One of the only problems you'll have on your visit to the San Juans is going to be "not enough time." A weekend just isn't enought to see all the islands have to offer. It doesn't matter if you are on a very tight budget or have tons of money to spend you will be able to find plenty of places to see, stores to shop, and views to take in. Two lane country roads lead you past local farms, artisan studios, vineyards, state and national parks, rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, and wind back to island villages.
History buffs and curious parents can check out the museums of Friday Harbor ( San Juan Island ) and Eastsound ( Orcas Island ). Find out which major players in the story of "The Pig War" made their mark in other pivotal moments of US history. Allow the park rangers to take you back to a time when the British Crown and the United States went to war over the San Juan Islands.
Aspiring or professional photographers can overload their memory sticks with lighthouses, snowcapped mountains, breaching whales, and lavender fields.
Like I said... lots to do and so little time.... click on one of the activity buttons above to start planning your trip.
Photos of sea kayaking on San Juan Island, Orcas Island, and Lopez Island as well as links to all sea kayaking tour companies operating in the San Juan Islands.~ More on this subject...
Whale Watching Tours in the San Juan Islands
The Orca whales are one of the principal attractions to the San Juan Islands. We have a whale Museum, a whale watching park, several whale watching companies, and an entire island named Orcas Island!~ More on this subject...
Boats & Sailing Guide to Lopez Island, Orcas Island, and San Juan Island
Anything related to sailing, yachting, power boats, marinas, yacht clubs, regattas, and more on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Island.~ More on this subject...
Horseback Riding in the San Juans
Another great option for adventurous romantics or families visiting the islands looking for something extra special and a little bit educational are horseback riding lessons. Horseback riding is safe, fun, and affordable. It could also be the future of "green transportation."~ More on this subject...
See the islands, the whales, and the mountains from an aerial perspective.~ More on this subject...
Scuba Diving the San Juan Islands
Browse businesses and services relating to scuba diving in the San Juan Islands.~ More on this subject...
View the Orcas Island Accommodations Map
Get a birds eye view of Orcas Island and all of the places to stay!
Self guided fishing the San Juan Islands
Local fishing expert gives you the details on how to fish the San Juan Islands.
Fishing Charters in the San Juan Islands & Gulf Islands
Marty Mead who operates a fishing charter business on Orcas Island discusses when to come to catch which fish, day trips to and from the Gulf Islands, Vancouver, and Victoria, licensing, catch limits, shrimping, crabbing, and much more.
Bike the Tour De Lopez
Spring into the season with a heart pumping bike ride. The smell of the sea on the ferry ride across, the chill of the spring morning, the camaraderie conversation of those who exercise, the Douglas fir trees blowing in the wind, the remote beaches and coves, and the excellent sleep you will surely have that night.
5 anti-litter campaigns that help to keep San Juan island clean.
Learn how concerned local islanders set up efficient anti-litter programs to keep the roads on San Juan Island clean.