Can You Hear the Eco?

From bringing your own travel mug to eating locally grown food, sustainable travel is in the air - and the water

Here in the San Juans, our passion for our incredible environment means that we’re also committed to being as kind to it as possible. If you’re looking for ways to make a difference when you travel, check out these links.

Eco-friendly Activities

When you come to a place so resplendent with natural beauty as the San Juan Islands, you expect to find activities that are friendly to the environment, wildlife and habitat. Many outdoor adventure companies in the San Juans take extra care to train their employees, naturalists and guides to respect and protect the places they visit. Many go through The Whale Museum's Marine Naturalist Training program, which is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the area's environment and wildlife.

Find more low-impact outdoor activities, such as kayaking and responsible whale watching.

Ursa Minor, Lopez Island, Photography by Trevor Eiler
Chef Jason Aldous, Friday Harbor House, San Juan Island

Eat Local

With an oyster farm on each island, an organic vineyard on Lopez Island, and handcrafted spirits made with foraged botanicals at the San Juan Island Distillery & Westcott Bay Cider,  San Juan Islands chefs have an abundance of fresh ingredients from local producers to choose from. Some island restaurants have their own gardens, and many compost their kitchen waste. Many restaurants work to conserve water and energy - precious commodities on and island. Visit in fall, during Savor the San Juans, and enjoy farm tours, wine dinners and other food-and-farms activities. Find out more at our Island Grown in the San Juans page.

Girl Meets Dirt Tasting Room, Orcas Island
Farm Tour, Pelindaba Lavender, San Juan Island

Shop Local

When you shop for that perfect gift or souvenir to take home, there are many amazing and delicious locally grown and made products to choose from. Visit the Girl Meets Dirt tasting room on Orcas Island to taste delicious preserves from heritage orchards, or take a tour at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, choose from more than 250 products made from lavender and oil distilled on their farm. Find out more on our Island Grown/Island Made page.

Find Eco-friendly Lodging

These accommodations are taking special care to save energy and water and use lower their impact on the environment by using eco-friendly cleaning products. Earthbox Inn & Spa offers bicycles so you can cruise around Friday Harbor and save gas and emissions. Glamping and camping on all three islands helps lower your vacation carbon footprint.

Lopez Island

On Lopez, these lodgings are great options for traveling green:

Lopez Island Cottages & Tent Camping, The Field House at Midnight's Farm


Orcas Island

These lodgings on Orcas Island go the extra mile in terms of recycling, composting and energy conservation. Take a look at their web pages for more information about their sustainability efforts.

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, Pebble Cove Farm, Beach Haven Resort, LEANTO


San Juan Island

These lodgings on San Juan Island take extra care to recycle and conserve energy. Take a look at their web pages for more information about their sustainability efforts.

Earthbox Inn & Spa, Harrison House Suites, Tucker House


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