St. Petersburg Florida

Florida Base Information

Waypoints Florida is proud to welcome our charter guests at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort’s full-service marina. Located at the bayfront of Downtown St. Petersburg, the award-winning hotel adjoins Vinoy Park and Beach Drive overlooking the Vinoy Yacht Basin in Tampa Bay. The Mediterranean Revival-style hotel has attracted celebrities, presidents, and snowbirds alike and has remained a staple in the “Burgs” community since its construction in 1925.

Base Location & Hours

Yacht Location at the Vinoy Marina
501 5th Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Office Address/Hours
200 Beach Dr NE Suite # 4
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(above Bella Brava restaurant)
8:30am – 5:00pm

Embarkation Time

Boarding time is 9 a.m. on the first day of a “morning start” charter. If you are doing a sleep aboard, boarding time and afternoon briefing is 4 p.m.

Yacht Briefing

Your on-board briefing captain will take care of any final paperwork or answer questions prior to your charter. The technical briefing should last about 45 minutes but can go as long as 90 minutes depending on the size of the boat.

Stop Overs

You are welcome to return to the Vinoy Marina for the night if you are on a multi-day charter. Please let your briefing captain know if you plan to return.

Disembarkation Time

Your yacht is due back at the Vinoy Marina before 5 p.m. on your return date. The base crew will then get you secured in a slip and you will have ample time to pack up your gear.

Public Parking Lots

350 3rd St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
117 2nd St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Airport Information

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Vinoy Marina direction: 19.5 miles SW
Visit TPA airport website

Driving directions
Take I-275 South to St. Petersburg, take exit 23A (I-375), stay left, follow 4th Ave North to Beach Dr, turn left, resort is one block on right.

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

Vinoy Marina direction: 12 miles SW
Visit PIE airport website

Driving directions
Take 686 East to I-275 South. Take I-275 South to St. Petersburg, take exit 23A (I-375), stay left, follow 4th Ave North to Beach Dr, turn left, resort is one block on right.

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)

Vinoy Marina Hotel direction: 35 miles N
Visit SRQ airport website

Driving directions
Take US-41 N to I-275 N in Terra Ceia, 28 min (16.3 mi), Follow I-275 N to 4th Ave N in St. Petersburg, 17 min (17.9 mi), Continue on 4th Ave N. Drive to 5th Ave NE, 3 min (0.8 mi) and The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, 501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Weather Forecasting

We recommend Weather Underground or Windfinder for weather forecasts. Please be sure to check tidal charts.

Respectfully, we cannot forecast nor guarantee the weather for you. Please keep a vigilant watch on weather prior to, and during your charter. Waypoints Florida [DS4] will be happy to assist charter guests but will not take any responsibility for weather conditions. All of our boats have bimini tops, dodgers, and protected spaces that make a charter enjoyable regardless of rain!


The Vinoy Hotel across the street from the marina has three restaurants that can prepare a wide variety of meals and appetizers. A block away on Beach Dr. There are many choices in restaurants serving seafood, steak, Italian, French and tapas.

Grocery Store

There is a grocery store and drug store located a few blocks away at the corner of 2nd Ave S and 3rd St N. If you need a specific store or product, ask your friendly Waypoints Florida crew for directions.

Showers and Toilets

The toilets are located at the marina entrance. With an optional Vinoy Pass, you can access many hotel amenities including showers, fitness room and pool.

Trash and Dumpsters

We ask that you collect your trash upon the completion of your charter. We have trash receptacles on-site for your convenience. Please separate trash from recycling.

Empty Holding Tanks and Refuel

We offer an Express Check-in at the end of your charter where we fill up your fuel tank and pump out the holding tanks for you. This will be included as an option for your charter. Alternatively, you may refuel the vessel and pump out the holding tanks just north of our facility at St. Pete Municipal Marina.