Tolchester Marina is a full service marina located on the Eastern Shore of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. Located at buoy 21, 20 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and 30 miles south of the C&D Canal, Tolchester is easily accessible both by water and by land.
Amenities for slip holders and transients include an on site restaurant, private beach, pool, and beach bar. Marina services include a travel lift, mechanical repairs and repowers by factory trained mechanics, wood and fiberglass repairs and a fully stocked parts department.
The Shanty Beach Bar keeps the summer going with live music every weekend and our famous mudslides. While you're here, be sure to sample our menu specialities at the Channel Restaurant. We have a long standing reputation for having the best crab cakes on the Bay!
We are busy planning another amazing line-up for summer and new additions to debut in the spring 2019!
Always a great time! Best sunset in MD!
Always wonderful! Leap of Faith will be back!
Disappointed the restaurant was not opened for dinner. There is no wifi connection and cellphone service is also nonexistent.
Tolchester Marina This is our first time at the marina. As part of the reservation process via Dockwa the staff ensured that we knew there were no food amenities available after 5p on Sunday (day of arrival) and until after our departure on Tuesday. This was good information and we planned accordingly. Arrived on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at approximately 1pm and noticed that the entrance to the basin was very busy. Was unable to contact the marina via VHF but was able to receive a slip assignment via cell phone. A dockhand at the fuel dock was able to provide directions to the slip. While not all slips had easily identifiable numbers, a dockhand was able to point out the slip and provided assistance with initially securing the lines to the dock. During check-in, the dockhand provided our WiFi and bathhouse information. He also advised us to contact the office if we needed any assistance, including fuel Monday through Thursday. Our slip was located within one of the covered sheds with fixed docks. The finger pier was full length and in good condition, even though we noticed several requiring attention. The floating docks are in very good condition. It is evident that this is a destination marina for folks on the weekend looking for a nice beach and pool and many day boaters were departing shortly after the beach bar closed at 5pm. The bathhouse, laundry and pool are available to transits. The bathhouse is clean and appears to have been remodeled recently. A downside in the men’s bathhouse is one shower stalled lacked a door (all three had curtains to minimize water on the floor outside of the shower) and one lacked water pressure and hot water (third shower was a charm). Slips under the sheds provide nice protection from the sun. For nature views the floating docks (Santa Rosa) on the southern side of the basin provides potential views of eagles, osprey, ducks, buzzards, racoons and deer (all seen during our stay). The free WiFi was good, but cellular connections can be spotty, even if booster is used. Recommend cell phones be configured by WiFi calling if offered by your carrier prior to arriving at the marina. This is a good marina for transits heading up or down the bay. It is also a nice marina for folks wanting quiet during the week. Just remember, currently there is no one site food service Monday through Thursday, so pack accordingly. Gave the marina four stars, but due to the men’s bathhouse would have been 3.5.
Beautiful Marina with friendly and helpful staff. The beach and pool offered a awesome view of the Bay. The only small criticism was that bath house was a little dated but clean. We would definitely stay here again.
Personable staff with clean facilities. Will definitely be coming back!
Stayed overnight Aug 8th with family on another boat. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The music venue was good but looking for a little more crowd interaction. The food was actually pretty good from the Shanty considering it was bar food. The only minus I would say it is a very, very long walk to get to the pool, bar and beach from the marina. They do have valets to pick you up but seemed sparse. Would go again because overall it was a fantastic time.
It was sooooooo nice we are going to make it our new home port
the staff was very nice and helpful. the facility was very clean
Stayed one night July 11, 2020. The entrance is narrow but deeper than reported on the charts. We saw at least 6 feet all the way through at mid-tide. Although the marina is immediately off the Bay, inside is calm thanks to the design of the breakwater. There are three sets of covered slips covering older but well-maintained fixed docks, which had no problem fitting our Mainship 400, which measures a little less than 20 feet from the waterline. There are also a lot of newer floating docks around the perimeter of the marina. The pool, beach and tiki bar with burgers, etc. are very nice. The staff are very active and nice. Bathroom facilities were adequate, but a bit dated. Overall, the facility appears to be in transition, with signs of recent improvements throughout with an apparent aim at providing a resort like experience. We will definitely return.
The marina was vastly improved from past years. They need to water palm trees on jetty and rake the beach to remove flotsam
The Marina is one that I have frequented since I was a little girl with my parents, now as an adult with my own boat and family, it is nice to return and relive the memories and to find out that everyone is still as nice and kind as they were. Clean shower rooms and the undercover stay makes it great when it rains.
One of the best sunset views on the Chesepeake Bay. Always helpful and courteous Dock staff. Sand Bar is a plus even with this years limitations.
I was there with 11 other boats from the Herring Bay Yacht Club. It was a really happening place and everyone liked the floating docks and the mudslides at the Shanty Beach Bar. Amazing sunset views from the beach. Most importantly for my wife was the nerdy nice shower/restroom.
Excellent facilities and the staff were extremely helpful and very courteous.
The staff couldn't be more accommodating. Wonderful people, wonderful view, wonderful stay.
Great stay, friendly staff. Working hard to accommodate during covid.
great place. The staff can not be nicer. One of the best places on the bay.
Fantastic marina. Helpful staff, beautiful grounds and landscaping, beach and view can not be matched.
Tolchester is a fun marina with a great view from there shanty beach bar,pool to updated bathroom facilities. That being said what they are lacking is communication and minimal dockhands. This is the second time we have been there and have used Dockwa both times except this time I used the the special request box. My special request was a Port side, Aft in slip. So assuming that since we booked this well over 24 hours in advanced this would be no problem. Because I like to give my first mate ( wifey poo) as much time to prep our gear as possible, I called the marina about 10 minutes out to make sure there wasn’t a problem and that they had a spot with my special request available. They said you are good to go. So we set our gear to the side of the boat assuming that every thing is good. Negatory! Approached our slip assignment and someone was in the spot. My first mate had to run around the boat and rearrange our gear now for a starboard side aft in arraignment. So much for the special request, which I don’t think is that much of a special request! On a positive note, they do have new floating docks but if you Aft in..it will be like climbing a jungle gym to step off your boat. It is a floating finger dock with a long walking ramp half way down the finger with a grab rail you have to swing under. Not so graceful for some folks.
all in all good stay, great bands. Horrible internet service, this something that would need to be fixed for me to ever stay during the week, really no reason for it as other marinas wifi is great. Needed to Fuel up before I left for my home port, only got 65 gallons in and they ran out of gas????? on a Sunday??? Come on guys....
This was our first time ever spending the night in a marina. The dock hands made it very easy to come in and get settled in our slip. The amenities were just as described. We had visited Tolchester for the day before so we knew we would love it and we did.
Fun location with a wide beach, pool, beach bar and good bands! The covered slips were in good condition and easy to dock and undock. The staff was friendly and helpful. The only improvements would be giving the showers a good scrubbing/bleaching and additional WiFi access points at the covered slips since cell service is limited.
Tolchester is a great destination. We love the floating dock, the service and the Tiki Bar. The only issue was having to pay extra for a 50 amp splitter instead of using my own 30 amp power cable. It seems a little hinky.
The staff and everyone are great
A magical place! But to be real, the rest rooms are clean and OK, the restaurant has quirky hours and generally isn't open on week days, and it is in the middle of no where so forget about walking anywhere for shopping or eating. BUT it is the word's most protected basin in case of storms and has a beautiful beach - rare on Chesapeake as well as a pool net to beach with nice bar whidh also has a quirky schedule. Outstanding birdwatching with an eagle's nest near on of the docks and lots of osprey and great blue herons. Even some ducks.. Friendly helpful local staff.
A great Place to come for the Weekend. People help with docking boat and Pool was good and Bar Drinks and Food.
Great marina and outstanding party with the best live music. Free wifi, but poor speed
We like this place!! Nice floating docks (for a boat our size 33 ft), nice pool and bar with live music. The on-site restaurants is handy and the golf cart shuttle is a lifesaver! Shower facilities are good. And dock-staff are super nice!! The downsides... - Dockwa allows you to request a single 30 power hookup, but the marina only has 50 amp connections and will rent you an adapter. That isn’t right. Either make the adapter free or disclose this issue on the Dockwa site. - VERY weak cell coverage. Free WiFi works for internet (sometimes) but good luck texting or making a phone call. - Small children allowed in the bar at all hours. Not cool (for them or us). All said, we will be back! I recommend you book when Kanye Twitty is playing at The Shanty Beach Bar - fun band!!
The worst customer service ever. Memorial day weekend they tried to put us next to a barge. Then one person told us to dock at the fuel pier because there were no boats there and then they changed their minds.
Great place for fun entertainment. Love the beach and new deck .
My wife daughter and I were caught in the hurricane this past weekend. Our boat name is "Knotnormal". We were originally only scheduled to be there for one night. We ended up there for three nights. We want to thank you for being able to accommodate us and being so friendly. We specifically want to thank all of your regular slip holders on Catalina pier. They welcomed us and made us feel right at home. They are all great people and will be friends for a long time to come. Could you please thank all of them for us. We are looking forward to visiting again. -Chris, Debbie and Melissa Sanford.
GREAT PLACE TO GETAWAY IF LIKE PEACE AND QUIET, FRIENDLY STAFF AND CUSTOMERS, TIKI BARS, LIVE MUSIC, MUDSLIDES AND CRAB CAKES! OUTDOOR POOL FOR KIDS WERE GREAT AND SHOWERS IN BATHROOMS TO WASH OFF. NOTE THAT THE POPULATION WERE MAINLY AN OLDER GENERATION AND COUNTRY FOLKS FROM LOCAL AREAS.
nice place for kids,spent over night,nice pool very freindly laid back,didnt spent any time at tiki bar,food was very good, country cooking.homemade salads great,but do not wait till rush hour to eat,it gets backed up.slip holders very nice and helpful.will be back. tom, bonnie dundee