The waters of the Pacific Northwest’s Salish Sea, which is located between Washington State and Vancouver Island, contain hundreds of islands but San Juan Island is considered to be the loveliest. Voted as one of the top 10 islands in the United States by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice in 2014 and named in the Travel + Leisure’s Top Islands in Continental U.S. and Canada Hall of Fame for being a top island for more than 10 years, San Juan Island is truly a treasure of the Pacific Northwest. Just 80 miles north of Seattle, you can charter a private yacht to reach this island, which is known as boater's paradise. There is so much to do on San Juan Island that the most difficult question you might face is where to start? Here are some ‘Must Do’ activities that you must try during you island getaway:
1. Whale watching: It is among the island’s most popular activities. Take your chartered yacht to watch orca whales found in the waters surrounding San Juan. Peak season for orca whale watching is from May-September, but if you want to see other kinds of marine life such as eagles, stellar sea lions, and porpoises, then you can come during off-season too.
2. Hiking: Visit San Juan Island’s pristine locations. There are five good hiking trails to keep you busy on San Juan Island including South Beach Trail, Mount Finlayson Trail, Bell Point Trail, Young Hill Trail and Afterglow Vista Trail. Enjoy the fresh sea air, watch birds & beautiful scenic view and get in touch with the nature while walking on the reserved trails.
3. Kayaking: Experience San Juan's coastal wildlife from a spectacular sea-level perspective Kayak the stunning sea cliffs & lighthouses and enjoy remote islands & awesome scenery. Whether you take a tranquil sunset kayak tour or longer kayaking expedition to whale watching areas, kayaking is the pinnacle of adventure in the San Juan Islands.
San Juan Island enjoys 250 sunny days each year. You can enjoy these year-round activities during any time of the year. Apart from the three activities mentioned above, there are plenty of other exciting and fun adventures that you can enjoy here including beachcombing, beach picnics, sailing, fishing, and even scuba diving. But, what you simply cannot miss on your next yacht charter vacation to this island are whale watching, hiking and kayaking. The San Juan escapade is waiting for you!