Shielded from ocean storms and swells by Canada’s 300-mile-long Vancouver Island, the forested, steep-sided san juan islands cruising guide in nearby Washington state offer up more than 300 miles of shoreline, countless anchorages, and short-distance cruising for those who love to explore.
Find a cove and settle in, then dinghy ashore to discover tide pools loaded with purple starfish. Walk hundreds of evergreen-scented nature trails to viewpoints high above the shore. Eat fresh Dungeness crab caught in your own trap. Or kayak from the boat through the bull kelp while spying bald eagles hidden in the treetops. San Juan Sailing shared this sample cruise from its base at Bellingham, Washington: