Vacationing in the San Juan Islands

by Garrett W Burdick 09/23/2019

Just a day's journey from Northern California, the San Juan Islands are grouped right in between Washington State's northern border and Canada's British Columbia province. These islands boast a wide variety of wildlife, and you can often enjoy whale watching during late spring through early fall. 

The islands themselves offer up many undeveloped bays and inlets only accessible by boat. Some islands have trails that lead to vista points where you can survey the beautiful Pacific Northwest horizons. If you prefer something less rustic, you can visit the ports of call that have mooring opts, hotels, and bed and breakfasts to enjoy. 

Mode of Transportation

When you plan a trip to the Islands either by ferry boat or private vessel there are some important items you may want to consider. Most importantly, the mode of your transportation and what time of year you plan to visit. The ferry route for the islands departs from the mainland at Anacortes, Washington. The ferry makes port at Lopez, Shaw, Orcas, and Friday Harbor Islands before traveling back to each island in reverse, returning to Anacortes. You are encouraged to make reservations online, especially during the spring and summer seasons. Be aware there is a no-show fee, and the full fare is collected at the tollbooth before sailing. If you travel by private vessel, check each port for any restrictions and space availability. 

When making hotel or bed and breakfast plans you will find many properties have waiting lists, so be flexible with travel dates or plan well in advance. There are many camping sites on the islands, both for tent camping and RVs or motorhomes. Services are limited at some locations so look into what is available when making any reservations. 

Take in All Nature has to Offer

Bring your bicycles, hiking boots, kayaks, sand pails, and binoculars, for sure. There are many activities to enjoy no matter what age you are. Summer months in the islands see temperatures that are pleasant, with the high during July and August being about 70 degrees. You can hike on well-marked trails that lead through forests where Douglas Fir and western red cedar grow. Alternatively, if you want to take to the waters, you can kayak or canoe to get a better vantage point of the sea creatures who call these island home. Sea otters often sleep and play in the kelp beds, and if you lift your eye to the skies, you may enjoy watching a bald eagle fish for lunch. Whale watching tours run year round, but sightings are not guaranteed. 

When planning your next travel adventure be sure to consider uncovering the San Juan Islands. If you're looking for an island vacation home or a second home, ask your local real estate professional to connect you with a colleague there who can help in your search.

About the Author

Garrett W Burdick

Garrett Burdick is a Real Estate Professional and has demonstrated repeated success as an entrepreneur whose innovation, proficiency, and out-of-the-box thinking have all earned him the reputation as a seasoned strategist across multiple industries. Over the course of a decade, he has cultivated extensive knowledge in real estate. Garrett, a licensed Real Estate Agent has joined a prominent brokerage Vanguard Properties in Marin County to offer real estate services for sellers and buyers. With several years as a Real Estate Professional he is equipped with local marketplace familiarity and renovation expertise. Ultimately, Garrett is on a mission to offer a top-tier, seamless, and stress-free transaction to each and every client, and serve as their trusted ally during one of the largest investments they will ever make in their lifetime.

Outside of his career, Garrett is an avid professional photographer who owns Birdman Inc Locations Services and Buzz Photo Booths. He even has a culinary background as a Culinary Institute of America graduate. Above all, he cherishes spending quality time with his loved ones in San Rafael. He is happily married to his wife Tanya, and they are the proud parents of two amazing San Rafael High School boys, Walker and Cooper. Whether you’re seeking a new home or are a homeowner interested in selling your property, Garrett is here to help you turn your goal into a reality. Feel free to reach out to him at any time with your inquiries and he will be more than happy to answer your questions.