Oak Bluffs Marina, the largest marina on Martha's Vineyard, is a long-time favorite of many boaters, and offers unrivaled access to the rest of the Island. From our docks you are a stone's throw away from the beautiful town center with all of the shops, restaurants and attractions that have made it a famous and culturally rich destination.
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Great location marina bathhouse facilities could use an upgrade
This is one of my favorite harbors, and is a great destination. I have been coming here for years, But this marina really needs to start tightening things up. The Marina is run mainly by kids, with no semblance of rules or enforcement. And if left to their own, the boaters who frequent this marina don't typically display any ettiquette at all. You don't play music so it can be heard 100ft away, and nobody wants to hear you and your spouse singing springsteen( I mean honestly, this couple is just belting it out!). You and your crew shouldn't get so sh*tfaced that your neighbors have to keep an eye on you to make sure you don't fall overboard. Don't smoke 4' from your neighbor(this marina attracts smokers for some reason?). Don't take your frat party to the bulkhead, there are 30 bars within a quarter mile, go act like a meathead there. shut the f*ck up after 11. You carry your home ports name on your transom, and you make your home port look like trash when you act like trash. The facility itself is ok, it's pilings and a bulkhead. The power and water work with good reliability. Staff responds on the radio and is always there to help you tie up. The gas dock is always crowded on sunday, so fill up prior to tieing up, or make the run to Falmouth harbor on the way in/out. ok, I've read this in other reviews and it bears repeating until something is done: The bathhouse is a nightmare. It is in poor repair and usually less than tidy, it needs rehabbing but until then, regular attention. Worse than the bathhouse are the drug addicts, homeless and downright insane people who occupy the area right outside. These people require toilets and running water and this seems to be their location of choice. They meet there and have animated conversations about all the other island lunatics. Anyone staying at that end of the harbor is familiar with grey-haired-ponytail/topknot-eccentric-millionaire-guy. He is a self appointed island celebrity, self-proclaimed son of wealth in some island royal family...he patrols the back corner of the harbor sometimes tweaking on heroin, ranting while he bathes in the bathhouse sinks, taunting other meth-heads on bench #2 or just walking up and down the bulkhead swearing. I will not stay within 15 slips of the bathhouse, I will never shower in there until they improve that area. The solution to this problem seems to be locking the bathhouse at dusk instead of increasing police/security in the area. If I travelled with kids I wouldn't let them near this bathhouse un-escorted. The mooring field has a real "lake havasu" vibe, with 4-5 boat raft-ups. edgartown solved this problem and it's time for OB to do the same. Many of the issues at this marina could be solved with posting signs at every slip reminding boaters of basic ettiquette. Hiring a security guard or police detail to patrol the bulkhead and the bathhouse would make this a great marina in a great location.
dock hand excellent, slip wonderful and weather perfect. Loved the stay....
Great setting, a fun place to be. Close to restaurants, beaches, ground transportation. Slips are a little noisy due to close proximity to each other and to the street. Protected harbor. Great dock staff to support boaters.
Great. Wonderful. Had a marvelous time.
Nice protected harbor. Excellent location with lots to do right off the boat, and only a short walk to bus stops that can take you anywhere on the island. Night life near the marina is excellent. The marina and harbor Master was accommodating when we wanted to put in our boat on a mooring for a storm. Taking stars off though, for lack of a true dock system (Pilings and a rusty wall don't make the best home for a boat) and sub-par help when we first arrived.
This was our second visit to Oak Bluffs- The town is beautiful with great restaurants and shopping- a great town to walk. We reserved our Seawell slip thru Dockwa, incredibly easy! 5 stars for Dockwa! Couple of things to be aware of, the Seawell can be a very busy place- loud and not a lot of privacy. However, restaurants and bars only steps away. The (public) restrooms and showers were dirty- no hot water and shower stalls in terrible shape- Andy only open from 8 am to 6 pm. We stayed on slips because we have a dog- and being able to walk him anytime was a real plus. If you're of the party set- this is a great place- and I guess a lukewarm shower will wake you up after a rough night.
Had a great time in OB, slip was ready when we arrived and easy to access. Staff was friendly and helpful!
The dock hands were right there to help us in and connect up our power . It's a tight fit between the pilings at OB. Good kids. The fuel dock is small allowing only one , maybe 2 boats. This lengthens the fueling process. Staying in line is a problem and further complicated by ferry traffic in and out of the harbor. It can get scary , especially when you're waiting in line right where the ferry docks. The boaters showers , in a word ... disgusting. Overall , the experience of OB outweighs the shortfalls. Nothing like being "On the Wall " at OB.
Fun marina right in the middle of the action! Party central- we always have a great time here.
No WiFI. Say they have public wifi but you cannot connect to it at all. Noisy but good people watching.
Easy in and out. Deck hand greeted us and assisted us tying up to bulkhead, and provided a loaner 50 amp extension cable to ensure we had power. Relatively quiet and other boaters were friendly and helpful. Overall great experience.
The maina is centrally located in Oak Bluffs. A short walk will get you to the bus stop where you can take the bus to Vinyard Haven, Edgartown, or any place else on the island. If coming with dogs have good means by which to get them off the boat as you are stern into a fixed dock with about a 3' tide. We needed a 6' ramp. The bathrooms looked okayish but we hardly used them. Once off the boat Martha's Vineyard is a very nice eclectic place and will please most people in one way or another.
The public shower and bathroom facilities leave much to be desired. One of the two toilets in stalls was clogged for over two days before being fixed. The men's room urinal is in plain sight of anyone walking by the door. One of the four showers was not working. Shower stall doors are rusted. Have been to marinas with much nicer facilities for comparable rates.
Oak Bluffs Marina ... hand down #1 Great boat friendly marina, great people ! Can't wait to come back. Thank you
Great location. Good showering facilities with additional showering options at the inn across the street. Good dining at marina restaurant with many fun dining, shopping and music venue in the immediate walking area. Slips are back or front-in and you tie up at the wall placing you one step from the sidewalk prominade bustling with passers by. Water and electric provided in each slip. Best place to stay when visiting by boat on Martha's Vineyard.
Good spot but docking on pile-ons was tricky. Staff was not as weather/sea knowledgeable as one might think.
Staff was nice. Town run bathrooms/showers dirty and only cleaned once a day.
Staying at Oak Bluffs is always a pleasure... only reommendation would be better availability of WiFi
Always a great time in Oak Bluffs Marina! Very polite and easy to work with staff who go out of there way to make life in there marina a great time for there boaters. Thank you!
Great venue with slips that provide access to a ladder and Oak Bluffs. Shore power available and advance reservations through Dockwa makes it all enjoyable and easy!
stay was terrific. The staff at the marina are professional and very helpful. assistance when docking is spot on. Oak Bluffs Harbor is a fun place to stay
Slips are narrow, boats do get wedged in pretty tight. However, great location in the center of town.
Horrible experience. The rift raft walking back and fourth and the drunks hanging out on the benches was disruptive to our vacation.
We specifically requested months ago to be put next to our friends because we all have little kids we need to watch. When we pulled in there was multiple open slips around us so I asked the dock attendant if our friend boats would be next to us , he said "yes" then they docked our friends boats on the other side, I raised the issue with the dock representive but he could care less. Very poorly organized and terrible customer service, you get better service at McDonalds!
My first stay at a marina so I have no benchmark but for a family of six, the Oak Bluff's marina seemed very friendly and accommodating. An employee was waiting for us at our slip and helped with check-in and power. Showers, bathroom and trash was conveniently located. We had to call theee times for a pump-out, which was frustrating, but they were busy so it's understandable. Check-out was quick and easy.
Many stays at the bluff!! All great!! Great spot Nice staff
No wifi been a prob last few years here . Would give a 5 star if wifi worked
The bathrooms were very bad. This is the first marina that had poor bathrooms. 3 dollar tokens, no hot water, doors didn't stay closed. You could see the urinal from outside. Also there Wi-Fi doesn't work. You can't log on.
Marina itself is not bad but you are at a public bulkhead. If you don't have privacy issues you'll be fine but be prepared for lots of awkward stares. The flip side of this is that you are a stones throw from everything here. You don't see many staff but they are responsive when called on.
Its the Vineyard.. Marina was right in town and was a pleasant area to be in. Lots to do steps from the boat.
Great as always - and new addition of fuel dock is wonderful - but I fueled in Vineyard Haven because I didn't read your updated website - my bad!
Horrid experience w the boat next to us blasting radio at 2 and 3 in the morning--all drunk men--we had 4 kids on board -- nobody to call to do anything about it
Fun environment with many bars/ restaurants on the waterfront. Reminiscent of Red Hook in the USVI. Dock staff lacking in any interest in helping clients in an unusual docking situation. Also bathroom/ shower access neeeds to improve.
The slip I was assigned was too narrow for my boat. The rub rails on both sides actually pried the pilings apart to get in. The public bathrooms were we were told to use were dirty and locked at 9:30 PM ! The town of Oak Bluffs is beautiful, lots off nice restaurants & shopping, unfortunately I will never stay there again because of the poor facilities.
As usual the location is amazing, but the WiFi never worked on multiple devices, the ladders used when coming off the boats are loose and broken and the bathrooms are just dirty public bathrooms. Also being woken up one night to kids on the back of my boat looking in my cooler for beer makes me wonder why there is no security....a basic business where there is no money being put back in to improve anything.
Marina was excellent, service great especially slip pump-out service! Food, shops, and transportion excellant! LOVED the whole experience. Even had great church service on Sunday!!!
We love Oak Bluffs & everything was great EXCEPT the internet was terrible & was not fixed in the5 nites we were there.
Nice harbor with friendly staff. Very convenient to Oak Bluff restaurants. Will come again.
We have been coming to Oaks Bluff for 30+ years. Always a great time
Booked many weeks in advance and requested to be next to a friend only to be denied multiple times, as they were sold out. There were many open slips over three days next to me. Found a local climbing down from above ladies room in the public marina bathroom, reported that to police!. Had my tender borrowed/stolen two years ago and got it back two weeks later. Beginning to wonder if this is a place I want to re-visit. Still managed to have a good time.
The Stay was great until my Yeti cooler was stolen. to much road noise at night will stay on moring next time.
Stayed Thursday and Friday nights along the wall. Very noisy and the late night (bar crowd) is disrespectful to boat owners property. Bathroom facilities are town run and not kept up. Town facility shower $3 for 7 minutes and you might have hot water, Summercamp Hotel has showers available but $10 for 10 minutes...even though the town was nice, it wasn't my favorite place to visit.
Arrived on a very busy, crowded Sunday. Boats were rafted 4 deep in the mooring field. We took slip number 17 which is all the way around the cement bulkhead and wlakway from the ferry docks and waterfront bars/restaurants. Slip numbers 55-70 are closer to the busy waterfront. 1-25 are away from that and close to restrooms and a small market with the largest collection of wine that I have ever seen in a while. Very nice in a SW wind but close to foot and car traffic. Moorings are available (both day and overnight) in the middle of the very protected basin and their is a launch service on Ch. 77. The whole basin quieted down when all the Sunday day trippers left their moorings. Lots of restaurants, bars, kiddie activities, and people in the summer. A nice stop. One highight was watching the night time paddleboard lesson in the basin with underwater-lighted paddle boards that came out once the Pirate Ship tour quit for the day!
We were traveling with 2 other parties and they did not even try to accommodate getting us side by side, though there many open slips. The dockhand was useless and the gas dockhand was even worse. It's a great location but just don't expect any assistance.
The marina staff was very attentive, showers and restrooms clean and night life was great! Highly recommend tnis!
I love Oak Bluffs and the marina, support is 5. The boaters restrooms are terrible. Shower temperature totally not acceptable, from Luke warm to freezing. Water from all shower stalls drain into one central drain. This is disgusting! My wife went into the ladies area yesterday. Conditions were sickly, excrement from one toilet running all over the floor, She had to leave immediately before she threw up! This has been going on for years! I will try this marina one more time. If conditions are not corrected My boat and all my friends with boats will give It up and go elsewhere.
Really need to get WiFi fixed, it hasn't worked for years other than that it's grest
Great place for boating, and lots to do while docked. High energy atmosphere, and marina has easy access in and out of harbor making day trips easy. The bathrooms could use some work, but over all great place!
We always enjoy staying in Oak Bluffs Todd the harbor master is always there for anything, the entire staff are freindly and a joy to see. In the future we would like to see less of the rift raft that hang out by the showers at night and most days they leave there trash ,they are loud and somtimes scary they harrass people all the time and board people's boats when no one is there, it seems that each year they are getting bolder, we have had many run in with them and we have called the police they should not be allowed to do this. We know that Todd is doing what he can but I think this needs to be addressed by the town.
Government run marina. We have been using this marina over 40 years and not much has changed. The Town of Oak Bluffs is only interested in the revenue from the marina. The town closes the shower/head facilities after hours. Clean harbor? We did enjoy Oak Bluffs in spite of the marina facilities. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Wake up Oak Bluffs.