About Vashon Maury Island

/About Vashon Maury Island
About Vashon Maury Island 2018-04-13T19:09:14+00:00

Vashon Island is Washington’s largest island in the Puget Sound, just south of Admiralty Inlet. There are no bridges to the island, so the only way to get to Vashon is by boat or ferry from Seattle or Tacoma. It’s about a 15 minute ferry ride from Fauntleroy Terminal in Seattle. There is an airport on the island, but there is no regular air service. King County Metro bus line operates Monday through Friday down the length of the island. You’ll see many riding scooters or bicycles around the island.

The Simple Lifestyle On Vashon-Maury Island Today

With a populace of nearly 11,000 residents, the island maintains its charm with a relaxed lifestyle, reminiscent of a bygone era. There are no freeways and, indeed, the main roads across the island are lightly traveled and somewhat in need of repair. A large percentage of the inhabitants are artists or owners of small family-sized farms. Without a connecting bridge to the mainland, industry and businesses are not interested in locating there. To preserve their comfortably casual style of living, the people who call the island home have fought vigorously to prevent a bridge from being built, which they are sure would be an invitation to large agricultural industry. Currently, the only way for visitors to gain access to Vashon Island is by ferry. Several ferry lines run dozens of trips daily from the mainland. In fact, it only takes 22 minutes to reach the island from downtown Seattle by ferry.