A Visit to New Bern and New Bern Grand Marina, Neuse River, NC
Our thanks to experienced cruiser Ben Matthews for this review of the marina and the town. The New Bern Grand Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between Trent River highway and railroad bridges.
Hi All –
I stayed there in May 2019. Real quick:
1. Docks/electric/water were in great shape for me. Many boaters there and some live-aboards.
2. Amenities – Shower/bath/laundry has to be offsite with an agreement with the local YMCA.
The hotel is still closed from Hurricane Florence. This was a surprise.
I was told by a Lyft driver that the convention center was closed and planning to reopen in September. This makes sense as the MS-150 bike ride ( a big New Bern event) occurs then.
I understood also from local information there were disputes about the hotel with insurance and sale options were being pursued. New Bern the town appeared to be in great shape in the tourist/downtown area. Many restaurants full inside and on street tables.
New Bern Grande has many friendly and helpful boaters there. I really like the vibe and the folks. Be aware the staff do close up and leave promptly at 5pm most days. I was helped into my slip by kindness of other boaters.