Faro Blanco Resort and Yacht Club
New for 2015 is the spotless marina re-built by Hyatt in the location of the old “Faro Blanco” resort from the 1950′s. This facility is truly “state-of-the-art” with brand new docks, power towers, fuel and pump-out facilities. Any boater staying at this marina has access to all of the amenities provided to the regular room guests. Prices for transients are very reasonable, and you get to enjoy a magnificent venue with awesome views of the sunsets. Dockmaster Jose Olivera is very friendly and knowledgeable. Electricity of 30, 50 and 100 amps is available. Showers and a ships store will provide for almost all your needs. If a trip to the Florida Keys is in your future, consider stopping at this marina.
Marco Island Marina
Elmer, the harbor master, is a former sail boat owner and has a wealth of information about the general area. The marina has two LPG gas grills available to visiting boaters and a very nice swimming pool which is heated in the winter. The marina is located in the same harbor as the Marco Island Yacht Club, of which they share the same docks. Docks are floating, with 30 to 100 amp service, water and pump-out available at your boat, showers and laundry facilities are spotless, Wi-Fi is available and fast. Diesel or gasoline are not available.
Twin Dolphin Marina
This marina is situated on the Manatee River right in the downtown Bradenton historic section.
Floating docks, nice swimming pool, two gas grills, a hot tub, and fine air conditioned showers are just some of the perks to be found at Twin Dolphin. Pier 22 restaurant located right inside the marina offers an assortment of culinary delights, from low-budget items to haute cuisine entrees priced accordingly. For our taste, there are many lower-priced restaurants within walking distance of the marina, and as far as we are concerned, you get a better meal for the price. But if you are looking for some nice appetizers and a couple of drinks overlooking the Manatee River, then try Pier 22.
If you are in need of doing laundry, there is very affordable laundry facility inside the marina where you can also find a book exchange. During business hours (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) you can lounge inside the office and read the daily newspaper or anything else you may desire. Keep an eye for the complimentary computer and printer if you have to access the internet and do not have your own computer. Wi-Fi is complimentary and fairly good.
Gulfport Municipal Marina
This marina bills itself as “the gateway to the Gulf”. It is in a very protected cove at the eastern end of Boca Ciega Bay just a short drive west of St. Petersburg, Fla. Just as they advertise, access to the Gulf of Mexico is quick and effortlessly. There are no bridges to wait for, the last bascule bridge leading to the gulf, being replaced by a fixed high bridge in 2014.
Showers are clean and air conditioned, the marina staff is friendly and very helpful. There are plans for a new and improved marina office/store/shower building. Construction has already started on improvements to the marina, by installing new fuel pumping infrastructure. At the floating docks right in front of the marina office, boaters can get diesel, gasoline and have free use of the pump-out station. For those keeping their boats at the marina, pump-out is available right at the slips, with the necessary equipment right at the end of each dock.
A short walk west of the marina is the quaint town of Gulfport. There you will find many and varied stores to fit any budget and desire. Restaurants offering everything from family oriented American fare to exquisite Continental cuisine is available right in the picturesque downtown section. For those seeking the more relaxed atmosphere of the traditional pubs, there are several to choose from, and most with a great view of the bay, with all the activity associated with a vibrant boating community.
Right on the waterfront is located “The Casino”. The structure today dates from 1934, but the first casino was built on the site in 1906. This was originally intended as a gathering place for people waiting for the ferry boats to access the beaches at what is now St. Pete Beach. A second building was constructed in 1924 and of course, people gathered there again to socialize as well as waiting for the ferries to the beach. The casino has never been a gambling institution, but more of a social gathering place; that tradition continues today, with many social functions being held in the building every month. Two very well attended functions are the annual Gecko Fest and the end of the year dinner and dance party.
Crow’s Nest Marina
Located at the entrance of Casey’s Pass (Venice Pass), this marina has an excellent tavern style restaurant, with a more upscale restaurant on the second floor. The air conditioned showers/laundry is well maintained. Loaner bicycles are available for a quick jaunt into downtown Venice and its myriad shops, restaurants, boutiques, etc. The staff is friendly and very helpful. Diesel and gas are available as well as pump-out service. Docks are fixed with 30 to 100 amp electric service. Internet access is very good even from your boat.