The watery trails winding through the San Juan Islands offer a variety of activities and scenery in this Northwestern paradise. Aboard your private yacht, you’ll experience the captivating beauty that keeps yachters coming back for more year after year. Explore the following San Juan Islands Yacht Itinerary.
Day 1: Sucia Island
As you embark on your journey, you’ll travel to Sucia Island, the crown jewel of the San Juan Islands. Choose between six beautiful locations to anchor around the 14 miles of shoreline. While you’re on the island, be sure to check out the one-of-a-kind geological formations along the ten miles of exceptional hiking trails. End the day on the West side of the island by watching stunning sunset views in Shallow Bay.
Day 2: Stuart Island
The tranquil waters off the coast of Stuart Island are only accessible by yacht, making it a yachter’s dream location. Watch for river otters, harbor seals, and orca whales as you cruise past the lighthouse at Turn Point and the rolling cliffs at Lovers Leap. Enjoy the remote waters along Stuart Island before you head to the historic Roche Harbor during your journey of this San Juan Islands Yacht Itinerary.
Day 3: Roche Harbor Resort
Roche Harbor is a favorite among the experienced yachters in the Pacific Northwest. Located on the Northwest side of San Juan Island, you can follow the yellow-brick roads to the charming Roche Harbor Resort. This quaint seaside resort offers several waterfront restaurants, shops featuring local artists, and a full-service spa. Be sure to speak with the knowledgeable and friendly locals who can share the rich history of Roche Harbor.
Day 4: Friday Harbor
Just a short trip from Roche Harbor, Friday Harbor is also located on San Juan Island. The bustling town is sure to be one of your favorite destinations. Use transportation on the island to stop by San Juan Vineyards and enjoy a glass of wine. Or walk through a sea of purple aroma at the Pelindaba Lavender Farm. Whether you choose to explore the island or whale watch from your private yacht, this town is sure to leave you impressed.
Day 5: Rosario Resort on Orcas Island
The appropriately named Orcas Island is the largest San Juan island and boasts spectacular views of orca whales. Head to Cascade Bay where you will find the charming Rosario Resort. While you are there, enjoy breathtaking ocean views, pristine waterfront dining, dreamy spa treatments, and the captivating history. Orcas Island is nicknamed the gem of the San Juan Islands, after visiting you’ll understand why.
Day 6: Inati Bay/Lummi Island
The picturesque views of Mount Baker and serene coastline from Inati Bay will leave you stunned. The whimsical and highly exclusive Lummi island offers astonishing views and activities from every beach and inlet. Visit the restaurant at Willows Inn, which was voted the #1 restaurant in North America from 2016-2018 by OAD. (http://www.opinionatedaboutdining.com/2019/na.html)
Day 7: Bellingham
The short trip from Lummi Island to Bellingham is the perfect way to end your journey. The town provides a variety of marinas, restaurants, and activities to choose from. No matter the weather you’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of the waves crashing into the shore as you reminisce of the fond memories you created aboard your private yacht.