Orcas Island Visitor Information
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The Emerald Island
Orcas Island,the largest of the San Juan Islands in land mass, is shaped like a horseshoe. The terrain covers 57 square miles of diverse scenery,from rugged coastline to the highest elevation within the San JuanIsland group. It's a magical setting of sparkling
fjords, rolling hills,small mountains, densely wooded forest, lakes and beaches,and green valleys dotted with sheep. Visitors soon realize there’s a beautiful view from everywhere on Orcas Island!
Drive 2400 feet up Mount Constitution to see a breath-taking panorama of the 172 island archipelago and mainland mountain peaks.Picnic in
Moran State Park,hike30 miles oftrails weaving through 5,000+ acres of forest complete withwaterfalls and lakes where you can swim.On another day, head up
Turtle Back Mountain,a superbwalking and
horseback-riding destinationor play a round of
Whale watching tours, kayak adventures,and boat charters depart from numerous public and private marinas.A day trip by ferry to Lopez Island orFriday Harbor
isa wonderful way to see more of the San Juan Islands. Scenic flights offera dramatic perspective of the surrounding islands, sea, and mountain ranges.(Scheduled & charter flights also offer transportation to & from Seattle, Bellingham, or Victoria BC.)
When arriving by Washington State Ferry
from Anacortes,shop for provisions at the excellent market on the Orcas landing, or head directly intoEastsound,acharming village filled with
local businesses, shops, galleries,and acclaimed
restaurants(Sunset Magazine namedEastsound in theirtop10 dream small town list!)Drive15-30 minuteseast oftown tofind Rosario Resort, Doe Bay and Olga; go west andyou'll come acrossOrcas Landing,
Westsound, and Deer Harbor.These tiny hamlets also offer post offices, general stores, marinas, and excellent dining options.
If you are visiting the Islands in our Summer High Season we strongly recommend you make restaurant reservations well in advance of your stay. The islands have a limited number of eating options and wait times can be long.
Orcas Island is home to aneclectic population of 5,000 full and part-time residents.Pioneers of industry, entrepreneurs,notables,characters, & creative artists alike find refuge from urban babble in this just-out-of-the-mainstream setting. Islandersare private
individuals, but actively participate with in the community and generously support its many organizations.Be warned that many visitors return time and again with the dream of becoming an Islander too! Call
Windermere Real Estate to make that dream a reality.