With a breathtaking coastline, idyllic fishing villages, and a fascinating history, the San Juan Islands are calling.
Pump the brakes on your busy lifestyle and come enjoy the laid-back island way of life on our San Juan Islands tours and vacations. Featuring a collection of over 20 islands in the northwest of the United States, join your group on a journey through this easy-going destination, stopping to watch the whales from Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse and taking in as much history as possible while wandering through the San Juan Island National Historical Park. From embracing the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the locals to laying out on some pretty spectacular beaches and cycling through several extraordinary landscapes, this is one vacation you’ll never forget.
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Everyone traveling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage.
All travelers are required to produce:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
- If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.
There are 2 great ways to get to the San Juan islands depending on where in the United States you're travelling from. These two options include flying via seaplane into the harbour or taking the Washington State Ferry into the harbour with several services offered each day. Both options are relatively easy to organize and will give you great views of the islands on your way in.
The climate in the San Juan Islands is considered to be sub-oceanic meaning the region experiences mild, rainy winters and mild, sunny summers with little to no extreme temperatures during the warmer months. On very rare occasions temperatures can reach past 86°F but the average is more likely to be around 68°F during the months of July and August. Temperatures during winter can reach freezing levels, especially overnight but the average is more likely to be 48°F during the day.
The best time to visit the San Juan Islands is between April and October (middle of spring to middle of fall) as that's when the weather is at its best. The months of summer (June, July, and August) are considered to be the peak season to visit the islands so be prepared for large crowds and higher accommodation prices. You'll want to avoid the winter months as the temperatures can reach freezing levels and you're likely to want to spend time inside rather than out exploring the natural landscapes.
The San Juan Islands are full of breathtaking landscapes and exploring it all can take it out of you so it's no surprise this region is home to plenty of breweries you can re-hydrate in. While there are heaps of breweries to choose from on the islands, these are some of our favorites:
- San Juan Island Brewing Company
- Cease and Desist
- Orcas Island Hoppin' Brewery
- The Oar House at Friday Harbor Brewing Company
There is plenty of cell service in the San Juan Islands so you shouldn't have any trouble with your service provider within the town itself. Once you head to more remote areas within the region or to its national parks, your cell service may drop out a bit but should reconnect to the 4G network upon your return to more populated areas.
What to pack for a trip to the San Juan Islands is determined by what kind of vacation you want to have, however, there are some must-have items you don't want to forget about. The San Juan Islands are known for having breathtaking national parks and spectacular scenery so chances are you'll be spending a lot of time outside. This means you need to be packing comfortable walking/hiking shoes, a reusable drink bottle, a day bag, a camera, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing for the season you're traveling in.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.