Lopez Island

Welcome to Lopez Island

Don’t be startled on your first visit to Lopez Island when people wave to you from their cars. This is “the Friendly Isle”—15 miles long with 63 miles of shoreline and 2,500 year-round residents. The Lopez landscape blends forests with rolling farmlands, and quiet bays and driftwood-strewn beaches with distant views of mountain ranges and snow-tipped Mount Baker.

Lopez’s natural beauty and quality of life have attracted a variety of residents—artists, craftspeople, entrepreneurs, musicians, farmers, fishermen and nature lovers. Scandinavian farmers arrived here in the 1850s, drawn by the island’s gentle topography, and Lopez Island farms today raise an eclectic range of products, from sheep to llamas, wine grapes to apples, pears to kiwis.

Lopez Island offers you a whole world of choice when it comes to where you stay. Private cabins overlooking the water, hotels in the middle of town, cozy B&Bs tucked away in pastoral loveliness, its all here, offering you different atmospheres and opportunities to enjoy your island getaway.

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Cycling, kayaking, hiking and boating are all favorite activities on Lopez Island. You can also visit Lopez Village for a great espresso or delicious locally grown food. Visit a farm, hear great music or just wander the many beautiful beaches on this tranquil island.

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Local Liquid Arts

Liquid Arts

When it comes to drinking great locally made beverages, the San Juan Islands are coming of age. It used to be, visitors to Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands–and liquid-loving locals–would have to cart in their own cases and kegs. But in the past couple of years, a new winery, brewery and distillery have opened to join the small but dedicated cadre of tasty options.

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Outdoor Pleasures & Natural Wonders

Lopez offers the easiest cycling of the three main San Juan Islands. Consider bringing your bike for a day or weekend of scenic cycling, or rent one from Lopez Bicycle Works or Village Cycles.  (The interisland ferry from Orcas Island or San Juan Island is free for walk-on passengers and cyclists.) You may want to schedule your Lopez visit to coincide with one of the island’s special annual events—the Tour de Lopez bicycle tour each spring. Always scheduled for the last Saturday in April, Tour de Lopez is a non-competitive, rural road tour that offers short and long routes through the island’s varied landscape. You can also explore Lopez Island through a cycling or driving tour, paddle the rocky shoreline on a kayak tour, take a long walk on one of the islands many beaches, or hike the forest and byways of this tranquil island.