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San Juan Islands Tourism: Best of San Juan Islands
Start your Pacific Northwest vacation in style, with a seaplane or ferry ride to the San Juan Islands from Seattle. It’s the ultimate way to take in the beauty of this region that Mother Nature has so abundantly blessed. You have a choice of three alluring islands – Lopez, the most rural, a mix of rolling farmland and beaches; Orcas, the largest of the San Juan Islands and replete with verdant mountains and placid lakes; and San Juan Island, where vibrant Friday Harbor welcomes ferry and seaplane guests and offers an array of charming accommodations and gourmet eateries.
Whether it’s whale-watching and sea kayaking, touring an art gallery or browsing a local farmers’ market, the San Juan Islands offer pleasing diversions for every age and interest. For the best chance to view orca whales and other sea life, plan your trip between April and September – a number of tour operators are available throughout the islands. Rev up your energy level with biking tours through rolling meadows and farmland, go birding on San Juan Island, hike the region’s modest mountains – offering outstanding vistas from the top – or go charter fishing for the day. Other favorites include hiking to Lime Kiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island, taking a scenic flight over the area, attending an outdoor summer concert in the park and horseback riding.
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- BySan Juan Islands Tourism BureauBest Dining on Orcas IslandWhatever your mood, you’re sure to find an Orcas Island restaurant prepared to please. From pastries hot from the oven with fresh-brewed gourmet coffee, to innovative suppers of local ingredients from both land and sea, you will be pleasantly surprised by both the variety and quality of dining choices offered on Orcas Island.8 items
- BySan Juan Islands Tourism BureauBest Dining on San Juan IslandFeaturing: Vic's Drive Inn, The Greenside Grill, Friday Harbor House Restaurant, Cynthia's, Madrona Bar & Grill, Lime Kiln Cafe, Downriggers, Tops'l Sushi Bar, Backdoor Kitchen, Duck Soup, San Juan Bistro, San Juan Island Brewing Company, Friday's Crabhouse, The Market Chef, Cask and Schooner Public House & Restaurant, Coho Restaurant16 items
- BySan Juan Islands Tourism BureauLopez IslandOn your first visit to Lopez Island when people wave to you from their cars. This is “the Friendly Isle”—15 miles long with 63 miles of shoreline and 2,500 year-round residents. The Lopez landscape blends forests with rolling farmlands, quiet bays and driftwood-strewn beaches with distant views of mountain ranges and snow-tipped Mount Baker.7 items