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South by Southwest

by Lori Eastes

Spending time on the water in the Puget Sound is truly an unforgettable experience—the calming sound of the waves as they lap against the shore, the fresh, salty air, and the ever-changing landscape as you travel beneath the majestic Olympic Mountains create an atmosphere of peace and joy. And whether you are a native or a newbie, embarking on an urban adventure cruise through the South Puget Sound will evoke a sense of wonder as you explore the inner reaches of inlets and passages aboard your own private charter yacht. From the lush forests and towering mountains to the bright city lights, there is something for everyone to enjoy. With the abundance of marine life, amazing views, and near-endless activities, this route will help you recall why the Puget Sound is a coveted destination for boating enthusiasts (even to the ones that call it home).

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Begin your yacht vacation on Lake Union in Seattle. Centrally located, Lake Union offers iconic views of the Space Needle and the magnificent Seattle skyline. You’ll cruise past the many houseboats, and head through the Ship Canal to the iconic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to make the transition from fresh to salt water. Then, you’ll navigate north past Shilshole Marina and Golden Gardens Park to Port Madison, where you’ll anchor at the entrance of Miller Bay. Spend your evening lounging on the deck and gazing upon the vibrant lights of the city.Port MadisonFrom Miller Bay, you’ll cruise south through Agate Passage and under the towering Agate Bridge that connects motorists to Bainbridge Island, a picturesque isle known for its stunning views, thriving creative community, and abundance of marine wildlife. (Be sure to watch for whales in this particular stretch of shoreline.) Continue your journey to Liberty Bay where you can make a quick stop in Poulsbo, savoring the rugged green landscapes along the way.


Poulsbo offers an artistic waterfront park lined with Victorian homes and exquisite gardens. The town offers relaxed restaurants, exquisite bakeries, and quaint shops. You’ll notice the Norwegian heritage of the town as you walk along the streets. The Maritime Museum, located on Front Street, offers a glimpse into the world of boating in Washington state and beyond. After experiencing everything Poulsbo has to offer, continue to Dyes Inlet where Bremerton awaits.BremertonBremerton is a beautiful city located in the heart of the Puget Sound. From incomparable views of the Olympic Mountains and waters of Sinclair Inlet, to the thriving downtown district, Bremerton has something for everyone. Bremerton is also home to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, which gives the city a unique and historic charm. There are miles of shoreline to explore and plenty of activities to keep you busy. From relaxing at the yacht clubs and marinas to taking in a show at the Admiral Theater, Bremerton is an exciting city to explore.SilverdaleEntering through the Washington Narrows, Silverdale is a beautiful oasis nestled in Kitsap County. This charming waterfront town is home to breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy here as Silverdale boasts miles of hiking trails, beaches, and boat launches. During the summer, you can explore the downtown area with its shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. No matter the time of year, Silverdale is the perfect destination for an unforgettable adventure full of exploration and relaxation.

Blake Island

Blake Island is a captivating destination, known for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Situated in Puget Sound, this scenic island offers a serene escape from the bustling city life of Seattle. The island is famous for its lush forests, sandy beaches, and picturesque views of the surrounding waters. It is also home to Blake Island State Park, where visitors can enjoy a range of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and wildlife spotting. Moreover, Blake Island holds significant cultural importance as it was historically inhabited by the Suquamish Tribe, and today it serves as a site for showcasing Native American arts, performances, and traditions, making it a truly unique and enchanting destination.

Bainbridge Island

Boating on back to Bainbridge Island is a delightful experience for both locals and visitors alike. Located just a short distance across from the bustling heart of Seattle, Bainbridge Island offers a serene and scenic destination accessible by boat. As you navigate the calm waters, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding mountains, the Seattle skyline, and the majestic Olympic Peninsula. Upon arrival, you’ll discover a charming island with a vibrant arts community, quaint downtown area, and picturesque landscapes. Boaters can dock at the Bainbridge Island Marina or anchor in Eagle Harbor, providing convenient access to the island’s shops, restaurants, parks, and beaches.

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