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Tours That Will Take you Sailing in the San Juan Islands

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If sailing in the San Juan Islands isn’t on your bucket list, it needs to be! There’s something magical that happens when you’re out on the water here, the stunning forested archipelago jutting from emerald green inlets, quiet bays, and narrow waterways. Thankfully, a lovely selection of local companies in the San Juan Islands offers guided tours, private charters, and rentals.

From beautiful wooden schooners to luxurious yachts, you can hit the water in style while taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the Northwest—you may even catch sight of some of the majestic marine wildlife that calls the Salish Sea home. It’s not uncommon to spot a pod of whales while sailing in the San Juan Islands, a spectacular sight that you won’t soon forget! You’ll also see plenty of birds and other creatures that thrive in the area. 

Before you start planning your excursions on the water, you’ll want to reserve your lodging. Summer is a popular time to visit the islands, so booking beforehand is best. Our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast is the best “basecamp” for your adventures! We’re within walking distance of where many of these chartered excursions begin. And you’ll love heading back to your beautifully-appointed guest room after a long day in the salty air and sunshine. Reserve your room today! 

Photo of a couple Sailing in the San Juan Islands

The Best Charters for Sailing in the San Juan Islands

If you’ve visited the scenic San Juan archipelago, you know about the endless coastline just waiting to be explored. Instead of a powerboat or kayaking adventure this time, why not try a charter for sailing in the San Juan Islands? There’s truly nothing like making your way by wind power and exploring new island coves and peaceful inlets.

Here are some of the best sailboat charters around for your next trip to the San Juan Islands:

  1. All Aboard Sailing: If you’d like to catch a glimpse or two of the majestic whales that frequent the Salish Sea, this local company offers full-day “Sails with Whales” aboard the six-passenger 1956 classic 42′ pilot house sloop. Every trip is unique and unforgettable, and they also offer half-day and short sails as well. 
  2. Griffin Bay Adventures: Part sailing school, part chartered boats, this local company can make sailing in the San Juan Islands a breeze. Whether that means renting a yacht with a full crew or learning to pilot your own sailboat, this company out of Friday Harbor can help. 
  3. Northwest Classic Day Sailing: This might be the perfect way to expand your San Juan excursion to a nearby island! Hop on the inter-island ferry to Orcas Island for your sailing trip aboard a classic 1948 wooden sloop “Aura.” You can book a public sailing with a group or a private tour with their crew. 
  4. Emerald Isle Sailing Charters: If you’re looking for a day trip, Emerald Isle eco-friendly day charters are six-hour sails that begin in Deer Harbor on Orcas Island and embark on a journey to some of the most wildlife-rich and scenic areas of the islands, including the Great Bear Rainforest and Desolation Sound. 

For those planning on sailing in the San Juan Islands, we’re more than happy to arrange these excursions for guests of our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast. Let us know before your stay, and we can make sure you’re booked and ready. Our 24/7 concierge service is just one more reason that our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast is one of the best places to stay in the San Juan Islands!

Sailing in the San Juan Islands, photo of a suite at our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast

The Best Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast

After spending a day sailing in the San Juan Islands, our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast is a welcome reprieve! We offer an array of lodging accommodations to fit any style of getaway—be that a romantic retreat for two or a whole family vacation (even pets are welcome!) All of our rooms are classically appointed, with everything you need for a comfortable and restful stay. 

As you begin filling your itinerary for sailing in the San Juan Islands, we also offer an excellent selection of add-on packages to create the most unforgettable experiences. For those planning on sailing in the San Juans, consider booking our “Adventure Vacation On San Juan Island,” which includes two unique and exciting excursions on the water and a picnic lunch to top it all off. Don’t miss our romance and wellness packages and family fun add-ons as well!

As a guest at our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast, you’ll not only be in the ideal location to explore our charming waterfront town, but we’ll take such great care of you. From beautiful scratch-made breakfasts delivered to your door each morning and homemade treats available throughout the day, you’ll feel pampered by our warm and welcoming Innkeepers and staff. We love what we do, and it shows! Book your room at our Friday Harbor Bed and Breakfast today!

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