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Connor Frey
Connor Frey

5 Reasons to visit the San Juan Islands

We've recently launched a small collection of bike tours around Washington State's San Juan islands. Having spent our time researching, route-finding, and setting up great itineraries on the islands, we've fallen in love! Here are our top reasons to make the San Juan islands your next biking destination:

Perfect biking weather

In the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains, the San Juan Islands are much sunnier and drier than what typically comes to mind of the Pacific Northwest. Summertime temps typically range between 50 and 70, perfect for an active day outdoors! [caption id="attachment_26729" align="aligncenter" width="900"]The lighthouse at Lime Kiln Point on a perfect clear day. The lighthouse at Lime Kiln Point on a perfect clear day.[/caption]

Good eats

From salmon to halibut to oysters, the locally harvested seafood is the freshest imaginable. There is also a strong agricultural community producing fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and meats for outstanding farm-to-table dining. [caption id="attachment_26731" align="aligncenter" width="900"]local produce market Enjoy the local produce markets[/caption]

Wildlife

Orcas are the star attraction in the San Juan Islands, but the rich coastal waters support a complex ecosystem, home to harbor seals, porpoises, and bald eagles, as well as abundant tidal critters like sea stars and anemones. Consider spending an extra night in the islands and going on a wildlife boat tour. [caption id="attachment_26732" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Orcas - Killer Whales - San Juan If you're lucky, you could even spot Orcas[/caption]

Ferries

Traveling by water provides a unique experience, giving you a different perspective on the meandering coastline of these rocky isles. Ferrying between islands will break up your bike rides, but it’ll also be a highlight of your trip, with the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and nothing to do but bask in the salt spray on the ferry’s outer decks. [caption id="attachment_26727" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Ferries San Juan Islands Even the commuting is a highlight![/caption]

Eclectic villages

The tiny towns that dot the San Juans are full of characters - not just the people who choose to live here, but also the buildings, boats, shops, art galleries, and historic sites. Around each corner is another story, if you take the time to discover them. [caption id="attachment_26733" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Produce at Eastsound farmers market Exploring a farmers' market at Eastsound, one of the larger villages.[/caption]


Find out more about exploring the San Juan Islands on a biking tour on our website, or contact the experienced team at [email protected] for more information.  

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