Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The San Juan Islands

[Editor’s note: This will be the first of a series about the San Juan Islands]

Who needs a trip to the Caribbean when we have an island paradise located right in our own back yard? Located approximately 80 miles north of Seattle, Washington in the northern most reaches of Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands are a popular stop for vacationers in the Pacific Northwest. There are a total of 172 islands, with the four largest islands, San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw, being the most popular destinations. Several of the other large islands are accessible only by small boats or airplane.

The average temperature of the islands is 70 degrees during the summer, while the average low during the winter is in the high thirties and low forties. Rainfall is less than Seattle due the neighboring U.S. and Canadian mountain ranges.

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