Orcas Island offers something for everyone in a relaxed, outdoorsy atmosphere and where community spirit is alive and well!
Orcas Island is 57 square miles with 70 miles of shoreline, approximately 90 miles north of Seattle, Washington in the gorgeous waters of Puget Sound. Approximately 4400 people are year-round residents of Orcas Island. Orcas Island however, is neither as isolated nor rustic. In addition to Washington State Ferries providing many daily trips to the mainland, Orcas is easily accessible by boats and planes, both private and commercial.
The community of Orcas Island is a rich blend of retirees, artists, performers, young families, fisherman, life long islanders and telecommuters. The people of Orcas Island have much in common for example: A love of nature and natural beauty, a deep appreciation for their community, the arts and education. Orcas Island provides residents with a safe and protected area to call home; it truly is a wonderful place to live. Many move to Orcas Island to get far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, to find a place where it never gets too hot or too cold, and where everyone knows their neighbor.
Homes are in all price ranges from the average single-family residence to hundred-acre estates. There’s also a wealth of magnificent acreage to choose from when building your own dream home; or you could purchase your own private island.
Orcas Island is considered to be one of the most magnificent destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Also known as the “Gem of the San Juans,” Orcas Island is accessible from the mainland by Washington State Ferry, by airline from Sea-Tac airport at Seattle, or by private boat or plane. Orcas Island is part of the San Juan Islands archipelago and with over 36,000 acres it is also the largest of the islands.
Located in the banana belt of northwest Washington, Orcas enjoys over 260 days of sunshine and receives only about 22 inches of rain per year, much less than Seattle. Orcas Island has 125 miles of salt water coastline, and its natural features offer a variety of terrain with lush valleys, mountain peaks, and fresh water lakes.
Orcas Island has been a favorite for generations of visitors from all over the world. The population is diverse and scattered throughout the Island’s towns, pastoral, mountain, and marine settings, giving Orcas Island a feeling of peaceful tranquility and Orcas Island residents and visitors enjoy a wonderful variety of culture.
Several fine restaurants, and many diversified business and services catering to every need make an island vacation entertaining and ; comfortable, with all the comforts of home. Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park offers panoramic views of the entire archipelago and is considered one of the finest Marine Views in all of North America.
Moran State Park boasts miles of hiking trails, several swimming holes and hundreds of camp sites. Breathtaking scenery is around every corner. Orcas Island is the place for hiking trails through unspoiled forests, boating, sailing, biking, kayaking, diving, fishing and more.
Orcas Island has an interesting mix of local residents from young families to active retirees; you will find the residents are well traveled, educated and independent people who share a love of nature and relaxed island living. This makes for a wonderful vacation destination.
- Business Association of San Juan County
- Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce :: 360.376.2273
- San Juan Islands Visitor Information Services
360.468.3663 :: 888.468.3701