St John's is a nice facility, as it is newer than most of your other options. Restaurant and pool on site are a convenience as well. However, be aware that you're dealing with strong river currents and tidal changes which can make docking
tricky. This is compounded by the narrow slips.
Closer to Charleston are both Ashley Marina and City Marina, which are downstream of the drawbridge on the Ashley River so mast
height is generous coming under the connector bridge. Bristol Marina is upstream of them on the other side of the drawbridge and is also a nicer, newer facility but would require waiting on the bridge opening. Across the river on the opposite bank is Ripley Light Marina, which is smaller but has the advantage of being located in a shallow cove. This means no currents and much less bottom buildup during your stay, saving money
on bottom cleaning
One advantage of these marinas is their proximity to restaurants, the peninsula, and also the minor league baseball stadium (walking distance). City Marina even has a shuttle service
to the peninsula, very welcome as it's further than you might want to walk in the hotter months. I highly recommend taking in a baseball game
while in town. The views are incredible and you can watch the sun set over the water
between innings. Noise
can be a factor, though, with two busy bridges overhead.
Charleston harbor Marina is located on the My Pleasant side of the harbor opposite the peninsula, but there is a water
shuttle running back and forth all day. Also, my Pleasant has many restaurants and other features of its own, such as shopping
, theaters, grocery stores. You should also consider the marinas behind Isle of Palms, protected water and several restaurants on both Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island.
All have fuel
available, but if you plan on spending time aboard while you're there then for location I would highly recommend the marinas closer to Charleston, as it's quite a distance from St John's to any of the local attractions or restaurants.
Charleston has been a second home to us for the last 25 years, and we have been keeping our boat there on the folly river for nearly 10 years now. If you would like some local knowledge please feel free to pm me. I can provide some recommendations on dining, attractions, as well as boat repairs
if they become necessary. Enjoy your stay, it's a beautiful and fascinating city with great history