Alabama has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, thanks to the fine sand and gentleness of its waters. The state's shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico stretches for only 60 miles. However, the coastline that borders all of the coastal bays, bayous, and rivers extends another 600 miles. Read on to find out four of the best marinas in The Yellowhammer State.
The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach
Conveniently located on the Northern Gulf Coast, The Wharf Marina is equally accessible by yacht, airplane or car from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana. They offer shopping, entertainment, and other activities for the family, making them a great docking destination. They are also home to several popular events that include Orange Beach Billfish Classic, The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show, The Blue Marlin Grand Championship, and the renowned Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship series. Just a few steps away from other marina docks are The Wharf Amphitheater, a large Ferris wheel and lights, and sounds shows. If you want to spend a night or two in this marina, there's The Levin's Bend that has 9 floors of 1-4 bedroom luxury condominiums overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and the Marina at the Wharf.
Their marina amenities include techno-marine floating dock system, dockside fuel, on-site pump out facilities, Wi-Fi, Cable TV, 30, 50 and 100 amp electric hookups, multiple restaurants, bars, yacht brokers, slip rentals, transient slips, shopping, dining, convenience store, and amphitheater concerts. Also, deep-water, protected slips are available with a flexible leasing schedule for long-term rentals.
Orange Beach Marina, Orange Beach
Located at the center of Gulf Coast's finest beaches, bays, and bayous, Orange Bay Marina is a haven for sport fishing and boating. It is a full-service marina in a fully protected harbor with open and covered slips. The marina is conveniently accessible from the Gulf, TennTom, Intracoastal Waterway, Mobile or Pensacola Bay.
They offer on-site engine or yacht repair, boat and yacht sales, electronics service, fishing charters, water sports, real estate offices, and a unique Dock Store. They have a restaurant called Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina, which is distinguished as one of the top 5 restaurants in the South by Southern Living.
A few minutes from the marina in the nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico lies an abundance of snapper, ling, mackerel, and grouper. A little further to the south, you'll find one of the most popular sport fishing areas in the world where mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna, and billfish are plentiful. If you're into competition, they also host big game fishing tournaments. The marina also offers 8 premier golf courses, local shops, and eateries.
Their on-site services include Saunders Yachtworks, Bluewater Yachtworks, Blue Reef Water Sports, Jet Ski Tours of Alabama, inshore and offshore charters, and boat washing and detailing service.
Their tenant amenities include 2 restaurants, on-site security, 6-bay fuel dock with Valvtect Marine Fuel, courtesy cars and ample parking, dockage for boats up to 130 feet in length, covered grilling and picnic areas, laundry center, and private showers & restrooms.
Barber Marina, Baldwin County
Located on the Intracoastal Waterway at Day Marker 74, Barber Marina is a world-class marina that offers concrete floating docks capable of mooring boats greater than 100 feet, a 400-slip dry storage building capable of handling vessels up to 42 feet and 42,000 lbs. Other marina amenities include a ship store, gasoline and high-speed diesel pumps, restrooms, showers, Wi-Fi, pump-out facilities, laundry services, 24-hour security and video surveillance, a full-service boatyard, and a marine center with factory trained technicians.
Trident Marina, Crane Hill
Carrying a large selection of new and pre-owned boat inventory, Trident Marina offers sales, services, and parts for boaters. They have highly trained technicians dedicated to maintaining and servicing boat brands that include South Bay, Berkshire, and Trifecta. Whether you need repairs or maintenance, they carry a wide selection of parts and accessories to help you maintain your boat. A good thing about their service is that if they don't have a certain part, they will order it for you. If you want to enhance your boating experience, they also offer boat customization.
Their service department offers full maintenance, boat warranty maintenance, winterization and summerization, tune-ups, 24/7 fuel, full boat detailing, hull cleaning and polishing, and acid washing.