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From the evergreen beauty of Vancouver Island to the tranquil waters of Desolation Sound, a yacht charter to this stunning region is perfect if you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination that promises calm, protected cruising.

A luxury yacht charter to the Pacific Northwest offers breathtaking, rugged terrain and magnificent coastlines. The stunning coastlines of the Pacific Northwest showcase endless waterways with plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure. Take a break from the classic Caribbean getaway and experience the tranquil magic this remote cruising ground has to offer. The hundreds of islets, coves, and anchorages are surrounded by a backdrop of evergreen beauty. The Pacific Northwest welcomes you to take in the vast, unspoiled nature that makes up this breathtaking region.

The Pacific Northwest by luxury yacht: A one-of-a-kind vacation

The combination of absolute luxury onboard your yacht and the effortless natural beauty of the scenery makes for a one-of-a-kind holiday. For those interested in seeing nature in its most raw form, the Pacific Northwest is perfect. From the San Juan Islands to the Sunshine Coast and Jervis Inlet, Desolation Sound to Vancouver Island, you will be surrounded by picturesque terrain.

Located off Canada’s Pacific Coast, Vancouver Island has become a sought-after yachting destination due to its calm, deep waters and pristine coastlines. It is the largest island in Canada, filled with lush forests and stunning topography. The island is surrounded by the straits of Georgia, Johnstone and Charlotte on the Canadian side and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the American side.

With plenty of mountainous terrains to explore, Vancouver Island offers the perfect escape for those seeking authentic, raw beauty. You can enjoy meals on the decks of your yacht with views of the inlets, fjords, and wildlife as your backdrop.

The best things to see and do during a Pacific Northwest yacht charter

Hike The Golden Hinde Mountain for breathtaking views of the island. Lose yourself while exploring the Red Cedar and Douglas Fir forests, and keep an eye out for unique wildlife. A short hike to Mystic Beach is a must-do for adventure-seekers. You will pass through a lush forest on a well-maintained trail, ensuring a safe and straightforward route. You will find small caves on the western side and an awe-inspiring waterfall on the east side. After a day of wilderness exploration, head back to your yacht for a good night’s rest to prepare for the adventures ahead.

Desolation Sound

Heading north of Vancouver Island, you will begin to approach the popular kayaking and boating destination of Desolation Sound. This region’s blissful seclusion welcomes yachts to cruise through the waterways and simply stop and admire the pure, rugged beauty. At the furthest corner of British Columbia, Desolation Sound is at the heart of many channels that give way to harbors and secluded islands. The wide variety of white sand beaches, remote villages, and idyllic mountain ranges make this hidden gem a must-do while on a Pacific Northwest yacht charter.

Pendrell Sound

The fjord-like harbor of Pendrell Sound is the perfect place to stop, with warm waters and a shoreline lined with Pacific oysters. Just as beautiful and secluded, the cruising grounds of the Sunshine Coast and Jervis Inlet offer hundreds of protected inlets and anchorages. Head ashore for a meal in one of the charming ocean-view restaurants. The Princess Louisa Inlet is nothing short of impressive, with lush green trees and towering mountains lining the coast and calm glassy waters below. The pristine anchorages invite you to stop, breathe, and admire the pure natural beauty of this destination. Enjoy your morning coffee on the sundeck of your yacht as the crisp breeze carries the mist from the waterfalls right to you.

San Juan Islands

While on a Pacific Northwest yacht charter, you can explore the stunning San Juan Islands archipelago, known for its rural landscapes and fantastic wildlife. Often acclaimed as the star of the archipelago, Sucia Island showcases geological formations along ten miles of hiking trails and unforgettable sunset views in Shallow Bay.

Stuart Island is only accessible by yacht, making this a no-brainer while exploring the San Juans. You can spot river otters and orca whales as you cruise along the remote waters. Roche Harbor Resort is a seaside haven home to several quaint restaurants, art shops and a full-service spa on the Northwest side of the San Juan islands. The bustling town of Friday Harbor is nearby, offering unique excursions such as the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, where you can stroll through the bright purple blooming lavender. The largest of the San Juans is Orcas Island, named for its abundance and views of orca whales. A luxury yacht charter to the Pacific Northwest promises pure, untouched natural beauty with memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Contact a Pacific Northwest yacht charter broker

If you want to experience a Northwest yacht charter, Northrop & Johnson can help. We excel at creating incredible experiences on the water. We have access to the best yachts for charter from 30-meters with real-time information on availability and cruising destiantions, enabling us to quickly and efficiently connect you with your ideal boat. All our yachts in the Pacific Northwest are fully crewed, boast incredible onboard amenities, and flexible cabin configurations. Contact our team today if you want to enjoy a yachting vacation in the Pacific Northwest, or browse our luxury yachts for charter.

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Charter Highlights Pacific Northwest

  • While visiting the San Juan Islands, head to the restaurant at Willows Inn, voted #1 restaurant in North America from 2016-2018
  • Explore Mystic Beach on Vancouver Island
  • Admire the Princess Louisa inlet while visiting Desolation Sound
  • Spot Orca Whales on Orcas Island in the San Juans
  • Visit the Pelindaba Lavender Farm to be engulfed in the smell of freshly grown lavender

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Yacht Charter Pacific Northwest: FAQs

Where is the Pacific Northwest?

The Pacific Northwest generally refers to the northwestern region of the United States and parts of Canada that border the Pacific Ocean. In the United States, it typically includes the states of Washington, Oregon, and sometimes parts of northern California and Idaho. In Canada, it includes the province of British Columbia. The region is characterized by its stunning natural landscapes, including rugged coastlines, dense forests, and majestic mountains. Major cities in the Pacific Northwest include Seattle and Portland in the US, and Vancouver in Canada.

How much is a Pacific Northwest yacht charter?

The cost of a Pacific Northwest yacht charter with Northrop & Johnson starts at US$50,000 per week and rises to in excess of one million for the world’s most luxurious superyachts and mega yachts. Contact our team today or browse our luxury boats for charter. We have access to the best yachts for charter, including vessels built by the world’s leading shipyards. Let us connect you with your perfect yacht in the Pacific NW. Contact our team today.

What's the weather like in the Pacific Northwest?

The average temperatures in the Pacific Northwest can vary significantly depending on the season and specific location within the region. As a general overview, you can expect: 

  1. Summers: In the summer months (June to August), average temperatures typically range from the mid-60s to the low 80s Fahrenheit (around 18 to 28 degrees Celsius) in coastal areas like Seattle and Portland. Inland areas and higher elevations may experience slightly warmer temperatures, reaching into the 90s Fahrenheit (above 32 degrees Celsius) on occasion.
  2. Winters: Winters (December to February) are generally mild along the coast, with average temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the upper 40s Fahrenheit (around 2 to 9 degrees Celsius). Inland areas and higher elevations can experience colder temperatures, with occasional snowfall.
  3. Spring and Fall: Spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) are transitional seasons with mild temperatures. Average temperatures during these times usually range from the 40s to 60s Fahrenheit (around 4 to 20 degrees Celsius), although there can be considerable variation.

When is the best time to cruise the Pacific Northwest?

In general, the best time to rent a private yacht in the Pacific Northwest is between May and October, with the peak charter season running from June through to September. During these months you can enjoy fantastic weather, ideal for enjoying outdoor pursuits and cruising the Pacific Northwest’s coastline and soaking up the beautiful scenery.

Is the Pacific Northwest good for fishing?

The Pacific Northwest is an excellent destination for fishing, attracting anglers from around the world. Northrop & Johnson has a superb selection of luxury yachts for charter, including fishing yachts loaded with the latest fishing equipment. Our yachts for charter include a knowledgeable crew, who will be able to take you to the best fishing grounds in the Pacific Northwest and a private chef to prepare and cook the catch of the day. Contact our team today or browse our luxury yachts for charter.

Can I visit Alaska during a Pacific Northwest yacht rental?

While Alaska isn’t technically part of the Pacific Northwest, it’s certainly possible to arrange a luxury yacht rental that includes both the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Northrop & Johnson has access to the best luxury yachts for charter in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and excels at creating bespoke itineraries. Contact our team today if you want to combine a yacht charter in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska or browse our crewed luxury sailing yachts and motor yachts for rent.

Can I enjoy a bareboat charter in the Pacific Northwest?

While it is almost certainly possible to enjoy a bareboat charter in the Pacific Northwest, Northrop & Jonson specializes only in luxury crewed yacht charters.

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