The San Juan Islands have received some great media coverage lately!  See what's been written about Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands.

Special Honors:

2015 Travel + Leisure, #4 World's Best Island - Continental U.S. & Canada

2015 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards: #9 of Ten Best Islands in the U.S."

2015, "Top 10 Island Destinations for Families," April 30

Lonely Planet: # 3 of Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013

A newly-designated National Monument (1,000 acres)

Great Quotes

"Where Seattle goes to decaffeinate," 1000 Places to See Before you Die


Seattle Times, "Another Mount Constitution? Islanders unite to preserve San Juan ridge for views, trails," November 18

Coastal Living, “Best Dog Friendly Vacations on the West Coast,” November 12

LA Times, “Five great places to see killer whales in the wild,” November 11

Martha Stewart Weddings, “7 Honeymoon-Worthy Islands That Don’t Require a Passport,” November, "Beyond Seattle: Autumn in the San Juan Islands," October 19

Travel 50 & Beyond, "Wine on the Water," Fall

Yahoo Travel, "Forget Camping, My Toddler Loves Glamping," September 22

Bloomberg Businessweek, "Seven Destinations for Early-Fall Vacations," September 16

A Luxury Travel Blog, "5 Things to do in Friday Harbor, WA," September 11

Edible Seattle, "Girl Meets Dirt," September/October

Edible Seattle, ""It Takes an Island," September/October

Seattle Times, "Glampsite of the Week: Nesting in a tent on Lopez Island," August 11

Seattle, "11 Perfect Getaways Near Seattle," August

Huffington Post, "13 Stunning U.S. National Monuments You Didn't Know you Needed to See," July 27, "Summer in the San Juans," July 23

USAToday, "10Best Island Escapes You Can Drive To," June 26, "Orcas Island offers fine food, festivals and high-flying fun," June 24

National Geographic, "Lopez Island by Bike," June 22, "The 10 best bars & Restaurants in the San Juan Islands," June 16, "Never Leave Your Pets Behind Again! 6 Pet-Friendly Destinations for Animal Lovers," May 18

Yahoo! Travel, "The Ideal Island for Each Month of the Year," May 4, "The pursuit of happiness on the San Juan Islands," April 27, "The pursuit of happiness on the San Juan Islands" (slideshow), April 27

Memphis Daily News, "Nature is on Stage in the San Juan Islands," April 21

Daily Telegraph, "Whale Watching at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island," April 19

Boston Globe, "Six wheels, three islands: A bike tour of the San Juans," April 18, "5 Essential All-American Vacations," April 10

Northwest Travel, “San Juan Islands Museum of Art,” April 2015

Travel +Leisure, “Northwest Passage,” April 2015

Travel 50 & Beyond, “8 Island Cruises for Nature Lovers,” Spring 2015

Travel & Leisure, "Washington's San Juan Islands: An Ideal Tour," March 17

Fodor’, “World’s Most Unique Dining Experiences,” March 2015

EveryDay with Rachel Ray, “Hit the Food Isles,” March 2015

Sail, “5 Terrific Summer Charters,” March 2015

The Seattle Times, “5 Favorite Hikes on San Juan Island,” March 2015

The Wall Street Journal, “Top Spots for Luxury Getaway Homes,” March 2015

Vancouver Sun, "San Juan Islands' towns evoke a simpler time," March 17, "8 Reasons Why You'll Fall in Love in the San Juan Islands," February 24

Sip Northwest, "Savor the Local Liquid Arts of the San Juan Islands," Winter

Seattle Times, "One-month anniversary: Reservations are new on the San Juan ferry runs," February 5

2015 Yahoo Travel, "The World's 14 Most Beautiful Unspoiled Islands"

2015 Yahoo Travel, "10 Most Popular U.S. Islands for Summer Vacation"


USAToday Travel, "Bareboating 101: Set a course for sailing adventure," December 19, "10 Best Scenic Flights in the United States," December 4

Business Insider, "50 Trips Everyone Should Take in the U.S.," November 19

The Oregonian: "San Juan Islands keep visitors enthralled with natural beauty, island lifestyle," September 22

Seattle Times: "5 autumn hikes in the San Juans and Gulf Islands," October 1

King5 Evening Magazine, Visiting the Scenic San Juans/Friday Harbor 

King5 Evening Magazine, Visiting San Juan Island

King5 Evening Magazine, Visiting Orcas Island

King5 Evening Magazine, Visiting Lopez Island

Frugal Traveler, Seth Kugel: "In the Northwest, 3 Trips, Planned by Others," September 26

Huffington Post, "7 Small Islands That Should Be on Your Radar," September 26, "San Juans are the go-to island vacation for NW residents," September 2, "Washington's San Juan Islands," August 21, "Secret seaside escapes for a final summer fling," August 21, "Forget the Passport: 7 Best U.S. Islands to Visit," August 20

Forbes Travel, "Four Unforgettable Epicurean Adventures To Try," August 14

Country Living, "All-American Islands,"  August

Departures, "The Wilds of Orcas," July/Aug 2014

The Seattle Times, "Farm-to-Table: Where to eat local on Orcas Island," July 20, "Islands of Orcas of Eagles," June 27

Puget Sound Business Journal, "San Juan Island rated tops in nation for Fourth of July celebrations," June 26

Luxury Travel, "5 Destinations Every American Should Visit," June 20, "10 Great Cities for Weekend Getaways," June 20

The Seattle Times, "Washington Weekends: Pig War and more on San Juan Island," May 17, "America's Top 10 State Parks," April 22, "Sip by the sea at island wineries," April 28

Popular Photography, "Pacific Oasis: See the camera-ready San Juan Islands," April, "Top 5 awe-inspiring wildlife species to see in Washington’s Salish Sea," March 25

The Chicago Tribune, "San Juan Islands offer peaceful beauty," March 18

Sunset, "Top 8 ferry trips: Anacortes to Shaw Island, WA," March

Sunset, "42 Perfect Summer Trips," March

NW Travel, "Family Time Travel: Exploring Historic Forts," March/April

AAA Highroads, "San Juan Island: A Beacon in the Pacific Northwest," March/April

Cruising World, "Convoy in the Pacific Northwest," March

InBusiness, "San Juan Islands: Where Life Moves a Little Slower," March

CBS News, "What are the best island getaways in the continental U.S.?," March 3

Coastal Living, "Whale Watching: The Guide," March

ABC News, "TripAdvisor's 10 Best Islands in the U.S.," February 19

Redbook, "Best Travel Finds of 2014,"  February

Bon Appetit, "Oysterland: A Journey to the Heart of Bivalve Country," February

AAA Via, "Where the Whales Are," January/Feburary

Coastal Living, "Best Coastal Bike Trails,"  January

Smithsonian, "The True Inner Beauty of Fishes,"  January, "50 states, 50 spots for 2014," January 2

Sunset, "Top 10 life-list adventures," January, "Top 10 National Parks," January



Sunset,  "14 Natural Treasures in the West,"  November, "Curious humpback encounter dazzles whale watchers," November 27

Michelin Guide Mustsees Pacific Northwest featuring National Parks, October 2013

Sip Northwest, "Savor the San Juans," October

The Seattle Times, "Chartering a boat in the San Juans is easier than you might think," September 4

The Seattle Times, "Moran State Park is an island treasure," August 24

Men's Journal"San Juan Island Hopping," September, "10 Great American Escapes for Labor Day Weekend," August 28

USA Today, "10 scenic boat trips that won't sink your budget," August 22, "Glamp Like a Champ: 5 Awesome Spots," August

Sunset, "Top 20 beach hotels," August, "Tastiest Eco-Friendly Restaurants Around the World," July 18

Sunset, "Top 21 island escapes," July 16

Travel & Leisure, "America's Best Little Beach Towns," July

New Day Northwest,, "Escape to the San Juan Islands," June 27

Today Show, NBC, “5 Beautiful Places Every American Should Visit,” June 26

The Seattle Times, "Making salt from the Salish Sea,"  June 21

Sunset, "42 Perfect Summer Trips," June, "School's Out!: Top Family-Friendly Beach Towns," June 11

Canadian Yachting, "Dockside in the San Juans," June

Alaska Airlines, "San Juan Islands Getaways," June

Seattle, "Best Camping Spots in Washington: Roughing It," June 

Sunset,"Top 45 hikes in the West," June

Northwest Travel, "Shoreline Whale Watching," June

Edible Seattle, "Gas bladders and enlightenment - a weekend at seaweed camp," May/June

Travel+Leisure, "20 Easy Weekend Getaways," May

The Seattle Times blog, "May is a month of history events in the San Juans - with a new small cruise ship to take you there," April 30

Sunset, "The West's Best Camping," May

Seattle Metropolitan, "Whale Watching in the San Juans," May

The Seattle Times, "Best places to visit and hike the new San Juans monument," April 19

Northwest Travel, "Orca Spotting in the Salish Sea," April 17

International Business Times, "10 vacation destinations that will be extra hot for summer 2013,"  April 12, "Top 8 affordable island getaways," March 29

National Geographic, "Obama Declares National Monuments to Preserve Pieces of U.S. Heritage," March 26, "San Juan Island: Washington State's island destination," March 7

Seattle Times, "Europe-bound outdoors writer recalls his Top 10 Northwest adventures," March 10, "Best Northwest Getaways" February 26

The, "Top whale watching destinations"  February 19

The Seattle Times, “Have a whale of a Valentine’s Day at Friday Harbor Museum” February 12, “The world’s top ten bike rides” February 12, "10 Places to Explore in 2013: Haro Strait—U.S./Canada Border"    

The Seattle Times, "Goodies for traveling and worth traveling to get," January 15

Spokesman Review, "Winter's slow pace ideal for an escape to the San Juan Islands," January 13

Seattle Times, "Around the Northwest, great places to say "I do,"" January 6


Previous Years

San Juans in the News 2011 - 2012

San Juans in the News 2009 - 2010