Marina Spotlight: St Johns Yacht Harbor

By July 22, 2022August 19th, 2022Dock, Explore

Johns Island is a destination where boaters can find some of the best beaches in all of South Carolina. And for a state famous for its picture-perfect beaches, that’s saying a lot! It’s also where boaters can find St. Johns Yacht Harbor marina, renowned for its unrivaled amenities, location and friendly staff.

Is Johns Island a real island?

You bet your booty! It’s actually the largest island in the state of South Carolina, and the fourth largest in the eastern United states. It’s  84 square miles in area and is separated from the mainland and neighboring islands, Wadmalaw, Seabrook, Kiawah, Edisto, Folly and James islands, by the Stono and Kiawah rivers. 

A remarkable host of diverse wildlife species, on land, in the water and in the air, call this island home. As does the legendary Angel Oak, the largest live oak East of the Mississippi.

Why are so many boaters heading to Johns Island?

It could be the natural beauty, bucolic beaches and relaxed southern charm. Or perhaps it’s the colorful history – with some buildings predating the birth of our nation. The truth is, there is always something to do and explore on Johns Island. From natural parks to shops, restaurants and local farmers markets, it’s oh so easy to enjoy life on the island. 

Fun things to do on Johns Island

With so much to choose from it’s effortless to find activities to please and delight every member of your crew. Most are so much fun you’ll want to do them more than once! Here are just a few:

– Head to Angel Oak Park to marvel at the massive live oak tree said to be over 400 years old. Some claim it could be as old as 1,500 years. This amazing tree covers a remarkable 17,000 square feet! Pack a picnic lunch and dine in the shade of its massive canopy.

-Stroll Freshfields Village where you’ll find a dozen cafes and restaurants to choose from, as well as over 30 unique shops including boutiques, wine shops, artisan, spas and grocery stores.

-Pick up the freshest and tastiest local produce and treats at Sea Island Farmers Market. Local farmers, artisans and food trucks will fill your belly and your gally.

-If you have a passion for horses and are looking for an unforgettable experience, head to Eden Wind Farm. On this beautiful farm you can ride their magnificent trained horses. Staff members will teach you how to feed and take care of them. It’s a memorable event every member of your crew, regardless of the age, is sure to appreciate.

-Roughly one-third of Johns Island falls within the city of Charleston’s limits. So, if you want even more to choose from, it’s just 12 miles to downtown Charleston – where the fun never ends!

Best place to dock on Johns Island

At the heart of Johns Island is the St. Johns Yacht Harbor. This attractive facility is packed with second-to-none amenities and undeniable southern charm. Nestled just off the Stono River, it affords visitors a scenic boat ride through the inner waterways of South Carolina.

The marina has daily, weekly, and monthly transient rates available for vessels up to 100 feet LOA. From the moment you cruise up to your slip on the floating docks, you’ll feel completely at home. Guests enjoy the best amenities including pristine restrooms and showering facilities, a sparkling swimming pool, a club house with a roomy event space, a ships store with all the necessary provisions, a fuel dock and more. Plus, the marina is pet friendly so your four-legged crew member will feel just as welcome. And because the gang at St. Johns Yacht Harbor anticipates your every need, they have a courtesy car for your convenience. 

Johns Island and the St. Johns Yacht Harbor make a destination you need to add to your boating bucket list this season; it will be worth it!

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Jo Montgomery

Author Jo Montgomery

Jo is a lifelong boat lover and writer. She learned the ropes of boating on her family’s 36’ Carver at the Jersey (joy-see) shore. With over 30 years of writing under her belt, she delights in seeking out, and sharing, the things most important to fellow boating enthusiasts. Jo now lives in Connecticut, near the water she adores, with her husband, two children and large, hairy dog. She is over the moon to be part of the Snag-A-Slip crew!

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