Jetty Island’s sandy stretch gives life to Everett’s waterfront
written by Richard Porter
Jetty Island is an unexpected delight—a 2-mile stretch of sand off the industrial Everett waterfront. This manmade breakwater is designated for summer recreation and is beloved by regional kiteboarders, birdwatchers and sand-castle architects.
More remarkable than this anomalous island are the views from its shores. Wade belly-deep into the warm shallows of Port Gardner to catch unparalleled views of Gedney, Whidbey and Camano islands, as well as the Olympic Mountains beyond.
A free seasonal ferry shuttles beachgoers to and from the destination during a civic celebration known as Jetty Island Days. This year the city’s island is open from July 5 to September 2. Visitors can take part in structured programs such as nighttime campfires and a hunt for blown-glass floats.
Pack shade and snacks when you go. Pro tip—budget enough phone battery to take plenty of pictures, because you’ll want to share this slice of sandy delight with your circle.