Explore our waters and our marinas


Our initiative #BoatToTheBeach, has its origins in the historical identity of our town. Colonial Beach, a water-front municipality in Westmoreland County, Virginia was settled in 1650 by the great-great grandfather of President James Monroe.  For years, water-men were the primary occupants of Colonial Beach and many industries revolved around boating and the bounty of the Potomac River. We had a heyday in the early to mid-20th century when this second-largest Virginia beachfront became the “Playground on the Potomac”. Colonial Beach was a popular “bathing” and fishing resort and prior to bridge construction and automobile travel, most visitors arrived by paddle-wheel steamboats such as “The St. John’s” from parts of Maryland and Washington DC.

Today, Colonial Beach is reinventing and reinvigorating our boating and water-town heritage.  We pay homage to our fore-bearers who worked and played so well.

Throughout town you will see murals hearkening back to a time when paddle-wheel steamboats were our primary mode of transportation to the “Playground on the Potomac”.  Colonial Beach has private and public docks on both the Potomac River and Monroe Bay and there is a plethora of activities for you when you get here.

Colonial Beach is a Golf Cart Community.  You can rent a golf cart that will be delivered directly to your Marina. Outdoor recreational activities include kayaking, paddle-boarding, lazing on the beach, picking berries at Westmoreland Berry Farm, visiting our vineyards, hiking at Caledon or Westmoreland State Park, fishing from the Town Pier, Charter Boat fishing with Reel M N Charters, cruising “The Point” by golf cart, Tiki Bar nightlife, and more!

You will have several choices for lodging, restaurants, retail, churches, and now Colonial Beach even has its own brewery with choices such as “Beach Blonde Ale”, “Boat Dock Brown” and “River Range Red”.

Colonial Beach is member of the Virginia Oyster Trail, the Northern Neck Artisan Trail,  and the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail.   Check out the Chamber sponsored events, the Colonial Beach 2nd Friday Art Walk and our Virginia Tourism’s Loveworks sculpture program to round out your stay in Colonial Beach.

Plan Your Stay!

Colonial Beach Yacht Center

1787 Castlewood Drive
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
(804) 224-7230
Latitude 38º 13’ 49”N and Longitude 76º 57’ 48”W. 

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Colonial Beach Yacht Center is a located on the Potomac River at the mouth of Monroe Bay, which is renowned for its protected harbor, deep water, and beautiful sunsets. The 8-foot deep channel to Monroe Bay provides an easy access to the Potomac River and is the deepest harbor and midpoint from Washington D.C. to the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay.  Colonial Beach Yacht Center can be found at latitude 38º 13’ 49”N and longitude 76º 57’ 48”W. Colonial Yacht Center is a family-owned and operated facility with open and dry slips that can accommodate vessels from 18 to 118 feet. The fuel dock occupies the inside of the peninsula to the starboard as you enter the channel. Both long-term rental and transient slips are available.  The marina has a store, kayak rentals, boat brokerage, fuel and pump-out station, full service boat yard, and a restaurant on site.  There is a recently renovated, air-conditioned and heated bathhouse, slip side water and electric services, boat ramp, wireless internet, sandy swimming beach, and a grassy picnic area.  

Parker’s Marina

1004 Monroe Bay Avenue Castlewood Drive
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
(804) 224-0895
Latitude 38º 13’ 49”N and Longitude 76º 57’ 48”W. 

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 Parker’s Marina is located at latitude 38º 14’ 16”N and longitude 76º 57’ 41”W and is one of the oldest marinas in Colonial Beach.  It has 38 seasonal slips.  Parker’s Marina is being renovated with new timber, water lines and upgraded electric. After a day of success, you can use Parker’s fish cleaning station to help prepare dinner. Stop by or call for a slip in this quiet, historic marina where Old Glory is always flying high  – a Jr. Parker tradition.

The Boathouse Marina

829 Robin Grove Lane
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
(804) 224-7644
Latitude 38º 14’ 26”N and Longitude 76º 57’ 44”W.

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The Boathouse Marina is a full service marina located on Monroe Bay in scenic Colonial Beach, Virginia.  It is a boater-owned and boater-friendly marina with 35-40 slips and dry land storage availability.  The Boathouse Marina has both covered and open slips and can accommodate both transient boaters and long term rentals.   The marina has new floating docks and fixed docks.  Amenities include free Wi-Fi, a courtesy car or golf cart, 24/7 access to a Captain’s Lounge with TV, showers, and laundry facilities.  A gas grill is also available on the outside patio. The Boathouse Marina has personnel to handle all repair and restoration services including carpentry, interior remodeling, painting, diesel and gas engines, running gear and electronics on wood and fiberglass boats. With a 25-ton Travel Lift they can haul most boats for cleaning, painting and general maintenance. The Boathouse Marina has a large Ship’s Store is stocked with many necessary items. If it’s not in the store, they will order what you need and have it available in short order. 

With a 25-ton Travel Lift we can haul most boats in the area for cleaning, painting and general maintenance.

Monroe Bay and Winkie Doodle Marinas

554 Lafayette Street
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
(804) 224-7544
Latitude 38º 14’ 38”N and Longitude 76º 57’ 56”W. 

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Monroe Bay Marina, built in 2006, is conveniently located in the sheltered waters of Monroe Bay on the Potomac River. Boaters are within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, beaches, hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast accommodations. Camping accommodations are only five miles away by land and moments away by water!  All slips have water, 30 amp electric service, and a six foot draft. Slips are wide for easy in and out docking and can accommodate boats up to 45′. Marina Management lives on site and boats are checked daily.  Clean rest rooms and dump station on site.

 Nightingale Marina

101 Monroe Bay Avenue
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
(804) 224-7956
Latitude 38º 14’ 42”N and Longitude 76º 57’ 56”W. 

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Nightingale Marina has 36 open slips.  It is a family owned and operated marina.  There is an attached motel with 5 air-conditioned rooms with cable television.  The marina has a bathhouse with showers.  Come to Nightingale for a quintessential small-town experience.  Jan takes all reservations by hand…no computer reservations here!  She will treat you like family.  A beautifully decorated yard and gazebo make for excellent star gazing.  Grills are available for cooking up the catch of the day.

Bayside Marina

11 Monroe Bay Ave
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
(804) 224-7570
Latitude 38º 14’ 85”N and Longitude 76º 57’ 58”W. 

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 Bayside Marina is the closest marina to downtown Colonial Beach and all the events on Town Hill.  Bayside is approximately 1 city block from the walk-able downtown area, and about 3 blocks from the sandy beach.  You can stroll to Tiki Bars, restaurants, the art district, the grocer, and more.     The docks at the marina are new and most have 30 and twin 30 amp service.  The marina has 39 slips that can accommodate vessels up to 50′ with a 4′ draft.  The marina has new, air-conditioned boathouses, a waterfront picnic area with grills for cooking out, and ample parking.   If you want a boutique style marina with a five star restaurant….you found it. The Lighthouse Restaurant serves Thai and French and local seafood with a flair!  Come enjoy Colonial Beach…a quaint and funky riverside town nestled on the Potomac River in Virginia’s Northern Neck region.


Colonial Beach Marina’s –  #BoatToTheBeach

Colonial Beach is geographically positioned to harbor boaters from several parts of Virginia and from out of state, specifically from the Washington DC Metropolitan area and Maryland. Colonial Beach is the last deep water port for boaters from the North heading toward the Chesapeake Bay. We have several marinas located on sheltered Monroe Bay including Colonial Beach Yacht CenterParker’s Marina, The Boathouse Marina, Monroe Bay and Winkie Doodle Marinas, Nightingales’ Marina, and  Bayside Marina 


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Thank you  to our featured photographers: Debbie Biemeck,  Mary Carter, Erich Cosby, Marc, Fitzsimmons, Larry Goven, Bobby Hooker, Bill Hutchins, Susan Pietras-Smith, and Katrina Price.  Information in the Business Development section provided by the Town of Colonial Beach, VA and developed and written by the Planning Commission of Colonial Beach, VA.  


Colonial Beach
Chamber of Commerce


106 Hawthorn St.
Colonial Beach, VA 22443

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