Welcome to Port Orchard
Charming maritime town with quaint neighborhoods and a small-town feel
Port Orchard is a picturesque maritime town that is south of Seattle and across Elliot Bay. Accessible by ferry (or by driving through Tacoma), this breathtaking community is home to just over 14,000 people. Winding coastal roads, stunning waterfront homes, and an abundance of outdoor recreation spaces are all perks of living in Port Orchard.
Most of the area is heavily suburban. Close to the McCormick Woods Golf Club, you’ll discover several high-end neighborhoods with opulent and spacious homes. The entire area — including more commercial locales — is quiet and laid-back. Many parts of Port Orchard feel like a small town, especially along the water. Families appreciate this city for its excellent public schools and abundance of parks and playgrounds.
What to Love
- Small town vibes
- Waterfront location (along the Sinclair Inlet)
- Port Orchard Marina
- Convenient shopping
- Highly-rated public schools
Port Orchard is an absolute dream. Whether you choose to live here full-time or for part of the year, you are sure to enjoy the neverending benefits of being a local. Relaxation and leisure are part of the culture here. This is made possible in part by being secluded from the busyness of city life. Residents of Port Orchard also get to experience a level of privacy that is hard to find elsewhere. Homes are nestled on residential roads that are seldom traveled by anyone other than locals.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Even with its secluded and private location, Port Orchard boasts a fantastic number of restaurants and stores. Between the waterfront dining and shopping, and the quick conveniences, you never have to venture anywhere else.
Directly along the Sinclair Inlet, you can shop and dine at a number of resident favorites. On Bay Street, peruse the latest arrivals at Josephine’s Mercantile, Port Orchard Public Market, Olde Central Antique Mall, Handmade With Love, Keelee’s Kloset, and The Candy Shoppe Gifts and Treats. On this same road, you can dine at restaurants such as Bay Street Bistro, The Dock Bar & Eatery, Brickhouse Bar and Grill, Farmer Rosie’s Cafe, Golden Grill On The Bay, and La Palapa Mexican Grill.
Mile Hill Drive also features some of Port Orchard’s best dining establishments. Check out the menus at restaurants such as Spiro’s Pizza & Pasta, Ay Tequila!, King’s Fish & Chips, That One Place, Family Pancake & Dinner House, and The End Zone Sports Pub.
Things to Do
Want to stay close to home in your spare time? If so, you’ll be delighted to learn about all of Port Orchard’s things to do, see, and experience.
Have a boat or yacht? Port Orchard has several marinas along the Sinclair Inlet. Yachtfish Marine, Port Orchard Railway Marina, Port Orchard Marina, and Sinclair Inlet Marina all provide boat storage services. Individuals who are particularly fond of being on the water should consider membership at the Sinclair Inlet Yacht Club. Near the waterfront, you can also make plans to visit Port Orchard Waterfront Park and the Port Orchard Waterfront viewing area.
Water activities are not the only pastime of locals in Port Orchard. Golfers can play at both the McCormick Woods Golf Club and Trophy Lake Golf & Casting. Additionally, spend a relaxing morning or afternoon at Square Lake State Park, McCormick Village Park, and at South Kitsap Regional Park.
Port Orchard has a high number of top-rated public elementary schools in the immediate area. In fact, six elementary schools in town have been rated 7/10 or higher by GreatSchools.org.