Stuart Island

If you are looking for a quiet stopover that is off the beaten path, you may want to schedule a stop at Stuart Island during your charter. It is not serviced by any of the ferries, and there are very few residents, so you are guaranteed a peaceful stay at the island. There are two sheltered bays with public moorage to choose from. Prevost Harbor, on the northeastern side of… Read More »

Washington State Ferries

Did you know that the Washington State Ferry System is the largest in the United States and the third largest in the world? You are sure to see one of the iconic white and green vessels while you’re cruising through the islands during your charter. The WSF system serves eight counties within Washington and British Columbia, with 10 routes and 20 terminals served by 22 vessels. The largest of these… Read More »

The History of Roche Harbor

Roche Harbor is a picturesque little seaside town located on the Northwestern side of San Juan Island. It is frequently referred to as the most beautiful harbor in the Northwest. Like many small towns in Washington State, Roche Harbor had humble beginnings. In 1884, a Tacoma lawyer named John S. McMillin discovered a large deposit of lime in the area. Lime used to be a major component in the production… Read More »

Orcas Island Historical Museum

Orcas Island is a great place to get off your boat, stretch your legs, and learn about the history of the San Juan Islands. One of the best places for learning about old Orcas Island is the Orcas Island Historical Museum. The Orcas Island Historical Society’s first museum consisted of artifacts displayed on the front porch of a pioneer family’s home. Eventually, property for a permanent museum was obtained in… Read More »

Crab Season

Crabbing season is highly anticipated in the San Juan islands by locals and visitors alike. The season is open from July 15th through September 30th on Thursday through Monday, so guests chartering with San Juan Sailing and Yachting during this time should definitely take advantage of the opportunity! Prior to trying your hand at one of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite summer past times, everyone wishing to crab that is over… Read More »

Celebrating Independence Day in the San Juan Islands

If you are lucky enough to be in the San Juan Islands on the 4th of July, you are in for an exciting celebration! No matter which island you visit, there are activities for the whole family to enjoy.   If you are on San Juan Island on July 4th, spend the day at the San Juan Island Historical Museum, enjoying the annual Pig War picnic. There will be music,… Read More »

Experience Pristine Islands: Visit the San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge

The San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge consists of 83 small islands that are scattered throughout the San Juan Archipelago. These 450 acres were designated as a wildlife refuge in order to protect colonies of nesting seabirds, but they also attract a variety of other wildlife, such as bald eagles and harbor seals. For the protection of the animals, most of these islands are off-limits to visitors, although for wildlife… Read More »

Lime Kiln State Park

Lime Kiln State Park is a must-see stop for every whale enthusiast visiting San Juan Island. It is also known as the “whale-watching park” and is one of the best places in the world to watch for orca whales from shore. Due to the steep underwater topography, salmon and other prey fish are driven right up against the shore, and hungry orcas will sometimes approach to within 10 feet of… Read More »

Port Angeles, the Gateway to the Olympics

If you would like to see the Olympic Peninsula during your charter, you should make some time to stop at the charming small town of Port Angeles. Guest moorage is available at the Boat Haven Marina, which features amenities such as restrooms, showers, fuel, and pump outs. Harbor seals and sea lions frequent the harbor, and will likely be there to greet you as you pull in. For those interested… Read More »

Farmer’s Markets

Summer in the San Juan Islands is a time when the locals celebrate the rich bounty this region has to offer. Provisioning for your charter gives you a chance to indulge in flavorful, locally grown produce and other foods, and to immerse yourself in the rural culture of the islands. Each island has its own unique market where you can purchase locally grown foods and unique gifts. If you depart… Read More »