Orcas Island is the largest of the San Juan Islands and the second in population and commercial options behind San Juan Island. Unlike San Juan Island’s pastureland and broad beaches Orcas Island is filled with wooded hills, old orchards, and rustic country inns. Much of Orcas Island is open to the public through various parks and local preserves; the largest of which is Moran State Park which includes numerous lakeside camping options as well as boating, fishing, hiking, and biking opportunities. Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan Islands, lies at the center of Moran State Park and is capped with an observation tower providing a panoramic view of the San Juans. Obstruction Pass State Park on Orcas Island’s south side provides one of the largest public access beaches on Orcas.
Orcas Island has several marina settlements, primarily Orcas Village, Westsound, and Deer Harbor, as well as the primary population center of Eastsound which hosts the majority of Orcas Island’s businesses and shopping options. The Orcas Center is located just outside Eastsound and regularly features art exhibits and stage plays. The Island’s history is captured in the Orcas Island Historical Museum. Many fine dining options are available in Eastsound and across the island featuring a variety of eating options including seafood and Mexican.
Come aboard the Washington State Ferries and enjoy the beauty of Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.