If the Oriental Marina & Inn 9 docks are full, this is where you'll be staying and it can be very rough when winds are high... and it's my understanding that the winds are always blowing hard here! The harbor bathrooms are old & tired, but clean, and it's a fairly long walk to the Tiki Bar & restaurant at the Marina & Inn. So - CALL AHEAD to get reservations at one of the 9 docks at the Marina & Inn!
Great location - steps to historic downtown Morehead City with plenty of fine restaurants & bars, and Lee, the dockmaster, is fantastic. He answered all our calls immediately, even during off hours, met us at the dock and handled our lines like a pro. The current can be strong so call Lee ahead of time to find out the best time to arrive.
Great people; great location - 4 blocks to downtown, 2 courtesy cars; FREE pumpout, ice, & laundry; lots of helpful liveaboards; Dan, dockmaster, is great and does canvas work & repairs; Barbour's Marine Supply has a large inventory with great prices & is about a mile away; Eastard Marine Supply has great prices on just about every SS screw, bolt, & nut possible and is a short drive away; and Beaufort is a great town with many good restaurants, bars, and shops. We loved our stay at Homer Smith's!
Great location - right off the ICW, excellent onsite restaurant, and walking distance to historic downtown Venice. Also short bike ride to beaches and beachfront restaurants. The staff is friendly and helpful, as are the local boaters. As noted by others, I'd probably give this 5 stars if we had stayed after construction of the new dockhouse and facilities are completed. Until then, it's a gem that in the process of getting a major polish upgrade.
I probably would give the marina 5 stars if we had stayed after the new St. Petersburg pier was open. Frank was very helpful in confirming then changing our reservation at our request; he even gave us his mobile # so we could contact him directly. The marina location is perfect - just off the main St. Petersburg waterfront. There are many bike paths and walking trails just off the marina. But the street just off the docks was closed off because of construction on the pier and, as noted, there were no dumpsters on the site because of the construction. Thus, it was a long walk to throw away trash and to get to a space for my dog to relieve himself. In addition, as also noted, the fixed long transient dock coupled with the tide swings can make getting on/off the boat pretty difficult at times. We would love to come visit again after the pier is open and, hopefully, the walk to discard garbage and take pets to grass will be much shorter.