Whidbey Island Travel Guide

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    by joiwatani
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Whidbey Island Things to Do

  • Outdoor heaven

    The island is incredible driving, hiking, cycling or just jumping on a ferry to blew my mind. Its like everywhere I went seemed to be better than the place I left.Starting on the North side of the island you have Deception Pass, there you can get in some hiking, biking, fishing or just sightseeing. Trails throughout the area take you from the top...

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  • Go down the shore below the Deception...

    We went down the bridge- walk down the hill, walked on rocks to get down to the ocean shore. There are nice beaches below the Deception Pass. There are tons of wood drifts and we used them for make shift seating. I picked up some white tiny pebbles to put in my aquarium! My children just walk around the seashore looking for beautiful stones!

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  • Walk across the Deception Pass Bridge!

    Some visitors just drive across the bridge slowly to take a good view of the Deception Pass. But for me, I drove across the bridge and stopped by the information center and get pamphlets about the island and then parked my car. I was afraid of height but I had to get over it! I walked across the Deception Pass bridge and look down below! What a...

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  • Fort Ebey State Park

    Fort Ebey State Park has miles of walking trails. Many of the trails follow the bluffs and have a beautiful view of the water. You can follow the trails to the old gun implacements that are dug into the banks. There are also trails that the non-motorized bikes can use.For more pictures of the campgrounds continue on the next pages...

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  • View by the Bridge at Deception Pass

    If you drive over the bridge at Deception Pass, be sure to stop and take in the great view and the magnificent bridge. There is a place to stop at both ends, and you can walk across the bridge as well.

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  • Wilbert Trail Hike in South Whidbey

    We hiked an easy trail named the Wilbert Trail. The entrance is located across the entrance to South Whidbey State Park. There are two trails; we hiked (walked) the shorter one, which is .8 miles long. The entrance is marked by a sign across Snugglers Cove road. Watch out for stinging needles. They will cause a rash and itch that lasts 15 minutes...

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  • Bayview Farmers Market

    Went to the Bayview Farmers Market on a Saturday in May 2006. Several vendors had booths with locally made arts, crafts, products, and food items. Not many produce farmers this early in the season. Friends enjoyed the homemade brownies, honey, and body butters. Some people were even selling goats. The the benches with the mosiac glass tiles below...

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  • Fort Ebey State Park

    Fort Ebey and Fort Casey are the two state parks in the Coupeville area. They are situated halfway up the Island. Fort Casey has a very limited amount of camping available. Fort Casey, however, is very interesting as there is the ruins of a pre-world war fort remaining. You can climb and explore throughout the fort. Fort Ebey has the majority of...

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  • Fort Casey State Park : the lighthouse

    When Fort Casey was constructed, the old lighthouse had to be moved. A new lighthouse was built on the present site in 1901. The Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey serves now as a historic landmark and interpretive center. The park was incorporated into Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve in 1980.

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  • Fort Casey State Park : the beach

    Fort Casey State Park is a 467-acre marine camping park with a lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A coast artillery post features two historic guns on display. Nice beach covered by old trees ... Great view on the surrounding islands.

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  • Fort Ebey State Park : great vista

    Nice park.Wonderful view from the battery.More than 28 miles of mountain bike/hiking trails are available in the park and surrounding area. The park features para-gliding, surfing and gun batteries to explore. Eagles may be viewed at Lake Pondilla.

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  • Fort Ebey State Park - Battery 248 :...

    Fort Ebey was Battery 248, a gun battery to protect Puget Sound.Its construction began in 1942 and the 2 six-inch guns were installed by the end of 1943.The battery was designed to coordinate its fire with other installations on this coast between Fort Casey and Deception Pass. Fort Ebey maintained the alert during WW II but never fired their guns...

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  • Fort Casey Light House

    The light house is no longer used but there is a nice museum inside detailing the fort's history. You can also walk up to the top for a great view.

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  • Theater in the park

    During the summer Coupeville hosts many outdoor concerts in the community park. Some of the concerts are free.

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  • Penn Cove Mussels

    One of the major businesses on the Island is the Penn Cove Mussels. The large rafts that are anchored in Penn Cove have long ropes hanging down in the water. The weight of the mussels growing sinks the barges down to the water line. The mussels are harvested by machines when the rafts are just about sunk in the water. A nylon sock covers the...

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Whidbey Island Restaurants

  • Awesome Lounge!

    WOW!! What a Great place for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. I have not had one thing I did not like. And the lounge has the best drinks and Bar Tender, A GREAT People person!! Named Casey. He makes the place come alive! And I could tell the locals really love him. I hope the owners know how lucky they our to have a Man like Casey working for them....

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  • Heading to Whidbey Island? Best View,...

    I love going to my favorite spot on Whidbey Island! Langley is a very small town on the south end of the island, but it has all you need for a fun afternoon and evening. That includes dining and having a glass of microbrew (or Chardonnay) at The Dog House. First of all, the view is the best of any restaurant in Langley. You can virtually walk right...

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  • Great Restaurant for Families

    You enter into the Creamery. Warmth exudes. An old wood stove, a comfy couch, tables, oversized wooden chess table set, wing back chairs, a seating bar, hardwood floors. Even a huge TV to watch Nemo or Harry Potter on a mommy ice cream date in the afternoon. Walls are painted in a soft pearlized paint. There is a huge freezer containing the most...

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  • Best Mexican, Best View in Oak Harbor

    This restaurant is located right on the harbor in Oak Harbor, across from the city park. Therefore, the view is awesome, even when it's stormy (which it is 8 months out of the year.) Anyway, I go here regularly because I love the food and I love to have a few good drinks along with it. Atmosphere: During the day, the restaurant is usually pretty...

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  • check out the Beach Cabin on Whidbey...

    This place has no inside seating, but they have some great sandwiches & other take-out foods. We stopped by on a rainy Sunday looking for lunch, had a wonderful hot grilled chicken sandwich & some soup - tasted so fresh and homemade. They have some pretty neat gifts too, we bought a sweatshirt and headed off to see Fort Casey in the afternoon;...

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  • Worst restaurant south of Oak Harbor

    I keep giving this place a chance, and I'm fed up. The seating arrangement is very crowded, and they have lots of hard sound-reflective surfaces. A couple of times we got a little attitude from the hostess because we were walk-ins with a toddler--we even got turned away once when it was clear they had openings. The bloomin' onion ("awesome blossom"...

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  • Good Mediterranean food.

    Stopped at Cafe Langley for a snack and drinks. The menu mostly consists of Mediterranean dishes. The gyros were popular among patrons. We shared pita, hummus, baba ganoush, and mini spanakopitas. Service was prompt, food was tasty (good value), and the restrooms were clean.

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  • Great spot for lunch.

    Stopped at this place for lunch after leaving a bar of a hole in Langley. Decided to try it after reading it in a tip on VT. Found the place to be casual, comfortable, and good. Service by Lynn was excellent, food was tasty, and the prices are a good value. Bathrooms were clean. We ate caesar salad with grilled chicken, roast beef dip, grilled...

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  • #1 Restaurant on the South End

    The Beachfire Grill is the best restaurant on the south end of Whidbey Island, hands down. It is located on beautiful Holmes Harbor with a picturesque view of the water. The food is always excellent and the service is great. The menu is diverse, with a variety of foods from fresh seafood to quality steaks to huge burgers and crisp salads. However...

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Whidbey Island Transportation

  • Clinton Ferry Terminal and...

    As the Washington State Ferry system goes, the Clinton to Mukilteo ferry is a relatively short route. The crossing time is only about 20 minutes. However, it is also a fairly important route for those on Whidbey Island as the only bridge on or off the island is at the far north end, and Whidbey Island is a very long island and it is very time...

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  • Island Transit: free bus service around...

    Island Transit is the transit service on Whidbey Island. Much of the service is focused on providing service from various connection points (mostly ferries, but also the bridge at the north end of Whidbey Island) to the city of Oak Harbor, which is the economic center of Whidbey Island.The problem that I ran into with Island Transit services is...

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  • Ferry from Clinton to Mukilteo

    We left through the south of Whidbey Island by ferry from Clinton to Mukilteo. For a car and two passengers, it cost us $8.50 to take the ferry back to the mainland from Whidbey Island. The ride was only 15 minutes. The ferry does have a snack bar.

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Whidbey Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware chipmunks and squirrels at...

    Some friends were ransacked by chipmunks and squirrels in South Whidbey State Park. They left their grocery bags out on the picnic table while they napped in their tent. These critters were surprisingly agressive. Do not feed them by your hand or you might get a rabbies bite.

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  • Whidbey's surrounding waters are cold

    Sorry, but swiming around Whidbey's beaches are only for the strong at heart. The waters generally average from 48 to 52 degrees. Much to cold to swim in. It can warm up a little near the warm beach sand, for wading.

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  • While walking know your tides !!!!!!!

    Whidbey Island has over a hundred miles of beaches that you can walk on but be very careful that you know the tides when you walk. Always walk on a outgoing tide or know when the high tide will occur. Many beaches have high bluffs and the water will leave no room to walk during high tides. Particularly if there is a storm the waves will crash...

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Whidbey Island Off The Beaten Path

  • TedRico's Profile Photo

    by TedRico Updated Jul 13, 2003

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    The view from the Deception Pass Bridge is absolutely breathtaking! But, if you take a short side trip on the Whidbey Island side of Skagit Bay you can view the bridge from a shoreside perspective. If you look closely in the dense surrounding woodlands and see what appears to be a golf ball in the foliage you have seen your first American Bald Eagle! The Islands are home to a great many here. The route to take is Cornet Bay Road>

    The Bridge Linking two Islands
    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Birdwatching
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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Whidbey Island Favorites

  • TedRico's Profile Photo

    by TedRico Written May 6, 2003

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    Fondest memory: The islands have a varied and diverse animal population. One of these is the American Bald Eagle. It is a very large and awesome bird. If you look very closely (I KNOW that it is difficult in this pic) you can see what appears to be a white golf ball in the boughs of a Douglas Fir or Western Hemlock tree. If you have binoculars or a spotting scope you can confirm it.
    HAPPY BIRDING!

    WHERE IS THE AMERICAN BALD EAGLE?

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