by jb0176 on Aug 23, 2019
We really enjoyed our stay. The bathrooms were clean, the restaurant was very good as well. We came for lunch, dessert, after dinner drinks. We got to enjoy movie night on Thursday night. We came mid-week Tuesday- Friday to escape the crowds. My family really enjoyed this marina compared to other parts of Fire Island and other marinas Because the docks and facilities were newly updated (after Superstorm Sandy) and because it was quiet, peaceful and the park itself was left undeveloped and natural so we could enjoy more of the beach and wildlife. The teenage dock staff were left on duty midweek and were a bit disorganized. We pretty much handled the docking ourselves.
by jholland8912 on Aug 23, 2019
First time there - very nice facilities- we had a good lunch at the restaurant
by tscheuer172 on Aug 20, 2019
The place is so peaceful and the staff so friendly plus we learned about the park from the Park Rangers. I would highly recommend this marina & park to everyone!
by jp3700 on Aug 19, 2019
dj saturday nite was fun
by lyurick on Aug 19, 2019
Awesome time we will be back
by christina1422 on Aug 18, 2019
Great slips! Good staff & Beach is amazing :)
by nortelny1 on Aug 13, 2019
Our stay was amazing, we love it there and the dock master is a great person he always is there ready to help out and the team of people he has working for him are great. We can't wait to return...
by peteski on Aug 12, 2019
Great weekend, perfect weather. Plenty of friendly people
by rxtosea on Aug 12, 2019
Dockhand met us at our reserved slip and had an electrical adapter ready for us . Breezy conditions so no mosquitoes . Had a great rum punch at the outdoor bar to live music and a lobster roll the next day for lunch at the restaurant. Add in the ocean beach just over the boardwalk plus wildlife and it makes for a great weekend.
by budman1985 on Aug 11, 2019
Excellent time and the restaurant was Great food was very good and the service was great had excellent time but the restaurant service was a very slow Doug and the entire staff were excellent
by andrew7382 on Aug 11, 2019
Great marina very friendly and helpful staff
by ajpetraco on Aug 06, 2019
Restaurant staff was very friendly and responsive, food was ok, would have liked a little more variety, marina is great but could not deal with the mosquitos.
Would be there 2-3 times a month if they got the bugs under control.
I am retired and live in Moriches and boat over to Westhampton Beach every week during the summer.
by ohdelco on Aug 05, 2019
Watch Hill is the best place for family to enjoy the beach and boating scene. Live music and many well planned events for daytime and evenings for everyone. Bathrooms and showers are unchanged and they really need an upgrade and a system to keep the mosquitoes out. It’s bad!!!
Docks are in perfect shape but be prepared for the electrical to have glitches due to a very sensitive GFI system. Check your boat before you go!!
But the beach is beautiful as are the views and wildlife- except the mosquitoes 😬! Bring repellent.
by tommyfmu on Aug 04, 2019
Friendly people, nicely slower paced environment, plenty of natural surroundings and wild animal life.
by patience on Jul 30, 2019
The Watch Hill Location is a priceless treasure and the Team who has taken over the contract for running the Facilities is working hard to bring more and better services to the boating community. Issues from last year, power, lack of WIFI, high dockage rates, consignment "start up mode" have been solved and even many fewer mosquitoes (very few), which this location, in the past has been famous for. A very good menu and equally good service at the restaurant allowed us that option as well. Doug, Lee and their Team are doing a great job developing this location. We actually extended our stay several days and received a multiple day discount which was greatly appreciated. Other marina's on Fire Island can be a bit wild on the week-ends but Watch Hill has been able to maintain a balance of folks, older and young that provide a good mesh.... only one request to folks seeking dockage... please keep the political flags in the lockers please.... lets allow all to enjoy without bringing that element of "life" into the fold..... Thanks and thumbs up! MV "Patience"
by wgoercke on Jul 29, 2019
Excellent stay! Everyone was accommodating! Doug, Tom, Bobby and staff were incredible! Great tours by the park rangers. This National Seashore park/marina is a real gem. Way under under utilized!! Definitely returning!
by ajburger on Jul 28, 2019
Great service and the personnel are very friendly and helpful. We love the family atmosphere.
by geokae on Jul 25, 2019
Had the right slip for our boat,park rangers very friendly.Will return there soon.
by lma on Jul 15, 2019
We have been "regulars" at Watch Hill for many years. We love the atmosphere here and usually spend all day at the beach. The new owners have brought many improvements including assistance docking, "glamping" and clean bathrooms. However, the mosquito problem remains and actually seems worse. I know there is not much that can be done since it is federal land, but, this must be a health hazard!
by stephenecherer on Jul 13, 2019
The only complaints we have are the mosquitoes. Bring plenty of insect repellent and avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk. Also we were disappointed that the band canceled Friday night. It would have been nice to have music while staying at the marina.Everything else was wonderful. Thanks to the new management and staff!
by bailey5697 on Jul 08, 2019
Stayed 8 nights over the July 4th holiday week. So quiet and peaceful. Thank you for a great week. See you soon.
by tron815 on Jul 08, 2019
A Great time again. Tom and Doug are working very hard and doing a excellent job. New upgrades every time I stay. Heading back in a few weeks and we can't wait !
by liono58 on Jul 07, 2019
A great marina. New concessionaire is doing a great job.
by tfarber34 on Jul 07, 2019
What a great place, these guys stepped it up for 2019.
by bradhunt on Jul 01, 2019
It was an amazing stay largely due to the tremendous dockmaster’s!
Yes we have a cancellation policy. It is posted on Dockwa. Thank you.
by dmatheson on Jul 01, 2019
Great place come here all the tome.
by mlabosco on Jun 30, 2019
Still my favorite beach on fire island. New manager is making a difference with new picnic tables, corn hole games, horseshoe pits, and live music & DJ on weekends.
by serenitynow on Jun 27, 2019
Couldn't have been better!! The whole marina felt new and clean. The staff from John at the dock to Tom to the waitstaff (our Saturday morning waitress was our Saturday afternoon bartender - great personality) cou;ldnt have been friendlier
by tduggan31 on Jun 24, 2019
John & his dock hands are right on their game. Help is there if needed. The staff is welcoming & friendly.
The Kitty Whooo
by jimbo4212 on Jun 24, 2019
Marina is great, music entertainment was great. restaurant service is horrible. Waited way too long to get Poorly made drinks. Ordered drinks and waited over 20 minutes and still did not get them. Had same issue last season, thought you would've worked that bug out. Beer selection is minimal.
by rocknrid on Jun 24, 2019
Always enjoy our family time at Watch Hill. Can’t wait for the free WiFi for boaters
by mfaz36 on Jun 16, 2019
Marina conditions are pretty good. I would’ve given it 5 stars but the bathrooms leave a little to be desired. Also, the showers are located further from the marina and they are cold water only. Not the best but for the price, can’t complain. Local store and food was pretty good.
by steveenoch on Jun 13, 2019
Excellent time. Be back in two weeks.
by johnnyboyzacconegmailcom on Jun 10, 2019
very nice stay no issues
by readyornot on Jun 09, 2019
Staff could not be nicer...on the dock or at the restaurant....clean facilities...fellow boaters were considerate as far as noise... we will be back
by jim_lorello on Jun 09, 2019
Great place , fantastic staff, very inviting.
Well managed facility
by bobterisch on Jun 03, 2019
Beautiful marina. Staff very friendly.
by czarcone on Oct 16, 2018
Thank you Tom, Doug, Maya, Emily & John.
by peysson on Oct 09, 2018
Were there this past weekend to attend the Friends of Watch Hill's big dinner party. What a group of fun people! We had a blast from Fri night through Sat night. The Corn Hole competition was a fun time for all competitors. So many laughs were had as we played and no one spilled their drink once! Already looking forward to next year as a member! Thanks to Whalehouse Point for the party food, fun bar, and their magnanimous gift of a week's stay at the marina as top prize in the raffle! Bill
by searay5000 on Oct 08, 2018
New concessionaire is doing great. Bar and restaurant were great. As usual - mosquitoes were tough. But still a fabulous spot!
by mross10033 on Oct 07, 2018
Don’t let the number of stars fool you. The marina and amenities are great as well as the employees and park rangers. The issue is all with the mosquito problem. They need to do something other then using the propane tanks. It’s not working. Your experience is miserable when all you do is fight off the bugs. There is a great opportunity to have something special but when the entire time is fighting off pests and wondering if your coming home with West Nile virus it ruins the time. Fix that and the place is great. The bathrooms also need to be updated. But that will come I’m sure.
by polkajta on Oct 07, 2018
The marina and dock master John was great and only the weather could have been better
by mrgee69 on Oct 07, 2018
Akways a great place to visit
by 2244rrb on Sep 17, 2018
We had a great 3 night stay, Doug was very help full and went out of his way to make sure things were good. Will go back next year.
by fs on Sep 03, 2018
Watch Hill is a great place. I have been going there for over 40 years. Doug and his crew have done a fantastic job running the marina this year. They have stepped up to try to give their patrons a nice experience. The renovation of the docks after "Sandy damage" and years of wear and tear was a success. Some minor electrical issues at the beginning of the season appear to have been fixed. The renovation should have included new bathroom facilities. The current bathroom are totally inadequate for the number of persons attemping to use them. The staff does a good job of cleaning but you can't clean old rusty fixtures. . They need replacement now.
The Parks Service also needs to step up to solve the mosquito problem. The bugs have taken over Watch Hill. Last weekend was the worst I have seen it in at least 10 years. It's time to spray the area to control the mosquitos. It's nice to have an ecological balance but humans are becoming the endangered species at Watch Hill.
by nysport27 on Aug 31, 2018
No need to beat the mosquito issue to death but it’s terrible. We’ve been going to Watch Hill for the last 7 years and can’t remember it being that bad during the day. It was so bad we decided to not get killed cooking. So we decided to eat in the restaurant. That was a bad decision. The doors were open so where do you think mosquito’s were...all over the walls. The food was mediocre at best. They turn the same thin small burger from the outside grill into a “fancy” gourmet burger by adding bacon and Gorgonzola cheese...and charge more than double the price. My recommendation would be to cook yourself and save the money.
by pwaldman on Aug 29, 2018
Love Watch Hill during the week when its not so crazy.
by boilerman1 on Aug 29, 2018
Some new improvements to docking. Mosquitoes are terrible, DON'T forget your bug spray. Would of been nice if they had spent some money on the restrooms.
by marke1328 on Aug 27, 2018
docks and facilities met my expectations. People at restaurant were very accommodating and we had a very good experience.
Negatives include, the lack of wifi. I need to keep in touch with my business, even when I'm away. Lack of wifi makes this difficult and stops me from spending more time at Watch Hill. The other major negative was the mosquitos. More needs to be done to control them. We were unable to spend much time on the deck due to the constant onslaught of the bugs. I was upset when I learned that a girl scout offered to donate bat houses as her badge project, and they were refused. Bats might be a good start to the control of the insects. Please reconsider. the addition of bat houses does not affect the natural order of Watch Hill and could help.
by viking50 on Aug 27, 2018
marina is fine, staff was great. bugs were out of control. grew up going there never remember it that bad. would not go back until after the weather cools or earlier next season.
by raf389 on Aug 27, 2018
Beautiful weekend and the marina has worked all all the kinks from the construction. Now if they could only do something about the mosquitos.
by kbrowning on Aug 27, 2018
Thank you Aiden. Very helpful and courteous.
by jennie on Aug 20, 2018
We had a great time! Even though we had a couple days of stormy weather we still enjoyed every day of our visit! It's actually fun to be here during a passing storm. It makes it exciting and adventurous!! 😳
The family running Watch Hill is super nice and friendly! They really seem to want to do whatever it takes to make people happy and want to vacation here!! The nicest part is, they really seem to care! 😊
I do wish the National Parks would renovate the bathrooms and showers!! That would make everyone's visit more enjoyable!! 😉
We will be back again one more time before the season ends!!
Jennie -Babylon Village
by sueraff on Aug 19, 2018
We didn’t have electric, as promised. Also waited 1.5 hours in restaurant to be served dinner and left without ever being served. Terrible service. Disappointed as we have been loyal watch hill visitors for many many years.
by hfireislandaolcom on Aug 13, 2018
Still power issues.. and expensive. Staff did all they could. GFI too sensitive on dock side. Very little to choose from on menu at restaurant. All employees were very friendly 👍
by tomkat09 on Aug 12, 2018
First time back since they reopened. Met the new “owners“, very nice and want the place to succeed. Have their teenage kids helping and they are a real nice family. Didn’t have any problems with the electric but heard others did. They are fixing it with the government. Out of their control. The restaurant food was delicious. I had a steak and it was one of the best I’ve had. Other items on the menu very good too. They also had nice music Friday and Sat night Only downside was the loss of the tiki bar, again out of their control. Some dip Sh$t in the government got rid of this and owners are trying to get it back. If I had to do over again, I wouldn’t have booked for 7 days because of new cancel policy — would only have booked for 3 or 4 then would have done day to day payments to give me flexibility to leave early if the weather changes. Give Watch Hill a try, still the same relaxing place. Owners are around and want to hear feedback to make it better — what more can you ask. Will be back to enjoy it again soon. Thanks for the great week.
by gkreppein on Aug 10, 2018
WE HAD A SMALL PROBLEM WITH THE GFI SYSTEM THAT THEY INSTALLED BUT WAS ABLE TO FIGURE IT OUT SO AFTER MY FIRST 30MINS OF NO POWER DOUG WAS ON THE PROBLEM AND GOT THE BOAT POWER!!! MY STAY WAS THE BEST I HAD IN MANY YEARS THE NEW STAFF CANNT DO ENOUGH FOR U
GEORGE KREPPEIN LINDENHURST NY 631 226 1448
I HAVE BEEN COMING THERE SINCE 1992
by photogesigner on Aug 07, 2018
We used to frequent WatchHill. Then they closed it to do repair work after Sandy. Some of the electric boxes are not working. The bathrooms are the same, no improvements. The docks are in very good condition. However, the rest of the place is underperforming. The mosquitoes are unbearable. A simple walk back from the beach and I was covered in dozens of bites. Sit on the dock and get chewed. Tried to escape the mosquitos by going to the restaurant / bar. The bar and restaurant have NO Air Conditioning or fans or music. Sit and sweat while eating. How can anyone expect to sit and eat or have a drink in a sweatbox? So socializing is pretty much out. No dock parties (bugs). No restaurant (sweat). No bar (no music & sweat). No walks to the beach (bugs).
Sad to see this beautiful destination lack the appeal it used to have.
by cathf21 on Aug 07, 2018
It was a wonderful day!
by robertecorrado on Aug 06, 2018
The new docks were great. The staff are all kids and no experience but I guess that’s all they can afford. The restaurant had no a/c and no fans. So impossible to eat there. Also $15 drinks! I do t think so! When my boat is 100 feet away stocked with alcohol I am going there before spending $15 for a drink. They do have a happy hour between four and six. But also extremely hot underneath the awning with no fans so I’m not going to sit at the bar whether it be inside or out and sweat my albutt off and spend $15 a drink. This will never last whoever took over this restaurant. Went to go get coffee this morning at the small café and was sweating my butt off. I sujested an umbrella for the people that are waiting. So we will see.
The beach was beautiful and the sunsets are incredible . I will be back but would love to use the restaurant maybe the owner will read these reviews and do something about it if not I really do believe this will never last for them.
by bgdmd1 on Jul 30, 2018
Besides the rates going up 50%. 1/2 the power towers didnt work which made it so the boats I went with couldnt stay together. The service at the restaurant was beyond bad and the mosquito infestation made it so you couldnt leave your boat from dusk until mid morning
by lowseas on Jul 30, 2018
Our recent stay at Watch Hill marina was ruined by mosquitos. The Park Services refusal to do anything to control these disease carrying pests defies reason. Millions of tax dollars were spent to renovate the marina but the overwhelming swarms of mosquitos render much of it unusable. To walk to the beach or use most of the park's other natural attractions is a painful and dangerous task. The marina is nice, the staff is very accommodating. and the location is outstanding. All of this is overshadowed by relentless swarms of mosquitos.
by georgeleace on Jul 22, 2018
The main breaker for my slip kept tripping. Not at the slip but at the main box. I had to have the staff reset it at least 10 times over two days. I was forced to use my generator one night because it was racing and I couldn’t open the windows and I lost power at 1 AM.
Hard to believe this brand new electrical system is already failing. Absolutely nothing wring with the boat. I have no issues with this at my home marina or at west Hampton we’re i stayed last weekend.
Love watch hill but extremely disappointed
by joelrobertrusso on Jul 21, 2018
Magnificent, immaculate, new docks, nice staff, great drinks at the bar, went to dinner in Davis Park 5 stars, - all boardwalk to get to Davis Park, beach pristine! NO PUMP-OUT WORKING! . They definitely need to fix this. Pump-out boat only comes on weekends. Showers cold FYI, we used our boat shower. Other than the pump out Watch Hill is a great vacation spot! Don't forget you need a 50 amp adapter here if you want electric.
by cagnotti on Jul 20, 2018
by 78544360 on Jul 09, 2018
The Marina looks great and the staff, dock master John , the reservationist Drew and the crew in the snack bar, couldn't have been more pleasant and accommodating. The weather held out and we had a great time this past weekend. We are looking forward to spending more getaways there this summer. Thanks again to all involved in getting this wonderful marina up and running again this summer. WELL DONE!!!!
by fiegas on Jul 09, 2018
We stayed 14 days, and had a wonderful time. The dockmaster John was very pleasant and accommodating. The new electrical system is reliable, but very sensitive. If a boat tripped their slip circuit breaker he worked with them to show them what was happening on their boat. The new concessionairs- Doug & Tom are very hospitable and are eager to meet any needs. They have hired numerous people, chefs, sous chefs servers, etc. and are teaching them to be customer friendly. The outdoor snack bar had lots of great choices, and the new full diner menu is wonderful. Of course, the beach, the clamming, the bay were so much fun. Highly recommend staying. We will return for sure.
by gbrown on Jul 08, 2018
The slip they told me 2 days prior D23 was already given to another boat. Told me to go to another slip but was too small. Gave me a slip without side access. Told me I would receive a 50 % discount because of their mistake but still haven’t yet. Very unprofessional and unorganized.
by jimlorello on Jul 07, 2018
Great National Park
by kevinjce280 on Jul 03, 2018
Firstly we paid cash for a slip at the marina because the reservation did not go through. Then we were charged through dockwa. We have called to rectify the charges but have not heard back.
The marina had a power outage which I know was out of their control, but the outage caused our battery charger in our boat to fry. Now we need to buy a new $400. Battery charger to replace it.
by giaria on Jul 01, 2018
Best boating day of the season! Happy to see watchhills reopen and worry free docking. Beautiful fire island seashore is spectacular and watchhill makes for a memorable experience!
by inspectorpaulieb on Jul 01, 2018
Seasoned boater. Docked at D30 No numbers on dockside. Stayed 2 nights. Just extended another day. Beautiful here
by wbasil on Jun 18, 2018
the docks & electric were very nice since they just renovated them. Bathrooms were old & falling apart. people were very friendly.
by swilsoniisl on May 29, 2018
Marina re-opened after a long renovation. Aside from some fresh wood around the visitors center and new electric posts there wasn't much of a noticeable difference. Boats near us on B dock were having electric issues but we had good electric all weekend. Disappointed to learn that the Tiki bar will not be opening again. Reservation system worked well.
by rinnie409 on May 27, 2018
Arrived at Marina on Friday to find, they had no 50 amp pigtails. When then went up to the store to find the snack shack was not open, the store had beer only and the restaurant was not going to be open. An 50 amp cord arrived 3 hours later that day. Was very surprised to find on a holiday weekend that they were so unprepared. Very dissatisfied with how it went. The only thing that went smooth was the increased rates charged to my credit card.