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10/05/2021

Places to go in the San Juan Islands

Places to go and things to do in the San Juan Islands.  All places listed are accessible by boat, some by vehicle also.

  • Hikes:  Pretty much every park has easy to lengthy hikes so instead of making a long list you may follow this link to all the parks  All the parks
    • Eagle Bluff on Cypress (Start at Pelican Beach)
    • Afterglow Mausoleum at Roche Harbor
    • Turn Point Lighthouse on Stuart Island
    • Young Hill at English Camp
    • China Caves from Fossil Bay
    • Vendovi Preserve on Vendovi Island
    • Fort Whitman on Goat Island
    • Turtleback Mountain, begin at West Sound county dock
    • Click here for >> Detailed instructions for the hikes listed above
            
Eagle Bluff on Cypress Island
Eagle Bluff (Cliff) from Rosario Strait


  • Dining/eats:  I have never reviewed restaurants and won't here.  However a newbie to the San Juans has no idea what to expect or where to go so here goes some locations.
    • Blakely's: Just inside Peavine Pass has a small deli bar
    • Eastsound: It's a one block walk from the dock to downtown with many bistros, shops.
    • Rosario: Dock, restaurants
    • Lopez Village - Fisherman Bay: Restaurant at Islander resort or for Dinghy beach landing at Lopez Village
    • Friday Harbor: many places are walking distance from complementary tie ups in marina
    • Deer Harbor: Deli on dock, restaurants on shore
    • Roche Harbor: several restaurants on shore, complementary dock
    • West Beach: north shore on Orcas, deli in store on dock
  • Groceries, shopping:  The best advice here is to bring what you can before you head out, but the San Juans are not without good grocery stores.  You just need to know where they are.  This comprehensive post has them all >> Where are all the big stores?
  • Fuel:  Gas and diesel are readily available.  I would arrive with full tanks but not to worry if you don't.  This link will take you to all of them  >>  fuel docks
  • Museums and points of interest: 
    • Whale Museum in Friday Harbor is just up a flight of stairs from the marina office
    • Turn Point Lighthouse museum on Stuart Island
    • Patos Island Lighthouse Museum on Patos
    • Moran mansion has a third floor museum at Rosario Resort
    • English Camp at Garrison Bay on San Juan Island
    • Sculpture Garden at Roche Harbor
    • There are Saturday Markets at Lopez Village, Friday Harbor and Eastsound