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As you are cruising the waters of the Atlantic looking for a place to stop and re-fuel, meet new land dwellers and live the marina life for a few days, look no further than Charleston SC. The food, culture and people are one of a kind. You have plenty of options to moor your boat. I will give you just a few to start with.

The Ripley Light Marina is located at Ripley Cove on the Ashley River and has plenty of dock space. Contact the dock master ahead of time you will find that they will eagerly accommodate your needs. Ripley Light offers spectacular views of Historic Downtown Charleston with it’s high church steeples throughout the horizon and an energetic restaurant located right on the water.

California Dreaming Restaurant has a wonderful, calming atmosphere with nearly panoramic views of the ocean. I would recommend the She Crab Soup which is one of the best that I have had with large lumps of fresh crabmeat and just a hint of sherry. Their Prime Rib is to die for! Cooked to perfection with an au jus and horseradish cream. Sometimes a girl just needs some good red meat! The staff is friendly and eager to pour you there $1.95 well drinks, all day, everyday. Not just during happy hour!

The second stop that I would recommend is Sunset Cay Marina and Restaurant. This hidden gem is located off of The Folly River and the locals are all too familiar with it. It is located off the beaten path on Folly Beach so most tourists would not be able to find it so easily.

Dock space is ample and the fares are reasonable. The dock master will guide you in with ease and take care of your every need. While dining there – a must have is their blackened grouper or mahi mahi bites as well as the crab cakes. Those are just a few of my favorites. Sunset Cay Restaurant has a full service menu of lunch and dinner and have been known to have large family style cook outs for the mariners.

You will feel like one of the family when you moor here and may not want to leave. That seems to be the case with several of these yachtsmen who had intentions of coming in for a week and ended up staying for several months! People gather from all over the beach to Sunset Cay to view the beautiful sunsets that give you the illusion that you are on the West Coast rather than the East Coast as the sun drops down over the marsh and water in the horizon. Makes you say “awwww,” it’s good to be alive!

Regardless of where I go I always seem to find a Guy Harvey fan. I found quite a few of them on this venture and was told to tell the Big Man “Hello.”

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