With temperatures averaging around 70 degrees in the summer and 40 degrees in the winter, the San Juan Islands is one of the best destinations to visit year-round. There are about 172 islands in the county, but most San Juan Island cruises usually serve four main destinations: the namesake island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island, and Shaw Island. There are a range of fun activities that one can do in the area, so no trip should ever have to be the same.
Orca Whale Watching
The waters of San Juan Islands are home to many pods of orca whales. Book a cruise to enjoy the majestic sight of orcas breaching the water. And while you’re at it, enjoy the gorgeous inland sea vistas and the open skies as well.
San Juan Historical Society & Museum
Gain a deeper appreciation of the San Juan Islands by learning more about its history. One of the best places to do so is the San Juan Historical Society & Museum, which is located in the old James King farm built in the 1880s. You’ll see what life was like back in the day through the original farmhouses, a pioneer log cabin, and the various historical artifacts on display.
Duck Soup Inn
After a long day of exploring, what better way to unwind than with a hearty meal? If you’re looking for an unique culinary experience, check out the Duck Soup Inn, where the rustic cabin ambiance will whet your appetite. Located in a forest clearing, the restaurant allows you to enjoy scrumptious dishes prepared by Chef Kyle Nicholson, all made from locally sourced ingredients.
Cask & Schooner Restaurant
Located on First Street in the quaint town of Friday Harbor, this restaurant with a nautical theme features a variety of culinary fare, while above, the Tops'l Seafood bar features the artistry of Sushi Master Kazu.
With so many things to see, savor, and explore, the San Juan Islands are truly a gem waiting to be discovered. When planning your vacation this year, keep this destination on your itinerary.