The San Juan Islands
Discover the concept of "Island Time" with a unique getaway in a postcard-perfect San Juan Islands vacation rental. Accessible only by air or boat, this amazing group of islands dot the crystal blue waters of Puget Sound, and offer an unbelievably restful retreat from the busy world. It's a slowed down, easy pace of life filled with natural scenery, crisp fresh air, and lazy afternoons whale watching, hiking, or biking entire islands.
Travelers not accessing the San Juan Islands by air will board the Washington State Ferry at Anacortes (as a walk-on or with a vehicle) and make their way to the islands via the water, the perfect opportunity to experience the awesome beauty of Puget Sound up close. Spot nesting sea birds, iconic black and white orca whales, and even small boats full of researchers studying the sea birds and killer whales!
One of the first ferry stops is idyllic Lopez Island
. At 15 miles long and 8 miles wide, it's mostly rolling hills and flat pastureland. For cycling enthusiasts, a weekend in a Lopez Island vacation home is a dream come true! The truly ambitious can take the 30-mile loop around the island that will take you, among other places, through Spencer Spit Park, Odlin Park, and MacKaye Harbor.
On Orcas Island
, the picturesque town of Eastsound offers something for everyone - there's exceptional golf at Orcas Island Golf Course, while Moran State Park has over 5,000 acres of forest, and almost 40 miles of trails to explore. Guests staying in Eastsound vacation homes can enjoy exploring the art galleries, shops, bookstores, cafes, and museums. Walking tours are also popular, as historic homes and buildings dot the quiet neighborhoods, some of the structures dating back to the late 1800s.
Whether it's a weeklong stay in a Lopez Island log cabin or a weekend getaway in an Eastsound beach cottage on Orcas Island, you'll feel infinitely well-rested after immersing yourself in Island Time on the San Juans!