You’re guaranteed to be delighted by its awe-inspiring environment.

Welcome to Anacortes

Scenic and established community surrounded by waterfront
Long considered a premier destination for boating enthusiasts, Anacortes is a coveted place to reside. The city can be found just north of Dewey and Alexander Beach and is located in Skagit County. There are currently 16,977 people residing in Anacortes. To the delight of water recreation enthusiasts, the area is surrounded by several bays — including Burrows Bay and Fidalgo Bay. Minutes from town, there are several additional lakes and bays for residents to enjoy. 
Residential neighborhoods in Anacortes have both a rural and suburban feel. Single-lane roads, mountain views, and lush plant life give the area a bucolic vibe. The town’s subdivisions serve as quiet and charming suburban enclaves. Wherever you choose to settle in Anacortes, you’re guaranteed to be delighted by its awe-inspiring environment.

What to Love

  • A popular destination among boaters
  • Surrounded by multiple bays
  • Top-rated schools
  • Multiple parks and trails
  • Breathtaking views
  • Bustling shopping and dining scene

Local Lifestyle

Brimming with coastal appeal, Anacortes is a vibrant yet serene community. Hidden away from the busyness of urban life, the city is able to provide a delicate balance of convenience and seclusion. Individuals who desire peace and privacy can easily find a neighborhood that suits their needs. Steps from home, in Downtown Anacortes, locals have access to a host of top-rated restaurants and locally-owned shops. During their off days, residents have an endless list of choices for leisure and recreation. Whether you are an avid boater or hiker, there’s an abundance of things to do in town.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Foodies — and those who enjoy the occasional day of retail therapy — will be pleasantly surprised by the exceptional selection of stores and restaurants in Anacortes.
Downtown Anacortes is a hub for all things related to shopping, dining, and entertainment. Up and down Commercial Avenue, discover a wide array of experiences and establishments. Craving a delicious meal? Upon arriving in the city, make plans to try resident recommended restaurants such as Dad's Diner Old School BBQ, Agave Taqueria, Naung Mai Thai Kitchen, Greek Islands Restaurant, and Vagabond Station.
In this same part of town, make plans to stop into the many locally-owned stores that are unique to Anacortes. Browse the offerings at places such as The Market at Anacortes, Skagit Cycle Center, Home Sweet Home Antiques, and Alley Cat Vintage & Decor.

Things to Do

Outdoor recreation is a core part of the lifestyle in Anacortes. Boating, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and everything in between can be enjoyed in this lovely community.
Water sports and recreation are easily the most popular activities in this part of northwestern Washington. Favorite places to spend time on or near the water include Cranberry Lake, Fidalgo Bay, Burrows Bay, Tugboat Beach, the Flounder Bay Yacht Club, Skyline Marine Center, Sunset Beach, Washington Park Boat Launch, Kiwanis Waterfront Park, and Cap Sante Park.
Inland, there are several parks and hiking trails that are routinely frequented by area residents. Plan an adventure at places such as Volunteer Park, Cranberry Lake Park, Little Cranberry Lake Trailhead, and Anacortes Community Forest North.


Among all surrounding communities, Anacortes has some of the best schools in this part of Washington.

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