10 Hidden Gems On Washington’s San Juan Islands

Ask anyone in Washington about our best vacation destination and you’ll find that most of them will say the same thing: the San Juan Islands. This tranquil group of islands is a wonderful place to go to relax and forget your troubles any time of year.

There are 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan County, but the ferry serves four: San Juan Island (home of Friday Harbor), Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Shaw Island. These are the most populated places, and that’s where you’ll find the best places to stay, eat and relax.

These 10 hidden gems on the islands sometimes get overlooked by the more popular places… but we happen to think they’re just as incredible.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

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