Recreational Boating Information for the Northwest

Internet Service
Puget Sound Marinas Offering Free Wi Fi:
  • Bell Harbor
  • Bremerton
  • Cap Sante Marina
  • Everett Marina
  • Fisherman Bay | Restaurant 
  • Friday Harbor
  • Kingston Marina
  • Lakebay Marina
  • Oak Harbor
  • Point Hudson
  • Port Ludlow
  • Port Orchard
  • Poulsbo Marina
  • Rosario
  • Swantown Marina
For most marinas, you want to be as close to the marina office as possible to receive signal. Most free service is fairly slow.
Marine Wireless Network:

Beacon WI-FI Network, which 
purchased BroadBandXpress 
in 2010, continues to expand 
their network which covers over 
300 prominent marinas in the US and Canada so customers can depend on a powerful, safe, fast and reliable Internet service virtually anywhere they cruise. Boat owners, crew, marina staff and visitors can reliably surf the net, connect securely via VPN to their corporate networks, watch TV, talk on the phone, watch movies, trade stocks, work and play​.

Beacon | BBX Hot-Zones are large areas of service where a boater can get access up to 3 miles with the Beacon high power equipment. 
  • Up to 100x Dial-up
  • Unlimited Usage In US and Canada  
  • No Roaming Charges like Cell Companies
  • 24/7 Responsive Technical Support
  • Daily | Weekly | Monthly | Annual Plans

Broadband Internet Mobile Options: 
(Air Cards | Hotspots)

An air card is a device that connects
to your laptop or netbook which
allows users to access the Internet. 
Most air cards use a USB port. 
The card receive data through a cellular carrier for a monthly fee. Service is subject to cellular service provider.

Not all netbooks or pads have USB ports 
but there is another option,
"Mobile Hotspots".

Mobile (portable) hotspots are
portable units that provide wireless
Internet access on many devices -
 laptop, tablets, smartphones and portable gaming devices. Also note: most smartphones have hotspot options built in.

Like USB modems from wireless carriers, mobile hotspots typically use mobile  broadband service from cellular providers for 3G or 4G Internet access. Unlike those
mobile USB sticks, mobile hotspots allow multiple devices to connect at the same time. 

Depending on your boating or travel behavior, it's recommend to view each carrier and their coverage map to see which one fits your needs.

Other Internet Options:

Mobile Hotspots: