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6 Tasty Restaurants on Orcas and San Juan Island

A couple of tourists take a selfie while enjoying one of the many excellent San Juan Island Restaurants near their vacation rental.

There’s an intimidating amount of delicious spots to eat around the San Juan Islands. We suggest trying all the San Juan Islands restaurants if you have unlimited time, but that’s typically not the case. So we’ve done the hard work and found six total Orcas and San Juan Island restaurants that everyone should stop in for a bite. Even if you are here for a night, at least swing by one of these tasty establishments. It could be the highlight of your stay with Northwest Island Escapes.

Explore the 3 Best Wineries on the San Juan Islands

A group of friends give a toast to life at a San Juan Island Winery.

There’s nothing quite like leaning back and enjoying a glass of wine with a friend or partner. Whether that’s in one of the San Juan Vacation Rentals or at one of San Juan Islands’ wineries, you’ll be on track for a relaxing evening. Wineries are a great way to take a breather and enjoy the San Juan Islands’ sights, sounds and sip some tall glasses of wine while the afternoon slips by you.

We’ve compiled a list of the three best wineries you can find during your stay at Northwest Islands Escapes.

5 Best Hikes in the San Juan Islands

An avid hiker scales a massive rock amid the San Juan Islands

If you want to wear hiking boots, experience some history, and see views that take your breath away, tackle the hikes in the San Juan Islands. Saltwater shoreline, tide pools, lagoons, native prairie, forest, lake shore, and mountain summits await the seafaring hiker. In the San Juan Islands, you have access to easy walks, challenging climbs, and everything in between across many different landscapes. Experience the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands by trying one of the hikes on the list below. 

Quintessential Summer Activities in the San Juan Islands

A kayaker paddles into the distance while enjoying one of the San Juan Islands' many activities.

With warm weather, lots of sunshine, and miles of shimmering waters, the San Juan Islands are an outdoor lover’s summer dream. The San Juan Islands features three main islands: San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez, and there are so many unique adventures to be had on them. You can go kayaking on the water, learn about the rich history of the Islands, enjoy delicious seafood, and much more! There is truly something for everyone in the San Juan Islands. 

Insider’s Guide to Whale Watching in the San Juan Islands

Several passengers aboard a small cruise ship enjoying a whale watching adventure off the coast of San Juan Island, Washington.

The San Juan Islands are one of the best places in the world to see orca whales in the wild. Visitors can also see humpbacks, minkes, and the occasional gray whale. Here at Northwest Island Escapes, we recommend booking a whale-watching tour to get the best experience. A major perk of doing a tour instead of trying to find these beautiful creatures yourself is that they are pros at finding likely locations for whale watching due to their spotting network. In addition, tours have a certified naturalist or trained captain on board to point out wildlife and describe their behaviors.