Shelter Bay Marina

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Shelter Bay Marina, Panama

Shelter Bay Marina a mega yacht marina in Panama is strategically situated at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal.  With operations starting in 2005, this historical marina was formerly called Fort Sherman and operated as a US military base.  Dotted with relics both old and new the marina is surrounded by 2,000 acres of unspoiled tropical forest and is the perfect base for yachtsmen and boat owners who wish to make the most of their visit to Panama with a wonderful location for cruising, sport fishing and more.

The Shelter Bay Marina has the capacity for mega yachts up to 270 feet and boasts an impressive dock system showcasing protected docks in crystal clear waters.  With ample maneuvering room and the protection of the Panama Canal breakwater, Shelter Bay is a great homeport suitable for live-aboards as well as a great stopping point for your journeys through the Panama Canal.

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The marina has over 6000 ft. of dock with side tie slips for vessel up to 300 ft. with drafts of 22 ft.  Each slip at Shelter Bay is equipped with metered electricity and all the services expected from a first-class marina catering to experienced sailors. From modern electrical services with both standard American and European outlets (60 hz), to wifi, a 100 ton travel lift haul out, maintenance and storage facilities and more.  There is also a restaurant and hotel with pool/jacuzzi and fitness center on site.

With a clearly marked entrance and 24-hour security, paired with amenities and some of the finest marina services, Shelter Bay is the best location for Canal transits, or as a base for exploring San Blas and Bocas del Toro Islands.  Located outside of the hurricane risk zone, you’ll feel safe and sound enjoying your adventures in Panama.

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9.3697° N, 79.9511° W Situated directly beside the 14,000 acre San Lorenzo National Park and just 70 miles from San Blas Islands, one of the true gems of the cruising world.

Marina Services & Features:

  • Mega Yachts up to 270 feet
  • 100 Ton Travel Lift
  • Electricity
  • Fuel
  • Port Captain
  • Immigration
  • Security – controlled access area with 24/7 security gate, guards and monitors.
  • South of Hurricane Risk Zone
  • Shuttle Service
  • Dry Storage
  • Maintenance
  • Haul-out
  • WIFI
  • Free potable water
  • Mini-market
  • Gym
  • Pool/Jacuzzi
  • Hotel
  • Dock & Bar Restaurant
  • Laundry Services
  • Showers