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 stunning shoreline, beautiful farms, and about 2,500 year-round residents.
There are 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan County. Three ferry served Islands, San Juan Island (with the county seat Friday Harbor), Orcas Island, and Lopez Island are the most populous and host the vast majority of lodging and dining options and tourism activities. Shaw Island is also accessible by ferry but has limited camping and visitor amenities.
Say farewell to worry and stress and say hello to the mellow islands vibe, a temperate year-round climate, and long, lazy hours of doing just what you want. Count on temperatures around 70° in the summer and 40° in the winter. A happy confluence of weather systems also accounts for the high level of air quality you’ll appreciate across the San Juans.
So relax—you’re on “island time” now!
Thinking about bringing your drone? Please be aware that drones are not permitted on public lands and waters in San Juan County. This includes state parks, the San Juan Island National Historical Park, Land Bank preserves, and the National Monument. Please respect other visitors, residents, historic buildings, and wildlife, especially the Southern Resident orcas who are federally protected. If you are a member of the media, permits may be available for some locations. Contact Communications Manager Barbara Marrett ([email protected]) to learn more.