If you enjoy outdoor activities, whether it be hiking through nature-preserved wooded areas, boating and fishing on lakes or from seaports, or relaxing at the beach, Bainbridge Island accommodates all of these interests and more. For instance, Fort Ward Park contains walking trails, a two-lane boat ramp, and an underwater park for scuba divers. At the same time, Fay Bainbridge Park, nine miles on the other side of the island from Fort Ward Park, offers beachcombing, picnicking, and sunbathing opportunities.
For those who enjoy city conveniences, you're not far from that either. The downtown area, Winslow, and the surrounding areas offer museums, shopping, dining, and winery experiences, in addition to grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies. If you need a more exciting city experience, Seattle is accessible with just a 35-minute ferry ride, with the last ferry leaving Seattle to take you back to Bainbridge at 2:10 AM on Saturdays and Sundays and at 1:35 AM Monday through Friday.
The cost of living on Bainbridge Island
While food, transportation, housing, and health costs are less affordable on Bainbridge Island than the national average, the state tax rate is the 6th lowest in the U.S. In fact, there is no personal income tax required when residing in Washington. Property taxes are Bainbridge Island's single largest source of revenue.
Bainbridge Island and nearby Seattle offer unlimited employment options
- Physical therapy.
- Family practice, internal medicine, and cardiology.
- Mental health.
- Speech pathology.
If you can't find what you're looking for on Bainbridge Island, Seattle is only a 35-minute commute by ferry. Drive your car onto the ferry and enjoy fresh air and spectacular views during your commute. Get off the ferry and drive to major companies, such as Amazon, Boeing, and Microsoft. Ferries leave Bainbridge Island, Monday through Friday, as early as 4:45 AM, ensuring you get to work on time.
What to expect from Bainbridge Island schools
- Capt. Johnston Blakely Elementary School: Preschool through fourth grade.
- Capt. Charles Wilkes Elementary School: Preschool through fourth grade.
- Ordway Elementary: Kindergarten through fourth grade.
- Sakai Intermediate: Fifth and sixth grade.
- Woodward Middle School: Seventh and eighth grade.
- Bainbridge and Eagle Harbor High Schools: Ninth through 12th grade.
Private schools for children of all ages are available. For example, Montessori Country School, a private school located in the northwestern area of Bainbridge Island, offers classes to meet the developmental needs of infants from birth through 18 months of age and toddlers from 18 months to three years old. They also provide for primary- and elementary-aged children's intellectual, emotional, social, and physical developmental needs.
Other private schools, such as Hyla School, provide educational needs for middle and high school students in grades 6-12, while St. Cecilia Catholic School tends to the educational needs of preschoolers through eighth graders. Hazel Creek Montessori and the Island School are other private schools available to Bainbridge Island residents.
Travel around Bainbridge Island and beyond by cars, buses, and ferries
Kitsap Transit provides public-use buses that travel throughout the island. They are available to take you elsewhere on the island or make sure you get to a ferry on time. The ferries provide the only link to the mainland and Seattle.
Waterfront and International Dining on Bainbridge Island
When you have a taste for international cuisine, you can visit the following restaurants on Bainbridge Island:
- Bainbridge Thai Cuisine.
- Restaurant Marché for French-inspired food.
- Isla Bonita for Mexican staples.
- SuBI Japanese Restaurant.
- Ba Sa Restaurant for casual Vietnamese cuisine.