THE QUIETEST OF THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS IS ALSO THE FRIENDLIEST
The easternmost island in the San Juans is also the most laid back so take a deep breath once you arrive in the protected inlet at Fisherman Bay, step onto the dock, and relax. Things are a little more leisurely here on the Friendly Isle. Lopez Island is 15 miles long with 63 miles of shoreline and everything from forests to farms to the Lopez Island Vineyards and Winery.
A ferry trip to Lopez Island starts with a drive north to Anacortes. Kenmore Air gets you here in about an hour, which gives you more time to relax into the all-natural beauty whether it’s looking out on the lagoon at Spencer Spit State Park or walking the rocky shoreline of Shark Reef Sanctuary. It’s no wonder why so many artists and craftspeople are drawn to the seclusion and the simplicity that is found here. Don’t be surprised if some of them wave. Remember, it’s the Friendly Isle.
Fly to Lopez Island year-round from either Kenmore Air Harbor or Lake Union, arriving at the pier aboard one of Kenmore Air’s six-seat de Havilland Beavers or eight-seat Otters. If you’re seeking something more intimate, the Cessna 180 is a two to three passenger floatplane that is a most economical charter option. Sorry, no complimentary baggage storage on-site.
From camp sites to cottages to full-fledged resorts, you have a full range of choices when it comes to where you’ll be staying. Odlin County Park and Spencer Spit State Park both offer some of the best camping in the state. Lopez Farms has sites, too, in addition to cottages. But if you’re looking for something less rustic the Lopez Islander Resort and The Edenwild Boutique Inn are a pair of solid choices.
You’ll step off the dock into Lopez Village where you’ll find shops, restaurants, a bakery and full-service grocery stores. Your options only grow from there. Fishing charters, whale watching, a winery, it’s all here. Of all the San Juan Islands, Lopez is best known for bicycling, which is a great way to immerse yourself in the seclusion and splendor of this island.