Destination guide

Artists meet outdoor adventures on this island!

A little over an hour north of Seattle, Whidbey Island serves as a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Nestled in the middle of Puget Sound, the rural island offers plenty of natural beauty in the form of sandy beaches, lush forests, and deep canyons. You might be inspired to break out a canvas and easel as the scenery also draws tons of artists to the region. Tear yourself away from the comforts of your Whidbey Island vacation rental to soak up all the culture squeezed into the island, including its numerous galleries and theaters.

Things to do

Forts, festivals, and fine food _ island festivities

You might be rubbing elbows with the next Pablo Picasso on Whidbey Island, where galleries and studios are scattered all over the place. Culture vultures will drool over the island's bustling theater scene, home to a children's theater, a small playhouse, and a summertime Shakespeare festival. Worried you'll eat too much fast food on your vacation getaway? Enjoy fresh food at numerous farmers' markets and gourmet farm-to-table restaurants, or grab a glass of vino at an island winery. Learn more about the area's rich military history by visiting historic forts and a naval air museum.


From sailing to swimming, fun in the sound and sun

Like any island worth its salt (or sand), Whidbey Island offers miles of gorgeous beaches. Take your workout to the water with an afternoon of swimming, kayaking, or canoeing. Play explorer for the day by renting a boat and sailing around the island's majestic coastline. Ditch the take-out menus and cook up your own meal at your Whidbey Island vacation rental after a session of fishing, clamming, or crabbing. You'll find plenty of adventures away from the water as well when you zipline through a forest, or visit a park for an afternoon of cycling or horseback riding.


Sunshine and cool breezes _ just your typical island fare!

As if island living wasn't rewarding enough, summertime in Whidbey Island features sunny days and mild temperatures that rarely break 70 degrees. You'll be busting out your cardigans during brisk falls and springs when highs dip to the low 50s and evenings drop into the high 30s. The toasty confines of your Whidbey Island vacation rental will look awfully inviting during the winter when the island experiences near freezing conditions. It's the Pacific Northwest so you'll need an umbrella, particularly from November through January when it gets particularly wet; you may even see a light dusting of snow during the same period.

Natural features

Have a whale of a good time in Whibey's natural beauty

Whidbey Island covers a lot of space in Puget Sound, measuring approximately 55 miles long and 12 miles across at its widest point. There's no chance you'll forget you're in the Pacific Northwest when you see the island's lush landscape dotted with forests, canyons, waterfalls, and lakes. Make sure you bring your binoculars in the fall and early winter when orcas swim by the island as they make their way down south. Otters and sea lions turn the island into their own personal playground as they frolic in the water and lounge on the beaches.

Can I find a vacation rental around Whidbey Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 793 vacation rentals near Whidbey Island. From 118 Cabins to 540 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Whidbey Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Whidbey Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Whidbey Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Seattle: 2,475 vacation rentals
  • San Juan Islands: 562 vacation rentals
  • Orcas: 482 vacation rentals
  • Bellingham: 318 vacation rentals
  • Friday Harbor: 356 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Whidbey Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Whidbey Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Whidbey Island:

  • Seattle: 2,475 rentals
  • Bellingham: 318 rentals
  • Friday Harbor: 356 rentals
  • Bainbridge Island: 521 rentals
  • Port Townsend: 287 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Whidbey Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Whidbey Island are:

  • Poulsbo, WA (PUL): 2,124 vacation rentals
  • Oak Harbor, WA (ODW-Wes Lupien): 556 vacation rentals
  • Mount Vernon, WA (MVW-Skagit Regional): 267 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Whidbey Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Whidbey Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Seattle Cruise Ship Terminal 91: 1,343 rentals
  • University of Washington: 1,503 rentals
  • Cama Beach State Park: 664 rentals
  • Fort Worden State Park: 630 rentals
  • South Whidbey Island State Park: 684 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Whidbey Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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