The Military offers some great perks to its servicemembers and their families, including the use of MWR facilities. Military marinas have a tendency to be less expensive than local marinas, and are open to active and retired military. Here is a comprehensive list of the military marinas available. Many offer slip rentals (both transient and long term), as well as sailing lessons and boat/water sport equipment rentals! A trip down the coast may be just what the captain ordered!
NAVSTA Newport – Coasters Harbor Island Marina | Navy MWR
MWR Boat House, Kodiak Website: http://www.kodiakmwr.com/boat_house.shtml Phone: C-907-487-5047 Address: Storis Drive #2, Kodiak, AK 99619 GPS Coordinates: 57°43’58.6″N, 152°30’5.3″W Info: Slips available, drawn from a priority standpoint and by drawing. Equipment rentals include fishing boats and rafts. Boats may be reserved up to 14 days in advance. Float plans are required, MWR Boat Card required. Equipment available for rental at the MWR Boat House includes: 23′ Pacific Skiffs with cabins (seasonal and weather dependent rentals), “A” Frame Truck Campers,13′ and 16′ Scamp camping trailers, bait, tackle, downriggers, fishing poles (for both Halibut and Salmon), rafts and trolling motors. Check website for pricing.
Del Mar Marina, Oceanside Website: https://www.mccscp.com/marina/ Phone: C-760-725-7245/C-760-725-2820 Address: 21550 B St, Oceanside, CA 92058 GPS Coordinates: 33°12’52.5″N, 117°23’57.3″W Info: Wet Slips (52) and Dry Slips (18) available to store your boat, rented monthly. Kayak and dinghy storage also available. Del Mar Marina offers a variety of services including: Sailing Classes, Boat Rentals (sailboats, power boats, kayaks), Clinics, Offshore Cruises. Reservations are required for rental equipment/sailboats. Sailboat skippers required to have a Certification Card from Camp Pendleton and must be qualified in the boat they are renting. Powerboats require renter be a holder of a card stating they are certified in a power boat. See website for details.
Fiddler’s Cove Marina (NAB), San Diego Website: https://sandiego.navylifesw.com/programs/54dd7e10-9221-4a0e-a6e8-10f495dc1434 Phone: C-619-522-8680/C-619-520-4840 (after hours) Address: 3205 Highway 75, San Diego, CA 92155 GPS Coordinates: 32°39’4.32″ N, 117°8’59.279″ W Info: Slip rentals available, transient docking available (make reservation before docking), wet/dry dinghy storage available, live-aboards allowed. Fiddler’s Cove Marina offers equipment rentals as well as slip rentals. Rental items include stand up paddleboards, single or double kayaks, canoes, sail boats, and power boats. Also available are showers, restrooms, laundry facility, lock-and-leave storage locker rentals, dump station, dog run, wireless internet. Sailing classes available for adults year-round, Junior Sailing Camps available in summer. See website for price list, slip rates, and wind conditions. Reservations required.
Point Loma Marina, San Diego Website: https://sandiego.navylifesw.com/programs/a6d402a1-bfce-4297-b534-ba6d22858fb8 Phone: C-619-524-6498 Address: Bldg. 606, Callaghan Cir., Harbor Drive, Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA 92106 GPS Coordinates: 32°43’37.56″N, 117°12’57.24″W Info: Slip rentals available, transient berths or tie ups available. More rentals and classes coming soon including kayak, stand up paddleboards, and sailboat rentals.
MCRD Boathouse & Marina, San Diego Website: http://www.mccsmcrd.com/boathouse-marina/ Phone: C-619-524-5269 Address: MCRD, Building 131 Neville Rd, San Diego, CA 92140 GPS Coordinates: 32°44’19.32″N, 117°12’22.679″W Info: Permanent (monthly pricing) and temporary/guest (nightly) slips available, slip amenities include water and power. The Boathouse, Marina and Recreation Area also provides picnic areas for reservation. Equipment rentals include Boston Whaler Motorboats, Catalina Sailboats, Ocean Kayaks (single or double), canoes, stand up paddleboards, surfboards, wetsuits. Launch ramp is available. Dinghy/kayak storage available monthly/annually. Visit the website for price list and rental fees/requirements.
Travis Marina & Presidio Yacht Club, Sausalito Website: https://www.travisfss.com/marina/ Phone: C-707-424-0969 (ODR)/C-415-332-2319 (Presidio Yacht Club/Marina Lounge) Address: Fort Baker, 1679 Sommerville Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965 GPS Coordinates: 37°50’03.1″N, 122°28’26.6″W Info: Travis Marina is located in Horseshoe Cove, next to the Golden Gate Bridge. There are two docks with 80 dedicated slips, as well as a guest dock with berthing on a first-come, first-serve basis. Marina tenants have access to bathrooms and showers on site. Slips include a standard marine electrical hook-up and water access (there are NO hook-ups on the guest dock). Motorized boats are available for rental from Travis Outdoor Recreation. Boaters are required to have a California Boater Card at time of registration. Also available from ODR are canoes, kayaks (single or double), kayak/canoe trailers, surf boards, inflatable stand up paddleboards. “Sailing on the Bay” (private tours, skipper provided, Mar-Oct, reservations required), sailing lessons available. See website for rates.
Travis Marina | Travis Air Force Base, CA
Thames View Marina, Groton Website: https://www.navymwrnewlondon.com/programs/eaefd47b-5a0a-47fb-af2f-41a98babf09c Phone: C-860-694-3164 Address: Amberjack Road, Bldg. 535, Groton, CT 06349 GPS Coordinates: 41°24’20.214″N, 72°5’38.255″W Info: Located on the Thames River. There are 94 boat slips with power and water. Both summer dockage and winter berthing are available, as well as winter dry storage. The marina has as fully functioning office and is open year round. For Marina berthing patrons, there are restrooms and showers, washer and dryer and picnic area with grill. The office also services all equipment rentals, such as campers, kayaks, tables, tents, chairs, popups, coolers, lawn games etc. Sailboats are available to rent, however patrons must either complete the sailing classes or have a license to rent. VHF 74 to base security to request ID check prior to entering marina.
District of Columbia
Capital Cove Marina, Washington D.C. Website: https://www.mywfr.com/programs/3a8e282e-daaa-4f12-8616-1034b65836ad Phone: C-202-767-5424 Address: 90 Giovannoli Way, Washington, DC 20032 GPS Coordinates: 38°49’59.9″N, 77°01’26.4″W Info: Located on the Potomac River, Capital Cove Marina features docks, open slips with electricity, dry-lot storage, transient berthing, launching ramp, marina ramp pass, maintenance area, emergency pumping service, charter sailboats. Available rentals include canoes, single or double kayaks, hobie kayaks, stand up paddleboards, pontoon boats. Hourly boat rentals for walk-in customers only. Reserving boats in advance must pre-pay for the whole day.
Destin Marina, Destin Website: https://benning.armymwr.com/programs/destin-army-recreation-area Phone: C-850-837-6423 Address: 557 Calhoun Ave, Destin FL 32541 GPS Coordinates: 30°24’40.0″N, 86°29’55.1″W Info: Destin Marina has a fishing pier (FL fishing license required), rentals for kayaks and paddle boards, pontoon boats, jet skis, and offers fishing charters. Guests must have a Boater Safety Certification to rent a motorized boat. Boat launch for on-property guests only. Check website for pricing.
Ben’s Lake Marina, Eglin AFB Website: https://www.eglinlife.com/marina/index.html Phone: C-850-882-7730 Address: 2808 Boatner Rd, Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542 GPS Coordinates: 30°27’13.4″N, 86°32’34.8″W Info: Eglin Outdoor Recreation offers boat storage at Ben’s Lake Marina – wet slips (47), outside dry storage (92 boats), inside storage (198 boats). Check website for pricing.
Postl Point Marina, Eglin AFB Website: https://www.eglinlife.com/outdoorrec/index.html Phone: C-850-882-5058 Address: Postl Point, Desoto Rd, Eglin AFB, FL 32542 GPS Coordinates: 30°28’58.7″N, 86°28’43.2″W Info: Wet slips available at Postl Point. Equipment rental includes pontoon boats, kayaks, paddle boards, pedal boats, water skis, wake skis. Check website for pricing.
Mulberry Cove Marina, Jacksonville Website: https://www.navymwrjacksonville.com/programs/b2702f91-380f-49de-8026-0c76fa923049 Phone: C-904-542-3260 Address: Bldg. 1072 Ranger Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32212 GPS Coordinates: 30°13’07.2″N, 81°40’24.2″W Info: Slips, moorings and dry storage are available on a daily, monthly and yearly rental basis. At the slips, fresh water and 30/50 power is available. Live-aboards are permitted only on a temporary basis. Patrons can learn to sail, canoe and fish. The Marina offers a wide array of rental equipment including kayaks, canoes, surfboards, stand up paddleboards, fishing kayaks and Flying Scot sailboats. Power boats include pontoon boats, Boston Whalers, 14-foot Trackers and Edgewater center consoles with fish finders. To rent a powerboat, a Florida Safe Boater card is required. The card is available free of charge online at www.boatus.org/florida. Reservations for powerboats must be made in person with a $25 deposit. Sailing instruction classes and intramural sailboat races are available March through October. Surfing/stand up paddle board classes are available by appointment only. Check website for pricing and monthly specials.
Mulberry Cove Marina | Jacksonville NAS
Hurlburt Field Marina, Hurlburt Field Website: https://www.myhurlburt.com/pages/marina.html Phone: C-850-884-6939 Address: Bldg. 92473, 100 Corlew Rd, Bld 92473, Hurlburt Field, FL 32544 GPS Coordinates: 30°24’32.3″N, 86°42’32.0″W Info: Hurlburt Field Marina features a boat launch ramp, temporary wet slips on a limited basis and nightly boat trailer parking. The fleet includes a series of 20 foot pontoon boats and several 17 foot center consoles. The Marina also has for rent waverunners, knee boards, water skis, sailboats, single and double canoes and kayaks, paddleboards, pedal boats, fishing kayaks, fishing gear; and bait, ice and gasoline for sale. Outdoor Rec offers fishing charters. Outdoor Rec requires all motorized boat renters to complete online Florida Certification from Boatus.org unless the customer has a boater safety card from another state that is NASBLA certified. Check website for pricing.
Sigsbee Marina, Key West Website: https://www.navymwrkeywest.com/programs/27d780a2-f8e3-49d8-9758-55c98505f07f Phone: C-305-293-4434 Address: Bldg. V-3000, Sigsbee Park, Key West, FL 33040 GPS Coordinates: 24°35’03.0″N, 81°46’19.7″W Info: Located on Dredgers Key in Sigsbee Park on the North side of Key West. Marina transient wet slips available – insurance and registration of vessels DoD owner is required. The marina also rents a 21′ Center Console fishing boat. Florida State safe boating card required for eligibility of power boat rentals and there is a gas refill charged upon return. Rentals are on a first-come, first-serve basis and dive tanks are not permitted onboard the rental boats. Kayaks (single or double) and stand up paddleboards available for rent. Complete the Florida State Boating Course at least one day before boat rental, at http://www.boatus.org/florida. Visit website for more information.
Boca Chica Marina, Key West Website: https://www.navymwrkeywest.com/programs/2e66f2c5-f885-481a-8c48-74255891a53b Phone: C-305-293-2402 Address: Bldg. A-4194, Boca Chica Field, Key West, FL 33040 GPS Coordinates: 24°34’37.1″N, 81°42’28.9″W Info: Located onboard the Naval Air Station on the West side of Boca Chica Key, the marina consists of 121 slips and 20 moorings. Boca Chica Marina provides long term and short term boat slips. The Marina amenities include the Navigator’s Bar and Fly Away Cafe, showers, laundry and pump-out services. There is a beautiful swimming beach with covered picnic areas and grills. The Marina rents kayaks and stand up paddleboards.
MacDill Marina, MacDill AFB Tampa Website: http://macdillfss.com/mainmenusub-rc.aspx?SectionID=433 Phone: C-813-828-4983 Address: Bldg 654, 9909 Marina Bay Dr, MacDill AFB, FL 33621 GPS Coordinates: 27°49’22.8″N, 82°29’03.0″W Info: At building 60 there are long-term wet slips and dry storage for boats. Temporary wet slips available (3-day maximum) with or without dry storage. The Marina houses a retail store that sells live and frozen bait, fishing tackle, fuel, propane, beach, RV supplies, and more. Rental inventory includes boats with motors (including an ADA pontoon boat), canoes, stand up paddleboards, kayaks (single or double), fishing kayaks (single or double) and water safety equipment. See website for pricing.
NSA Panama City MWR Marina, Panama City Website: https://www.navymwrpanamacity.com/programs/6755a8bf-4e17-476d-94fb-3a614e051ae6 Phone: C-850-234-4402 Ext. 3 Address: 101 Vernon Ave, Bldg. 327, Panama City, FL 32047 GPS Coordinates: 30°10’56.3″N, 85°45’10.2″W Info: The Marina offers recreational boat storage of several types, to include covered dry storage and uncovered trailer storage. The Marina can provide last minute needs such as a variety of tackle, camping and picnic items. Rental items include kayaks (single or double), canoes, paddle boats, paddleboards, kayak/canoe trailer. Visit website for pricing.
Blue Angel Park Outpost Marina, Perdido Bay Pensacola Website: https://www.navymwrpensacola.com//programs/cb985317-0522-4f8f-9bd3-56b0f1051cbd Phone: C-850-281-5489 Address: 2100 Bronson Rd, Pensacola, FL 32506 GPS Coordinates: 30°23’13.4″N, 87°25’40.1″W Info: Water rentals include paddleboards, single or double tribe kayaks, sailboats (proof of sailing certification and experience required), boats requiring “Mate A” certification (Sunfish, Aquafin, Laser, AquaCat), boats requiring “Skipper B” certification (American 14.6, American 18, HobieCat Getaway), boats requiring “Skipper B Keelboat” (Compac 16). Sailing classes offered 1 April – 30 September. Call the marina for information, pricing, and reservations, visit website for details. Property dry storage available.
Perdido Bay | Photo Courtesy of Pensacola Naval MWR.
Sherman Cove Marina, Pensacola Website: https://www.navymwrpensacola.com//programs/9e734b63-d9a3-422f-9433-089f70214e04 Phone: C-850-452-2212 Address: 3541 Radford Blvd, Bldg. 4151, Pensacola, FL 32508 GPS Coordinates: 30°20’05.0″N, 87°19’29.3″W Info: Sherman Cove Marina offers safe dockage to include floating wet slips, transient stay (not to exceed 14 days), secured outdoor dry storage, two boat launch ramps, and a four station rinse/flush bay area for privately owned power boats. For transient contract requirements, email SCMarina@mchsi.com. Boat rental available (hour, half day, full day). See website for full rental vessel information, pricing, and requirements/regulations/boundaries. The Marina is located in the Northeast corner of Big Lagoon (ref. chart # 11378) and monitors VHF Channel 16.