tasted good with no hint of sulfury “beach water” we encountered in marina near the coast.
    The northern portion of the basin is subject to the effects of easterly wind. We had some light winds from that direction during a part of our stay and rocked gently. Strong easterly winds might make it uncomfortable.
    We were not certain how long we intended to stay while awaiting a Gulf-crossing weather window to get home to the panhandle so we decided to sign up for a week, which the staff said they would rebate if we left early.
    The weekly “slip rate” before taxes for our Grand Banks 42 was $283.08 or a bit less than a dollar a foot per day while the daily rate was about 2 bucks a foot. Since my wife fell ill with a stomach virus and was out of commission for several days, we ended up needing at least four days, and by the fourth night, we were ahead of the game had we been paying a daily rate.
    The facilities are very clean and well kept without any of the usual rust and grime one so often sees in marina bathrooms and showers. The staff is friendly and helpful – ignore the one negative comment on Active Captain,
    except for the warning about strong easterly winds the guy must have encountered.
    We find the downtown area of this small city to be almost European in atmosphere with cultural, dining, and shopping clustered close to the marina amongst buildings in which people also live. The nearby college probably has something to do with this. In previous trips up and down the west coast of Florida, we were busy getting to some place else and ignored this place, but it really should be a destination in any trip by here. It is easily accessible from the ICW by simply running under the causeway of the Sunshine Skyway bridge to Bradenton and following the well-marked channel a few miles up the bay.
    There is a trolley stop outside the entrance to the north piers of the marina and 50 cents (25 for folks over 55) gets you aboard. It connects with buses which will run you all the way to the beaches and even Tarpon Springs.
    Rich Gano
    Calypso (GB42 Hull # 295)
    Panama City area, FL

  12. Steve Willett -  April 15, 2013 - 9:21 am

    We have stopped at St. Petersburg marina a couple of time and enjoyed it.
    Steve Willett
    Monk 36, Gumbo

  13. Paul Schlechter -  February 22, 2011 - 10:32 am

    Downtown St. Petersburg also has excellent dining along Central Avenue. Also to be seen is the new Dali Museum and if you like art glass the Chihuly museum. Many folks take the trolley around the downtown area to sightsee and it passes the Pier which has shops, an aquarium and a restaurant on the roof overlooking Tampa Bay.
    Paul Schlechter

  14. Nick -  August 31, 2010 - 2:08 pm

    In St. Petersburg proper I would recommend the St. Pete City Marina it is well secured and in the heart of down towns restaurants, bars, grocery, shops and museums. The St. Petersburg Yacht Club is in the same basin so if you have reciprocity that is a great option.

  15. Gene and Sue Fuller -  August 27, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    We just spent three days at St. Pete. It was our first time there, so I cannot make any comparisons to previous facilities. The quality of the docks and services was fine. The restrooms and showers were in good condition. Friendly staff and easy access. Highly recommended.
    Best regards,
    Gene and Sue Fuller
    Punta Gorda, Florida


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