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Orcas-Island is the largest of the San Juan Islands, located in the northwestern corner of Washington. Orcas Island is accessible only by air or water via a ferry route serving the islands from a terminal at Anacortes, Washington. During the summer season, there is an island shuttle that runs from the ferry landing to Eastsound and other points. Orcas Island is a joy for those who love nature. The horseshoe-shaped island is a mix of lush forest, farmland, peaceful lakes and mountains, surrounded by a beautiful fjord. Various species of birds are found here, along with deer, otters, eagles, whales that breach on the islands and many species of fish. Orcas Island is mostly a rural island with several quaint villages, each unique in its own way. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound on the Orcas. Moran State Park features several lakes and miles of ocean shoreline with both public and private beaches. Miles of hiking trails are also found in the state park. Surrounding land masses offer the San Juans protection from harsh weather, so the islands enjoy a year round climate that is more moderate than other locations in the Pacific Northwest. Orcas Island is also a photographer's dream with its' forested mountains, green, rolling pastures and spectacular shoreline. Frommer's has named Orcas Island "Most Beautiful" of all the Pacific Northwest's San Juan Islands.

Surrounding areas: Eastsound, Washington (3.9 mi), San Juan Islands, Washington (4.7 mi), Friday Harbor, Washington (9.0 mi), Guemes Island, Washington (14.7 mi), Anacortes, Washington (16.6 mi), Hat Island, Washington (18.8 mi), Birch Bay, Washington (20.4 mi)

Orcas Island Vacation Rentals




Orcas Island Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Eden Wild InnEads LnLopez, WA8.3 mi.(360) 468-3238
Hotel Lopez IslanderLopez, WA8.3 mi.(360) 468-2233
Friday Harbor House130 West StFriday Harbor, WA8.8 mi.(360) 378-8455
Inn At Friday Harbor680 SPG StFriday Harbor, WA8.8 mi.(360) 378-3031
States Inn2039 W Vly RdFriday Harbor, WA8.8 mi.(360) 378-6240
Edenwild Inn1 VLG Rd Pob 271Lopez Island, WA11.3 mi.(360) 468-3238
Majestic Hotel419 Commercial AveAnacortes, WA16.4 mi.(360) 293-3355
San Juan Motel1103 6TH StAnacortes, WA16.4 mi.(360) 293-5105
Fidalgo Country Inn1250 Hwy 20Anacortes, WA16.6 mi.(360) 293-3494
Ship Harbor Inn5316 Fry Terminal RdAnacortes, WA16.6 mi.(360) 293-5177
Holiday Motel2903 Commercial AveAnacortes, WA17.1 mi.(360) 293-6511
The Marina Inn3300 Commercial AveAnacortes, WA17.3 mi.(360) 293-1100
Silver Reef Hotel Casino & Spa4876 Haxton WayFerndale, WA17.9 mi.(360) 383-0777
Hampton Inn Bellingham Airport3985 Bennett DrBellingham, WA20.7 mi.(360) 676-7700
Birch Bay Ath Hostel4639 Alderson RdBlaine, WA20.7 mi.(360) 371-2180
Super 8 Motel5788 Barrett AveFerndale, WA20.9 mi.(800) 800-8000
Motel 6 #443701 Byron StBellingham, WA21.3 mi.(360) 671-4494
Days Inn Bellingham215 N Samish WayBellingham, WA21.4 mi.(360) 734-8830
Slater Heritage House1371 W Axton RdFerndale, WA21.6 mi.(360) 384-4273
Val U Inn Bellingham805 Lakeway DrBellingham, WA21.7 mi.(360) 671-9600
Travelers Inn3750 Meridian StBellingham, WA21.8 mi.(360) 671-4600
"Rodeway Inn ""bellis Fair"""3710 Meridian StBellingham, WA21.9 mi.(360) 738-6000
Best Western Heritage Inn151 E Mcleod RdBellingham, WA22.0 mi.(360) 647-1912
Holiday Inn Express4160 MeridianBellingham, WA22.2 mi.(360) 671-4800
Comfort Inn Bellingham4282 Meridian StBellingham, WA22.3 mi.(360) 738-1100
Days Inn Bellis Fair125 E Kellogg RdBellingham, WA22.3 mi.(360) 671-6200
Quality Inn Baron Suites100 E KelloggBellingham, WA22.3 mi.(360) 647-8000
The Inn At Semiahmoo9565 Semiahmoo PkwyBlaine, WA24.7 mi.(360) 371-2000
La Conner Channel Lodge205 N First StLa Conner, WA25.9 mi.(360) 466-1500
La Conner Country Inn107 S Second StLa Conner, WA25.9 mi.(360) 466-3101
Hotel PlanterLa Conner, WA26.1 mi.(360) 466-4710
The Heron Inn La Conner117 Maple StLa Conner, WA26.2 mi.(360) 466-4626
North Whidbey Inn1175 Midway BlvdOak Harbor, WA26.9 mi.(360) 675-5911
North Whidbey Inn461 Se Midway BlvdOak Harbor, WA27.2 mi.(360) 675-5911
Auld Holland Inn33575 SR 20Oak Harbor, WA27.3 mi.(360) 675-2288
Best Western Harbor Plaza33175 SR 20Oak Harbor, WA27.3 mi.(360) 679-4567
Coachman Inn32959 SR 20Oak Harbor, WA27.3 mi.(360) 675-0727
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1003 Goldenrod RdBurlington, WA28.9 mi.(360) 755-7338
Hampton Inn & Suites Burlington1860 S Burlington BlvdBurlington, WA29.8 mi.(360) 757-7100
Best Western College Way Inn300 W College WayMount Vernon, WA29.9 mi.(360) 424-4287
 
Bed & Breakfast
Buck Bay Farm Bed & BreakfastHC 1 Box 45Olga, WA4.1 mi.(360) 376-2908
Hillside House Bed & Breakfast365 Carter AveFriday Harbor, WA8.9 mi.(800) 232-4730
Century House Bed & Breakfast401 S British Columbia AveLynden, WA29.0 mi.(360) 354-2439

Orcas Island Weather & Climate

Northwest Washington , near the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands, has a fairly temperate climate. The temperature of the salt water surrounding the islands doesnft vary greatly throughout the seasons, so it helps cool the air surrounding the San Juan islands. Northwest Washington experiences frequent cloud cover, fog and drizzle. Misty morning will be followed by partial clearing and occasional showers. An umbrella always comes in handy. Evenings are usually warm with a light ocean breeze. Temperatures range from low 30s in winter to mid 80s in summer. Coastal conditions are generally much more harsh than those in the Puget Sound. @

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 44°F 33°F 3.86 in. -
February 47°F 35°F 2.79 in. -
March 51°F 37°F 2.27 in. -
April 56°F 39°F 1.89 in. -
May 62°F 43°F 1.72 in. -
June 66°F 46°F 1.40 in. -
July 69°F 49°F 0.94 in. -
August 70°F 49°F 1.06 in. -
September 66°F 47°F 1.34 in. -
October 57°F 42°F 2.42 in. -
November 49°F 38°F 4.38 in. -
December 45°F 34°F 4.09 in. -

Orcas Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Bellingham International airport (BLI) located about 20 miles northeast of Orcas Island in Bellingham, Washington, the Skagit Regional airport (BVS) located approximately 25 miles southeast of Orcas Island in Burlington / Mt Vernon, Washington, the William R Fairchild International airport (CLM) located roughly 44 miles southwest of Orcas Island in Port Angeles, Washington, the Arlington Municipal airport (AWO) located around 48 miles southeast of Orcas Island in Arlington, Washington, and finally the Snohomish County airport (PAE) located about 58 miles south of Orcas Island in Everett, Washington.

Orcas Island Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Fun Forest Amusement ParkSeattleWA76.6 mi.
Remlinger FarmsCarnationWA82.9 mi.
 
Water Parks
Wild Waves Water ParkFederal WayWA95.5 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Orcas Island Country Golf ClubEastsoundWA3.3 mi.
Lopez Island Golf ClubLopezWA8.5 mi.
San Juan Golf & Country ClubFriday HarborWA8.9 mi.
Similk Golf CourseAnacortesWA16.8 mi.
Wayne Olsen Riverside GolfFerndaleWA20.5 mi.
Lake Padden Municipal Golf CourseBellinghamWA21.3 mi.
North Bellingham Golf CourseBellinghamWA21.3 mi.
Pro Golf Center Golf CourseBellinghamWA21.3 mi.
Shuksan Golf ClubBellinghamWA21.3 mi.
Sudden Valley Golf & Country ClubBellinghamWA21.3 mi.
Dakota Creek Golf & Country ClubCusterWA22.6 mi.
Grandview Golf CourseCusterWA22.6 mi.
Birch Bay Golf ClubBlaineWA25.3 mi.
Semiahmoo Golf & Country ClubBlaineWA25.3 mi.
Black Rock Golf ClubSunnysideWA28.3 mi.
Homestead Golf & Country ClubLyndenWA29.5 mi.
Avalon Golf ClubBurlingtonWA29.8 mi.
 
State Parks
Skull Island State ParkWA3.0 mi. 
Victim Island State ParkWA3.4 mi. 
Freeman Island State ParkWA3.5 mi. 
Olga Marine State ParkWA4.3 mi. 
Moran State ParkWA4.9 mi. 
Doe Island Marine State ParkWA6.3 mi. 
Matia Island State ParkWA7.8 mi. 
Sucia Island State ParkWA8.1 mi. 
Clark Island State ParkWA8.2 mi. 
Turn Island State ParkWA8.2 mi. 
Spencer Spit State ParkWA8.3 mi. 
Posey Island State ParkWA11.3 mi. 
James Island State ParkWA11.4 mi. 
Cone Islands State ParkWA11.9 mi. 
Dot Rock State ParkWA12.1 mi. 
Stuart Island State ParkWA12.6 mi. 
Lime Kiln Point State ParkWA13.8 mi. 
Saddlebag Island State ParkWA18.5 mi. 
Birch Bay State ParkWA19.1 mi. 
Larrabee State ParkWA20.4 mi. 
 
Museums
Whatcom Museum of History & ArtBellinghamWA21.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Mindport ExhibitsBellinghamWA21.2 mi.(Science)
Bellingham Railway MuseumBellinghamWA21.2 mi.(History)
Snohomish County Museum and Historical AssociationEverettWA56.5 mi.(History)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA76.6 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA76.6 mi.
Point Defiance Zoo and AquariumTacomaWA98.5 mi.


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