Biking in the San Juan Islands, Washington

Cycling in the San Juan Islands in Washington state offers the perfect combination of riding, scenery and relaxation. Islands with ferry service include San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Shaw Island in Washington state. A few days spent riding in the San Juans from July through September is an experience not to be missed!

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Each of the islands offers a unique local culture with gently rolling hills and views of fields, waters and mountains that are sure to stir the soul. It is a cycling destination not to be missed by anyone looking to unwind and relax by bike. 

Below are a some resources to assist you in planning your riding on the San Juan Islands. This is not an exhaustive list and we'll add to it as we discover new useful links.

Getting There

The San Juan Islands are accessed by ferry from Anacortes, Washington. The Anacortes ferry terminal is about 1 1/2 - 2 hours from Seattle. During peak summer months, the queue to put your car on the ferry can be several hours, especially on peak travel days (Friday afternoons for example). One excellent option is to leave your car in the parking lot at the Anacortes ferry terminal and ride your bike on the ferry to the San Juans. You can carry your overnight bag on your bike and check in at a hotel or campground on the San Juans.

Ferry Schedule

Bike Shops

San Juan Island

Island Bicycles - Friday Harbor. This local shop carries many of the Pacific Northwest-themed cycling jersey pictured below.

380 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor, WA 98250 ph. 360-378-4941  San Juan Island map

Lopez Island

Lopez Bicycle Works - 2847 Fisherman Bay Road, Lopez Island, WA ph. 360-468-2847

Village Cycles - 9 Old Post Road, Ste A, Lopez Village, Lopez Island, WA ph. 360-468-4013

Orcas Island

Dolphin Bay Bicycles - Orcas Village, Orcas Island, WA ph. 360-376-4157

Wildlife Cycles - 350 North Beach Road, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA ph. 360-376-4708

 

Bike Vacation Tour Companies

Bicycle Adventures - Bike tour company based in Washington. Offer San Juan Islands bike tours throughout the summer.

 

Lodging

Bird Rock Hotel - In Friday Harbor. 35 First Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Earthbox Inn & Spa - In Friday Harbor. Well appointed rooms in nicely remodeled former motel. 410 Spring St., Friday Harbor, WA  98250

Lakedale Resort - Resort on San Juan Island offering everything from luxurious hotel rooms to camping. 

Roche Harbor Resort - Ah, Roche Harbor. Slow down and stay awhile.

San Juan Islands on Trip Advisor - good comprehensive list of lodging options 

VRBO - Vacation Rentals by Owner. Why not rent a house or cabin and stay the whole week? Some beautiful options here. 

 

Tourism Board

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau - Visit San Juan Islands tourism board site

 

San Juan Island Bike Jerseys

by Kaidel Sportswear

Pacific Northwest Bike Jerseys and Shirts

 

 More Pacific Northwest bike jerseys

 

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Interested in other Washington cycling destinations? Return to Biking in Washington Resources page