Although there are technically 172 reefs and islands, the San Juan Islands include four main islands, which are Shaw Island, San Juan Island, Lopez Island, and Orcas Island. On each island you can relax and enjoy the nice weather while doing a variety of outdoor activities, such as kayaking, whale watching, biking, or just laying on the beach. With four islands to choose from, Tripping.com can help you determine which island is right for you!
Visit Friday Harbor, which is the popular downtown area of San Juan Island. Pick up a brochure at an island bookstore to take a self-guided walking tour of the area. With an abundance of cafes, bookstores, small shops, and art galleries, Friday Harbor is a neat area to walk around and take in the island culture. Visit the Whale Museum to find out the latest research being done on whales. After learning more about whales, go see some for yourself by going whale watching with San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours. Try taking a kayaking tour, or rent a kayak out and explore on your own for the day. There also various hiking trails, including Lopez Hill on Lopez Island and Mount Constitution and Mountain Lake hiking on Orcas Island. Once you’re done exploring for the day, try out some of the island restaurants. Visit the West Sound Cafe on Orcas Island to eat with a view of the West Sound Marina.
For a day trip, try heading to a different island than the one you are renting on. Each island has a different feel to it. Lopez Island is relatively tranquil and has a lot of natural beauty with its’ miles of farms and shorelines. Try going hiking or boating for the day if you visit Lopez Island. Nicknamed the “gem” of the San Juans, Orcas Island has cute villages and high mountains. Visit Moran State Park while on the island to go hiking or spend the day at a lake.
Each island has a variety of places to stay, including houses, cabins, suites, and cottages. Stay in Friday Harbor if you want to be downtown where a lot of events are happening and people are walking around. For a more secluded stay, rent on the shores of Lopez Island. Wherever you choose to stay, Tripping can help you compare all of the rentals in the area by price, ratings, reviews, and more. Book your San Juan Islands vacation rental today!
You don’t need to bring your car to the San Juan Islands. Make your life easier by parking your car right at the Anacortes ferry terminal. You can then take the Washington State Ferry to one of the four islands. No need to make a reservation for riding the ferry, you can just check the times and show up! Once you are on an island, you can also take the Washington State Ferry to travel to the other islands. To get around the island, you can rent a car or even a moped. Friday Harbor, which is the downtown area of San Juan Island, is a very walkable area so if you are staying there you won’t need to rent a car.
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