Written by Kalie Walter
July 2017

Conveniently located just 1 mile from the ICW at the mouth of the Hampton River, the vibrant waterfront community of Hampton, Virginia, is a cruisers’ delight, made even better by the area’s premier marina, Bluewater Yachting Center.

Bluewater is a 202-slip facility complete with deep protected floating docks and can host vessels up to 200 feet. Whether transients choose to unwind by the private swimming pool, reserved for marina guests only, retreat to the expansive picnic area to grill, or rent one of the available bikes to explore the beautiful surroundings, the property is an ideal dockage option for cruisers looking for a true destination marina.

Additional amenities include immaculate restroom and laundry facilities, a recently upgraded Wi-Fi system that facilitates fast browsing, a ship’s store for basic provisioning needs and high-speed fueling stations. Plus, the excellent on-site Surfrider Restaurant is worth the trip in and of itself. The mouthwatering seafood dishes draw locals and transients alike, from catch-of-the-day specials to the fan favorite, she-crab soup.

Adjacent to the marina is its sister operation, Bluewater Yacht Yards, a full-service yard with a top-notch reputation that’s capable of any level of work, from mechanical repairs to custom teak cabinetry. Combined, the marina and full-service yard cover an impressive 8 acres, and comprise one of the best, most comprehensive destinations for boaters on the Southern Chesapeake Bay.

In season, Bluewater Yachting Center also offers guests complimentary water-taxi services to nearby downtown Hampton, a scenic excursion across the harbor that takes in views of historic Hampton University and the old,waterfront markets. There are numerous,great restaurants to check out in Hampton, and several visit-worthy attractions nearby, including the Virginia Air and Space Center, Fort Monroe National Monument, and the Mariners’ Museum and Park.

As 2018 approaches, the Bluewater brand is preparing for its highly anticipated 50th anniversary, which marina manager David Farlow believes will be one of its best years yet. With continual upgrades, the Bluewater facilities consistently maintain excellence. Whether cruisers are looking to dock and dine, get a tune up, or stay for an extended period of time, Bluewater Yachting Center should definitely be on the must-visit list.

Marinalife members receive $0.05 off per gallon of fuel at Bluewater Yachting Center.