Located in the beautiful Island County, Oak Harbor is Whidbey Island's largest incorporated community with a population exceeding 20,000. It hosts the largest Marina on the island and is well known for its indigenous Garry Oak trees (some exceeding 3,000 years old), for which the town is named.
Oak Harbor's natural wonders create plenty of outdoor recreational activities to keep visitors and residents busy year-round. The community has views of the Puget Sound, Northern Cascades, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, and the Olympic Mountains. Whidbey Island is accessible by driving through the popular, Deception Pass State Park to the North, as well as by ferry at Port Townsend and Mukilteo. We'd recommend visiting the State of Washington Ferry website to make reservations if you plan to arrive from Port Townsend.
Since white settlers came to the island, Whidbey Island has been known as 'Paradise on the Puget Sound.' Visitors come to the island for wide-open public beaches, great views, outdoor adventures, art, and more.
Whidbey Island was shared by various Coast Salish tribes prior to colonization and nearby tribes maintain reservations. Oak Harbor is a Navy town with a rich Irish and Dutch heritage. Our island neighbors, Coupeville, Langley, Greenbank, Freeland, and Clinton, are other great places to stop on your Oak Harbor vacation!