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Waterfront Community Destinations of North Puget Sound Seattle WA Ballard, WA Kirkland, WA Edmonds, WA Everett, WA Langley, WA Camano Island, WA Coupeville, WA Whidbey Island, WA Oak Harbor, WA La Conner, WA Fairhaven, WA Bellingham, WA Birch Bay, WA Blaine, WA Point Roberts, WA Port Townsend, WA Kingston, WA Poulsbo,WA Silverdale, WA Bainbridge Island, WA Bremerton, WA Port Orchard, WA Hood Canal San Juan Islands Port Gamble, WA Port Ludlow, WA Anacortes, WA Gulf Islands, BC Victoria, BC Port Angeles Go West Go North Go South
Following is a comprehensive list of waterfront community destinations around North Puget Sound. Click on the links below to learn about each community.

Alki Beach (West Seattle)

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California-style public sand beach, kayak rentals, restaurants, cafe's, summer volleyball and a three-mile waterfront promenade only minutes from downtown Seattle.


Bainbridge Island

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Bainbridge Island is a quick getaway from downtown Seattle - only a 30 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle will connect you to the quiet, artsy and friendly town of Winslow on Bainbridge Island. The historic town of Winslow offers fun shopping and unusual gift finds. Bicyclists love the hilly terrain and there are many beautiful nature trails for hiking and exploring the outdoors.


Ballard

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Vibrant downtown district with unique shops and restaurants. Home to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, visitors come in droves to watch the salmon make their way from fresh water to salt water or back again. With strong Scandanavian influences, Ballard remains an important center for manufacturing, recreational boating and commercial fishing.


Bellingham

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Located just 90 minutes from the Canadian border and home to Western Washington University, Bellingham is a thriving town with historical influences. It is also an important gateway to Alaska and the San Juans with ferries and private cruiseships. Lots of shops, galleries, restaurants and beautiful hotels, like the Chrysalis and the Historic Bellingham Hotel await the weary visitor. If its outdoor activities you seek - look no further than Mt. Baker for skiing, snowboarding, and hiking.


Birch Bay

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Located 20 miles north of Bellingham, Birch Bay boasts great golfing and relaxing at nearby Semiahmoo Resort. Outdoor activities include crabbing, clamming, bird-watching and biking. Families can enjoy kite-flying and try their hands at winning the annual sand-castle contest.


Blaine

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Blaine is located at the northwest boundary of the U.S. and Canada, hence the nickname, The Peace Arch City. It is also home to the historic foot passenger ferry which shuttles visitors to the Inn at Semiahmoo, which features a world-class resort, spa and Arnold Palmer inspired golf course.


Bremerton

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Bremerton is located on the Kitsap Peninsula and offers many beautiful waterfront views and is only a 60 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. A new marina will reopen in 2008 providing excellent moorage, facilities and service.


Camano Island

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Camano is a quiet rural island community located north of Everett. With it's beach cabin communities and meandering country roads, Camano is a favorite place to get away from it all. While there is no towns on the island, there are many cozy B&B's.


Cornet Bay

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Located in Deception Pass State Park, Cornet Bay is an area protected by the ocean waters and mountain ranges nearby. Cornet Bay State Park has 1,140 square feet of moorage space, a boat launch and provides breathtaking views and scenic island hikes.


Coupeville

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This quaint historic fishing village on Whidbey Island features restaurants, art galleries, clothing boutiques, gift shops and Victorian B&B inns.


Edmonds

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New marina with popular waterfront restaurants and breath-taking views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. A short walk to town finds many small restaurants, boutiques, and antique shops.


Everett

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The City of Everett boasts to having the second-largest marina on the west coast and is offers fishing enthusiasts great opportunities to catch salmon and steelhead. Sport afficanadios cheer for the Everett Silvertips ice hockey team, the Everett Hawks football team, and the Aqua Sox baseball team.


Fairhaven

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Authentically restored hundred-year-old brick buildings house numerous eateries and shopping boutiques.


Fauntleroy

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A favorite neighborhood in West Seattle, Fauntleroy faces Vashon Island, Blake Island and Kitsap Peninsula. A quick ferry ride can take you to Vashon or points south. ELincoln Park is also a favorite place for West Seattlites for running, biking, swimming, fishing and hiking. A heated saltwater pool, The Colman pool is open during the summer months to the public.


Freeland

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Located on the Island of Whidbey, Freeland can be reached by ferry from Mukiteo or by driving north over Deception Pass Bridge. There are many opportunities for hiking, biking, clam digging, exploring backroads, and parks.


Fremont

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Stroll along Seattle's ship cannel promenade and visit the colorful and flavorful assortment of boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.


Keyport

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Keyport is located in Kitsap County and is largely a military town and home to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. It is also known as "Torpedo Town, USA."


Kingston

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A short 30 minute ferry ride from Edmonds will take you to Kingston which is located on the shore of Appletree Cove, also known as the "Little City by the Sea." The town of Kingston has a marina with 40 guest slips and is walking distance to the shops and restaurants. A lively Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from mid-April to Mid-October.


Kirkland

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An upscale waterfront community on the eastern shores of Lake Washington. Great restaurants, classy boutiques, exquisite galleries, marina and swimming beach.


La Conner

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Situated on a narrow channel between the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands, this once rustic fishing village turned shopper's paradise features many one-of-a kind boutiques, pubs, restaurants, galleries and antique shops.


Lake Union

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Lively waterfront community with great restaurants and becoming more popular with the South Lake Union Trolley taking visitors from Lake Union to downtown Seattle with stops along the way. Lake Union is a haven for yacht owners from close and afar who stop for a visit and many who come to see the Wooden Boat Center where you can rent sailboats, rowboats, canoes and learn how to build wooden boats. There is plenty of opportunity to cruise Lake Union on private boats, and see the floating homes featured in Sleepless in Seattle or visit the 1917 Lake Union Steam Plant which is now a historic landmark.


Langley

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Restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops. Marina and big and a long sandy beach for summer strolls at low tide.


Leschi

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Leschi is a distinctive neighborhood located on and near Lake Washington and close to the I 90 bridge. Many beautiful and refurbished homes adorn the quaint neighborhood with contemporary, Tudors and charming Bungalows and Craftsman dotting its curvy streets. The local grocery store has been supplying Leschi neighbors with fine wines and gourmet snacks for many years.


Madison Park

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Madison Park is a charming neighborhood located near the west end of the Evergreen Floating bridge or 520 as it is called. Independently owned shops, restaurants and businesses adorn the sidewalks, and many beautiful homes make this area a must to visit.


Manchester

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Manchester is a charming waterfront village that is located on the Kitsap Peninsula. It boasts spectacular views of Puget Sound, a public dock, shopping and a restaurant.


Marrowstone Island

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Marrowstone Island is located southeast of Pt. Townsend and is still largely a rural island with a small main town called Nordlund where you can buy your necessities at the local neighborhood store. Fort Flager is a very popular attraction on the island and is State Park with beautiful beaches and spectacular vistas.


Marysville

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Known as the "Strawberry City", Marysville is home to the Tualip Indian tribe. Visitors enjoy The Tulalip Casino, and shopping at the Seattle Premium Outlets which boasts 110 outlet stores from Calvin Klein, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Polo, Coach, and more ...


Mukilteo

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An affluent suburb of Seattle, Mukilteo is located on the shore of Puget Sound in Snohomish County. The Washington State Ferry takes visitors from here to Clinton on Whidbey Island and in the summer months the ferry line is extensive. Plan early or wait patiently.


Nordland

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The town of Nordland lies southeast of Pt. Townsend on Marrowstone Island. It is still rural and residents enjoy the quiet lifestyle and spectacular shoreline. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy Ft. Flager State Park which is a popular destination for hiking.


Oak Harbor

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Located on Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor is the largest city on the island and home to the Naval Air Station. Real Estate opportunities have spurred growth on Oak Harbor and it is the only place on the island to find large franchise stores and restaurants.


Point Roberts

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Point Roberts is a small community in Whatcom County that is surrounded by water on 3 sides and close to British Columbia to its north. Point Roberts does boast a golf and country club for outdoor enthusiasts.


Port Hadlock

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Port Hadlock is located in Jefferson County and is surrounded by the natural beauty of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Campgrounds, lodging, shopping and other outdoor recreation are abundant. There are some great restaurants in the area too.


Port Orchard

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Port Orchard is located in Kitsap County and was named after the Port Orchard, a strait that separates Bainbridge Island from the Kitsap Peninsula. In summer months, there is a lively Farmers Market and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation.


Port Townsend

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Late 1800's Victorian B&B inns, surround the old brick buildings that once serviced sailing ships from around the world. Art galleries, boutiques eateries and classic pubs adorn the waterfront.


Poulsbo

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With a Scandinavian flavor, Poulsbo features restaurants, shops, galleries and a big marina.


Richmond Beach

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Richmond Beach is a small community in the Shoreline neighborhood. Richmond Beach has a Saltwater Park with stunning views of Puget Sound and offers a picnic pavillion and playground equipment for children. Many beautiful homes are located in the Richmond Beach neighborhood.


Rockaway Beach

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Seattle Waterfront

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Seattle boasts a spectacular waterfront with a busy Port that ushers in large cruise ships going to many exotic ports of call, ferries that take the visitor to Victoria, BC, San Juan Islands, Vashon, Bremerton, & Bainbridge Island and other exciting haunts. Many sophisticated restaurants, and tourist shops can be found along the waterfront as well as the new Seattle Aquarium.


Silverdale

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Silverdale is a quite waterfront community located on dyes inlet north of Bremerton in the center of Kitsap Peninsula. Established in 1889, the old town retains some of its original character with art galleries, shops and eateries. City parks, a long public pier and shallow sand beaches along the shoreline.


Stanwood

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Stanwood sits on the strip of low lying ground between the mainland and Camano Island north of Everett. Predominantly a farming community, it is the main commerce center for residents on Camano Island.


Suquamish

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Suqamish was one of the Mosquito fleet steamship stops many years ago on the Kitsap Peninsula. Today, the tiny community hosts a handful of taverns and eateries with a large Casino down the ways.


Whidbey Island

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Whidbey is the largest Island in the Washington. Home to several quaint communities, Whidbey attracts visitors from all over the nation. The rural island has a wide variety of beaches and natural parks along with historic B&B's, shopping, and small farms.


Winslow

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Bainbridge Island's port of entry for Washington State Ferries. Restaurants, shops, and art galleries.

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