If you’re hoping to explore the islands, consider flying. It’s fast, and probably less expensive than you thought.
Some of Bellingham’s coolest neighbors are the San Juan Islands, but getting to them can be a challenge. The ferry that serves most of the island ports is not cheap or particularly fast, and it departs from Anacortes.
Luckily, Bellingham-based San Juan Airlines makes multiple daily trips to places like Friday Harbor, Blakely Island, Roche Harbor, and Eastsound.
Mid-week flights start as low as $65 one-way. And with travel times significantly shorter by air than by sea, you’ll have more time to explore the islands.