An Insider’s Guide to San Juan Islands

San Juan PM has provided an insider’s guide to The San Juan Islands. There is something for everyone on these islands.

Local Dishes You Need to Try!

The national dish of the Archipelago is shellfish, mainly razor clams, crab, oysters, and scallops that are fished nearby. Salmon and halibut, two staples of the Pacific Northwest that have been fished since pre-Columbian times, provide support for them. Those who love meat won’t go hungry either because the islanders raise their own sheep, pigs, and cows, with Lopez Island lamb topping the menu in nearby restaurants.

Water Activities You Should Book

Whale watching is quite popular and seeing orca pods during the summer is nearly a guarantee between May and October. From the beach at Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Juan Island, there is a decent chance of seeing orcas. Alternatively, boat cruises from San Juan Island and Orcas Island can be scheduled for whale-watching. Gray, minke, and humpback whales can also be seen in the nearby waters.

Kayak tours and rentals are available on all three islands. Along the 160-mile Cascadia Marine Trail (CMT), which runs through the San Juan Islands, more seasoned kayakers can advance. Rustic CMT campgrounds with landing places, picnic tables, and compost toilets are present on several of the archipelago’s farther-flung islands, and they are identified by official CMT signs.

If You Are Not into Athletic Activities, Give These A Try

A vineyard with a tasting room, an art gallery, a museum, and a whale museum may all be found on San Juan Island. Small historical museums can be found on the islands of Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez. The spa at the Rosario Resort in Orcas is exquisite.

Where To Stay

There are several different San Juan Island vacation rental options for you that will meet your every need!