Summer in the San Juan Islands

Summer fun seems endless in the Islands between wildlife tours, kayaking, hiking, savoring fresh caught seafood, and relaxing by the water. It’s also the busiest season in the Islands, so be sure to plan ahead and follow our Leave No Trace Principles to reduce impact on the Islands’ fragile ecosystems.

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Set Your Mind to Island Time

The San Juan Islands enjoy an average of 247 days with sunshine and about half the rainfall of the Seattle area, thanks to the "rainshadow" effect of the Olympic Mountains to the south. It's no wonder visitors are attracted to the islands year-round! Summer is in full swing from late June through mid-September, with an average daytime temperature of 67 degrees in June and 71 in July and August. Some days can send the thermometer into the 80s, and rarely the 90s, but usually the temperature stays pretty steady in the mid- to high-70s. Wear your shorts and sundresses, but make sure to keep a sweater or light jacket handy, especially if you go on an evening beach walk, where coastal breezes can turn evenings cool.

In summertime, the Washington State Ferries are at peak travel capacity. With the large number of travelers to the San Juan Islands, it's necessary to make a reservation to ensure a spot for your car. Bike-on and walk-on passengers don't need to make a reservation, and for inter-island travel, no reservations required.

Farmers' markets  on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands are in full swing in summer, with fresh baked goods, locally roasted coffee, farmed and foraged produce, seafood, meats and cheeses, and crafts of all kinds by local artists. You can find local foods at many shops around the islands, or enjoy an unforgettable meal from farm-fresh eggs at a diner, to a gourmet meal with a water view. Whether you want to get away from it all, or take part in a small-town summer, there is something for you here.

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San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
1-888-468-3701 | (360) 378-9551
P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
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