Spending a vacation in a San Juan Islands home gives you and your family a front row seat to the islands' outdoor activities. Located in the Salish Sea in the far Northwest corner of the U.S., the Islands are protected by the Olympic Peninsula, giving them 250 days of sunshine per year and less than half of the amount of rain received by Seattle, nearly 60 miles away. This ideal temperate climate alongside an amazing landscape presents a perfect backdrop for family-friendly adventures.
For a daily adventure, take advantage of your San Juan Islands vacation homes access to scenic and safe bike paths. Take your family on a secluded ride along the beautiful shorelines, through peaceful prairies or alongside the winding roads of the great Olympic Mountains. The San Juan Islands have a variety of terrain and wildlife to explore, and a bike is the best way to see it all while keeping active. If you can't bring your own bikes with you, there are plenty of rentals available on the 3 main islands, San Juan, Lopez and Orcas.
Sea Kayaking in the San Juan Islands offers you exclusively breathtaking views and intimate encounters with protected marine life. For both a refreshing and educational experience, consider joining a tour group for your aqua adventure. The tour guides are knowledgeable about the marine life and know where to take you to ensure you're on calm waters, in view of a beautiful landscape and paddling among otters, seals, sea lions and whales.
Whale watching cruises in the San Juan Islands offer one of the best ways to see pods of Orca Killer Whales up close and personal. Enjoy seeing protected wildlife in its most natural environment while learning from some of the country's best marine biologists. Whether it is with your whole family during the day time, or a romantic sunset cruise with your partner, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this fun and educational experience.
A great way to see spectacular views while learning a bit of history is by hiking through the plethora of San Juan Islands' walking trails. Visit your island's visitor services center to get maps and guides for you and your family to follow. Enjoy an easy day trip to Grandma's Cove, Jackie's Lagoon or the Cattle Point Lighthouse, that provide a clearly marked trail and water for refreshing swim breaks. For the more advanced adventurers, consider a multisport camping trip to combine hiking, biking and kayaking while sleeping under the stars. In any case, you'll be able to enjoy the amazing climate and views, all from the comfort of being close to your own San Juan Island vacation home.
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