What’s your idea of a perfect vacation? Is it sunbathing on a white-sand beach? Perhaps watching the sunset from a mountain’s summit?
Either of these two are excellent options, but have you ever considered sailing as an alternative? If you yearn for a new, exciting way to enjoy your vacation, definitely consider a chartered sailing adventure–your chance to explore newly visited waters and experience the storied history of sea travel.
And, when it comes to sailing, few places in the country are as ideal as the San Juan Islands in Washington. Located below the Canadian border in North Puget Sound, the islands offer views of verdant landscapes, dynamic shorelines, delicious local food and orca whale sightings–one of the islands’ signature attractions.
If you’ve never explored the sea before, here are some great reasons for sailing the San Juan Islands at least once in your life:
Soothe Your Mind
What’s more relaxing than looking out on the horizon to see nothing but the wide ocean and billowy clouds? The San Juan Islands are part of the so-called rain shadow of the Olympic peninsula that shelters them from the heavier rains for which most of the peninsula is known–allowing for peaceful waters and views of blue skies on your journey.
Sea Creatures Galore
The waters of the islands teem with biodiversity. It’s not unusual for orcas to grace tourists with their presence during sails. Aside from these majestic creatures, you are likely to see other local marine wildlife, including dolphins, otters, and even humpback whales during migration season.
Learn a New Skill
Companies such as Schooners North don’t just offer San Juan Island charters, they also allow passengers to help man the ship. Imagine, helping the crew hoist the sails or steer the ship. How cool is that? While your office mates brag about learning how to make pottery in Mexico, you can proudly share that you learned how to skipper a schooner.
It’s Family Friendly
Unlike outdoor adventures like mountaineering, sailing is perfectly family friendly. Bring your kids on board the boat and enjoy a little picnic on the deck while taking in the sea breeze. Many sailing charters host on-board naturalists who can teach your kids about the sea creatures of the San Juan Islands, thereby fostering a love and appreciation of nature.
If you haven’t set a destination for your next getaway yet, be sure to consider the San Juan Islands. A sailing adventure on its protected waters may just be the exhilarating experience for which you have yearned.
5 Reasons to Try Sailing, crowdbnk.com
Ahoy Mama! 7 Reasons why You Should Try Sailing, mamiverse.com