Spring In The San Juan Islands

As winter melts away, enjoy the vibrant culture, art, and music of the San Juans. Wildflowers are blooming, farmers' markets are in full swing, and it's time to get outdoors to hike, bike and kayak during your stay in March, April and May!

Springtime weather can be the most changeable of all the seasons in the Islands. Daytime temperatures shift from the chill of late February to a balmy March (53 degrees Fahrenheit on average), into the gorgeous days of April (57 degrees) and May (63 degrees). Showers are common, but with half the precipitation of Seattle, the San Juans experience fewer rainy days. As the locals say, "dress in layers" for any outing, with a sweater, light jacket, scarf and hat at the ready.

All year round, there are many convenient ways to travel to the islands. It is always good to make a reservation if you are traveling on the Washington State Ferry, as the schedule changes seasonally, usually with minor shifts and more ferries running in spring and summer. You can also take an airplane or sea plane, which fly year-round.

As springtime blooms in the islands, and the hillsides and fields are covered with bright green grasses, its time to get outside and reconnect with nature. Take a hike on some of the 38 miles of trails in Washington's 4th largest state park, Moran State Park, where you can walk around a mountain lake, paddle Cascade Lake, or wonder at the 180-degree view of the San Juan Islands from the top of the tower at the top of Mt. Constitution. On Lopez, hike through the forest to the rocky shoreline of Shark Reef Sanctuary, or take in the stunning view of Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Juan Island.

Hiking is just one example of fun things to do in the San Juan Islands, but in the early months of the year you can also go kayaking, whale and wildlife watching, and biking. Don't miss the arts scene in the islands, with events, art and museum exhibits, plays, concerts, and more—happening all year round. Check out our events calendar to find what's going on during your stay.

Where to stay? Best lodging options for early in the season

Although the weather in the spring can be somewhat changeable, you can find a cozy hideaway in a waterfront cabin, historic hotel, or bed and breakfast inn in the town of Friday Harbor, in the village of Eastsound on Orcas Island, or in Lopez Village on Lopez Island. Check out our island accommodations.

Delicious dining as farm-fresh food starts the season

Springtime brings fresh goat cheese, delicate baby greens, and fresh seafood. You can pick up spring's treasures at the farmers markets that start up in earnest in March on LopezOrcas and San Juan Islands. Restaurants on the islands are also open for business, transforming the freshest early harvest into culinary art. Check out our dining listings to find the perfect dining experience.

Springtime Getaway

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8 Things to do this Spring in the San Juan Islands

Springtime is a great time to get away to quiet beaches and fresh air, delicious local food, and stunning art. From whale watching to horseback riding, kayaking to gallery browsing, there are plenty of fun things to do on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands before summer arrives.

Take the San Juan Islands Pledge

The San Juan Islands Pledge is simple: when you act as an responsible visitor you are actively contributing to the future of the San Juans. By committing to be a responsible visitor, you can help ensure that the San Juans remain a beautiful and unique place to live, work, and play for generations to come.

How to Love It Like a Local

While you're visiting, we invite you to "Love It Like a Local" and treat the San Juans with the same care and respect as you would your own backyard. These precious islands are all of our responsibility to cherish and protect for future generations.

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San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
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