Written by Marinalife
January 2018

We are proud to announce the winners of Marinalife’s 2017 Best Marina Contest. This annual contest is in its 8th year! Thousands of votes poured in for marinas that offer superb customer service and hospitality to all boaters. Thank you to marinas and boaters nationwide for participating in this year’s contest. Look for the 2018 Best Marina Contest announcement coming this spring.

Best Large Marina 

1st Place: Orange Beach Marina, Orange Beach, Ala. 

As a premier marina on the Gulf Coast, Orange Beach Marina offers a safe, fully protected harbor with 161 slips available and a family-friendly environment for all types of boaters. Conveniently accessible from the Gulf, Tennessee- Tombigbee, Intracoastal Waterway, Mobile or Pensacola Bay, its state-of-the-art docks, two on-site restaurants and exceptional laundry and shower facilities offer guests a pleasant experience without leaving the marina.

2nd Place: Kingman Yacht Center, Cataumet, Mass. 

Nestled in the northeast corner of Buzzards Bay on Cape Cod, Kingman Yacht Center is a gem in the realm of full-service marinas. For seasonal and transient boaters, Kingman Yacht Center offers a modern, professionally manned service department, a resort atmosphere and an expertly staffed marina with loads of amenities.

3rd Place: River Dunes, Oriental, N.C. 

With a great location on the Intracoastal Waterway near Oriental N.C., River Dunes offers year-round boating, waterfront dining and outstanding onshore amenities. A resort spa, fitness center and boater lounge recently opened in the Harbor Village. River Dunes Marina features 125 floating slips for yachts up to 150 feet.

Best Small Marina

1st Place: Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, Fort Myers Beach, Fla. 

Featuring 41 slips for yachts up to 100 feet, boaters can enjoy a host of amenities and services, whether staying for one night or one week. Just six miles from the Gulf of Mexico, boaters get full-access to the resort’s pools, restaurants and spa or can soak in the sunshine along the quarter mile of sugar white sand beaches.

2nd Place: Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina, Islamorada, Fla. 

Located in the Florida Keys near Islamorada, Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina provides 83 slips for yachts up to 80 feet. Visiting boaters have access to the facilities and activities at the adjacent Founders Park in addition to the marina’s prime location and outstanding customer service.

3rd Place: Homeport Marina, Gulf Shores, Ala. 

With 76 slips, Bellingham Marine concrete floating docks and Valvtect Marine Gasoline, Homeport Marina is a premier facility located in Gulf Shores, Alabama. In addition to lots of marina amenities, Homeport Marina features an on-site ship’s store for provisioning needs and Lucy Buffett’s well-known LuLu’s Restaurant.