SAMPLE ITINERARY- DEPARTURE FROM BELLINGHAM
1st STOP – Sucia Island State Park. Approximately 4 hours sail from Bellingham. Anchor in Echo Bay. This group of 11 islands provides an opportunity to see marine life such as sea lions and a variety of birds. Six miles of hiking trails around the park, wildflowers, berries, good fishing, crabbing. Campsites with picnic tables, stoves, pit toilets, freshwater in season. Over a dozen mooring buoys are near the shore. The water is often warmer here for swimming than near other San Juan Islands. A breathtaking anchorage and there’s usually room for one more boat. Visit this website for more Marine State Parks: http://www.visitsanjuans.com/members/all-san-juan-islands/washington-state-marine-parks.htm
2nd STOP – Stuart Island State Park. Go to Reid Harbor. At the head of the bay, there’s a dock with a mooring float as well as several mooring buoys (first come, first served) throughout the harbor. On shore there are campsites, fire rings, shelters, picnic tables, pit toilets and fresh water. Black-tail deer, raccoon and eagles might be seen here. Cemetery and Gossip Islands near the entrance to Reid Harbor are undeveloped marine parks. Good diving in area. Park Ranger – 360-378-2044.
3rd STOP – Vancouver Island, Canada. Don’t forget your Passport or Nexus card for entry into Canada. For customs information, visit the following site:
Moor in beautiful Sydney Harbor, see the sights, eat, shop there and/or take public transportation double-decker bus to nearby Buchart Gardens or Victoria. Visit this website for more information: http://www.vancouverisland.com/Regions/towns/?townID=43
4th STOP – San Juan Island, Roche Harbor Resort. Check in with US Customs for re-entry. DO NOT forget to have your passport or Nexus card with you for ease of re-entry. Visit this website for more information: http://www.nwboatinfo.com/customs.html
Moorage and vacation facilities. First class restaurant and cocktail lounge, historic Hotel de Haro. formal gardens. fuel station, laundromat, post office, general store, showers. There is also anchorage in the bay in depth of 15-50 feet on good bottom. Roche Harbor Resort. PO Box 4001. Roche Harbor, WA 98250. 360-378-2155.
Visit their website for more information: http://www.rocheharbor.com/marina
5th STOP – Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Temporary and overnight moorage is available at the Port of Friday Harbor Marina. Power, water and fuel is available. This is a picturesque island village with great restaurants, a local winery, lots of shops and a well-stocked grocery store. You can make reservations for moorage ahead of time by calling 360-378-2688.
You may want to stay two nights at Sucia Island, Sydney or San Juan Island. There’s so much to see. If not, here’s one more island you can visit on your way back to Bellingham.
6th STOP – Orcas Island. Eastsound and Rosario Resort. Mooring buoys, floats, fuel. Another historic hotel with fine dining, cocktails, dancing, swimming, and a beautiful view of East Sound. Rosario Resort, Eastsound, WA 98245. 360-376-2222.
BACK TO BELLINGHAM BY NOON FRIDAY.