Shelter Bay Marina, at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal, began operations in 2005. We are very well placed to assist canal transits,and can also provide an excellent base for those wishing to take advantage of the wonderful local cruising, and sport fishing opportunities. We are next door to 14,000 acre San Lorenzo National Park, one of the premier birding locations in the world.
Undeniably, Panama is becoming a sought after destination for sailors: we are just 70 miles from one of the true gems of the cruising world, the San Blas Islands. It helps to be well south of the hurricane risk zone.
We can handle mega yachts to 270 feet on well constructed and protected docks in clear waters. All vessels from the biggest to the 30 footers can take advantage of convenient side-ties with plenty of maneuvering room. Not only do we have the protection of the Panama Canal breakwater, but we are further protected by the cove we share with the Panamanian Coast Guard.
We have all the services you would expect from a Marina catering to experienced sailors: modern electrical services with both standard American and European outlets (60 hz). Solid wifi internet. 100 ton travel lift haul out, maintenance and storage facility. A fine Restaurant and Hotel facilities to accommodate occasional guests (and those who wish to escape from their vessels while work progresses). We provide a bus service to the local mall just outside Colon. On site there is a Chandlery ready to listen to your needs and a mini market to attend to ‘no milk’ emergencies and a place to enjoy a morning coffee and croissant while waiting for the laundry cycle to finish. We also offer a laundry with washers, dryers and stuff to help you with your needs.
Security is provided and we can attend arrivals both day and night (please give some warning if arriving at dark). The entrance to the marina is clearly marked and there is room to turn a 250 feet yacht once inside. Draft varies from 5 to 25 feet with 80% of the berths falling into the 10 foot plus bracket.
Formerly called Fort Sherman and for many years a U.S. military base, we see relics both recent and old, reminding us of former times. Further afield beside the river Chagres is Spanish Fort San Lorenzo, a jewel from the Colonial era. Also enjoy the two thousand acres of unspoiled tropical forest, nature at its finest: a birdwatchers dream.