The historic streets of Beaufort, South Carolina are lined with grand oaks and vintage homes creating a distinctive venue for Safe Harbor Beaufort. Spend a day sailing along the Beaufort River or enjoy a leisurely picnic at the tranquil Waterfront Park. Conveniences like slip-side parking and a ship’s store complement modern amenities and the many restaurants, galleries, and shops of downtown Beaufort.
I love this marina and town. I have been here several times, on a mooring, and the marina staff are the friendliest and nicest. The town is amazing with great areas to walk, the Spanish Moss Trail to walk/bike, Enterprise Car Rental within biking distance, unique local businesses and have to give a special thanks to the coffee shop on the waterfront, Common Ground.
This could be a showcase marina for Safe Harbor, except for two things. 1) It is unsafe. The docks are uneven, with some planks protruding above others by almost 1/2". I tripped over one, stubbing my toe, which fortunately didn't break, but my toe is swollen and discolored, and I will probably lose my nail on that toe. And this was with Deck Shoes on! 2) I've never seen such a collection of decrepit scows.
Mixed feelings here. My wife did not see the issues raised in another review complaining about the women's bathroom, but not being one of the users, I can't directly comment on that. I can comment on the men's, however; I found it clean and tidy, and on my last day's shower (15th, 3 days after the review of the ladies'), it had obviously just been cleaned. I enjoyed, as I'm taller than most, the telephone style handset well over my head. As I have challenges with my right arm, the ability to aim it up into my armpit (and, of course, direct the stream anywhere else I'd like) was nice. It also allowed me to do a rinse of the walls and curtain; perhaps others do the same, lending toward a clean-and-shiny appearance. As to the marina facilities, we were on a mooring so I can't comment on the docks, other than that my ability to fuel was foreclosed by other boats being on the face dock where the pumps were located. A much smaller boat might have been able to get into the small space left open; certainly a runabout would fit. It was of little moment to us as we were headed south and the marina only 3 miles away had empty docks at the pumps; we and another boat arriving at the same time easily were served with the long fuel and water hoses. That, too, is a Safe Harbor Marina (Port Royal). The dinghy landing is either the public docks next to the launch ramp, or a small U shaped opening next to the Kayak dock; it's immediately next to the ramp up to the exit. There's a laundry there, but we did not have occasion to use it, so I have no opinion on it other than that there's a book exchange inside. I left about a dozen, and picked up a few I'd not read yet; what I noticed of the laundry was neutral, but heard no complaints from the users we encountered. It's also the entrance for the women's rest room and showers. The moorings are mostly (not all) new, with much larger balls than when they were originally installed. We spent Hurricane Matthew on one of their at-the-time new moorings. The new moorings have long polypropylene pennants, supported in the middle by floats secured by chain and heavy wire ties, so picking it up is easy, even in rough or windy conditions. However, and the reason for only 4 stars, some of the moorings' pennants were fouled under the balls; we attempted to help a power yacht moor at one such and could not free it; there were others available so it wasn't a big deal, but those sorts of things should be easily remedied, and, if the marina is fiscally responsible, they should be checking the moorings on a regular basis to assure that only registered guests are on them. As to making it happen, Safe Harbor uses Dockwa for their reservations. Once on Dockwa, ANY boat's registration, and payment, is a doddle. Just say how long you want to stay, and hit the confirmation button (or stop at the fuel office, which is the dockmaster's office) and it's done; your boat and financial, as well as any needed personal information, is already there. So, if and when we have occasion to return, we'll stay there again.
We picked up a mooring later I the afternoon. I had called twice to see if there were any available but both dock hands had no idea of the vacancy in the field. Both young men were very pleasant and tried to offer advice. I am just not sure having everything thru Dockwa, there couldn’t have been a more definitive answer. The biggest complaint is the cleanliness of the women’s bathroom/showers. We stayed 2 nights and the first night, I had to clean a large clump of hair from the shower drain so there wasn’t standing water. There was clumps of dry hair and garbage on the floor as well. I hoped someone would have cleaned the bathroom within a 24 hour period but when I used the shower again on Sunday night, nothing had been cleaned and all hair/garbage was still on the floor. We have stayed here for the past 6 cruising seasons as we transit the ICW, but I am sorry to say, the conditions are worse now than when it was the City Marina Also, not one employee was wearing a mask, including the woman in the ship’s store. The sign stated I couldn’t enter without a mask, the same should be said to the employees
The harbormaster and crew are great but the place is in need of an overhaul. Cleats are being pulled off, deck boards are beyond their useable life and the ones replaced are trip hazards. The pump out is not at full strength. I love staying here but it some attention.
Great marina right in town. Docks are nice.
Wonderful Great easy walk downtown Friendly staff with a great Southern welcome for us!
Friendly staff nice facilities lots to do in town great stop
Everyone was very nice and accommodating on check in. We had reserved a ball for a week plus and requested a pump out. Evidently the pump out boat was being repaired when we arrived but they indicated the mechanic would have them up and running the next day. We asked repeatedly throughout our stay and were told they would get to it "that afternoon or first thing in the morning". We would have brought the boat to the dock if anyone had simply asked. The most important rule in customer service is say what you'll do and do what you say. Not a good showing.
Clean and friendly marina. Beautiful and convenient location. Can’t wait to go back.
Great marina. Friendly staff and very helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
I’ve always enjoyed the downtown location of this marina and now it is even better. The Safe Harbor management/dock team is fantastic. Thanks for a great stay.
Kyle is a huge asset to Safe Harbor! He is very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our stay their very much. He was able to accommodate us at the last minute when we did not have a reservation.
Had a great time. Staff was super friendly and courteous. Short walk to downtown.
Friendly and beautiful. Easy access to downtown Beaufort. Outer dock aligned with tidal currents made docking easy. Facilities older but clean and well-maintained. We will definitely make this a regular stop.
We were a group of 4 boats part of the Lake Murray Power Squadron doing a trip from Charleston to Hilton Head for the holiday weekend and decided to keep our boats here. Very friendly personnel, easy in and out and perfect location for exploring Beaufort. Special shout out to Kyle and Troy for their hospitality and helpfulness.
We love sailing our sailboat BabyGirl to this marina from Windmill harbour. The dock staff is very friendly and helpful. In my experience the bathrooms are clean but need updating. The Marina store is not always open (or it wasn't on the Sunday before Memorial Day which we thought was not good as we needed supplies- we have never encountered this issue before but that was disappointing) We often have to ask for codes/wifi password. Overall, we do enjoy coming here as Downtown Bft is steps away!
Great location and friendly staff. The marina is older and a bit worn with narrower dock walkways. Be mindful of the current speed and direction when docking, but nothing of great concern. Overall great stay with lots of walking paths and restaurants nearby. We had to order delivery because of the Coronavirus shutdown, but everyone was very nice and had great customer service. Would recommend this marina for a short stay.
Troy, Kyle and team always step up beyond the call. Love this place. Bill The Boots DeBusk
Great staff and facilities, excellent proximity to a walk to town. I planned our arrival at slack water, so made docking easy. Currents can be swift here. Plenty of water depth on outside face. Only downside, pretty buggy in the am and pm which made it a bit uncomfortable, but with all the marshes, cannot be helped.
Staff is super. Nice facilities. Currents are strong due to tides yet manageable. Beaufort is a nice southern city to walk or tour.
The dockhand met us at the slip to help us dock. I prefer direct bookings as opposed to dockwa but with the way Safe Harbor is buying up marinas I guess i'll get used to it. The docks were in good shape and they have a pump out station and boat which we did not use. The bathrooms were a little further than some but were clean and each dock has a substantial locking gate for security. Access to downtown is very good and there are shops and restaurants to please most everyone.
A real disappointment. Docks are old and in poor repair Mem's bathouse:terrible walls covered with dried soap which shows they haven't been cleaned in a long time. Apparently the ventilation system doesn't work since there was a box fan set on high to circulate some air. Sinks were dirty In the future I'll stay at the family owned Port Royal Landing Marina Beaufort is a nice little town but it looks like Safe Harbor isn't putting in any improvements. The office staff didn't provide access codes but lots of advertisement literature. Overall, I want a refund. One small bright spot dock staff was polite and got us docked safely. Zero stars
Location, dock and attendant were great. Bathrooms, particularly the showers were not clean.
Easy in and out. Nice staff very helpful getting tied up. Bathrooms need help. But did have good washer dryer facility.
Love the people at the marina; very very helpful; bathrooms/shower area could be updated.
Just an overnight on a mooring ball. They were closed for the holiday so little information was available. But, because I have stayed there several times before I knew which moorings were available for a boat my size.
Bathrooms and showers VERY dirty! They don't have to be stylish but they should be clean!! Staff seemed ambivalent when I mentioned this.
Safe Harbor Marina was a great stop as we cruised south. Perfect location among great restaurants n historical sights... all within walking distance. Kyle, the dockmaster, was friendly n helpful and the lovely ladies in the office were kind n informative. Showers n coin laundry ($1.75) were clean. Ship store sold wine n beer among other treasures. We even had instacart deliver groceries right to the marina 👍🏼 No car, no problem! Definitely recommend n will be back. Thank you!
Good docks. Showers ok. Town makes it worth the stop. Great restaurants and the Marina has a good ship store
The dock crew was efficient and very helpful. The dock was clean and neat.
Docks are in good condition and dock staff are friendly and very helpful!
Docks in okay shape. Dockmaster and staff were friendly. Has laundry, showers and bathrooms and dock gate under coded key. Ship's store has coffee (not free). Mostly stocked with souvenir items. Has an ATM. Great location. Tide runs strong through the floating docks. Fuel located on facing dock.