Whidbey Island lies within Puget Sound, just off the north-east coast of Washington State, within Island County. This 35 mile long island is a popular holiday destination amongst holiday makers looking to enjoy a rural retreat, especially attracting visitors from the state’s largest city, Seattle. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Whidbey Island will find that there is a great choice of self catering holiday rental accommodation here. There are apartments and townhouses within the island’s largest settlements, such as Oak Harbor and Coupeville, as well as more rustic log cabins set within the island’s more rural spots.
The idyllic location of Whidbey Island makes it a popular holiday destination amongst those tourists looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the USA mainland. The island contains several state parks and reserves within its 168 square miles, which can be explored on foot or on bicycle. This includes the first historic national reserve in the USA to be created by the National Park Service, Ebey’s Landing, where visitors enjoying their holidays in Whidbey Island can observe the region’s indigenous fauna and flora at close quarters. Another popular pursuit for visitors is to enjoy a chartered boat cruise around the coastline of the island and enjoy a spot of grey and orca whale watching.
Visitors spending their holidays in Whidbey Island will find that the island boasts a number of interesting attractions, many of which relate to the island’s long and interesting history. Particular draws are the Admiralty Head Lighthouse and Deception Pass Bridge, which became a National Monument in the early 1980s. The island’s largest town, Oak Harbor, is the best place for visitors looking to enjoy a spot of retail therapy to head. The town boasts a number of High Street department stores and boutiques, as well as having the largest concentration of restaurants and cafés on the island.
Tourists looking to spend their holidays in Whidbey Island will find that as the island lies in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountain Range, it receives high levels of rainfall. It may pay to take an umbrella, as the island receives around 28 inches of rainfall a year, the majority of which will fall in the winter. Summer temperatures in Whidbey Island average around 24 degrees Celsius, whilst in winters these temperatures may often dip to just under zero degrees Celsius.
The majority of visitors looking to spend their holidays on Whidbey Island will first fly to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), close by on the State mainland. British Airways operate direct flights here from the UK, departing from London Heathrow (LHR).