When we were at Buzzard's Roost, we ate a couple of times at this restaurant. The food was very good and the service was quick.
Favorite Dish: The first time we went I got flounder. They also have seafood, steaks, pasta, and homemade desserts.
We came to Buzzards Point Marina from Beaufort SC - a long day - almost 64 miles. They didn't have a lot of short term transients, and they said the dock boys left at 4:30, although someone was in the office until 6. The office lady said just to tie up wherever we wanted to if everyone had left.
We had a nasty headwind all day (ripped the staysail), and the current seemed to be against us most of the day too, so I was worried about making it the whole way, but we made the 4:30 Limehouse Bridge opening, and the office lady saw us coming around the point and rounded up someone to help us dock. Both the current and the wind slammed us against the dock, but Bob judged the approach well and we came in without hitting the boat behind us. That boat left the next morning - they had been here all winter.
They are redoing the rest rooms and putting in new showers. People at the marina are very nice. I don't know what we were charged, since it wasn't itemized. Something like 90 cents/ft and $3/ for 30 amp electric. They gave us the combinations to the various facilities labeled M, W, L, and I thought that meant men, wash, ladies, and it was actually men, women, laundry. They have cable TV.
Equipment: The marina is very isolated if you don't have a car. There is a bridge right next to the marina, but the roads around there are unsafe to walk or bike on. One of the bridge tenders was killed walking back to his car after his shift, so now the bridge is closed to auto traffic when they change bridge tenders. The lady in the office gave Bob a lift to the store because she didn't want him to walk or bike along the road.
There is a nice restaurant, and they let me do email in the main office.
Ross Marine is a working marina with space for a few transients. It is a very isolated marina, but within a day's travel from Beaufort SC, and with cheap docks.
75 cents a foot, no extra charges. They have water at some slips, and electricity at some slips if your cord will reach. There is considerable current - we were traveling almost 2 knots while tied in the slip.
Equipment: When the office is open, you can bring a laptop up to do email.
The marina has a 24 hour guard and he has to open the gate for you.
There is not even a bathroom available except maybe a portapot. The marina is VERY isolated and there is not even a pizza delivery place nearby.
Picture shows where Bob scrubbed black marks off the side and also removed protective polymer
We've been at two marinas on Johns Island. Ross Marine is EXTREMELY rural, with locked gates. There is nowhere to go from this marina to get anything to eat, and nothing is visible along the road.
At Buzzard's Roost which is right by the Stono River Bridge there are grocery stores not too far away, but the roads are too dangerous to ride or bike along. The bridge tender on the bridge was hit while he was walking back to his car on the shift change.
There is a good restaurant at his marina
Fondest memory: Talking to other boaters on the docks, and the kindness of the marina personnel.
There are only two ways to get to Johns Island by land - both non-fixed bridges. They are building a fixed bridge to it and it may even be close to completion by now.
In any case I can find no tourist destinations on Johns Island on the internet. Maybe there are some, but I don't know what they are.