With its pristine, blue waters and perpetual sailing weather, the San Juans are often dubbed as a “boater’s paradise”. Despite being given that title, however, the islands offer a lot more than just great on-water experiences. The archipelago is made up of more than 450 islands at high tide, and a different kind of adventure awaits travelers on nearly all of them. From biking or hiking on scenic trails to visiting local galleries and museums, there’s plenty of activities to keep you just as busy on land.
If you are planning on booking private San Juan Island cruises any time soon, there’s one location you should never leave out of your itinerary: Lopez Island. In between the so-called Friendly Isle’s 63 miles of shoreline are miles and miles of farmlands waiting to be explored.
Turn Your Voyage into a Booze Cruise
There’s no rule that says you can’t indulge in some wines or liquors while you’re on board the ship. In fact, moderate drinking might become a necessity once you get to the cold, open seas. Forgot to bring a flask of your favorite alcoholic beverage with you? Fret not. Lopez Island is littered with vineyards and wineries that produce delicious island-grown wines from organically grown grapes. Just pick up a couple of bottles, take it to your ship, and kick back with a glass of red in your hand.
Gather for a Scrumptious Feast
With the island’s numerous barns, farms and orchards, you’re bound for a gastronomical adventure like no other. For over a century now, Lopez has been supplying the San Juans with fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, breads, preserves and more. The locals even hold an island-wide Farmer’s market from mid-May through mid-September in honor of their bountiful year harvests, so you might want to come back on another cruise for that. You can either invite everyone on the cruise to dine at restaurants and cafes that feature local products or buy fresh produce and the ingredients you need for a beachside feast. Either way, you’re in for a tasty treat.
Turn in for a Peaceful Night
After a long day of sailing and discovering the wonders of Lopez Island, you’ve certainly earned some rest. Fortunately, the island is also a haven for weary travelers like yourself. Its quiet bays and driftwood-strewn beaches boast of a breathtaking view of rolling hills and mountain ranges. Whether you choose to camp ashore or sleep aboard your ship, you’re guaranteed several hours of tranquil slumber to recharge for the next island on your trip schedule.
Lopez is just one of the principal islands in the whole archipelago. Other locations that promise an extraordinary experience are within reach when you’re on a seafaring vessel. Charter companies like Schooners North can take you where you need to be for a proper taste of the San Juans.