Washington State Travel: Tips for Visiting the San Juan Islands
Part of Washington state and located in the Salish Sea, the San Juan Islands are an archipelago that could very well be the site of your next fabulous vacation. They have a lot to offer, and there’s a good chance you’re going to wonder why you never visited sooner. If you’ve never been there before, don’t worry because the following are some tips for going to the gorgeous San Juan Islands that can get you started on planning a trip you’ll always remember.
Decide When To Go
It’s beautiful in the San Juan Islands any time of the year, but considering the weather changes with the seasons, it’s up to you to decide when you feel it’s ideal for you to visit. The summer months—July and August—are the peak times, so keep that in mind when you’re making your plans. If you’re not up for dealing with the crowded season, a month or two before or after those months may work better for you.
There are plenty of places for you to stay when you’re visiting the San Juan Islands whether you’re looking to stay at a hotel, at a farm, rent a cabin, go camping, or go with one of the other several options. With so many choices, you’re undoubtedly going to be able to find a place that best suits your preferences and needs. Keep in mind that reservations will book up fast, especially during the busy season, which means it’s best if you …
Book In Advance
Don’t put off making reservations, especially when it comes to the smaller places. The sooner you book in advance of the busy season (or any other time of the year) the better, and the higher the chances are you’re going to be able to stay where you prefer and do the activities that you want to. Even when it comes to restaurants, see if the ones you’d like to visit require reservations in advance, and, if so, make them sooner than later.
Make Your Itinerary
There are several reasons why it’s a good idea to make an itinerary before visiting the San Juan Islands, the first of which is that it allows you to do the aforementioned: make your reservations in advance.
Additionally, it helps you to figure out your budget so you can ensure you have enough money for all the places you want to see and activities you want to do. Lastly, when you have an idea about your schedule, it can help ensure that you have enough time to do everything whether it’s going whale watching, hiking, kayaking, or cycling, visiting a gallery, or dining on some incredible food.
Before you go to the San Juan Islands or even make your reservations, do your research and read reviews to get an idea of whether or not the businesses you’re thinking of going to are worth the visit. While there are obviously no guarantees, it’s better to get an idea beforehand of what it might be like.