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Home Port to the San Juan Islands

Surrounded by water, but accessible by bridges, Anacortes is the Home Port of the San Juan Islands in Washington State. Located on beautiful Fidalgo Island, Anacortes is conveniently situated between Seattle and Vancouver BC and is the favored departure point for the San Juan Islands. No ferry hassles are necessary, just drive off of the mainland and discover this beautiful island!

Get to know our vibrant Old Town, with great restaurants, fun little shops, antique stores, and art galleries,  but don’t miss out on what truly sets our island apart from the others.

The beating heart of Fidalgo Island is the 2800 acre Anacortes Community Forest Lands. Within this protected forest lies over 50 miles of trails, 4 beautiful lakes, and lush groves of old-growth trees. Visitors can obtain maps of the forest lands to guide them to some beautiful vistas and quiet shorelines. Make sure to ask us when you check in for your tour and we will give you our own local knowledge of the best places to go.

If the Anacortes Community Forest Lands is not enough wild beauty for you,  we also have 4134 acre Deception Pass State Park, the most popular park in Washington State. Outstanding shorelines (77,000 feet bordering the sea; 33,900 feet of freshwater) can be accessed by miles of well-maintained trails.

Of course, visitors to Washington State come to the San Juan Islands for the seaside activities, and Anacortes has plenty to offer! In addition to our award winning sea kayak adventures, visitors can rent their own stand up paddleboards and explore quiet bays and coves. There are quiet pocket beaches, perfect for picnicking or watching a sunsetting over the San Juan Islands. Look for whales from the rocky shorelines of Washington Park. Take the short ferry ride to Guemes Island and enjoy a drive through a pastoral landscape with a marine backdrop.

Affordable lodging, delicious dining, and enough nature to satisfy the most enthusiastic explorers for days. There is no need to travel any further than Anacortes. Whether you are planning a day trip or a longer vacation, Anacortes has something for everyone. Come and see for yourself why savvy travelers choose Anacortes for their San Juan Islands vacation!

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