Beach King
FAQs

GENERAL:

 

Where are the beach vacation rentals located?

Sleeping Sea offers vacation rentals on the north shore of Orcas Island, WA about a 5 minute drive to the center of Eastsound. It is located in the town limits, but on the outskirts of town.Our property is in a quiet neighborhood on a private dead end road. It is about a 40 minute walk along preservation land, trails, and beach into the center of town. Please keep this in mind when choosing your accommodation. To keep the home private we will provide specific directions, details, and addresses will be provided in a welcome packet after confirmation of your booking.

How do I get to the San Juan Islands?

The Islands are located about 100 miles north of Seattle, WA. They are accessed by ferry or air. The closest major airport is located in Seattle at Sea-Tac. Most people choose to rent a car in Seattle and drive north to the ferry terminal at Anacortes, WA. The entire trip to Orcas Island, including ferry ride takes approximately 4 hours. There is also charter plane service, leaving from Boeing Field or Lake Union in Seattle. The flight takes about one hour.

Can I make a reservation for the ferry?

YES: Washington State Ferries now take reservations for all San Juan Island routes. Please visit the Washington State FERRY RESERVATIONS website for more information and to book your ferry travel. We STRONGLY recommend making a reservation for all travel times, but especially during peak times to ensure boarding on the ferry of your choice.

The first 30% of reservable space on the Anacortes/San Juan Island route is released 2 months prior to the schedule start date. (All tall space is released within the 1st tier). An additional 30% of vessel space is released at 7:00am 2 weeks before each sailing date, and then the final 30% is released at 7:00am 2 days before each sailing date. Reservations are not required for travel on Washington State Ferries. Every ferry leaves 10-15% of the ferry capacity for standby travel for last minute travel or when reservations are unavailable. Sometimes there is extra space when driver's don't show or cancel their reservations.

Do I need a car?

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A car is a must for touring the islands. Bicycling is possible for experienced riders, but due to hilly terrain and narrow roads, we do not recommend this for families with young children. Public transportation options are quite limited.

LODGING:

What are the Check In and Check Out?

Arrive: 4 PM
Depart: 11 AM

Can I bring my pet?

We do allow pets, but not in all of our vacation rentals. Be sure to let us know during the booking process that you would like to travel with your pet. There is an additional pet fee and the pet policy must be strictly adhered to. Unannounced pets can not and will not be accepted. Unfortunately due to increasing pet incidents in our vacation rentals we are being more selective with pets staying on the property. Not all pets may be accepted. Please review our pet policies.

Do you have WiFi?

YES: All of our rentals have access to complimentary WiFi. However, being a rural island community we do not have access to reliable high speed internet. Internet outages do occur and download/upload speeds are much slower than urban areas. This is not something we can change. The library and a co-working space in Eastsound provide broadband. Your mobile 3G/4G may not work in all areas of the San Juan Islands. Also, cell phone service is spotty in general.

Why do I have to dispose of my own garbage?

It is our policy as with other many vacation rentals. We strongly believe in reducing our waste and understanding our environmental impact. All waste is transported to the mainland via the ferry. Sleeping Sea will handle your waste removal for an extra fee with prior approval. Since we compost all food waste and provide recycling containers, it helps alleviate garbage costs and is better for the environment (as well as making our chickens very happy!) We place a compost bin in each of our vacation rentals.

Are there other charges in addition to the posted rate?

YES: Local taxes, additional persons, cleaning fee, and a pet fee if your canine companion is joining you. Please see our policies for more details. These fees will be made clear during the booking process.

What happens if my kid uses their artistic talent to draw a mural on the wall or my dog has a party?

You are responsible for any and all damages to the home or unit from the time you check-in until you check-out.

THE ISLANDS:

What services are on the islands?

Orcas Island and San Juan Island have town centers with all necessary services. Friday Harbor is the largest town in the San Juan Islands and has numerous stores and two supermarkets.

Eastsound Village is the small commercial center of Orcas Island, containing most of the shops, restaurants and the main market for the island. It is located approx. 9 miles from the ferry landing. Sleeping Sea Waterfront Suites are only 1.5 miles from Eastsound Village. Once in a Blue Moon Farm is approx. 7 miles from Eastsound Village and 2 miles from the ferry landing.

Am I going to see any whales?

There are resident and transient orca whales as well as lots of other marine life around the islands. They are frequently spotted on the Western shores of San Juan Island. Lime Kiln State Park is an excellent land based watching point where you can actually get closer to the whales than tour boats are legally allowed. These majestic whales are endangered and protected. We recommend land based whale watching out of respect for the whales.