Located on Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor is a vibrant community situated conveniently between Seattle and San Juan Island. This small town has been named so for its oak trees line the streets along with many hiking and biking trails as well. With majestic oak trees, spectacular farm land and magnificent coves and bays, Oak Harbor is breathtakingly beautiful and a must visit destination in the Pacific Northwest. From diving to hiking wildlife areas, Oak Harbor offers a bevy of can’t-miss things to do and see for visitors.
City Parks: Oak Harbor boasts a number of parks that offer visitors and locals recreational opportunities. Deception Pass State Park is the most-visited park in Washington with over 2 million visitors each year. It is one of the most photographed places in Oak Harbor. It features 4,134 acres of ancient forest with saltwater shores, freshwater lakes, camping grounds & 38 miles of trails. Several miles of the Pacific Northwest Trail are within the Deception Pass State Park. Plan a full day of walking, hiking, picnicking, beach-combing and kayaking. Windjammer Park is a 28.5 acre waterfront complex that consists of shoreline picnic tables, barbecue pits, picnic facilities, playgrounds, baseball fields, basketball courts, swimming lagoons and more. If you are looking for an urban park, visit Hal Ramaley Memorial Park, which boasts picnic tables and seasonal garden displays. Sailaway RV Park located adjacent to Windjammer Park operates 56 serviced sites with water, sewer, and electricity facilities. This park provides access to the Oak Harbor Waterfront Trail. Other parks that you can visit while vacationing in and near Oak Harbor include Beeksma-Gateway Park, Scuttlebutt Park (Flintstone Park), Smith Park, South Whidbey State Park, and VFW Memorial Park.
Best Beaches: North Beach is located in Deception Pass State Park. The beach is quite popular with tourists, especially during the summer months. Simply enjoy this beach, fish for Salmon off the shore or walk this peaceful beach while in the Deception Pass State Park. Dugualla Bay Beach area is popular for bird watching and salmon fishing. Dugualla Bay is one of the most important salmon habitats in Puget Sound, and is home to a variety of birds migrating through the area, including snow geese, western sandpiper, and several duck species. Rosario Beach is the lesser known section of Deception Pass State Park. Here you can enjoy picnicing, boating, kayaking, diving and swimming.
Adventurous Activities: Whether you play golf for fun or are a golf pro, you must visit Whidbey Golf Club while in Oak Harbor. It is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most exciting golf courses and accommodates players of all levels. Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is the fastest growing water sport in the world and is the best way to explore the shorelines of Oak Harbor. Kayaking Oak Harbor and surrounding areas is the most convenient, scenic, and affordable way to enjoy this scenic environment. If time permits, visit Farmer's Market as you will get to sample the best fresh and local food there. Other activities that you can try here include hiking, biking, dragon boating, and kite flying.
Whale Watching and Fishing: There are many opportunities to observe the orcas while cruising the waters of Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island. Apart from Orcas, you may also spot Grey Whales, Minke Whales, Porpoises, and other species. Take a unique ride on a private yacht charter and enjoy a 360° unobstructed view as you get to see these giant marine animals. While in the area, you may want to consider a day trip to the San Juan Islands for an even greater whale watching experience. The San Juans provide one of the best whale watching opportunities anywhere in the world. Their calm waters boast of a huge variety of wildlife which includes three pods of resident Orca whales. If you like fishing, you're in luck. Oak Harbor and its surrounding locations have amazing fishing spots as well. On your fishing excursion, you can catch a variety of Salmon, Sturgeon, Smelt, and more.
Oak Harbor Dining and Shopping: From American cuisine to Thai eateries, Oak Harbor is known for a wide variety of local and fresh seafood. When you visit Oak Harbor, give your taste buds a treat on some of the delicious dishes while at Frasers Gourmet Hideaway, Jumbo Burrito, Jeda's Thai Kitchen, Seabolt's Smokehouse, Teriyaki Time, Mi Taco is Your Taco, Alfy's Pizza at Water's Edge, and Riverside Cafe & Lounge Oak Harbor to name a few. Historic Downtown Oak Harbor has lots of boutique shops and wide sidewalks for easy strolling. You can visit these shops during your stay here: La Lonnie's Notions, Red's Boutique, The Purple Bench, Garry Oak Gallery, and Island Thrift, among others.
Day Trips: Oak Harbor is situated in an incredible region – Whidbey Island, and the potential for day trips is practically limitless. Visit Langley, another charming town in Whidbey Island with historic buildings, shops, flower-lined walkways, and art galleries. Hike Ebey’s Landing State Park alongside the Strait of Juan de Fuca. If you are food lover and enjoy shopping, then visit Coupville. Camano Island is an island getaway well within your reach. Take your private yacht charter to Camano and enjoy its pristine beaches and water sports. Desolation Sound is another destination in Washington, where you can go on a day trip to enjoy its breathtaking views and explore forests and wildlife. Take some time from your vacation to check out the beautiful islands of San Juans, Friday Harbor, Victoria and Vancouver.
The unparalleled beauty of Oak Harbor boasts expansive views and serves as a fitting backdrop to the myriad of outdoor adventures that you can try here during your charter vacation. Discover the beauty and enjoyment of Oak Harbor on a luxury yacht charter with us. From peaceful relaxation to non-stop excitement, Pacific Northwest Yacht Charters has luxury yachts to match your needs. You can find out more about the Type of Yachts available for charter by clicking on the link provided here. To find out more about the Pacific Northwest destinations where we provide private charters, click on the link that is provided here.