A Week in the San Juan Islands

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In July, my family traveled to the San Juan Islands in Washington State. It had been a long time since we traveled anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. I was not disappointed with our choice to travel here last year. After living in a beautiful area for so long, I have forgotten how beautiful the PNW is!

The San Juan Islands were very cold (which is typical of the PNW). The sun was out most of our trip, but it did rain for a bit.

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We started traveling on July 4th and it took us a couple of hours to reach the Anacortes ferry terminal. The wait there was long! Haha, I think we waited a couple of hours, but my brother and I used that time to take pictures of the terminal. We had such a fun time and the pictures turned out gorgeous! The ferry ride to San Juan island wasn’t long either. Time flew by when we were riding on the water and watching everything go. When we arrived at the island, I was greeted with the cutest beach town I have ever laid my eyes on. After settling into our Airbnb, we explored the town, had dinner, and enjoyed the amazing fireworks show.

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The next morning we traveled to Orcas island. The weather wasn’t the best weather to visit the island. Orcas island is the perfect island for cycling and hiking, but it was too cold and foggy to do that. We ended up visiting Moran State Park and buying some ice cream to eat in the car because it was raining! After the sky cleared up, we drove up Mount Constitution, the islands’ highest point. The view is supposed to be gorgeous with views of the island-dotted sea and snow-capped Mount Baker. It was really foggy and we couldn’t see that far out, but the view was still jaw-dropping and definitely worth the drive.

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The San Juan islands are known for whales, so, of course, we had to go whale watching. The trip was a bust…we didn’t see any whales on the trip. However, we did see a lot of other animals like sea lions and jellyfish. I did not enjoy much of the ride because I became very claustrophobic and uneasy. It was still a great day because the sun was shining and it was very warm. I love getting a chance to explore more of the area.

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We decided to stay on our main island the next day. In the morning, we visited the American Camp and the English Camp (perfect for history geeks). It was very peaceful which made it easy to imagine life on the camp. We then tried to find the Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse and got terribly lost. However, we ran into some lovely elks that were casually eating along the road. We also visited Pelindaba Lavender Farm. The farm was huge and it smelt amazing! They also had a store with everything you could want lavender-scented, like reed diffuser, dog biscuits, essential oils, and car accessories. The farm also had some fun, quirky sculptures for sale. We also Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm. The alpacas were adorable and we learned so much about all the products their fur can produce. Everything in the shop was crazy expensive, though…a tiny teddy bear was about $80! What? Lastly we dropped by Westcott Bay Shellfish Co. to pick up some clams and crabs for dinner that night. We rented an apartment on Airbnb so we had a proper kitchen to cook them in 🙂

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On our last full day (July 8th), we visited Lopez Island. It was one of the most unique places I have ever been to. Everyone was very friendly–they waved and honked at us from their cars. It was an interesting experience! 🙂 We didn’t do much on the island. We drove to the Shark Reef Sanctuary. The rocky shoreline was so much fun! There were many creatures, like crabs and fishes, living in the cracks of the rocks. We had to take a short walk through a forest to reach the shoreline. After spending the whole day there we caught the last ferry home to the San Juan island.


That was such a fun trip! If you have never been to the San Juan islands, you should definitely check it out! You will not regret it! Where have you traveled to recently? Any places I should visit?

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