The San Juan Islands resorts are ideal for visitors who are interested in staying busy during their stay. As is true of resorts around the world, the resorts in the San Juans provide a number of fun activity options. They also provide a variety of facilities for guests to take advantage of, and as far as the accommodations are concerned, there are numerous options. Guestrooms mix with suites, cottages, cabins, apartments, and even homes at the San Juan Island resorts, and depending on which resort you choose, you can even consider securing a campsite.
Orcas Island Resorts
Orcas Island Resorts
The Orcas Island resorts are among the most popular resorts in the San Juans. This is due in part to the fact that Orcas Island is arguably the prettiest island in the chain. It's also one of the four islands that has ferry service. Only adding to the allure of the Orcas Island resorts is their wide ranging appeal. The Rosario Resort and Spa (pictured) is among the more renowned resorts on the island, and it also provides some of the most comfortable accommodations that you will find in all the San Juans. The two-bedroom suites in the resort's The Residences building are especially divine, and you might be interested to know that they feature full kitchens and fireplaces. It's not all about the wonderful selection of guest units at the Rosario Resort and Spa. The facilities are also excellent. Facility highlights include a full-service spa and a marina.
Four other Orcas Island resorts combine to present visitors with some tempting lodging options, and these resorts are the West Beach Resort, the Blue Haven Resort, the Lieber Haven Resort, and the Doe Bay Resort & Retreat. At the West Beach Resort, many guests hope to secure one of the beachfront cottages, though the other cottages and cabins are also worth checking into. More wonderful cabins and cottages can be found at the Blue Haven Resort, the Lieber Haven Resort, and the Doe Bay Resort. The Doe Bay Resort, which is known for its liberal atmosphere, also offers camping options, as is true of the West Beach Resort.
Lopez Island Resorts
The Lopez Island resorts aren't numerous. In fact, there is only one on this tranquil and friendly island. At the Lopez Islander Resort, you can book a fairly cheap room, upgrade to a more deluxe room, or book an even more complete suite. RV and tent camping is also possible, and regardless of which accommodations option you choose, you will have access to the resort's enticing facilities. These facilities include a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a marina that offers kayak rentals. Bikes are also available for rent, as Lopez Island is among the best biking destination in the San Juans.
San Juan Island Resorts
If the San Juan Islands resorts that can be found on Orcas Island and Lopez Island are fully booked, worry not, as the most populated island of San Juan offers some more options. There are two in particular that deserve special mention, and they are the Roche Harbor Resort and the Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes. The Roche Harbor Resort is akin to a small village, and it offers everything that the San Juans visitor could need in terms of lodging, dining, activity options, and convenience. The marina is one of the most popular marinas in the island chain, and there is even a runway for small aircraft, so you can fly in if you please.
As is true of the Roche Harbor Resort, the Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes is one of the most popular San Juan Island hotels. The location and atmosphere are big reasons why the Lakedale is so popular. This delightful resort sits on more than 80 acres of beautiful land and is approximately equidistant from Roche Harbor and the San Juan Islands hub that is Friday Harbor. The atmosphere is one of tranquility, and you can stay extra close to nature by camping or staying in one of the canvas tent cabins. Should you prefer, some upscale log cabins are also available, and there are also sumptuous lodge rooms to choose from. When you're not relaxing in your guest unit or at your campsite during a stay at the Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, you won't have trouble finding things to do. Activity options include fishing, kayaking, whale watching, and cycling, just to name a few.
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