The Ultimate Guide to the San Juan Islands

Group 6 San Juan Islands, Washington
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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About the location

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, the San Juan Islands are just a few hours from Seattle yet a "million miles" away. Home to breathtaking beaches, lush forests and wondrous wildlife, this is definitely one of the most picturesque places on the planet. The islands also offer historical sites, rich cultural experiences and amazing artwork to admire (and purchase). Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway/short escape (maybe tacked on to a trip to Seattle) or a full vacation, in this carefully crafted and curated travel guide I have compiled everything you need to know before setting sail for the beautiful San Juan Islands. I've taken all the stress out of your vacation planning. This guide includes detailed descriptions on sites to see, things to do, where to stay, and where to eat, along with plenty of helpful hints and tips. I've even included a couple of things to do along the way to ensure your journey is one to remember!


Guide Highlights

Natural Wonders

Discover all there is to see and do in the San Juan Islands from hiking and biking to sea kayaking and whale watching cruises.

A Taste For Adventure

Know where to stay and what to eat to recharge after all your awesome adventures.

Guide Summary

This guide is for anyone looking for a great getaway to one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. -- if not the world. We went as a family, but the San Juan Islands would also be great for couples or a girls/guys trip. No matter who you are or what you want to do, I've included the best suggestions in this Ultimate Guide to the San Juan Islands in Washington!

From how to get there, where to stay, what to see and, for many most important, where to eat, this thorough travel guide provides options to fit every budget and taste. Accommodation suggestions range from traditional hotels to luxury waterfront resorts to rustic cabins and even yurts! Dining options include the best restaurants on the islands, as recommended by locals and visitors alike, with most focused on farm-to-table and fresh-off-the-boat seafood. I've even included a few recommendations on what to order. 

The San Juan Islands are an adventure and that includes getting there. For that reason, this guide also includes ideas on how to make the journey just as memorable as the destination. There is a page of helpful hints to make sure your travels go exactly as desired and planned.

I did the research, analyzed all the details, and planned the perfect vacation for my family and now I want to share that expertise with you. This guide features everything you need to know before you visit the beautiful San Juan Islands. Enjoy!

We have been to Naples every winter for at least ten years. We also spend days researching before each visit. Rest assured that you do not need to do any additional research after purchasing our Guide!

Featured in this guide

Local food
Healthy food
Photo spots
Group 31 Museums
Foodie favorites
Group 39 Art
Laid-back or relaxation
Group 14 Hidden Gems
Group 38 Bike-friendly
Group 32 Historical
Kayaking / Canoeing

Great for these trips

Cultural / Historical
Family with kids
Girls / Guys Trip
Family without kids
Romantic / Honeymoon
Active / Adventure
Weekend Getaway


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  • Guide Architect

    Stacey Bomser

    Stacey Bomser

    A firm believer that the journey is just as important as the destination, I make sure every moment of travel is memorable.

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