Boating season is right around the corner! If you haven’t decided where you want to plan your adventures this season, here are Snag-A-Slip’s 2019 top destinations.
Cape Cod, MA
Cape Cod, Massachusetts is known for its summer season. Visitors often come between May and September to enjoy wonderful beaches and fun in the sun. Perfect for families, Cape Cod is a great destination for some quality time with kids. Cruise on over to Chatham, located on the elbow of the Cape. With its old Cape Cod quaintness, vast pristine beaches and surrounding ocean, Chatham has great appeal.
Where to Stay:
Outermost Harbor Marine
Proudly, Outermost Harbor Marine has been named Best Marina in Chatham three years running and has been nominated for the Hall of Fame. The marina has gorgeous natural views of the water’s edge and surrounding vegetation, accompanied by fantastic amenities that will make your stay a picturesque getaway.
Old Saybrook, CT
Guests looking for a relaxing escape in a small, friendly town will fall in love with Old Saybrook, Connecticut. This charming community is full of sights to see and history. Visit the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, known to locals as The Kate, to learn about Old Saybrook’s most beloved and celebrated resident before you sit down in the auditorium for a spectacular musical, theatrical, or dance performance.
Where to Stay:
Saybrook Point Marina
Saybrook Point Marina in Old Saybrook, Connecticut is located at the mouth of the Connecticut River. The marina provides world-class amenities and features exquisite high-touch customer service for boaters looking to get away for a while. The marina itself is part of the luxurious Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, a beautifully appointed and tranquil property with everything you need to have a relaxing stay.
One of Maryland’s largest, fast-paced cities, Baltimore always has something new and exciting going on. From family-friendly events in the Inner Harbor to upscale shopping and dining in Harbor East, there is always something to do here! There are amazing marinas located all around the Baltimore area. If you’re planning a trip to this intriguing city, here are our favorite places to stay.
Where to Stay:
Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina
Inner Harbor Marina in downtown Baltimore, Maryland is in the heart of this upbeat city. Being just steps away from great dining and attractions, this is the perfect marina for almost every boater. When staying at Inner Harbor Marina, you can check out everything Baltimore has to offer, from the National Aquarium to a baseball game at Camden Yards. There are also plenty of dining options right by the dock, covering all cuisines from Asian to Italian.
Harbor East Marina
Harbor East Marina is the prime location for boaters looking to stay and play in Baltimore. Located in the heart of the city, the Harbor East area of Baltimore boasts 12 square blocks of fine dining restaurants, boutique and luxury hotels, bars, clubs, and fantastic national retailers, including Under Armour, Whole Foods, and Anthropologie. The marina is also within walking distance of Little Italy and Fell’s Point for boaters looking to get out and explore some of Baltimore’s fine history.
Lighthouse Point Marina
Lighthouse Point is right in the heart of Canton, one of downtown Baltimore’s most popular neighborhoods. This marina is located just minutes from some of the best restaurants and bars in town. With everything from the freshest seafood to one of the best ice cream shops around, there is something to please the whole crew. Their pool, Swim Club, is also located on-site to give you a chance to cool off from a long day of fun in the sun.
The nation’s capital is always bustling with exciting events, delicious food, and of course, is rich in history. Whether you want to spend some time exploring the Smithsonian Museums, catch a National’s game, or just want to enjoy a tasty meal, D.C. has it all! There are plenty of places to dock to explore the best of the area. These are our recommendations for where to dock on your exploration.
Where to Stay:
The Wharf Marina
The Wharf Marina in Washington D.C is a world-class waterfront destination for residents and visitors alike. Boaters will enjoy being centrally located wonderful to shops, restaurants, and public areas including the waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks. Even better, the Wharf Marina is located just south of the National Mall, offering easy access to Washington D.C.’s most beloved monuments and memorials, art venues, sporting events, and more!
The Yards Marina
The Yards Marina is a fantastic family-friendly property located on the Anacostia River off of the Potomac in the heart of Washington D.C. Sitting on the water’s edge of the newly constructed Yards Park town center. This marina and its surrounding ecosystem have a little something for each family member to enjoy throughout your stay. Nationals Park is a quick walk away, so don’t miss out on a ball game in the nation’s capital. Every amenity that you will need while traveling is either at the marina or within walking distance from your slip!
National Harbor Marina
The National Harbor Marina is located south of Washington D.C., making it a great destination for visitors traveling in the DelMarVa area! Featuring all the amenities of a waterfront resort in addition to the facilities and professional staff, this marina is surrounded by an abundance of shopping, dining, and activities including more than 160 shops and 40 restaurants. From the National Harbor Marina, take a day trip to visit dozens of historic sites such as Georgetown, Mt. Vernon and Old Town Alexandria.
You can never go wrong with a trip down to the Caribbean! The crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, and incredible fishing will ensure the whole crew is busy and having a blast! Spend time relaxing with your favorite book on the beach or spend the day splashing around in the water. And after a long day, visitors can enjoy some of the freshest seafood around. The Bahamas is a great destination for couples or the whole family.
Where to Stay:
Chub Cay Club Marina
Chub Cay Club Marina is a luxurious marina located on the beautiful tip of Berry Island in the Bahamas. It is right on the edge of “The Pocket” known as the Billfish capital of the world. This beautiful spot is a fisherman and divers dream location. This full resort is the dream getaway for anyone that loves crystal clear water and dream-like beaches. Whether you spend the day laying by the pool or out on the water, this place has something for everyone!
Nassau Yacht Haven
Located on the crystal blue waters of Nassau in the Bahamas, Nassau Yacht Haven is a must-stop when cruising the Caribbean. Rich in history, the property is also loaded with fantastic amenities both on-site and within a quick walking distance. Offering everything from the oldest Dive Shop on the island to some of the best dining, you will have everything you need for a perfect Caribbean getaway.
Another warm and sunny destination, Mexico is always a great idea! With many resorts, sandy beaches, and wonderful local cuisine, this is a must-stop for any boater this year. There are also many resorts with marinas right on the property – offering the best of both worlds! Don’t stress about flying down when you can cruise on over to a wonderful resort-styled vacation.
Where to Stay:
Marina Puerto de la Navidad
Marina Puerto de la Navidad sits on Grand Isla Navidad Resort on the west coast of Mexico. This resort offers everything you could ever dream of! From the boating basics such as fuel, laundry, and wifi to numerous unique activities, this marina is a must-visit when planning your next getaway. With so many activities to choose from including windsurfing, water skiing, fishing, and even a 27-hole golf course, they’ll have just the right activity for you. In need of some R&R? Their on-site spa offers many different treatments including massages and facials to help you find your zen. Offering an abundance of both land and water fun and a variety of restaurants on-site, you will never be bored here.
San Diego, CA
Head out west to enjoy endless sunshine, outdoor fun, and a laid back vibe. San Diego, California has some of the best surf spots in the country. With plenty of outdoor activities from the beaches to hiking, you’ll never run out of activities! Spend some time tasting the local Californian cuisine. You’ll find delicious local dishes like fresh fish tacos to acai bowls.
Where to Stay:
Sunroad Resort Marina
Sunroad Resort Marina is a premier California boating destination, offering guests a wide array of resort-style amenities for the ultimate experience. Located in the safe harbor of North San Diego Bay, you will enjoy stunning views of the city throughout your stay, making for a picturesque weekend getaway.
Grand Rivers, KY
If you need an escape from a hustling and bustling city this boating season, look no further than Grand River, Kentucky. This is a perfect stop along your Great Loop journey! This small town is known for its escape from big-box stores, chain restaurants, and hotels. Here, visitors will find local gems in both dining and truly unique retail shopping. Connecting two of the largest man-made lakes in the U.S. you will find the heart of Grand Rivers, an old-fashion Main Street area like one that you remember from another time. Grand River is the definition of a quaint southern town with the quiet and laid back vibes you are looking for.
Where to Stay:
Green Turtle Bay Resort & Marina
Green Turtle Bay Resort & Marina has proudly earned the “Must Stop” designation among AGLCA cruisers. Along with being a needed rest for those doing the Great Loop, Green Turtle Bay is a vacation destination for boaters and “land-lubbers” alike. With rental condos ashore and lots of vacation amenities, Green Turtle Bay can turn your boating stop into a major reunion opportunity.