It’s a resort for all walks of life, and it’s only a few minutes from downtown Everett.
The man-made 2-mile strip isn’t a hidden gem — it’s right across from the marina for all to see.
Still, many people don’t know it’s there. Those who do keep coming back.
Jetty draws about 50,000 visitors every season, which runs from July 5 through Labor Day. The only cost is $3 for parking at the Port of Everett before boarding the ferry, which has a suggested donation of $2 for adults and $1 for kids.
If you have a boat, canoe or a kiteboard, you can use it to get there.
There’s nothing to buy on the island. No vendors selling hot dogs, cold drinks or T-shirts. This means you have to pack it all in: coolers, chairs, blankets, buckets, balls, kites, toys, sunscreen.
And then pack it all out.
Leave the beer at home. Alcohol isn’t allowed. Neither is skinny dipping, so bring a swimsuit. This is a family-friendly beach.
The ferry ride itself is quick. A few minutes and you’re there. It’s a short walk to the west beach area populated by kids armed with sand shovels and forts made of driftwood branches.
There are trails and places to explore. Some people go to birdwatch. There are ospreys and the herons are copious.
Others go to people watch. It’s great for that. Stretch onto the memory-foam sand and observe the cross-section of humanity.
Jetty is also a popular destination for kite-flyers, as well as kiteboarders who spin and sail across the water on boards propelled by a power kite.
The water is calm, warm and shallow for a long way out, so it’s good for toddlers and seniors.
Wiggle your toes. Play in the water. Be a kid again.
“I absolutely loved the activities as a child,” said Taylor Johnston, 32, of Everett. “Loved the field trips there. Loved the boxes you reached your hand into to guess what sort of beach object found was hidden inside. Loved spotting seals. It’s a unique little place in our town.”
She still loves it.
“The jetty is nice and long so there is usually a spot you can find to have at least a little more privacy. Always fun beachcombing there. We take our canoe there sometimes, too.”
Katina Ewings shares a laugh during the Jetty Island Light Wind Olympics on Jetty Island. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Matt Ewing grabs air during the inaugural Jetty Island Light Wind Olympics on Jetty Island on June 23. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Kites rest on the beach during the Jetty Island Light Wind Olympics 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Kites dot the horizon during the Jetty Island Light Wind Olympics on Jetty Island on June 23. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Katina Ewing pumps up her kite in preparation for the Jetty Island Light Wind Olympics on June 23. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)