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A true boating retreat for rendezvous gatherings, yacht club festivities, waterfront weddings, and more. Quietly placed on its own 13-acre island, Safe Harbor Essex Island is a waterfront destination for locals and cruisers alike. Unwind by the oversized pool, enjoy a game of volleyball with family, or explore the vibrant village atmosphere in nearby Essex.
ALL special requests (slip preference, boats you are traveling with, special electric needs, handicap needs, boat accessibility, etc.) NEED to be told to marina staff BEFORE your arrival. Day of arrival changes/add-ons may not be able to be accommodated. Thank you!
Please Note: We do not have moorings at Safe Harbor Essex Island. If you would like to request a mooring, please do so at our sister marina, Safe Harbor Dauntless Marina.
It is like being on vacation at a resort …because that is what it is….staff most helpful. One of the staff Mike ,is always there to say hello and help. Long or short stay you can’t go wrong here. Still needs work but suck a large and complicated yard (since it is an island) it will take time.
Always a great spot to stay!
We had a great time, the staff was great and the marina was beautiful. We'll definitely return
Talking with Adam the dock master was reassuring that arriving at the marina would be a smooth dock, he was extremely accommodating. Mike in the office was also very knowledgeable and hands on. The restaurants were excellent in town and the shops were great. Definitely will be returning soon.
Very nice place to visit, clean and friendly property. Dock hands were great getting on and off the dock. Will definitely return.
Very enjoyable time
Nice marina with great manager and dock hands, but the price is too high for after Labor Day.
one of the best places to stay
Great location, a real "resort" feel! Adam and staff are always very helpful - the restaurant on the island is terrific, the town is always fun with more great choices. We come back every year!
Friendly and helpful staff!
I spent the majority of last week at Essex Island Marina. This is a great place. The staff were very polite and knowledgeable and paid attention to details. They were eager to help with special requests. The facility is top notch. If your in the area you should go there.
Always a great time at Exxex Island. The staff is fabulous ! We all had a fabulous time at EI , the staff went above & beyond to make it a memorable weekend !! Thanks
Wonderful Marina! First class service. Excellent slips and finger docks. Everyone that works there is very friendly and extremely helpful. Beautiful pool, property and facilities. We look forward to coming back again!
Simply a great destination. Adam and his Staff are very friendly and accommodating. Marina gets better every year!!
Staff was wonderful and marina has many new improvements.
Great help to staff top draw
The property is comfortable. It is well maintained and managed. The staff is top notch. Adam and Lexi were very helpful and welcoming.
Excellent stay. Travelled with dock mates from Branford Safe Harbor for the night. Wonderful dock crew to greet us upon arrival, and a perfect slip. Visited the Griswold Inn Wine Room for a flight at its post Covid reopening night, followed by dinner at the Gris, and some ice cream at Sweet P’s to close out the day. Always a great experience with much to do at Essex. Put it on your list.
Everything was great
Had a wonderful 3 night stay on Essex Island. The staff , as always, was very helpful. Rest rooms and showers were clean. The alley/ hall way by the office restrooms and showers could use a little upper wall and ceiling cleaning. Lots of spider nests and in the evening lots of spiders hanging down in your face and webs getting on you.
We had a fantastic stay! Our slip was easy in and out, the dock hands were more than helpful, and we had a fantastic dinner at the restaurant. Oh...our dogs loved it, too!
We love Essex island and staff are so friendly. However the boat next to us was partying till 1+ am and created a huge wake in the middle of the night. People several docks over came over to complain and there was almost a fight. Not to mention they were smoking off the swim platform and was blowing into my cabin. My kids loved the playground and pool
A fun welcoming marina. The showers Could use a bit of an upgrade but an overall solid experience.
Another great stay ! Dock hands were excellent , clean grounds and fantastic location.
Traveled here in August. The staff was great! Very responsive to any of our needs. The Island has a nice pool but it was chilly. Plenty of grills for cooking and Adirondack chairs for lounging. They even have gas fire pits for the evenings to gather around with friends and family. The town has nice restaurants and a few shops to stroll by. I will definitely come back! Just a great location!
well maintained & staffed...always a delight
Very professionally done . Great people to work with .
Great spot! Unique location. Pool, Restaurant, good laundry facility, nice restaurant onsite! We will return. Grand Day Out
We absolutely love Essex Island Marina. Friendly staff, accessible amenities, nice restaurant and beautiful pool made our stay very enjoyable. We’ll be back for a Foliage Cruise in the fall
This was our first stay at Safe Harbor Essex Island. It has been an amazing visit. Very relaxing and enjoyable. We will return .
Great service! Dockhands ready and willing to lend a hand. Lovely Place.
Easy to contact marina, quick and helpful staff, very enjoyable facilities. Unfortunately we did not have warm water in the showers.
Marina was very clean and pool area well maintained. Staff was flexible with slip assignment and we were happy with our stay.
I live locally, met some friends there for the weekend. Had a great visit. the restaurant was great. we may look to move our boat there. The staff had a slip and slide set up for the kids that was great. They also had a Tye-dye t-shirt stand that my kids absolutely loved. thanks for a great weekend.
Impeccable facilities with friendly and helpful staff. We had a wonderful visit.
Always a favorite destination. Well-kept facilities and a helpful staff. The island location adds a touch of seclusion even though it's only a 25-yard ferry ride to the mainland. The only reason I stop short of a 5-star rating is that for the past two seasons my polarity alarm is set off when I plug into shore power. It's the only place this happens. Not a big deal except for the constant beeping of my alarm. I'll continue to make this an annual stop and perhaps will arrive next time without the polarity issue.
Great location, staff friendly and helpful. Look forward to returning.
Our third visit to Safe Harbor Essex Island. Wonderful facility with experienced staff to assist with docking. Enjoyed our stay in a very comfortable marina. Location is quiet and has very easy access to a wonderful, walkable small town. We will certainly return in the future.
Excellent setting, easy access to town via short hop on the pontoon ferry. Excellent internet, showers and laundry.
Not so much a simple marina, more of a Resort with a dock for your boat. Beautiful spot along the CT River, with a pool, restaurant, lawns, firepits, grills, shaded areas, easy walking access to town via novel ferry. Surely a full service marina with high capacity travelers if the need arises.
What a great place! Fully up to date, well maintained, friendly, helpful staff and beautiful location! Truly has it all for the boating family looking for a great destination vacation.
The staff was wonderful and extremely helpful.
Beautiful harbor, great little town and awesome service. Had a great time!
Fabulous July 4th weekend. Staff is professional, and very accommodating. The complimentary picnic with burgers and hot dogs, with all the sides, cookies and ice cream too was a great addition to our stay. The corn hole competition and prizes were an added form of entertainment as well and a great time was had by all!
Always an A+!!! Thanks guys for a great weekend ⚓️
All staff attentive, place was clean...very pleased
The grounds were expansive and incredibly clean. Essex Island Marina had a pool and deck area that had tables, chairs and grills strategically placed for convenience. The staff was extremely helpful tying up the boats and following through with requests. There was a festive atmosphere with the beer tasting, pizza and live entertainment. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Great staff and very nice facilities Very attentive and friendly workers. Recommend visiting the Essex Island Marina.
Once again this was a great experience!! Thanks for having us!!
Wonderful staff… great spot!
Always a great visit, super friendly and competent staff. Great location, clean rest rooms and showers. I have been visiting Essex Island for over 40 years. Safe Harbor has made it even better. Can’t wait to come back! ❤️
We have stayed here before and have always enjoyed the staff, views of the Connecticut River and overall facility. Most impressive was the Very informative VHF communications when arriving. The staff who assisted in our docking were very competent and friendly. All in all a fine stay. The WIFI at Safe Harbor locations has always been a plus.
Great service and lovely spot.
We just love this marina, Essex Island has everything you need and its well kept and clean. The pool is great for the kids, plenty of grass areas to walk the dogs, grills, firepits, and tables...they have it all. And the restaurant on site Siren is wonderful. All of the staff and dock hands couldn't be friendlier. We make this an annual stop for a reason.
Great friendly staff with easy to access dockage. Excellent autumn color on the way there, and the Essex village was a fun afternoon activity.
The rest rooms were extremely clean but in some cases could use updating. There was a window that allowed view of the ladies walk-in and sink area. The rest room we used had private individual shower with a lockable door. The other rest room building had two showers together with a door. Unfortunately we were there late in the season and the restaurant was closed. Your staff was very helpful - Mike met us at the slip when we arrived and the ferry operators were very pleasant.
The stay was excellent as it was when "Wally" owned the marina. But...........It appears that the marina facilities are going down hill which is a shame. To wit: "The Deck" recreation hall was in deplorable condition. The pool tables were missing balls and in all it was dirty and unkempt. It is a shame, when at one time every thing was neat and orderly. We heard a lot of complaints regarding the recreational area's. I trust by next year, everything will be in order, painted and neat. Other than that the crew were very helpful, Adam was terrific.
Great place ...........
Very friendly staff, clean facilities, calm water, waking distance to downtown.
Overall pretty good, didn’t care for the Siren Restaurant much!
One of the best on the coast. Terrific facilities and just a beautiful place to stop over
Greast place , convenient and super friendly and accommodating staff !
Very nice marina. Have stayed a few times before and it doesn't disappoint.
Excellent Marina. We’ll maintainined. Good staff
Beautiful and well maintained facility. Dock personnel were responsive and knowledgeable. Will definitely visit Essex Island on our next voyage.
Come "down river" often and this is always the spot. Quaint island, lovely complex and of course...Essex. You just can't beat it. The staff is on point and do their dock and boat jobs very, very well. Extremely accommodating crew. And The Siren is the icing on the cake. Always tough to leave. Great marina! "Seasmoke"
Fantastic crew! A great place. Especially if hiding from adverse weather.
Very nice marina. Great staff. Essex is a relaxing town to visit via the CT River
Great place, great restaurant. It is better on the Island! Marina even gave us Battery pack when we needed a start...Thanks!
I've been stopping into Essex Island Marina for 35 years, and it's always been one of my favorite marinas. It's a bit of a long slog by sailboat up the CT river, especially if the Amtrak bridge is closed; but once there, it's an ideal spot. Service at the marina is great. I needed a mechanic for a small issue, and he was there promptly the next morning at 9:00 AM. Everything was great, and I'll be stopping in again next August!!
Always a good time at this marina. Professional and courteous staff. Had a good dinner at “Siren”, the on-premises restaurant. Also had a nice dinner at Dockside Restaurant at the nearby Safe Harbor Dauntless Marina. Breakfast at Olive Oyles, a short walk into town.
++++Good competent staff, nice clean environment, great pool, plenty of bathroom space, good showers. (-) Old fashion short and small toilet bowls, , in small stalls, needs upgrades in the heads.
The island is peaceful. The Marina employees are very professional and we were very charmed by the “presence of mind” in so many of the details! The pool and bathrooms were immaculate! We will choose Safe Harbor as much as possible for our marina stays! Thank you!
The crew was very helpful upon my arrival and my departure and they did a great job of managing the marina. They always make our stay very enjoyable!
They continue to make this a better destination. We were last here 2 years ago, and the improvements are obvious. New restaurant on premises, only wish they served breakfast. The dock staff were friendly, courteous and competent. This was our first time on A dock, it was a bit tight.
Wonderful location, great surroundings.
Great place. Great staff.
Very nice facility, good services, very helpful staff but too many boats crammed into A Dock. Blocking boats in, tight quarters not enjoyable. So ,great service but under par dock utilization standard
Staff was friendly, professional, and went out of their way to be sure we had a fun, safe experience.
Great marina and friendly staff! Very helpful will certainly return again!
Adam and his staff couldn’t be nicer and more helpful. The place was spotless! The only negative, if they say their going to put you on D dock, keep going. You get the chop from all the crazies heading up river. Aside from that, a Great stop!
Clean , friendly. Great staff. Thanks.
This is a first rate marina with a nice pool and restaurant on the island. Reliable ferry access to town.
Well managed and clean marina. Beautiful views. Will go back again. Extremely pleased with the resort atmosphere of the "Island". Dock hands very helpful.
Perfect! Great facility and very helpful dockhands. We were on the F dock that is protected from wakes from river traffic. And Essex is a gem too. Two gems!
True 5 star resort marina. From dock hands to office managers the place is run superbly. Facility has gone under some really nice improvements since Safe Harbor took over, the quality is coming through.
Clean, very attentive polite staff. Great service and a fun place to be. Thanks
Excellent place to visit. Staff was great and the environment is special. A must see
The dock hands were very good
The staff is great. Pool is very nice and docks are being updated each year. Would recommend for groups looking to be docked together. Definitely coming back.
Great marina with good staff
The dock staff especially dock master Kathryn was first rate. Can’t ask for better. Facilities are excellent including the mew restaurant Siren on the island
Marina is spotless and well maintained. Employees are friendly and customer service oriented. Love Essex Island Marina.
There are lovely facilities at this marina
Great Marina. I highly recommend it!
So friendly, facilities are excellent. Great for families and access to Essex. Loved it!
GREAT MARINA GREAT STAFF WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK
Very helpful and accommodating staff Great location easy walk to restaurants
Beautiful Marina. Always a wonderful time!
Nice marina and nice service.
Very nice marina! So glad they made room for us this weekend. Staff is super friendly and the little restaurant on the island, Sirene, has one of the best lobster rolls you find in New England. The town is very nice and we always make the walk up to Essex Pottery to see what Master Potter Einhorn is up to.
Did learn a very important fact..DO NOT LEAVE LIGHTS ON AFTER DARK!!! Came back to find 1000's and thousands of bugs loitering in our helm area!! besides that.. very friendly ,helpful staff
Great marina. Quiet, docks in great shape, great pool, very good restaurant, gas grills...and Essex is a nice town to visit
Great place for all. Great activities with pool, games, food. The care of this marina exceeds almost any marina we have visited.
Essex Island Marina is one of the nicest we’ve stayed at. Facilities are all very clean and the staff is extremely friendly! Thank you!
Everything was great but with wind gusts 15-20mph from the east it was difficult to get into the slip and we were rocked pretty good all evening. Not much protection on the River side. That said the staff was extremely helpful and the facilities were nice.
Awesome stay...very accommodating!!! Excellent Marina staff!!
Top notch marina! Great location, excellent docks, friendly/professional staff. Griswold Inn, Carlsons’s, Olive Oyls, CT River Museum. Must stop if going by the Connecticut River.
Great staff !!!!!!!!!’
Great location and the grounds are fantastic. The staff is excellent and knowledgeable about the area. Essex is a great town and there are lots of restaurants and shops within walking distance. The Connecticut River Museum is a five-minute walk. There you can learn how far we have come in cleaning up our environment since the 1972 Clean Water Act.
We love this marina, it is in a beautiful spot on the Connecticut River, very well maintained and most importantly has a terrific staff!!!!! Amy, the dockmaster and her crew, Elle, Bridget, Kayden and co could notHave been more accommodating! You can not go wrong with the stop. One of our facorion the entire Sound!!! Mark
Wonderful experience. Competent and friendly staff. Beautiful grounds. Classic and elegant town.
First time staying at SHEI and its hands-down the nicest marina within 25 miles. Dockage was easy, staff friendly and helpful. My only criticism is that there were some guests within earshot dropping f-bombs and yelling throughout the evening; which took my otherwise 5-star rating to 4-stars.
beautiful location, well kept grounds/installations, great service!
Always a good time in Essex! Adam the dock master is fantastic!
Impeccably maintained. New restaurant is excellent. Manager Adam is a pleasure.
We had a Great stay at Safe Harbor Essex Island. The facilities are great and the dock crew is awesome. The town of Essex is always fun. Try Olive Oils for breakfast it is delicious.
The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I was very disappointed in the dockage spot they placed us in. It was very difficult getting on and off the boat. The ladder that was attached to the dock was broken and the lighting was nonexistent very dangerous. When I made the reservation I did indicate that I did have some physical issues and would like a floating dock, unfortunately none were available but I was told that I would not have a problem because the stationary docks have very good ladders.
We had a great stay. Huge improvements but the docks in the back area are still in need of repair
Lovely, quaint, nice staff, it’s like turning the clock back in time in a true classic the way it used to be. Looking forward to returning particularly when restaurant is up and running. Been coming here for over 40 years on many different boats
Always an enjoyable stay, beautiful facilities, close to a quintessential quaint town. The friendliest dock staff.
Always loved this marina but last stay was concerning. Policy both posted and prior to arrival was “off the boat, masks are mandatory” as well as social distancing. This was not enforced at all. In fact, when my husband asked the pool monitor why he wasn’t wearing a mask, he admitted the rule isn’t enforced. It’s not a political issue but It is about caring for others. We pretty much stayed on our boat and never went to the pool.
We hadn't been back to Essex Island for a number of years and were pleased with our experience beginning with the dock staff, facilities and the new restaurant. The village has several new shops. A nice place to include on anyone's cruise list.
Always a great marina. Both facilities and even more so staff!!
Great facility with outstanding staff. Very friendly atmosphere, fun place to be
Nice quiet marina with friendly staff
Amy and her staff were great as usual. We've only been there once before (11 months ago) and Amy recognized me (even with my COVID mask on!) as soon as I walked into the Marina Office. Pool was open and clean one day after Tropical Storm Isais passed thru. Slider's Restaurant right on the island had great selection and very tasty food. Numerous gas grills available for the boaters and you couldn't walk 100 yards without passing by a set of two trash barrels (1 trash, 1 recyclable). Well laid out facility.
Great staff, nice pool.
Essex Island is a nice place to stop, It was our 4th time in a dozen years. Normally I give it a higher review but we, along with a few other guests were not thrilled to be kicked out of the pool at 6PM on a sweltering day when we were told 7PM is the time it closes. There is no life guard anyway with a big sign stating that. The claim was that no staff member was on the island in case of a problem which I was surprised about. In my younger days I would have just jumped the fence when they left the island and went back in.
Safe Harbor Essex Island is one of our favorite stops. Immaculate- beautiful pool and the little water shuttle to town is a plus! The town has so much New England character- thanks for another lovely stay
It's a great facility the dock we were put in was a little difficult in that it was parallel to the river which unknowingly resulted in a lot of rocking. But that in a long line was not any kind of major issue the new parts of the facility are great they still have a lot of work to do on some of the docks everything was clean the staff was exceptionally courteous and we will definitely go back again
Best Marina we love Essex Island and have been enjoying his destination with our family and friends for years - staff is courteous and professional. Always an enjoyable visit.
Excellent transient facilities.
Staff very helpful and knowledgeable.... Always a pleasure to stay at Essex Island Marina.... Many improvements recently.... Bathrooms/Showers excellent
Beautiful marina with awesome staff. Everyone was professional, friendly and very helpful. Thank you Tom
We stayed for five nights and enjoyed the property, pool and lawn games. The staff was friendly and helpful and everything was clean. The new restaurant, Siren, was very good and we loved the custard they have. Wish they were open for breakfast. We did have issues with inconsiderate transient boaters who were loud and swore constantly in their loud conversations. Also, plumbing issues closed one set of heads and showers. In the far ones, there were also issues with them being plugged or having no TP. 😟 Still, we love this place but, in the future, I think we'll avoid crowded weekends. As a side note, they should consider touchless garbage cans in the heads.
A+++. Great staff, great food, great time.
Staff here is fantastic! Brewer has made many improvements since it's recent acquisition and has maintained the laid-back feel of the island. The only drawback is that the town has lost many of the stores that are necessary to boaters. There is no longer any convenience store, pharmacy, liquor store, etc, within walking distance. All are now vacant or replaced by high end clothing and antique stores.
Beautiful grounds, scenic views, great new restaurant Siren. All dock help were excellent. Efficient, knowledgeable and very pleasant 👍👍
Great time. Great marina. Love visiting every year.
Amy and her staff were very welcoming. We were traveling with 7 other boats. They accommodated our request to be near each other. Our experience was great. We also enjoyed the Siren restaurant. Highly recommend this marina.
I have been traveling to essex Island for 27 years. I have always loved the experience. I must admit that I was worried that the charm of the marina would be lost in the transition to the new owners. I am very pleasantly surprised by my experience. The docks have been repaired, the structures have been freshened up and the staff is just wonderful. Definitely worth the trip.
EIM continues to be our favorite spot on the sound for my family of 5 (3 kids, 11 and under). With the amazing staff, (Amy and team are awesome!), pool for the kids, restaurant now open on the island, and location to such a beautiful town - we continue to make this a regular stop. Interestingly, because of our experience here we've decided to keep the boat here for the month of July! The CT river has so much to explore and EIM is more conveniently located, than our home port, to our other favorite spots to boat. It's the perfect place to call 'home port' while we continue our explorations this summer.
Always a great time in Essex!!! Great staff and friendly atmosphere!!!
Amy and the crew were very helpful. All areas were clean and neat. We plan to return soon. Bill
Special because it is spectacular. Great staff that are eager to help and assist. All the amenities that you want and need. Pool and yard games. Great on site Resturant or a short walk to town with more restaurants or Gas barbecues and fire pits for onsite use.
Great service as always.
Amenities were great. Staff was very accommodating. Very relaxing
Once again, Amy and her crew hit it out of the park at the rendezvous (just when we thought they peaked last year)! The food was great and the activities were fun. We had a great weekend and appreciate all the hard work that went into this event-well done!
Essex Island Marina is a special place. Amy, Marisa, Ellie and all the crew are quality!!! They are skilled, pleasant and accommodating. The facilities are well cared for. It is one of our favorite locations. Looking forward to the new restaurant and next season.
The dock master, Amy, is a class act! The marina is clean, is in town, and has great restaurants a short distance away. Always love coming here ! Just spent two days here and the review is the same - GREAT!
Essex Island Marina is the perfect little weekend escape. Amy and her entire crew make you feel like family. The marina is well cared for and you can tell how happy the entire staff is to help in anyway. We love going to this marina when we want a relaxing, fun and enjoyable weekend. One of our top favs!
Definitely a great weekend! Amy and her staff were welcoming and helpful. Always a great way to end our boating season!!
Essex Island is one of our favorite places to go. We always love it there and the staff is wonderful. Hope to see all again next year!
Amy and her staff did an incredible job this past weekend. The amount of preparation and work they put into this rendezvous did not go unnoticed. Thank you again for making GREAT MEMORIES!!
Amy and her staff is amazing!
Staff was very helpful, nice floating docks and ferry service without any delays from the island. Will be back next year.
Totally awesome place!!!! Went there two weekends in a row. Spotless, well cared for, friendly, fun, relaxing and much much more! From: @home
This marina is SPECTACULAR! !! Great staff, clean. Just great. A must visit
Always a serene and beautiful spot with great staff!
Exceptionally well run, clean and still has that Essex Island charm
Originally planned on staying one night, but once there, it became clear that one night wouldn't be enough. Staff accommodated our request (for an extra night) without any hesitation. Grounds and facilities were very nice and well kept. Bathrooms were clean, but a bit out-dated. Downtown Essex remains "quaint", but is lacking quick serve store (for newspapers, coffee and pastries) and liquor store. Hope to go back, before 2017 boating season ends. Staff was outstanding - and helpful with docking and departing. All-in-all, a great boating destination !!
Very nice, clean, updated and nice area for dogs too.
The only thing that would make it a better venue is a restaurant on the island. Had a great little restaurant in the past. Bring it back.
We had not been to EIM in a number of years and it’s better than ever! The staff is fantastic, the marina is spotless, and our big black lab, Mac had the best time at “dog beach” on his first boat trip! The kids had so much fun fishing and buzzing around on the dinghy. Can’t wait to come back when the restaurant is open! For the kids I’d suggest fixing up the pool table, ping pong room. Maybe a table and chairs to play games, better lighting for reading and leave it open so the teens and adults have somewhere to go in the evening. Again the staff was the best we have ever experienced! Kudos to them!
Love, love, love Essex Island! All of the dock staff work so hard to accommodate and please each and every request made... no matter the need! It was extremely hot out this particular weekend and the dock staff (in 101 degree weather) delivered ice bags to our slip since the heat is fatiguing for an elderly woman such as myself. Also, despite the review found below, I thought the bugs were not even an issue and a couple of mosquitoes could never take away from the natural beauty of the island. I will keep coming back to the island for years to come, as should you all to see for yourself how truly wonderful of a destination it really is!
Very relaxing wonderful stay./ We will return. Great and attentive staff!!! 3rd visit to this sweet southern Connecticut town. 3 days of R&R with great meals at the infamous Griswold Inn and Black Seal restaurants. Thank you Safe Harbor Marinas for making Essex Island a tranquil boater destination.
Serious Bug Problem - When we arrived, someone was in the dock office complaining about bugs and asking what the marina was doing to combat the issue (they said nothing is being done). Walking down the dock a different transient warned me to keep all our cabin lights off after dark to help avoid a flying bug infestation. Well...they were right. All it took was to have the cabin door open a few seconds at night and my headliner and valances were filled with bugs. It took an hour with a vacuum to get rid of them. It was absolutely horrible. If I could do it over again, I would avoid this place at all cost. UPDATE: After reading the marina’s response, I went to the office (since I was still here). However, they said the review responses are handled by a sister marina. I left a message but never heard back. I feel that the responses on here are a little disingenuous. If you really want to talk, please send me an email or post your phone number and name.
Great spot Nice employees Clean property Nice docks Had a great time Will be coming back next year
The staff was excellent. I highly recommend Essex Island Marina
Amy and her crew are the best I have ever experienced! What a nice stay we had and they really helped the SNBC Rendezvous be a total success! Thank you for loving what you do!
This was the 2nd time in 2 weeks we stayed at Essex Island, and we absolutely love it, slip G 13 is our home away from home, can't wait to get back,. The staff is "off the charts fantastic, professional, helpful, knowledgeable, from the dock attendants to the Water Taxi drivers outstanding !! Thanks again from Summer Breeze
12 boats from the NYAC Yacht Club spent the weekend at Essex Island - Safe Harbor and once again the staff could not have been better trained and nicer. Despite the 100 + degree temperatures they were responsive, courteous and knowledgeable and tended to our every needs, including making a barbecue for 100 + people super enjoyable. Highly recommend the marina for an over nighter or two. The Griswold Inn and charming town are super bonuses.
3 generations of my family have been coming here and the facilities just keep getting better. The dock staff have always been first rate and that hasn’t changed. Consider Sunday Brunch at Griswalds , excellent.
Very professional and accommodating
Great crew, always available, most helpful, happy, excellent attitude! Superclean, well kept facility. Particularly appreciated the coffee availability in a.m., popcorn in the afternoon! Would certainly return, time permitting.
Facilities are first class. Grounds are beautiful. Nice pool and on site grills everywhere. Ferry to main town anytime and it’s a nice little town.
Excellently run marina! Wonderful!
Joined the Safe Harbor Rendezvous at the end of September. The staff was outstanding and the Manager Amy went out of her way to accommodate me in assigning a slip that would make life easy for our needs
Upon arrival we were disappointed to find out that we were not going to be in the slip that we were told of the week prior. Instead we were stuck in the far back corner of the marina separated from our fellow boater friends. Amy tried to accommodate us as best as she can and she was able to move us to a different slip where we could be closer to some fellow boating friends. Still not anywhere near where we are expecting to be but we made do. Staff was extremely nice, courteous and very friendly. We were a bit disappointed in the bbq dinner Saturday night; other than the pulled pork, chicken and potatoes there wasn't much else to choose from. No salad or vegetables of any sort. Also, we felt that the wine tasting should have been included with the rendezvous fee of $35 that we had already paid. We didn't feel that we received much for our $70 total......coffee and donuts and the bbq. Regardless, we had a great time, beautiful marina, the facilities were well tended to and very clean. We would definitely stay at this marina again.
Staff was great. Received all the info for the weekend when we arrived. Great weekend.
As usual great job my the dock staff and the marina grounds and facilities were in excellent shape. They even were able to get a service mechanic out on a days notice to troubleshoot a head problem
Safe Harbor managed to keep the charm of Essex Island Marina with the foot ferry operation and overall look and feel of the marina yet upgraded the docks. One of my favorite destinations to sail to.
The Island staff were pleasant and helpful. The environment is always beautiful and this past weekend they had many and varied offerings like movies and breakfast and all. Very enjoyable!
Wonderful marina. Beautiful grounds. Clean facilities. Staff is very pleasant and helpful. Extremely short ferry ride to town with shops, restaurants
Staff was top notch, facilities are impeccable, amenities are great. I like the food Chow Truck, but I miss that small restaurant / store they had on site. Its now an empty building. We love the entire marina, and will continue to go back all the time.
We have been going to Essex Island Marina for years and it is still a great marina and some nice updates have been done but we very much miss Marley's Restaurant on the premises. Poor decision on Safe Harbor in our opinion. Only needed Marley's for long weekend business and seasonal of course, their previous operations of days and hours was perfect. Too bad, Safe Harbors and Essex Island's loss.
Everything went great.
Excellent marina. Clean and the surroundings were beautiful. Staff was friendly and helpful.
Love this marina! Clean, convenient, friendly helpful staff. Found it quite by accident and now always make it a stop on any northern excursions.
Refreshing coming to a marina like this. Very clean, docks, grounds, restrooms, pool, everything. Staff was friendly, helpful and well organized. Hope our marina gets the needed upgrades to approach this level of excellence.
Last year I gave feedback and was never contacted about it, and this year I have a similar complaint. While we generally love the marina, we continue to be surprised that you have not yet fixed the main pier which traverses the East side of the marina. The boards are in terrible shape, and as a dog owner, this is a problem - our dog is small and not only are there a lot of splinters, but the old boards are so widely spaced that he has got his paw pinched in between boards on more than one occasion. I think you should prioritize this replacement.
Great time...great friendly crew...great pool...very friendly atmosphere....
Beautiful spot on the river, convenient to everything except groceries. Dock staff fantastic. Well maintained and clean grounds and bathrooms. Wonderful stay, I’ll be back.
They have really stepped up their game as to the overall maintenance of the facility. Place looks great and staff very helpful. Need to get the restaurant open again...
Quiet place in a quaint colonial village. You have to take a "ferry" (pontoon boat) across a small canal to get on and off the island. You will need Uber to visit local restaurants. Except for two in town, the Black Seal (casual) and the Griswold Inn (dress). The Ct River museum is next door and worth visiting. 2 nights here is plenty.
Clean marina,Friendly staff
Nice location, excellent amenities and friendly staff. Some of the amenities need updating and I it looks like that's in process. When we filled up at our home club our fuel vent was blocked with spider debris. To be fair that could have4 happened before the trip. We were only there 2 nights. However when we told people about it, everyone noted that there's an issue with dock spiders at Essex. That was all word of mouth. I never noticed a spider on the docks or boat. At the end of the day, I think this is an excellent stop and would encourage you to visit them. If any concern about spiders I would check that out before the trip.
A beautiful facility, we contacted the marina we were close, they guided us right into where our slip was, deckhands we’re there to assist us. Pool, showers, the grounds were impeccable. Great place to stay.
I always try to stay at Brewers. The service is fantastic and everyone is friendly. The previous owner let the marina decay. They are spending a lot of money fixing it up. Looks great!
Essex Island Marina feels like home. Very accommodating. They put out a BBQ for all their guests which was so nice. I always enjoy going there and always can't wait to go back. Thanks so much.
Loved staying, once again at Essex...only thing missing was an onsite restaurant.
Great stay at Essex Island. Staff was helpful and the town of Essex is wonderful. Thanks!!
One of the most picturesque spots you will find, plus immaculate, friendly, with unexpected amenities.
I must say that the marina, the stay was wonderful. As a transient, I enjoyed the nice people on my dock as well as the facility. HOWEVER, I do have a concern that I hope doesn't come back to haunt me or my engines. While making my slip reservations months earlier, and after confirming with dock hands the day before, I had asked to be placed in the NW corner of the marina. I also expressed the fact that I was told last year that the far I dock was too shallow to accommodate me. I reassured them both times that I was OK with anything in that area. Upon my arrival, the dock hands signaled me to approach the I dock broadside and waved me in. As I am approaching the dock they continue to wave me in past the dinghies tied up until I am in the mud. I felt my rudder and props digging in. Spoke with the dockmaster, Stephanie, and expressed my dissatisfaction. I usually never complain, but I do feel this was completely avoidable and have concerns for my boat. Someone dropped the ball. Whether it was an unskilled or poorly trained dockhand or someone else. Hope to hear from someone in charge or someone that has the authority to make sure this never happens again to myself or any boater. Expect that Safe Harbor will do the right thing.
Our stay wasn’t as good as it has been in the past. I was put in a slip that didn’t have adequate amount of water so at low tide was sitting in mud. There was no restaurant on the island and the docks around back need attention. Staff was helpful and pleasant as always.
Second time we have stayed here and time the service has been fantastic! This is the most helpful and friendliest staff and crew we have met anywhere along the east coast. Marina is in a great location and Essex is a great town to visit. We will definitely be back and would recommend staying here to anyone traveling up or down the sound.
Fantastic staff and facility. We own a smaller 20' center console and they treated us like we rolled up in a 60' yacht, prime docking and attentive staff. Made our night stay in town seamless and enjoyable. Will be going back for day docking and future over nights. Facilities are top notch as well. Location to downtown Essex is a must visit if passing through.
The marina is located in a great location in Essex village. A short (really short) ferry ride puts you in the middle of Essex village where there are plenty of shops and restaurants. The are quite a number of transient slips that are easy to get in and out of. There are plenty of friendly and helpful dock hands to help with your arrival and departure. The grounds are beautiful and clean. A fun weekend destination
Was great to have the dock crew meet us at our mooring. They were very courteous and helpful.
Essex Island Marina continues its excellent reputation and expands upon it under the new Safe Harbors ownership. The new floating dock extending from the dockmaster's office was wonderful, and the dock staff was well-trained and knowledgeable. The facilities are being re-developed nicely. We had a great time and give the Essex Island Marina our highest recommendation....... Bob & Lori
Fantastic marina with most helpful staff. I asked for slip that was easy to get to and was given face dock that made for a perfectly easy arrival and departure. We also appreciated clean bathroom and showers. We are looking forward to visiting again in near future....Alex & Linda
Stephanie was great, she helped sort thru all sorts of issues i was having with my new SH number, making appropriate reservations, making future reservations and dealing with me more than what was necessary/required. Essex is a great harbor to visit and Brewers Essex helps make it work.
Very helpful staff, beautiful clean restrooms and showers . Beautiful areas to explore with a dingy.
Our club kicked off our season on Memorial Day and wrapped it up here on Columbus Day Weekend. Essex is a quaint New England town with a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance of the marina. Thank you, Stephanie and staff, for a memorable weekend.
Was given wrong info when docking- so initial arrival not impressive. The first friday bbq didn't have food ready at 630pm and was out of food by 730- so had to go to store for more. Ladies room could use at least one handicap railing since they have no handicap toilets that are taller. Sat went well and that bbq was very nice-overall we made the best of it and enjoyed ourselves. We would go again.
Marina was clean, good amenities, very friendly, and fun. The Griswold inn nearby is a night destination. Nearby Hamburg Cove is a good spot too. -1 star for lack of night life.
We visited the Brewer Essex Island Marina for the Brewers Rendezvous weekend. This is not our first visit. The staff of this facility is top notch, and I mean everyone I met was helpful and accommodating. From the incoming docking experience and check-in, to the meals at the cafe, we were impressed. It is a busy marina, and for an end of the season event they had plenty of staff on hand to see things went smoothly. The bathrooms were kept clean, and the showers were very well maintained. No shortage of hot water. Private locking stalls for the showers. Certainly, the management of this marina really cares about the this place. As an Operations Manager, I know this level of attention to detail does not come without personally walking through the facility on a regular basis and following up to make sure everything is in acceptable for customer presentation.
Great time everyone was very nice !! A nice bar and lounge on the island would be nice so you wouldn't have to go in town all the time !
Talk about service! We reserved a slip for a round trip sail from Noank to Essex. Wind, current and rough seas delayed our arrival until late on Friday night. To make matters worse, our engine quit while only a few yards off the dock but with no sails up, or wind, we were in a tough spot. Luckily, Christian responded to our hail even though the office had closed. As we started drifting off into the night (and the mooring field!) Christian told us to hang on and he would track down a work boat and assist. Just in the nick of time, he appeared out of the dark and shepherded us into a slip. No small feat! I'm sure there are many facilities and personnel who, given the circumstances, would have simply told us to drop the hook and wait until morning. We were on an 18' Goldeneye with no head and wet from head to toe. Incredible service above and beyond! I'll never stay anywhere other than Essex Island while sailing in the area. What a fine organization!
We have visited Essex Island Marina twice this summer and enjoyed it enormously. The grounds and service are both outstanding.
Essex Island Continues their excellent so well known hospitality within the Safe Harbor flagship! The Marina continues to make improvements in the well warn dock systems and is truly a flagship marina in location, service, and hospitality. Thank you to Stephanie! I will be back many time! Captain Wheeler
Was at Essex Island Marina for the Branford Yacht Club annual rendezvous. Beautiful grounds, great service, very friendly and helpful staff and dockhands. Pool is great! The only issue was that we were put on a fixed dock which made boarding difficult at low tide. I should have specified that I needed a floating dock when making the reservation. Great time! We Returned for a second stay on Labor Day weekend along with about 20 other boats from BYC. Had a great time. Once again, the staff was excellent and friendly. The dockhand who helped us upon arrival took it upon himself to stop back on the second day and ask if we needed anything. Nice touch! Friends from our Yacht Club stayed downriver at one of the other marinas on the Connecticut River. Boats were damaged when a squall came through. Our boats were well protected up river. Looking forward to coming back next season.
We had a great stay from Aug 27-31. Extended our stay due to bad weather, and easily accommodated. Enjoyed town, Ubered to Old Saybrook for about $23 R/T, Marley's, Black Seal, Abby's, Griswold....all lovely. Facilities and staff very nice.
All the staff at Essex Brewer Marina are helpful! A special shout out to Steph who not only found a way to accommodate us with a last minute need for a reservation but went above and beyond to help us find and get to a car rental place. Steph goes above and beyond and its obvious that she is truly interested in helping! Thank you - very much appreciated by me and my family.
Wonderful place to stay, didn't want to leave. The place is beautiful, clean, and relaxing.. will be staying there again...
Had a fantastic time. Thanks to all employees. Everyone was helpful. Brewers must treat there people well. A-1
We had an outstanding Milford Yacht Club Cruise and Rendezvous at Brewer Essex Island Marina this past weekend. Stephanie (Manager), Jack (Dockmaster) and the rest of the staff were extremely helpful, friendly and accommodating. The grounds and setting are beautiful. A minute-long ferry ride takes you to historic downtown Essex restaurants and shopping. I would highly recommend this destination.
Very nice marina. Location is nice and sheltered. Facilities (bathroom, shower, etc.) all very clean and up to date. Launch drivers were great. Nice accessible dock for our sailboat. Easy to get in and out of with water, pumpout, and fuel. Short walk to Main Street in Town.
The grounds are beautiful and everybody was very nice I would come back again
Great place and great staff! Very helpful...the area is well maintained and access to town is easy!
Dockmasters Jack and Stephanie were awesome. It was our 2nd visit and we will be returning.
well run marina - clean -excellent docks & facilities
Very accommodating team and very well kept marina. We will return.
Spider issue is very strange.Nice people running marina.Clean and well manicured.Need a place to get a cocktail
Except for the non floating docks,the marina has all that any yachtsman needs Docking crew helps to the nth degree Fellow yachtsman surrounding us were happy,friendly and very helpful if needed Essex town charming. Griswald inn meals supurb
Everything a Marina should be.
Terrific. Fuel dock crew was excellent. Bathrooms and showers were clean. Love coming here. Will come back
essex island is a great marina , our favorite stop in the northeast , workers are friendly and well trained grounds are great and town is cool . We will be back !
Spectacular! Staff was friendly and helpful.
The marina was 5 star. My only complaint was that the bathrooms were not as clean as they should have been. Their maintence needs improvement in this area. Otherwise everything was
Nice marina, close to town. Good biking along fairly rural roads. Bathrooms are clean. This marina is buggy and you need to keep your cockpit lights off unless you want to clean up dead bugs.
The staff was fantastic and extremely helpful and welcoming!
Stayed here for 4th of July weekend. Great marina and great staff. Will be back in September.
Peaceful but to quiet for a holiday weekend. Restaurant on island was either CV completely booked or closed
Nice facility. Close to town. Good restaurant on island. Friendly staff.