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Things to do in San Juan Islands

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in San Juan Islands. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite San Juan Islands attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in San Juan Islands to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in San Juan Islands.

  • Clyde Theater

    The Clyde Theatre, a 1937 movie house, screens the classics. More
  • Crowfoot Farm

    In season, stop by and pick your own organic berries. Open Tuesday and Friday 9–3. More
  • Fort Flagler

    Dig for littleneck clams along the shore of this retired army base. More
  • Holly B's Bakery

    Start the day with a cinnamon roll or egg sandwich. Closed December–April. More
  • Lime Kiln State Park

  • Lopez Bicycle Works

    Rent a bike to explore the island’s farm roads and coastal trails. More
  • Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books

    The shop sells vintage maps and Audubon lithographs. More
  • Maya's Westside Charters

    While you're in one of the best whale-watching spots in the world, don't miss boating out to Haro Strait to marvel at breaching orcas and humpbacks... More
  • Orcas Island

  • San Juan Safaris

    While you're in one of the best whale-watching spots in the world, don't miss boating out to Haro Strait to marvel at breaching orcas and humpbacks... More
  • Shark Reef trail

    Spot seals and otters in the waters below. More
  • Whale Museum

    Check out the migration maps and cetacean skeletons. More

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