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Located on the southwest side of beautiful Orcas Island, in Washington State, the marina has long been a destination and way point for boaters and travelers of the Pacific Northwest.
As those who have spent time at Deer Harbor would attest, this beautiful marina centrally located in the San Juan Islands is an ideal destination or summer cruising base for the islands as well as a quiet winter getaway. Open year round, the marina offers reduced rates during the winter season.
Families enjoy beach combing and playing on one of the best beaches in the San Juan Islands. Hotel accommodations and dining are located nearby. Transportation around the island is offered by taxi or shuttle bus to other Orcas Island attractions. Kenmore Air has regular scheduled float plane service from Seattle/Lake Union to the marina. Ferry service is available from Anacortes to Orcas Island, and island hopping is easy to other San Juan Island locations.
Deer Harbor has modern dock facilities with side ties up to 120’, a full service grocery store and restaurant; including beer and wine sales, as well as a convenient fuel dock and pump-out facilities
Great marina with friendly, attentive staff and great amenities such as showers, laundry, dockside store that serves breakfast and lunch, etc. We walked 5 minutes up the road to Matthews Smokehouse to enjoy some good BBQ. Highly recommended!
Great marina on a great island. Very convenient to Friday and Roche and my other favorite island locations. One think I like is the quick response to inquiries for marina space, response in one day!
Beautiful setting, well maintained marina, excellent service.
Great staff, clean facilities, wide slips and alleys.
Always a super fun weekend for the Wooden Boat Rendezvous. Especially appreciate the wonderful dock staff who greet each boat. Food great; bathrooms lovely. Setting exquisite. Thanks for your continued support of the wooden-boat community. :)
We love this place. Beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Great staff. Good facilities.
Deer Harbor continues to be our favorite getaway location, especially on Labor Day Weekend. Dock staff are always helpful, showers are clean, the dock store is well stocked…and the scenery...always beautiful and restful. Requested a bow in starboard tie with the reservation and that is what they gave us. The addition of a new yacht club dock provides breakwater protection for the guest floats. Walked up to the Smokehouse Restaurant this time for dinner. Had their great barbecued baby back ribs for $22! What a deal!
Deer Harbor Marina is a lovely marina and the staff are incredibly friendly. We will definitely be back!
Friendly, efficient staff. Marina staff provided professional dock assist, and quickly provided a needed power cord extension. The store staff was courteous while keeping COVID protocols. Check in was friendly and efficient. All around the marina and surrounding businesses exude a warm feeling, making our visit very relaxing.
I so enjoyed staying at Deer Harbor Marina. Lovely well run marina and the dock staff are just excellent. Very professional and competent. I love the store/restaurant at the top of the dock. Delicious breakfast sandwiches. I just wish you would get a cell tower. Internet/cell service is awful. But over all a great place.
Nice marina... Staff was helpful and the facilities good too.
Nice and quiet. Very good barbecue at the Deer Harbor Inn.
The stay was quiet, very quiet. Until Kenmore Air stopped in from time to time. Enjoyed the stay in this sleepy marina. We will be back!!
Lovely little marina and town, very nice and accommodating staff. Tip: if you need internet bring a T-Mobile phone or hotspot. Other carrier seem to lack.
Very friendly people… great marina!!!
We love Deer Harbor. It’s just the right amount of easy going simplicity, amenities, great staff and incredible beauty. This was our 5th year and we will be coming back !
We love the Deer Harbor Marina and its relaxed atmosphere with grill patio.
Beautiful setting, wonderful people. Nice to have help docking!
Nice staff, good little store and fast food. Wifi not good where we were moored, or too many users. No cell coverage
Friendly staff; very helpful on the dock and in the office. I’ll be back.
We had a great stay at Deer Harbor, as usual :) Thanks to the whole crew!
Well equipped marina, friendly staff, limited services available ashore but a really beautiful low-key spot!
Deer harbor never disappoints. Great dock crew. The little store at the top of the ramp is stocked with a few essentials and makes a decent burger and fries. Clean restrooms.
The marina staff is the best. Meet every boat arriving, easy to communicate with on the radio. Best dock crew in the area. Enjoy coming to Deer Harbor.
We love Deer Harbor. Staff was awesome and it was busier than ever on our August 8th visit. I was happy to see improved walking trails along the main road as cars no longer slow cruise by. The cafe at the dock was understaffed and looking for help so our simple lunch order took 45 minutes to prepare. Ice cream great as always!!
It wasn’t great. The advance email did not advise that I needed to call in before 5 to get a slip assignment. When we arrived, no one was there to advise us. The cellular service is horrible but I was finally able to reach the harbor master who was surprised that no one sent us a text message. He was the one positive - very helpful and apologetic. He got us positioned by the gas dock which was ok since we were just overnighting. Free WiFi was available but the password was not provided. Service at Island Pie was not great as the staff was much more interested in cleaning up to go home. My wife’s beet salad was missing the pecans and goat cheese that the menu said it would have. All in all, it did what it needed to do…barely. I doubt I’ll be back.
Great staff; well organized and very professional 👍
Great staff super helpful.
Very disappointed with how everything was handled. I as well as two other boats scheduled our stay for Aug 27-29th and let them as well as Dockwa know that we're traveling together. I received a call on the 25th asking where I was. They also said that they don't see the other two boats on the schedule that I was traveling with. I don't know where the error happened but they had me for the 25-27, our other boat for the 27-29th and the third boat for Aug 27-29th! When I explained all of this, the person at Deer Harbor said he can't do anything about it and was not willing to even try as the harbormaster was out and he didn't know when he'd be back or even what day. He also callously mentioned that he'd be charging me for the slip anyway as that was their policy. We usually regard Deer Harbor as one of our favorite stops on our yearly cruise but was feeling let down by this. When trying to decide whether to use the one slip for the date planned and anchor the other two boats in the bay, we were told that the pool needed to be reserved and could only have a 45 min period but it would have needed to be reserved weeks in advance and we wouldn't have a chance so we decided to stay at a much more welcoming marina for those two days. Not sure if we'll consider trying for next year at Deer at this point.
Always enjoy our time at Deer Harbor. They were so pleasant and patient with our plan changes and the dock staff is always vey friendly and helpful.
Only complaint was the hours the dock store was open. This is especially a problem to acquire tokens for the showers and/or showers. 9am to 7pm would seem more reasonable for a resort marina
We had a pleasant weekend at Deer Harbor. The staff was there to help us dock and accommodated moving slips so we could have several boats in our party together.
Excellent excellent Thanks
Deer Harbor is a family friendly marina and resort with a few issues. There is no cell phone coverage (and I mean NONE) and the internet is terrible. If you are looking to stream movies for your children, this is not the marina to come to. The pool is nice but due to the guidelines set it is a real struggle to get any pool time. The store/coffee shop is understaffed so be prepared for long waits for your morning coffee. The staff is helpful and friendly. The docks are nice and the beach is close by for walk and play. Jones Island is a short dingy ride away where one can take advantage of the great hikes with spectacular views.
Really great marina and staff. Despite reduced staffing and COViD,everyone was awesome and marina was neat clean, and plenty of food and grocery items made the stay in our slip a breeze. Dock hands and fuel dock kids were great as well. Well done Deer Harbor.
Dear Harbor rocks! Great Marina!
We love Deer Harbor Marina, it is a must stay when cruising the San Juan's. Mark, Katie and the entire team are so wonderful. We always look forward to staying with them.
We were very happy with the amount of dock personnel to help boaters enter andoor their boats. The store is stocked very well being its small size. The staff follows CDC guidelines. Everyone is friendly and making you feel like you should/want to return. We look forward to our next stay.
We love Deer Harbor Marina! It’s the best combination of active yet quiet for us
Marina and staff were great. Bees were horrible.
Awesome place to visit and relax for a bit, fantastic scenery, super friendly staff, easy to get in and out. We have been visiting Deer Harbor for over 25 years and it is always a great time.
We just had a wonderful stay at Deer Harbor Marina on Orcas Island. Coming in from a marine state park, it was wonderful to have all the amenities and friendly faces at the Marina. From the friendly dock hands who helped us into our slip to the gift shop and office workers we were treated so well ! We will definitely recommend the Marina to our boating friends in the Squalicum yacht club of Bellingham and are going to write an article for our next newsletter. Also the recommendations for Island Pie Pizza and Matthew s smokehouse Restaurant were spot on. We had great meals at each place in walking distance to the Marina, within one mile. Also the showers,ice cream and dock store with ICE and cold drinks were wonderful. Thanks for a beautiful holiday.
Nice facility and competent, friendly staff. Enjoyed our dinner at the pizza joint across the street.
They were courteous and helped at the dock with masks on (2020). Store, grill and pizza were all fab. Still a favorite spot. Update: still amazing, polite and pizza is so good but worth the price.
Nice marina, not as polished as years back. The marina staff was for the most part friendly. When you pre tip the dock attendant 20.00 at the fuel dock, one would think maybe he’d help hold the fuel hose while I was dragging it across the cockpit, or real it back up at the pump, but no, which canceled his after filling tip. I think finding knowledgeable employees might be an issue on Orcas, as most other communities.
Fun place. Internet and phone service needs work.
Lovely place…took a taxi to go 3 miles to Turtleback Mountain $30. Marina is nice and the deck hands extremely polite and helpful. The WiFi was too far away too connect and our AT&T service didn’t work here but T-mobile did. The BBQ restaurant up the road wasn’t open on Thursday and the pie place doesn’t open until 4:00 today. We’ll have to time our visit better next time.
Deer Harbor is wonderful! All employees are very helpful, the bathrooms and shower houses are clean and well maintained. It's truly our favorite martins in the Islands.
Marc and crew are exceptional!
Nice marina & cool bbq place up the hill. Could you invest in some WiFi?
Wonderful marina with amazing views. Great place to relax and enjoy yourself. Marina staff is friendly and helpful, especially Kate. Good facilities.
Always enjoy my time at Deer Harbor. Quieter than other local marinas but with all the amenities you need. Food is tasty, ice cream delicious, staff fantastic!
Nice facilities, friendly, helpful staff, beautiful setting.
The marina is well managed and the food at the shack at the top of the dock is very good. The dock hands are exceptional! There were nasty winds causing a major boat fiasco, and they handled the problem with professionalism and persistance.
Exceptional dock hands. Surprisingly good food on the dock. Great facilities... luxurious shower--7 minutes with water hot quickly.
Helpful, friendly dock attendants. Clean restrooms & showers. Quiet even when busy.
Very cute marina and a beautiful bay! Great for kayaking! Lovely walk with spectacular views through the Wasp Islands.
I have stayed in this marina for many years in my once 25, now 29 Searay with the family - what a lovely spot! Very protected from weather, peaceful unpretentious vibe, friendly boat neighbors. They have a nicely stocked store with the best egg and cheese croissants for breakfast, nice shower area and a pool you can access on hot summer days . There’s a relatively new cider and pizza place across the road, and an Inn on top of the hill for dinner with a killer view of the area. It’s quiet most evenings , so if you’re looking for evening rowdiness, this isn’t your spot. Another week in Paradise last week (July 2021) What a wonderful place.
Friendly and helpful staff. Decent amenities. Not a ton to do so wouldn't plan to stay more than a day or so. Small store and good pizza place nearby. The pool said heated but was very cold, even for kids. $2.20/ft is expensive for what they offer.
Deer Harbor Marina is small and has an excellent staff! It can get windy because of the southern exposure. The small grocery also serves hot items, and a pizza restaurant is across the street for the evenings. We will be back!
This is our favorite marina in the San Juan Islands. The location alone is stunning, but when you add in the fantastic dock hands, the store, grill , and ice cream, delicious pizza right across the street, clean shower facilities, and the 4th of July decorations, it makes for a wonderful visit!
We love staying at Deer Harbor!! Staff is friendly and helpful. Fellow boaters are respectful and friendly also. Scenery is amazing! Just wish the fireworks were on the 4th. But otherwise perfect.
Our favorite marina in the San Juans. Beautiful, convenient, charming and quiet. We go every fourth of July. The marina staff is attentive, helpful and friendly. Great harbor and open water for kayaking or taking the dinghy out. A couple great casual restaurants close by. The dock store has an awesome grill and things to replenish stores. Most of all, it’s just chill. Deer Harbor is the marina we like to go to disconnect and relax and be around like folks.
Wonderful people and great docks. I wish the store and grill were open earlier and later.
We stayed at Deer Harbor on 6/26/2021 in our 27 foot sailboat. We found the marina slips to be spacious and well kept. It was well protected and quiet. Every employee we had an encounter with was friendly and helpful. The bathrooms were clean and roomy. We didn't visit the pizza place because we couldn't take our dogs onto the dining deck and we didn't want to leave them on the boat alone, but I heard that the pizza there was very good. We will definitely stay again.
The docks are wider then is typical so it’s possible to sit and watch the day go by. The location is gorgeous and the walk to the south along the road to the path is great in any weather
We had a super great stay at Deer Harbor. Friendly staff, dog friendly. We love it here.
Great little Marina. Very clean bathrooms and showers. Attentive staff always there to help with lines as you dock. Wide berths, excellent docks, good little store and a pizza place across the road. Not a lot else to do near the Marina, but it's easy to reserve a rental car and travel around Orcas.
I would have given it 5 stars but even though there were open slips we were put between 2 large boats making it hard to manouver getting in there as we are only a 22 ft boat.
People are wonderful! We love it here. Definitely will be back!!
Deer Harbor is a nice marina. It is clean without being fancy. The people are friendly. There is a little store that has most critical things you may need. There is an on-site pizza restaurant with great food. It was a good place to spend a couple nights while shrimping. We’ll be back.
Easy booking through Dockwa. Called when in sight, prompt response and easy instructions. Nice guy caught our lines, welcomed us, and gave us a very cordial orientation. First Class marina!!!!!
Peaceful. Great dock hands , small store and restaurant. Clean showers and restrooms.
Great staff, beautiful facility!!!
The dock help is excellent. Deer Harbor is a beautiful setting, with a handy little store and good food options.
Great place good food and clean restrooms
The marina staff were friendly and helpful. Deer Harbor marina is charming, with clean bathrooms and showers, laundry facilities, food, store, and boat tours within steps. A wonderful jumping off point to exploring other islands as well.
Dock staff met us pulling in and helped with the lines. Good docks. Store had the basics but not much more. Short hours for store.
Friendly dock staff and marina office folks. Easy to make reservation. Assignment made after hailing. Blowing 13 knots so line handlers were around to assist if needed. COVID made local restaurant options limited. Easy 1/2 mile walk to Deer Harbor Inn with nice outdoor patio. Marina facilities (Showers etc) open but didn’t feel up to cleanliness standards found other marinas on this trip. Water limited. No boat rinse and strongly suggested not to fill onboard fresh water tanks. However good option if linking up with fly-in family or friends with timeshare resort cabins above marina and seaplane service linking to Seattle. Post COVID access to resort pool BBQ area etc for marina guests will be nice addition.
Will definitely be staying again. All the right amenities, and maintained beautifully during COVID. Will bring the family next time!
Such an idyllic place hidden from the elements. The undertone of yesteryear with a quaint Harbor town being greeted by locals and the beauty of nature in the PNW. The marina staff are all very accommodating, pleasant and helpful. A must do while boating in the San Juan Islands.
Great spot staff was great very friendly, the staff working the dock lines were the best in the islands
Dock staff really good this year.
We certainly enjoyed Deer Harbor. A nice slow pace after a couple of nights in Roche.
Always nice and clean. Great help at the dock. Great pizza. Wonderful walks on county roads.
Friendly staff, helped us during our boat problem. Will come back
First time to Deer Harbor Marina and it was outstanding! Extremely helpful and friendly staff that went out of their way to assist to make our visit memorial. Great facilities...clean, well maintained and stocked. Easy access to fuel and pump out point. Store and snack bar were great! Highly recommend a stopover. We will return in future San Juan Island cruises!👍😀
We love this marina! Very friendly and helpful staff, right on the dock when we arrived if we needed help. Store has Ice and enough provisions, great pizza and sandwiches to order up. Beautiful setting, nice hiking nearby and kayaking up or around the bay with lots of birds.
Deer Harbor Marina is a treat. The showers and bathrooms are clean. Showers require purchase of a token. There is a small marina store on the dock with a pizza joint across the street. What we like most though is the laid back vibe of the place.
Wonderful place to stay for a few nights. Quite, clean and beautiful! We’ll definitely be back!
Great marina! Friendly staff, clean facilities. Beautiful and peaceful!
We love Deer Harbor and the staff are always friendly!
Very helpful and courteous dock hands. WiFi was non existent, even using theirs. Ice was useless as it had holes in center of cube, no block ice.
Your marina staff is the best! The help getting moored the attitude the great response to any issues, they r the best. This is why we keep coming back.
Simply a beautiful spot. Nice size, nice beach, good ice cream
Great crew and very safe during Covid-19 pandemic. Lovely harbor.
Dock conditions were good, staff was friendly, professional and helpful. Only "ding" is that wifi was not reliable
Loved it! Wonderful people! Great showers! Yummy food! Was happy the team there was supporting mask wearing. Thank you!
Friendly staff, beautiful marina with nice clean restrooms with showers. Store has a few necessities and a menu for breakfast and lunch and delicious ice cream cones! Good coffee and latte’s too!!
We love deer Harbor So quaint and Mark the manager is awesome
Clean facilities and docks. Staff helpers assisting with your lines. Grocery is small, but has minimum supplies for your needs. Grill/cafe has good grill food and yummy Lopez island ice cream! Love the hot showers. Slightly priced high for a small place. Overall, great location and marina.
Good except for wearing the stupid masks and social distancing.
Great Marina, friendly staff. Had to pay for showers which should be included in slip fees.
Very clean and beautiful area. Complete with pool and excellent staff. Would have liked to see more selection in the store, but it must also be hard to stock a store for a limited population.
Nice marina with grill onsite and transient public bus service on Fri Sat Sun to tour island Delicious dinner at Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant with courtesy car pick up from marina
Love Deer Harbor!! Docks are good and service is wonderful!!!