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San Juan Islands Biking Relaxed

6 Days & 5 Nights 4 Read 2 reviews
  • Bike two of Puget Sound’s San Juan Islands: Lopez and San Juan
  • Travel via ferry between islands, keeping an eye out for marine wildlife
  • Experience vibrant, island villages full of character
  • Indulge in fresh seafood at farm-to-table style restaurants
  • Relax in boutique accommodations at the end of each day’s ride
Bike the San Juan Islands the relaxing way as you spend six days exploring the crown jewels of the Pacific Northwest. Pedal Lopez and San Juan Island, hopping from one to the next on a ferry. Start your tour in the charming port town of Anacortes - the perfect jumping-off point for the islands. The next few days of riding will immerse you in island culture, from marinas and boat slips to idyllic farm fields and fresh local food. You’ll spend two nights on Lopez Island and two on San Juan Island. Both islands boast bike-friendly roads that roll along the coastline. You’ll have plenty of time to stop along the way for a walk to a driftwood-strewn beach or simply enjoy the afternoon with a craft beer or unique locally-made wine.

What To Expect

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Cycling | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wildlife
  • Coastal & Island

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Grade & Terrain

This tour is moderate with daily distances varying from 18 – 36 miles, and an average of 26 miles. This route follows a combination of coastal and rural roads, as well as busier roads entering and exiting towns. You should be comfortable sharing the road with other users and be considerate of traffic regulations.

Most of the riding is on rolling terrain at sea level. The only sustained ascent is Mount Constitution, a ride from the coast to the summit at 2,400 feet (with alternate activities available). Each day’s ride is flexible due to the nature of the island-hopping itinerary and circular routes. For those looking for a little extra assistance, e-bikes are available (subject to availability). The distances and ascents/descent listed are approximations of the recommended routes.

Navigation

Navigating is easy using the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app; where you will find detailed maps, turn-by-turn route notes and GPX tracks for each daily route. All daily routes with GPX tracks are available to download for use offline. 

Accommodation Information

Carefully-selected, charming, and characterful inns will be your home on the San Juan Islands. All offer a warm welcome to cyclists and will help make your stay smooth as well as memorable. Due to the small, family-run nature of the lodging we choose, we may at times have to accommodate you at an alternative location due to availability. Any alternative will be similar in style and level of comfort to the properties listed here.

Solo Cyclists & Single Rooms

This trip is priced based on two people sharing a room. If you would like separate rooms, a single supplement is required. This trip is also available to solo cyclists and a supplement is required. The San Juan Islands are a welcoming and slow-paced atmosphere making it a great place for solo cyclists.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning. All inns serve a filling, fresh, and plentiful breakfast; some include a hot dish while others provide coffee, juice, yogurt, granola, fruit, and baked goods. Please notify us of dietary restrictions at the time of booking.

Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from available nearby options. Depending on your timing it may be easier to pack a picnic lunch, while some days your route will offer dining options along the way. For dinner, be sure to sample some fresh seafood at a nearby restaurants see your info pack or ask your hosts for suggestions.

Included
  • 5 Nights in B&Bs/inns
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Bike rental
  • Washington State Ferry fares
  • Baggage transfers between inns and ferries
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • Route notes with maps
  • Macs Adventure Navigation App
  • 24/7 US telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Anacortes
  • Optional upgrade to a road or e-bike
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Upgrade to a road or e-bike

When To Go

This tour is available from May to October. You can start on any date subject to availability. The San Juan Islands are a popular destination with limited lodging capacity, so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able. The best months to visit the San Juan Islands are May to October. May, June, September and October will typically be less busy than July and August. Whale sightings are most common between May and September. 

Weather and Climate

Annually, the San Juan Islands boast 247 days of sun and about half the rainfall of Seattle due to the rain shadow created by the Olympic Mountains. Temperatures in the region are moderated by the Pacific Ocean and rarely rise above 70 degrees F or below 45 degrees F during our operating season, making it a perfect destination for an active adventure.

Getting to the Start

By Air:  We recommend flyin into and out of Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA) from were you can easily take a shuttle directly to/from Anacortes (2.5 hours). You may also choose to rent a car at SEA and drop it off when you reach Anacortes (1 hour 45 minutes) and vice versa after your tour.

Alternatively, you can fly into and out of Vancouver International Airport (YVR), from where you may choose to rent a car. Alternatively, there is train service from YVR via the Canada Line and Expo Line (30 minutes) connecting to the Amtrak Cascades from Vancouver to Bellingham (2 hours). There is also Greyhound bus service between Vancouver and Bellingham (2 hours 15 minutes). However, if you choose to train or bus from/to Vancouver, you will need to arrange a private transfer between Bellingham and Anacortes (45 minutes).

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20 kg per person.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice on what to bring. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, including rain gear, sunscreen, and appropriate cycling clothing, as the weather can vary greatly. If you have any questions, we would be happy to share our tips and advice.  Please limit your baggage to 1 bag per person of no more than 50 lbs / 20 kg. Your bag will be transported between your inns and the ferries.

Bike Rental

Hire of a Trek 7.3 FX hybrid bike, helmet, lock, rear rack, waterproof bag, flat repair kit, water bottle cage, and bell are included in the trip cost. If desired, Specialized Rubaix carbon roadbikes are available for an additional charge. If you would like them, please provide your own clipless pedals, shoes, and saddle. These can be installed and adjusted for you upon arrival. Please supply us with your height for your bicycle rental so we can make sure you bike is the perfect fit. E-bikes are also available should you want a little extra assistance to help you along the way. These are subject to availability and require a supplementary payment.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance helps protect your travel investment, your belongings and most importantly you, from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip. For more information, please visit our travel insurance page.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Anacortes Day 2 Ferry, Ride to Lopez Village and Fisherman Bay Preserve - Day 3 Lopez Island Loop Ride 25 miles / 40 km Day 4 Ferry to San Juan Island, Ride to Cattle Point 36 miles / 58 km Day 5 San Juan Island Loop Ride 29 miles / 47 km Day 6 Ferry to Anacortes and Onward Travel 5 miles / 8 km

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