Twelve-and-a-half miles of saltwater shoreline and five freshwater lakes make Anacortes, Washington, a paradise for water-lovers. This city hosts a myriad of recreational activities for all ages, interests, and skill levels. Anacortes is homeport for numerous sailing and power yacht charters. Here you can enjoy sailing, power boating, whale watching, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, golf, camping, sport fishing, bird watching, scuba diving, beachcombing, and much more. There are four full-service marinas and three public boat launches. Take the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands, a haven for marine mammals and countless other species, including killer whales. Watch pods of Orca whales feed in the waters of Puget Sound, or visit Fidalgo Island, home to sea life ranging from sea stars and octopus to otters and seals. The public beaches and tidepools represent an exciting opportunity for curious children. This island is home to an underwater state park. Anacortes provides spectacular views of Mount Erie Park that rises 1,300 feet above the town. Just minutes away the busiest park in the state, Deception Pass Bridge brings spectacular views and unique stretches of beach.