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Tidewater Yacht Marina

Portsmouth, Virginia - VA, United States

Tidewater Yacht Marina - One of the most Popular ICW Marinas in the Norfolk Area

Tidewater Yacht Marina is a must stop for cruisers on the ICW! Begin or end your journey on the intracoastal waterway (ICW) at Tidewater Yacht Marina! Located at Mile Marker "0", Tidewater Yacht Marina is a key stop for cruisers looking to fuel up, pump out, stock up and relax on the way up or down the ICW.

Boaters will enjoy having everything they need to cruise right at their fingertips from the moment they pull up to the docks. In fact, Tidewater Yacht Marina has recently opened a huge, fully-stocked West Marine on-site where boaters can stock up on marine parts, service items and provisions. The Marina also has a full-service yard and parts department complete with a 60-Ton Marine Travelift for haul outs. Guests looking to relax and have some fun won't be disappointed, either. Tidewater Yacht Marina is home to 757 Crave, a restaurant and bar serving casual fare and awesome drinks. There is also a floating pool and party deck where guests can lounge and mingle.

Last, but not least, Tidewater Yacht Marina is within walking distance of the Naval Shipyard Museum, the Lightship Museum, the Children’s Museum of Virginia, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the 1946 Courthouse Fine Arts Gallery, Community Arts Center and the Old Harbor Market. As a Suntex Marina, guests can expect the very best in customer service and facility maintenance.

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  • Bathhouse
  • Bars/Clubs Nearby
  • Fuel
  • Hotel/Lodging Nearby
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming Pool
  • Provisions
  • Pump-Out
  • Rental Cars
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Restaurant Nearby
  • Water Taxi
  • Tiki Bar
  • Towing
  • ValvTect®
  • WiFi
  • Liveaboard


36.84129 / -76.297971

Tidewater Yacht Marina

Portsmouth, Virginia - VA, United States


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Waterway Guide Review

Robert on November 17th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Martha B Power 42 ft 4.0 ft

What a great marina! Very clean and well maintained. Very helpful in assisting us to fuel up (their diesel tanks are down temporarily but Caitlin told us where to get fuel). Easy docking. Caitlin, Curt and Rick were all super friendly! I had a cold and was worried it might be COVID- pharmacies didn't open till 9 so they went to a grocery store (out of walking distance) and got me a COVID test!!!! Talk about ABOVE AND BEYOND! (I was negative!). Old town is a lovely walk from the boat. Plenty of cute restaurants and the buildings were really quaint. A lot of history there I am sure. Our first trip from Cape Cod to Fl and Rick and Curt gave us a lot of tips. Even though we had researched it, it is always reassuring to hear it from someone. Again, many thanks to Caitlin, Curt and Rick for their thoughtfulness. We will return on our way back!

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Geoff on October 14th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
SV Geru Sail 37 ft 3.0 ft

We spent four nights in October at Tidewater Yacht Marina after coming down the Chesapeake. When we arrived, there was a fair bit of confusion as to our slip and requirements, but to the credit of the dockmaster Curt everything was sorted out in a friendly and efficient manner. During our stay we found all the staff from Sarah and Cait in the office to the dock hands very friendly and helpful.
While we were there, the bathrooms under the restaurant were under renovation so were not available, but the bathrooms at the head of the dock had been renovated and were spick and span clean. The laundry facilities looked rather old, but worked well and were very reasonably priced ($2 a load for wash or dry).
We will definitely be staying here again!
If you are a "narrow" catamaran (fit in normal slips), you are best to call them for your reservation so you aren't charged the catamaran rate.

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Kirk on July 24th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Fancy Nancy Power 42 ft 4.0 ft

This is a good marina. Scott, the dockmaster was very helpful getting in and during our stay made sure we were appraised of the changes going on. It looks like he's doing his best to upgrade as much as possible.
Floating docks are good, but the finger docks need a little help.
Restrooms and Laundry are clean and functional. Looks like men's room was recently renovated.
Location was excellent. In Portsmouth, which is actually a little better than Norfolk. And it's only a $2 ferry ride to Norfolk.
Pool was interesting. It's on a floating platform, so it rolls and rumbles from passing ships. Not much, but you can feel it.
Restaurant was a bust. Food was OK, but not great. Bad part was they added an 18% gratuity to the bill, and they don't tell you about that. I'm not a fan, and if the owner decides on the tip, that's all they get.
All being said, would definitely stop here again.

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Ben on July 5th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Horizons Sailboat 30 ft 5 ft

New management is doing a great job. Keep it up!

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Jani on June 16th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Lorelei Sail 31 ft 3.4 ft

First, the marina was able to accommodate us on short notice (on Harborfest weekend) when our reservation was "misplaced" at another facility. Then we had engine trouble and the dockmaster comped our stay for the last night while we waited for parts. The marina has a brand new shower/restroom (in addition to the existing one), the docks are wide and uncluttered, the staff in the Ship Store was exceptionally friendly, and the restaurant had good food and amazing views. We will definitely go back there!

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Patrick on June 8th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Celebration 2 Sail 42 ft 6.0 ft

Didn't stay at the marina but just outside in the anchorage. They were very friendly when we went in with our dinghy helped us tie up and even helped unload our bikes. Not what we expected but very much appreciated.

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Brian on May 19th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
YOLO Power 27 ft 2.0 ft

Great marina and location. Had an extended stay here. Great restaurants. No fuel and ok facilities.

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Carol on November 25th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Sweet Dreams Sailboat 38 ft 6 ft
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Bill on November 11th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Northstar Sail 43 ft 5.0 ft

Stayed 1 night. We were having battery issues. From the moment we arrived and told GM, Mason, of our issues, he went above and beyond to help us out. Was on the phone until he found us new batteries, came BACK to the marina and drove us 45 minutes ONE WAY to get them, took the old ones out for us and installed the new ones. This was on a Friday night too. He is an asset to this marina!!
Fish & Slips Restaurant was good too. This is the place to be.

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Robert on October 1st, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Morning Starr Power 34 ft 3.5 ft

Stayed September 1 and 2, 2021. Dock hand was excellent in helping us dock in high winds. Had planned to stay three nights but the showers were dirty and unkept. We did have a nice trip across the river to Norfolk.

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John on September 10th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Hydrophilic Power 39 ft 3.7 ft

Good docking help from Katherine. We were on a floating dock but they also have fixed docks. Docks are sturdy; easy entrancee; good depth. Restaurant on site. Not quite as protected as Waterside (across the river) but not bad. Wifi was good

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KD on June 25th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
See Level Power 49 ft 3.0 ft

Positives: Great location to explore historic Portsmouth and Norfolk, walk dog. Dockhands very helpful and friendly. Good restaurant onsite that is popular with locals.
Negatives: bath/showers just ok. Many advertised amenities not working the entire time we were there (several weeks) - wifi didn't work, pool closed, pump out and diesel not available, could never find a cart for provisioning runs. Worse was the lack of communication about what was not available. Fixed docks (Our beam is 18') are old, crumbling, and underwater at peak 3.5' tides with any storm surge.
SUMMARY: Good for short stay on one of their floating docks, but way overpriced for lack of amenities and avoid if they want to put you on a fixed Dock.

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Ann on May 26th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Bees Knees Sail 45 ft 5.6 ft

Great marina and staff. Outstanding service, above and beyond the norm. The marina within walking distance to the post office, High Street with restaurants and shops. Food Lion is about one mile. Olde Town is a nice walk thru the historic area. The Commodore is a restaurant/theater that is open now. You can take the ferry to Norfolk to see the sites there also.

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Tom on May 15th, 2021:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Power 41 ft 3.5 ft

Stayed here for a week - nice spot. Floating docks are good. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Fish and Slips has great food. Restrooms and showers were just ok.

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Doug on May 7th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Norma Mae Sail 40 ft 5.0 ft

Made a reservation here after traveling N bound through the Great Dismal Swamp.
Arrived after hours, but the Manager, “Mason”, said he’d stay around to help us tie up in the gusting to 20 breeze. He was there and did help, which was great. The restaurant, Fish and Slips, was fair.
The Marina had no diesel fuel due to tank replacement project in progress, and their WiFi was not working.

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Simon on April 10th, 2021:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Power 22 ft 1.5 ft

The marina is in a very convenient location and easy to navigate with a small to mid size boat. It may be a little more difficult with a larger vessel. They have fuel docks and a nice restaurant overlooking the harbor.

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Jerrod on July 12th, 2020:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Rising Sun Sail 42 ft 6.0 ft

We had a bad experience here. Upon arriving we were assigned a slip. The young lady working the counter came out to catch our lines. Before we could fully pull into the slip and stop our boat she quickly tied off our stern spring line (short), which stopped the boat abruptly, swung our bow into the dock and our stern into the boat next to us. Luckily we were able to prevent any damage. She attempted to pull our stern in without using leverage from the dock cleat, at the same time one of the dock hands held our bow to the dock using a dock cleat. I politely asked her to cleat the stern line so i could properly use leverage to pull our stern towards the dock (18Klb vessel). She did cleat the line, but then yelled at me when I said the boat was too heavy to pull by hand. I then had to get the dock hand at the bow to let line out so we could straighten the boat. She then stormed off without offering to help hook up electricity, rudely telling us to come check in when we were done. We were in shock at this point, during check in they handed us a card, didn't tell us about the grounds, no more than 5 words from them even after asking questions. We tried to do laundry while there, again rude experience while asking for a key to the laundry room. The machines were in such nasty condition, (should have anticipated this after seeing the bathrooms) we promptly returned the key without washing our clothes. The marina it self is in a deteriorating state. The structural pilings on the main walkway leading to the parking lot are rotting below the water line. The dock and finger piers do have steal pilings so we felt our boat was secure. The marina is in a good location and it appeared work was underway to improve the structural issues and facilities. We will not be stopping here again and cannot recommend it to anyone else.

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Heather on November 9th, 2019:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Gina Lynne Powerboat 28 ft 3 ft

Very nice marina. Bathrooms were ok.

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Jimmy on October 26th, 2019:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Lollipop III Powerboat 44 ft 4 ft

Very convenient location at Mile Marker Zero. Great restaurant & ship store.

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Leslie on June 17th, 2019:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Caribbean Wings Sail 28 ft 4.0 ft

Very nice marina but substandard bathrooms. No plugs to blow dry hair and no hooks in the shower area for clothes. Would think a marina of this caliber would have nicer amenities in bathroom.

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Louise on June 8th, 2019:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Then Again Power 36 ft 3.0 ft

Tidewater Marina is in a great location in Portsmouth. It's so close to the historic downtown and waterfront area, and a terminus for the ferry that goes to and from Norfolk downtown. There are a lot of mega yachts here, but they are pretty well segregated from the smaller slips. Fairways are good size if you are our size! Fish and Slips restaurant is on-site, with good food and great view of the harbor. The reasons this is not a 5 are (1) fuel dock and pump out are difficult to get to and if you are not a large yacht, you have to climb up a ladder from your boat to the pier to fuel and pump and (2) we never did find the laundry room. There is pump out service at the slip by a 3rd party that must be scheduled and will only take 25 gals of black water at a time. (We have a 40 gal tank). The office will give you info on how to sign up for the pump outs. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

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John on April 29th, 2018:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Wanderer Power 40 ft 4.0 ft

Yes poor wifi, and the fairways are tight. But if you arrive late after hours look for a spot on the windward side of the westernmost finger pier. Just zip in against the wind, and hit reverse, no tricky maneuvering.

My 30 amp power was good. Staff was personable. Docks in good shape.

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Graham on October 6th, 2017:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Pro-Line Power 23 ft 2.5 ft

Tidewater Yacht Marina: Great marina that is well protected inside the break-water. Waterway Guide vessel stayed here 10/22 and was thoroughly impressed. The dock hands helped us secure our spot in our slip (always helpful). The Wi-Fi worked extremely well. We had a great meal at the restaurant, food and service was excellent. Restrooms were clean and in great condition.

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Ed on October 6th, 2017:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
ADONIA Power 60 ft 5.0 ft

Tidewater is a great marina. Good staff, great restaurant on site and clean facilities and docks. Across from Norfolk, you can ferry over to visit downtown Norfolk, or walk into Portsmouth for restaurants and shops. We stayed last fall on the way south.

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Harold on October 6th, 2017:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Browse about Power 36 ft 2.5 ft

Good stop. Good restaurant. Entrance a little tricky but worth the effort after being beat up on Chesapeake.

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Don on October 6th, 2017:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Invictus Power 55 ft 5.0 ft

Good location. Difficult in/out for our size due to narrow fairways. Low power (218v). Poor WiFi. Weekly rate is not much of a deal!

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