WHERE THE WINDING BANKS of the St. Johns River meet the Atlantic Ocean, you find one of Florida’s best hidden coastal gems — Fort George Island Marina.
Easily accessible from the Intracoastal Waterway, the island is nestled in acres of lush state park greenery and preserves. The marina is near some of north Florida’s most notable historic landmarks such as the upscale Ribault Club and Kingsley Plantation, the state’s oldest surviving plantation built in the late 1700s. The island is just a short distance from popular destinations such as Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and downtown Jacksonville.
The deepwater marina offers 120 dry racks accommodating vessels 15 to 39 feet and 14 in-water slips for boats up to 50 feet. The lounge is equipped with shower facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, ships store and laundry. Relax at the picnic area and gazebo that overlook a stunning view of the river. A fuel station is available on site, as well as haul and launch services.
By the end of the year, the facilities will have major upgrades such as a new pump-out system, renovated forklift, outdoor service racks and new high-quality shore power pedestals. Beer and wine are also soon-to-be available at the ships store.
For a local bite, feast on delicious seafood, burgers or Florida gator tail at Sandollar Restaurant less than a mile away. Enjoy crawfish, seared ahi tuna steak and brick oven pizzas from Palms Fish Camp Restaurant just a few miles down the river. About a half-mile from the marina, you can hop on a ferry to spend the day lounging at the Mayport and Jacksonville beaches.
The area is a true slow-paced sanctuary for hikers and bikers who love to explore historic trails. Visit one of the many natural wonders surrounding the marina such as Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Huguenot Memorial Park, Big and Little Talbot Island State Parks, and the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.
For arts, entertainment and nightlife, downtown Jacksonville is less than 30 minutes away. Popular attractions include the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and the MOSH (Museum of Science & History).
“We are one of the first marinas when entering or exiting the St. Johns River from the Atlantic — and also the closest fuel pumps,” says General Manager Peter Curcio. “The marina is currently undergoing a complete makeover with new ownership, and I suspect it will become one of the top marinas in the area by the end of 2021.”