San Juan Islands Biking Highlights5 Days & 4 Nights 4.8 Read 4 reviews
- Bike the highlights of Puget Sound’s Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands
- Island-hop via the Washington State Ferries
- Watch for iconic Pacific Northwest wildlife: orcas, seals, otters & bald eagles
- Taste local favorites, from hoppy craft beers to fresh oysters
- Relax in boutique hand-picked inns on each island
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.
Inn to Inn Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Multi-Generational, First Timers
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Coastal & Island
- Most Popular
Activity Level & 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.
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.
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.
Single Rooms & Solo Travellers
This trip is priced based on two people sharing a room. If you would like separate rooms, a single supplement is required. The San Juan Islands are a welcoming place for solo travellers but because of high solo supplement costs we don't offer the trip for solo travellers, although enquiries are welcome, speak to a specialist for more details.
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 nearby restaurants, ask your hosts for suggestions.
- 4 Nights in B&Bs/inns
- 4 Breakfasts
- Bike rental (standard hybrid)
- Washington State Ferry fares
- Baggage transfers between inns and ferries
- Digital trip and route information
- GPS Navigation for your smartphone
- 24/7 US telephone support
- Travel to / from Anacortes
- Optional upgrade to a road or e-bike
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance (required)
- 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).
Your bags will be transferred per your itinerary between your accommodation and ferries. It is your responsibility to travel with your luggage while on the ferry. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20 kg per person.
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.
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 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.
This trip is graded easy to moderate with daily distances between 30 km—57km. Once you have left the towns and cities much of the cycling is on quiet roads or cycle ways along rivers and through the countryside. You will encounter some stretches of very shallow hills on the first day of cycling, but these usually dont last for too long. .
Its a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your trip so you get used to riding back to back days. However, it’s not all cycling. Each day there are plenty opportunities to visit historic sights and sample locally produced food and wine.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this region is extremely popular especially May to June and September.
Of course! We understand the relationship between rider and bike and know many cyclists would never consider riding another steed. If you are unsure, we are happy to discuss bike hire options with you.
April can be fresher with cooler evenings and are generally much quieter in the cities and towns. In May and September the days are beautifully warm, as the piazzas and lake towns buzz with life. During June, July and August you may encounter one of the regions many music or lake festivals. During these months days are gloriously long and hot so you may decide to cycle earlier in the day or take an extra long lunch to savour the local foods and avoid the midday heat!