Safe Harbor Essex Island


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Day Trip
First-Come, First-Served
11 Ferry St
Essex, CT 06426
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM

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309 Reviews

by Paul A. - Verified user on Jan 04, 2024
Great place great people

by Scott & Colleen F. - Verified user on Oct 17, 2023
Essex Island is always a great stay. Adam and his crew are the best.

by Fausto M. on Oct 12, 2023
Had a great "late season" stay. Facilities excellent, friendly and helpful team...and 30 seconds by ferry and you are walking on Main Street for shopping, food and scenery. We will be back!

by Ray G. - Verified user on Oct 09, 2023
Clean facility, very friendly manager & staff, superb ferry service. Always a pleasure to visit!!!!

by Alex W. - Verified user on Oct 04, 2023
Fantastic marina with most helpful staff. I asked for slip that was easy to get to and was given face dock that made for a perfectly easy arrival and departure. We also appreciated clean bathroom and showers. We are looking forward to visiting again next year....Alex & Linda
Marina Response:
Hi Alex and Linda! Thank you for the great review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the facilities and staff were to your liking. We also look forward to you visiting again in the near future. Until next time!

by Gary H. - Verified user on Oct 02, 2023
Always a relaxing place to visit. Staff still great.

by David H. - Verified user on Oct 01, 2023
Adam and his staff were very accomodating, The marina is very well kept, a great place to visit!

by William C. - Verified user on Sep 23, 2023
Great location very helpful staff.

by Joseph V. - Verified user on Sep 22, 2023
Great location. Staff is extremely friendly and helpful.

by Mike C. - Verified user on Sep 18, 2023
Used transient docking for late lunch at the Siren bar/restaurant. Young dockhands were flexible and helpful. The chicken sandwich and salad were good. The view/location is excellent. Will definitely visit again in the future.

by William F. - Verified user on Sep 17, 2023
Our stay was wonderful. Adam (the head of the marina) was great. I highly recommend the facility and his treatment of guests. First class all the way. And Essex is always a special town.

by John H. - Verified user on Sep 13, 2023
Beautiful marina, quaint village, friendly people everywhere. More $ than some other marinas but more value…you get what you pay for. We will be back.

by Warner H. - Verified user on Sep 11, 2023
Dock staff were great as well as the marina's facilities. Enjoyed dinner and musical entertainment at the Griswold Inn. A nice town to walk around. Recommend including on anyone's cruise list.
Marina Response:
Thank you for making your way back to the Island! We appreciate your review!

by JOHN C. - Verified user on Sep 11, 2023
We have had our boat docked at Essex Island for 7 years. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable, and the improvements to the marina over the years are outstanding. The marina has become a resort- upgrades to the outdoor furniture, the addition of hammocks and firepitsg, even the game areas of shuffleboard and cornhole have been improved. Many of the docks have been replaced. Couldn't be luckier to live close enough to keep our boat at Essex Island!

by Ric F. - Verified user on Sep 09, 2023
Wish we could stay longer. Awesome place and staff! Thanks

by Edward W. - Verified user on Sep 08, 2023
Nicest marina, best run, nicest customer service oriented people in the Northeast or anywhere that we’ve been to after 10 years of regular cruising.

by Les H. - Verified user on Sep 06, 2023
Wonderful team and great facility!

by Donald R. on Sep 06, 2023
Stayed at the Island for the Labor Day Weekend,Always an A+!!! Thanks guys for a great weekend ⚓️
Marina Response:
Thank YOU! We are so happy you had a pleasant stay :) See you again!

by Steven M. - Verified user on Sep 06, 2023
Clean facilities. Helpful, knowledgeable staff.

by Laurence R. - Verified user on Sep 06, 2023
Great location, several good places to dine within walking distance. Bath and shower facilities need to be updated.

by Anthony M. - Verified user on Sep 04, 2023
Essex Island Marina remains one of our favorite destinations for early and late season trips. It is a perfect venue to host family gatherings with the boat as home base.

by Mike S. - Verified user on Sep 04, 2023
Beautiful setting and amenities

by Florie E. - Verified user on Sep 01, 2023
Great Marina. Great staff!!!

by ronald m. on Aug 29, 2023
As always the personnel are professional while friendly, adroit while courteous and caring for safety. Can't beat it.

by William E. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2023
Great and helpful staff. Really enjoyed the pool.
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About Safe Harbor Essex Island

A true boating retreat for rendezvous gatherings, yacht club festivities, waterfront weddings, and more. Quietly placed on its own 13-acre island, Safe Harbor Essex Island is a waterfront destination for locals and cruisers alike. Unwind by the oversized pool, enjoy a game of volleyball with family, or explore the vibrant village atmosphere in nearby Essex.

ALL special requests (slip preference, boats you are traveling with, special electric needs, handicap needs, boat accessibility, etc.) NEED to be told to marina staff BEFORE your arrival. Day of arrival changes/add-ons may not be able to be accommodated. Thank you!

Please Note: We do not have moorings at Safe Harbor Essex Island. If you would like to request a mooring, please do so at our sister marina, Safe Harbor Dauntless Marina.


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water Hookup
  • Electrical

Listed Pump Prices

Last Updated on 08/25/2023 at 2:02PM

  • Regular Gas: $5.23

  • Diesel: $3.959


  • Service & Maintenance
  • Ship Store
  • Launch Service
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Ice
  • Swimming Pool
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Groceries
  • Hotel/Lodging
  • Restaurant
  • Floating Docks
  • Oil Recycling
  • Land Storage
  • Travel Lift
  • Captains Lounge
  • Pet Friendly
  • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles



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