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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

State / Provincial Park
“This is a beautiful place for a short walk by the water, a picnic area or to sit and wait for the whales. Bring a guitar, a game or just a friend and enjoy the view from tables or just sit on the rocks. Bring an extra blanket just Incase it’s windy and it’s a beautiful place to watch the sun set too.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The San Juan Islands are an archipelago in the U.S. state of Washington known for rural Pacific Northwest landscapes and wildlife. Horseshoe-shaped Orcas Island, one of the main isles, is home to Moran State Park's old-growth forest and Mt. Constitution. San Juan Island is distinguished by the lively seaside town of Friday Harbor and Lime Kiln Point State Park, an orca-whale lookout.”
  • 12 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Bar
$$
“Great pub food menu with some more sophisticated twists. Right off the ferry.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“This short (approx 1/2 mile trail) leads out to cliffs that overlook tumultuous seas. (Not great for little children as there are no railings and a fall would be disastrous.) You can view sea lions and seals hauled out on the rocks and watch boats fight the current and whirlpools to make passage. Great place to pack a picnic (if you don't mind sitting on the ground) and watch the world go by. One note of caution....on occasion, locals have been known to sunbathe in the nude on the lower rocks. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
$$$
“Amazing food and service. Intimate restaurant. Great seasonal dining on patio. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“An America's Cup contender, you will throughly enjoy the skillful talent of the Captain and Crew on this fun adventure. The sunset cruise is the most popular.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“Must see. Pottery studio and whimsical garden overlooking the water. They have been making pottery on Orcas for three generations. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“This sweet little museum gives visitors lots of information about our most iconic residents”
  • 5 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Trail
“The hiking is great, and the views are fabulous. I love making a loop hike. Take a picture of the trail map at the parking lot, so you have an easy reference and guide.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Health
“Beautiful lavender fields, great gift shop. Scenic. Lavender festival held annually at end of July. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Hiking trails with spectacular views on the west side. The Orcas Island community and the San Juan Preservation Trust raised $20 million to save this 1700 acre parcel from development. Turtleback Mountain Preserve was created in 2006. We still have our Save Turtleback hat! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bakery
“Best cinnamon rolls on Island. Pizza by the slice for lunch. Wonderful deserts. Near airport. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$
“Nice dining with a great view of the harbor. Wonderful view deck with heaters”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lodging
“Walk the docks to look at boats, eat at one of several restaurants, or hit the swimming pool (extra fee).”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great bar if you want to go out on the weekends. Live music. Dancing. Pool tables. Always a party around Holidays especially New Years Eve and Halloween. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Theatre
“Great plays, local artists, and streaming of high quality productions from larger cities. There is always something going on at the theater! ”
  • 4 locals recommend