San Juan Islands: Spot Orcas, Go Sailing & Relish The Relaxed Pace Of Island Life In Washington

When it comes to island getaways, we tend to think of tropical oases rather than the Pacific Northwest, but the uppermost corner of Washington State is hiding an island escape that you’d be foolish to pass on. The slower pace of life on the San Juan Islands will instantly set your mind at ease, and it’s nearly impossible not to feel relaxed when surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the country.

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General Information:

Accessibility: The San Juan Islands are extremely accessible. You can explore most of the main islands by car on paved roads. You will find handicap parking around the island and wheelchair-accessible accommodations for many activities and points of interest. For more information about wheelchair and ADA accessible areas of the islands, visit the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau website here.

Pet-Friendly: Pets are certainly welcome on the San Juan Islands. You will find many hotels, bed and breakfasts, and campsites that are pet-friendly. You can learn more about traveling with pets on the San Juan Islands here.

Parking: While there is plenty of parking on the many islands, many individuals do not bring a vehicle. On the three main islands, you can use public transportation or a trolley to easily travel to many popular areas. Many individuals choose to explore the island by renting a bike, moped, or car. For more information on transportation options on the San Juan Islands, click here.

Seasonal Access: You can travel to the San Juan Islands year-round, and you don’t have to worry about the heavy Pacific Northwest rains, as these islands receive approximately 50% less rain than Seattle and the surrounding areas. December and January are the coldest months to visit the islands and during the summer months, you’ll enjoy an average temperature in the low 70s.

Cost: The cost of visiting the San Juan Islands will depend on your transportation arrangements, the activities you choose to enjoy, where you stay, and more. You will want to make all reservations in advance as many activities and popular accommodations fill up quickly.

You can learn more about the San Juan Islands by visiting its official website.

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Address: San Juan Islands, Washington, USA