Between the Indian and Banana River Lagoon on Merritt Island
Friday June 22, 2018
Along the four mile stretch of the barge canal on Merritt Island is the Harbortown Marina and it's waterfront restaurant, boat storage (both dry and wet) and facilities. Harbortown Marina is located on the south side of the Barge Canal and can be accessed from both land and water.
According to their web site the marina has private rooms available for overnight guest and the marina offers a protected deep water access to both the Banana River and the Indian River Lagoon (Intra Coastal Waterway) and is less than 30 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.
Fuel is available and is open late by appointment offering discounts to contract customers. Call for launching rack and cradle storage boats 7 days a week, 8am till 3pm with just one hour notice with more time is required during holidays and special events.
Boat slips offer 30 amp ~ 50amp service, water and television cable hookups. Two forklifts and a 70 ton travel lift up to 64 foot is available and there is complete boatyard and vendor repair services available on site.
2700 Harbortown Drive
Merritt Island, FL 32952
Waterfront Restaurant & Bar
On long days of fishing we've occasionally took customers to the Nautical Spirits Bar & Grill located directly on the water overlooking the beautiful boat slips and the Barge Canal cutting across Merritt Island.
"There you can get a good hot meal on a cold day or a cold drink on a hot day," explains Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides. "It's a rare occasion that I invite my customers for a waterfront meal at a restaurant, but sometimes if the fish aren't biting or we need shelter from a nearby thunderstorm, I've motored to Harbortown on the barge canal for a diversion and one of their good hamburgers or fish sandwiches they're known for."
Points of Interest on the Barge Canal
Traveling from east to west along the the barge canal you will immediately notice various boat yards and junky looking marine scrap yards on the south side. Further into the waterway you'll discover Harbortown Marina also on the south side. Traveling farther west is the Sea Ray boat factory immediately east of the State Road 3 draw bridge. Dining and docking is provided by Harbortown Marina and the food is well liked by many locals.
Passing under the SR3 bridge you see the ruins of the once popular Tingley's Fish Camp where weekly mullet fries and dining where common place into the 1960's. Once a popular fishing destination, this has become a ghost town as the Manatee Restrictions prohibited the business from flourishing.
Fishing destinations in the Banana River, Harbortown Marina in Merritt Island has dry storage, boat slips, and a restaurant.
Last modified: October 25 2015 22:23:11.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©