Located in Washington State, near the Canadian border is a group of islands called the San Juan Islands. Clustered in the Salish Sea, the largest of these islands include San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw along with well over 400 smaller islands. The islands offer a wide variety of activities including hiking, beach combing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, wine tasting and whale watching. My blog post today is about San Juan Island.
Lim Kiln Point State Park located on the western shores of San Juan Island is a great place for whale watching. I sat on the hillside for what felt like hours, watching the whales frolic in the surf and getting only photos of splashes of water, but my patience finally paid off with the photo above.
The park is also a nice place for beach combing and picnicking.
San Juan Vineyards, established in 1996 offers estate wines in a lovely location. We enjoyed a picnic on the property after tasting some of their wines, and the little critter above joined us.
The red foxes at American Camp are quite bold and will not hesitate to get close.
Kayaking is a great way to explore the island’s beautiful coastline. There are many guided sea kayaking tours to choose from. From a kayak, you might see many different types of birds, seals, and if you’re lucky, you may spot a whale.
And as you explore the island you will find many beautiful sites to see.
The Backdoor Kitchen pictured above, offers local, organic dishes that are creatively prepared. Be sure to stop in for a meal if you visit the island.
Friday Harbour, the largest town on the island and has a good variety of hotels, inns and resorts to choose from. On our last visit we stayed at Inn to the Woods which is located in a quiet setting and is perfectly situated for exploring the island.
Once we are able to travel again, I highly recommend a trip to San Juan Island, or any of the other islands in this chain. Check out Orcas Island as well, it also a lovely place to unwind and relax.
Have you been to the San Juan Islands? If so, please leave a comment with your favorite activities there.