Mid-summer is easily the busiest time in the San Juan Islands. Each year, as soon as the winter starts to loosen its grip, visitors flock to the area to enjoy the warm, dry days and take in all the natural beauty the islands have to offer.
It may be a well-kept secret, but fall is also a spectacular time to visit the San Juans. The high pressure system in place over the islands throughout the summer months starts to move off, allowing winds to pick up and creating more interesting sailing conditions. If you are considering chartering a boat late in the season, you may wonder what there is to do in the islands in the fall. Thanks to the mild and dry weather conditions that often extend through October, outdoor enthusiasts will likely be able to beachcomb, hike, and kayak to their heart’s content. Less tourists in the area also means less boats on the water, so you’ll be more likely to have anchorages to yourself, and better chances of seeing some of the wildlife that tends to get shy when there is a large crowd around.
It is true that many of the businesses tourists like to visit during the summer are on reduced hours or may even close during the off season, there are still plenty that remain open all year around. In fact, the entire month of October is dedicated an event called Savor the San Juans, which promises to be the perfect post-summer getaway. Savor the San Juans includes winemaker’s dinners, harvest festivals, farm tours, and specials at some of the finest lodgings and restaurants in the region. The bulk of the events take place at locations on San Juan Island, Orcas Island, and Lopez Island. For more information, visit http://www.visitsanjuans.com/savor .