Sarasota is considered a premiere vacation destination, known for its world-famous sugar sand beaches and rich circus history, offering top tier amenities at its long line of five star resorts and fine-dining restaurants.
State of the art malls and exclusive boutiques draw retail enthusiasts from near and far, and a lively arts and culture scene allows the downtown to thrive and grow with the times. With the distinction of winning “National Marina of the Year,” Marina Jack is proving to be the crème de le crème among marinas and is proving that Sarasota excellence not only exists on land, but along Sarasota waterways as well.
Marina Dock Age Magazine honors marinas annually with highly coveted recognition. They base their awards on two categories, marinas with 250 slips and under, and marinas which offer more than 250 slips. Boasting over 316 slips, Marina Jack won the “National Marina of the Year” award in the latter category. Marina Jack has grown its original operation to include a restaurant that has branched off into other dining venues, a popular sightseeing and dinner boat, and much more. Situated on picturesque Sarasota Bay, Marina Jack specializes in long-term and transient docking. Sarasota’s natural beauty, artsy downtown area, beautiful architecture and impeccable amenities are appealing to boaters, who can easily pull up to a Marina Jack dock for a few days of relaxation, enjoying everything they might need, all within an arm’s reach. Marina Jack offers a concierge service to shuttle boaters back and forth making it convenient for people who like to dock and go, taking in a little sampling of each port they visit. In addition to the concierge shuttle, amenities include a full-service fuel dock, laundry facilities, bathrooms, and ship’s store.
Another unique draw for boaters is the Sarasota Bay Mooring Field that Marina Jack operates due to an agreement with the City of Sarasota. Up to 35 permanent moorings for vessels up to 100 ft. in length are available just offshore for those staying six months or less. All moorings have access to Marina Jack amenities, including a dinghy service.
Marina Jack anchors Bayfront Park with a prominent presence, featuring not only the award-winning marina, but also Marina Jack Restaurant and Marina Jack II. They also feature a yacht maintenance division that specializes in repair, maintenance and restoration of sailing and power vessels. The Marina Jack complex has been the setting for many eventful gatherings, whether to greet arriving friends as they sail their boat into port or to head out on early morning jaunts for a deep sea fishing excursion. Marina Jack Restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists for a fabulous dinner with a breathtaking view. Their event room is a popular venue for weddings and conferences, with the inspiration and beauty of Sarasota Bay creating a perfect canvas for a memorable occasion. The Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill provides a family-friendly environment for a relaxed lunch or dinner, and The Deep Six Lounge and Patio Bar is a great place to unwind and dine while listening to the smooth sounds at the piano bar. The Marina Jack II, a 96’ cruise vessel, takes passengers on dining and sightseeing excursions complete with air-conditioned salons, and outdoor decks to dine on the water, while exploring the Gulf of Mexico and Intracoastal Waterway. From the water, the marina and familiar restaurant are welcoming beacons to boaters making their way back to land after exploring the wonders of the waters along Southwest Florida.
Marina Jack’s recognition as “National Marina of the Year” is an impressive honor, given the number of qualifying marinas throughout the United States. And in a time when Sarasota is making the “best of” lists and is on the radar of many who think this could very well be paradise, another nod has just been given to Southwest Florida’s city by the bay. For more information, please contact Marina Jack at (941) 955-9488. www.marinajacks.com
Photos: Marina Jack Edit 1a courtesy of Clyde Robinson on Flickr, commercial use allowed.
Love at Marina Jack courtesy of Jonathan Martin on Flickr, commercial use allowed.