West Coast Sailing Destinations: Seattle

We've got cruising on the brain, and especially with all of the recent stay-at-home orders, we're itching to get away. Welcome to our new series of west coast sailing destinations! Seattle is located on Puget Sound and surrounded by water, making it a top sailing destination on the West Coast. 


Waterfront dining

One of our favorite things about Seattle (that we feel Marina Del Rey is missing) is that there are plenty of restaurants on Lake Union and Lake Washington that you can dock your boat at! Local favorites include Agua Verde, Chandler’s, and Ivar’s. For more information, check out this article from Seattle Magazine.

The Best of downtown

If you're more interested in checking out the downtown sites, tie up at Bell Harbor Marina. This marina offers accommodations for approximately 70 boats, 30 to 150 feet with guest moorage available year-round. Here, you'll have access to the best of downtown Seattle, from Pike Place Market, Anthony’s Pier 66, the Seattle Aquarium, the Big Wheel and more.

San Juan Islands

There are 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan County, and they're accessible by ferry, seaplane, or boat. There are 14 county docks in San Juan County, or you can even drop a hook in a secluded cove. Just be sure to keep an eye out for the Southern Resident orcas!

Bainbridge Island

Crossing Elliot Bay to visit Bainbridge Island is an easy half-day trip with amazing views of Seattle. You can dock at Waterfront Park on a first come, first come serve basis, and then explore the town’s boutique shops and restaurants. From fine food to the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


Just 20 nautical miles from Seattle, Poulsbo is a great day-trip. Known as the “Little Norway,” this city is the perfect cruising destination for almost everyone. Stroll down Front Street to explore galleries, museums, and shops in Poulsbo's growing Arts District or stop by one of several waterfront restaurants for a bite to eat overlooking the marina and waterfront park. Poulsbo is very pedestrian, child, and pet-friendly. The Poulsbo Marina has 130 guest slips complete with fresh water and 30 amp power, the marina is rarely full.

Penrose Point State Park is a 152-acre marine and camping park on the shores of Puget Sound. The park has over two miles of saltwater frontage on Mayo Cove and Carr Inlet offering a wide variety of water activities, including crabbing and saltwater fishing. Penrose Point provides 158 feet of dock, 270 feet of moorage, and a pumpout facility open 24 hours a day in the summer except during extreme low tides.

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