Marinalife's 2023 Best Marina Contest

June 2023
Susan Elnicki

Where’s your go-to spot to tie up? Whether it’s a favorite hometown marina or annual vacation resort, celebrate their service with Marinalife’s highly anticipated Best Marina Contest! Send your choice of the top marinas of 2023 in two categories: Best Large Marina (over 100 slips) and Best Small Marina (under 100 slips). Submit your selections by October 2, 2023.

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Los Angeles, CA, May 24-27

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New York, NY, May 24-30



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