Within easy reach of downtown Pensacola, the Palafox Pier and Yacht Harbor provides convenient moorage for those visiting this hub of the Emerald Coast by boat—and a jumping-off point for those looking to get on the water!
Offering 92 slips in a roughly 15-to-17-foot-deep basin along the Inner Harbor Channel of Pensacola Bay, the Palafox Pier and Yacht Harbor—set at the southern end of South Palafox—comes stacked with amenities for boat owners paying a visit to the Western Gate to the Sunshine State. Those amenities include handicap-accessible ramps and fuel docks with non-ethanol gas, diesel, oil, and waste pump-out. You’ll also have access to restrooms with showers, laundry facilities, and a shop selling such necessities as ice, water, soda, and beer.
The floating docks are protected by a locked gate controlled via a keypad. Vessels as long as 175 feet can utilize the Yacht Harbor.
Along with a marina restaurant, the Palafox Pier and Yacht Harbor complex includes a 7,200-square-foot Harbormaster Building as well as the 21,000-square-foot Icehouse Building. The City of Pensacola is in the process of expanding mixed-use development at the pier and also improving visitor facilities, with new railings, lighting, and plazas among the planned upgrades for the near future.
Taking advantage of the rates for transient slips at the Palafox Pier and Yacht Harbor, you’ll find yourself just a hop, skip, and a jump from the heart of Pensacola and many of the city’s major attractions. Those include the home stadium of Pensacola’s Minor League Baseball team, the Blue Wahoos, over at Admiral Fetterman Field along the same stretch of waterfront. You’ll also be near the Pensacola Children’s Museum, the Pensacola Little Theatre, and a whole slew of restaurants and bars.
Even if you’re not a boat owner, you may well find yourself headed for the Palafox Pier and Yacht Harbor for an offshore adventure during a Pensacola visit. Several charters and tour companies moor here, offering cruises, fishing trips, and other outings. You can also rent sailboats here and take sailing lessons.
Whether you’re docking at the marina for a day or two—heck, maybe a week or two—in Pensacola, or you’re coming down here for a charter fishing trip or to rent a boat, the Palafox Pier and Yacht Harbor is definitely one of the hubs of the Pensacola waterfront!
– If you are looking to steer your boat into the Yacht Harbor, the red awning of the marina’s restaurant is a good landmark for zeroing in on the entrance.