Go restaurant hopping by boat! Hibiscus By The Bay Lifestyle Opportunities
The Hibiscus By The Bay lifestyle offers many recreational opportunities. One of which is the opportunity to go restaurant hopping by boat! With so many new residents as of late we thought it might be helpful to the new residents if we published a guide of sorts showing where you can go restaurant hopping by boat.
Vivian and I hopped in the boat one day to do some sight seeing and do a survey of all the restaurants, in this local area that you could travel to by boat and that also offered the ability to moor up, grab a bite to eat or a drink. We actually traveled to all the places in this post , moored up and verified that they do allow the general public to moor up as well. We took photos of each place and in some cases photos of the channel entrances.
We know many of the new Hibiscus By The Bay residents, who are boaters, may not be that familiar with our waters, so in the “go restaurant hopping by boat” list we have included gps numbers that I read at each place. You can put those GPS numbers in your chartplotter or handheld gps to help you navigate to the restaurants.
Each of these restaurants, we were told, are casual dress. So no fancy clothing requirements. 🙂 Even though we do clean up pretty well, we were pleasantly surprised when at Bay Point we were told that they are casual dress as well! 😉
We hope you find this post helpful. It sure was fun to do! By the way our favorite place to go by boat to have breakfast is Bayou Joe’s Marina and Grill. It is so cool because you can just slide your boat right up to the side of the restaurant, moor up, step out and you are right in the dining area!
My favorite is the Catfish and Eggs. Vivian’s is the Garbage Omelet. In the interest of full disclosure we have, at times, had not so great service (each time from one particular waitress) and served cold food. However, we keep going back because most of the time the food has been great and the service good. Its not a fast food place and where else can you go in your boat and step out into the dining area…its just plain neat. 😉
The GPS numbers for Bayou Joe’s Marina and Grill N30 9.14, W85 39.532.
When going to Bayou Joe’s you’ll go past the east side of the Panama City Marina, just like if you were going to get fuel or going to the boat ramp. You are heading to Massalina Bayou. Look for the draw bridge. Prior to getting to the Bayou there is a draw bridge. It you have too much height to pass under the bridge you can hail the draw bridge on VHF channel 9. They will raise it for you. The GPS numbers for the draw bridge are N30 9.065, W85 39.593.
The GPS numbers for Uncle Ernie’s N30 10.185, W85 42.239.
To find Uncle Ernie’s pass by the north side of St. Andrew’s Marina, N30 10.150, W85 42.280. You may see the BetsyAnn paddle wheel river boat moored up at the marina. Uncle Ernie’s will be dead ahead. You’ll see a very long dock where you can moor up. I recommend you use fenders unless you have a good rub rail. It is a slow no wake area but there are always knuckle heads who don’t comply.
We have on occasion moored up on the floating dock at St. Andrew’s Marina. They have been amicable to that as long as it is temporary and if we are there during business hours, we have always contacted them ahead of time to let them know that we would like to moor up. I just want to be clear this courtesy is for the FLOATING dock ONLY!
These eateries and drinkeries are all in one building right next door to Uncle Ernie’s. To get there you’ll pass to the port side (left) of Uncle Ernies docks and go into Smith’s Yacht Basin. The channel may look narrow but it is deep so no worries. 😉 Once you are inside the basin you can moor up along the restaurant or you may be able to moor up in one of the open slips. You should probably stay away from the charter boat slips along the street side of the basin. The basin is a no wake zone, so your boat won’t take a beating. Depending on the tide the step up out of the boat can be a ways up.
Now you have three places to eat and have a toddy. Sushi lovers might want to give the all you can eat sushi for $13.00 at the Shrimp Boat Sushi Bar a try. Eat outdoors on the deck at Gracie Rae’s Bar & Grill or try the Salty Hog for some oysters.
The GPS numbers for Runaway Bay Caribbean Grill N30 8.619, W85 44.776
We are in Grand Lagoon now which on your chart is to starboard side as you approach the pass from the east at Deep Water Point. Make the turn at Deep Water Point keeping the red on your starboard side. You can run up on plane “red right return” all the way into the lagoon until you get to the No Wake sign further up the lagoon.
The red, right return rule is for navigation markers on some waterways. Meaning keep the red markers on the right (starboard) and green on the left (port) when returning from the sea. Some folks say they think of it as returning to port. I think its best if you think of it as proceeding from seaward upstream.
There are 3 ways to get to Pirate’s Cove Marina in the lagoon. I will describe the shortest here. As you idle up the lagoon look for green day board number 1 and red number 2. Turn to your port, keeping the green on your port and red on your starboard. Both the green and red day boards have flags on them.
Follow the channel and you’ll see the Pirate’s Cove Marina. Keep idling toward where you see the docks in front of where they put boats in the water with the forklifts. DO NOT USE THOSE DOCKS!
When you see those docks and are just about to them, on your left or port side you’ll see empty slipage and finger piers. Those are the docks you can use to moor up and go to Runaway Bay Caribbean Grill which is a short walk from the docks. There is also a Tiki Bar outside and a pool. You dine outside on the deck, at the Tiki Bar or inside in the dining area.
Bay Point – 30 Degree Blue Pub & Eatery, Kingfish Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Club 19 and Lime’s Bayside Bar and Grill
The GPS numbers for the channel entrance N30 8.499, W85 44.041 and the GPS numbers for at the dock are N30 8.609, W85 43.676
So here you get four very nice places to eat and drink! Bay Point is pretty easy to find and access. Ok, so Bay Point and its dockage is in Grand Lagoon as well. When coming into Grand Lagoon from Deep Water Point keeping the red day boards on your right (starboard) look for a large channel off to your right (starboard). If you have entered the GPS numbers into your chartplotter or hand held gps you can use it to find the channel entrance. Its difficult to miss! Its the first and only channel crossing after you come in Grand Lagoon. In the distance you’ll be able to see very large houses and very large boats and the Bay Point Marina fuel dock. 🙂 That’s Bay Point Marina! Now just follow the well marked channel staying between the green and red day boards until you get to the marina docks.
As you approach it may be a good idea to hail the dock master or harbor master on VHF channel 78 and let him know you are coming to moor up and go restaurant hopping! 😉 They’ll be happy to show you where you can moor up. You can also call the Marina Manager, Daniel Fussell at cell: 850-596-5746 or office: 850-235-6911. He’s a good guy and will help get you moored up.
Marina hours are from 8am-5pm so you may want to keep that in mind if you are going for an evening meal. You may want to get moored up before the marina closes.
Once docked you have a lot of choices. All the restaurants are CASUAL ATTIRE. There is a shuttle you can catch that will take you the Wyndham Resort which means access to Kingfish Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Lime’s Bar and Grill and Club 19. The shuttle runs 8am-10pm and you can catch it right on the street side of the marina.
So what are these restaurants…I am going to paraphrase from their websites.
30 Degree Blue
30 Degree Blue is located right at the marina so no shuttle needed. 😉
You will never feel rushed at 30 Degree Blue. You see, we believe in taking it slow and easy around here. A local’s favorite for years, we’re located at the Bay Point Marina overlooking the waters of the beautiful Grand Lagoon. Relax and enjoy amazing sunsets as local boats return from a day of fishing or playing in the emerald green waters of the Gulf .
See the menu in pdf format here.
Enjoy the bold flavors of Kingfish Restaurant & Sushi Bar in a casual environment that showcases beautiful views of St. Andrew’s Bay. The view is matched only by the luscious creations from our award winning culinary team.
See the Kingfish breakfast menu in pdf format here.
See the Kingfish lunch menu in pdf format here.
See the Kingfish dinner menu in pdf format here.
After an incredible round of golf on the ever challenging Nicklaus course, stop in our Club 19 restaurant, and grab an evening cocktail with friends and relive that unbelievable putt that just missed. Enjoy mouth watering meals fit for the heartiest of appetites!
Join us for a range of club-style selections, including classic fare, from burgers to other light favorites and a wide selection of ice-cold beers!
We would like to point out that Club 19 isn’t just for golfers. The marina manager said the food is VERY good and it is priced fairly. We were told their prepared from scratch Classic Reuben is GREAT!
See the Club 19 breakfast menu in pdf format here.
See the Club 19 lunch menu in pdf format here.
The GPS numbers for Lime’s Bayside Bar and Grill N30 8.499, W85 43.52.
I have included the GPS numbers for Lime’s because it is waterfront on the lagoon. However, I do not recommend that you moor up on the docks they have. The dockage unless you have a VERY protective fender sit up could damage your boat because of the waves from passing vessels in the lagoon.
My recommendation is that you take the shuttle from Bay Point where you can safely moor up or run you boat in toward the shoreline just to the right side of the restaurant, put your anchor out and wade in to the shoreline and restaurant. You can enter on foot at the end of the walkway.
Arguably, the favorite gathering spot for Panama City Beach visitors and locals is Lime’s. This water-bound, open-air beach bar – with its tin roof and sprawling docks – welcomes a happy, hungry crowd ashore from their waverunners and pontoon boats, yachts, and sailboats. Enter its relaxing atmosphere on foot at the end of the pier, directly behind the resort. It’s the perfect place for a frosty margarita or ice cold beer, fresh fish tacos, killer burgers, and jammin’ live music on the deck.
See the Lime’s menu in pdf format here.
The GPS numbers for the Boatyard are N30 8.866, W85 44.699
Mooring up at the Boatyard is limited so if you want to go there by boat there is a chance that you may not find a place to tie up. Unless you have a good rub rail you’ll likely want to have some fenders as well. If you can’t find a place to moor up you could try asking the Lighthouse Marina next door if they would let you use one of their open slips. The businesses along that waterfront cooperate with each other pretty well.
When you look at Boatyard restaurant, there’s not a lot it could do better except to provide more dockage or slipage for restaurant hoppers. 😉 Prime, waterfront setting… Amazing view… Bright, stylish with great little lounge-like environments fit in neatly here and there. Boatyard could easily coast on its good looks and spectacular location, but coasting is just not in their nature, and besides, when you’re catering to locals, you’ve got to give more than a pretty picture in a postcard.
We like the Boatyard pretty well. Its nice to sit outside along the water, the food is good, we like their sushi, and the lobster BLT.
See the Boatyard lunch menu in pdf format here.
See the Boatyard dinner menu in pdf format here.
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Gotta go! Its time to go restaurant hopping by boat!
Mike and Vivian Foate