Written by Susan Elnicki Wade
January 2020

BAHIA MAR MARINA IS BIG enough to handle the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show yet still pays attention to the smallest details that make visits to this gorgeous destination an idyllic experience. Located between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, the marina lies in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale where guests can explore the sites of the city or simply relax on a sugar sand beach.

ICW | Bahia Mar Marina | MarinalifeThe marina boasts 250 slips that accommodate vessels up to 300 feet along its 3,000-foot parallel docks and 5,000 feet of floating docks. Spacious and meticulously maintained, this beautiful marina offers a variety of services such as internet, security patrol and cameras, pump outs, high-speed fueling, and air-conditioned laundry and rest rooms, as well as a fitness center, dive store and gift shop. The Marina Center specialists assist with a range of boating issues from provisions and logistics to super yacht equipment.

Marina guests enjoy full access to the Hilton Hotel on-site that is accessorized with casual and fine-dining restaurants, shops, swimming pool, tennis courts, and luxurious accommodations.

Young crewmembers can attend Funky Fish Ocean Camp to take part in water activities or discover the wonders of marine science. The entire family can treasure days of aquatic fun and snorkel, dive, jet ski, wind surf or join a site-seeing cruise. After children are tucked into bed, adults can enjoy Lauderdale’s upbeat nightlife, hit the nearby casino or relish a romantic evening walk on the beach.

Downtown attractions seem unlimited with chic boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, streetcafes and pubs within easy walking distance of the marina. Jungle Queen Riverboat Company offers dinner and entertainment cruises. The new 22-block Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment DistrictPool Deck | Bahia Mar Marina | Marinalife showcases regional and national talent at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale History Center, and NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale.

The exciting news out of Fort Lauderdale is Bahia Mar recently joined forces with Suntex Marinas, a leading owner of high-end waterfront properties. “We are invigorated on behalf of all of our Suntex team members and stakeholders,” said Johnny Powers, CEO of Suntex. “Adding Bahia Mar Yachting Center to our vast operational platform, led by Bryan Redmond, further established Suntex as the leading operator of premier marinas in the United States.