|Posted on April 27, 2016 at 2:25 PM|
Stepping off the ferry is the beginning of your adventure in the San Juans. Many people who have never been here enjoy the beautiful views and relaxing atmosphere on the ferry, most of the Islanders who live here consider the ferry a boring ride and just want to get home.
San Juan Island
On the main island in the town of Friday Harbor, there are numerous restaurants, from the upscale Duck Soup Inn and "The Place" to Mike's Cafe & Wine Bar for exceptional vegan cuisine, and the more casual Vic's Drive Inn. China Pearl serves great Chinese and Korean cuisine. Rachael Ray even came for her vacation, visiting the lavender farm, Duck Soup Inn, Rocky Bay Cafe, Friday's Crab House, Mike's Wine Bar & Cafe, Back Door Kitchen and the San Juan Brewing Co. Other Island favorites include the Hungry Clam, Blue Water Cafe, Mi Capita and much more.
Almost everywhere on the San Juan Islands is beautiful. We have sandy beaches, fishing, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, camping, moped and scooter rentals at Susie's Mopeds, and ziplining at The Zip San Juan. We even have an Ace Hardware store.
The Summer time on the San Juan Islands would have to be the busiest time. The docks are full of boats and the streets are alive with tourists. The best part of the islands would have to be the local residents, who put up with the overcrowded streets, stores and shops all summer long. Pretty much it's an everyone knows everyone kind of place. During the Summer, our Southern Resident Killer Whales are prevalent, swimming around the Islands feeding on salmon and seals.
During the Winter, it's not as exciting, it's cold and wet, but the crowds are gone and we get a little peace and quiet. The night life is fun with bars and taverns fighting for the local customer. Herb's Tavern has live music and karaoke on Wednesday nights. Herb's Tavern and Rumor Mill all have live music most weekends and attract some great talent.
Orcas is a fun place to go. They have plenty of things to do, just like Friday Harbor. Some things you should do and experience: visit local parks like Moran State Park, go to the museums with showcases of pioneer life and an Ice Age Diorama, a historic observation tower on Mt. Constitution. Hiking or biking to the summit of Mt. Constitution is a popular activity. The people of Orcas are very friendly and welcome visitors.
Lopez is another island in the San Juans. You can browse the bookstore, shops, and galleries in the village, Saturdays the Farmer's Market is bustling with locals and tourists alike. Lopez has a great bakery. You can get ice cream in town, follow the trail of the Weeks Wetland Preserve, enjoying the tranquility of Fisherman Bay and its wildlife. Take a look back in history by exploring the exhibits at the Historical Society Museum. Lopez is a very friendly place and a great vacation location.
Shaw is the smallest of the 4 islands of the San Juans. I've only been there once and it was not for very long. Shaw is a very excluded island where everyone there knows everyone. It would be a fun place to go if you're looking for a nice relaxing time to yourself and you want no distractions. Shaw has a population of 204 people and the tourist season makes it jump a little higher. There are some historic landmarks to see and maybe a couple stores but I think it would be more for just relaxing and having time to yourself.