Lopez Island Washington: Island attractions, shopping, arts and crafts, restaurants, camping and lodging options, history and more.
Welcome to Lopez Island Washington! The third-largest of the San Juan Islands, Lopez Island is eight miles wide at its widest point and fifteen miles long with a population of 2,500. Lopez Island, named in 1847 for Spanish naval officer Gonzalo Lopez de Haro, is known for its friendly residents – waving is the thing to do! You may feel right at home.
Arrive via ferry. It is just a 45-minute ferry ride from Anacortes, WA. Or, arrive by air. Floatplanes splash down in Fisherman Bay, just north of the airport.
Lopez Island is a part of the San Juan Islands of Washington State, which also include these main islands:
A side trip to the San Juans while you're visiting the Olympic Peninsula is very doable. Plus, if peace and solitude are important to you, consider a visit to Lopez Island.
Port Angeles WA is 102 miles from Lopez Island. Getting there will most likely require two ferries, one ferrying you from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island, and one ferrying you from Anacortes to Lopez Island. The estimated transit time is approximately 4 hours, depending on ferry wait times.
These two local tourism websites may also be helpful to you:
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San Juan Transit has provided service to Lopez Island in the past, however did not do so in 2019. If bus service around the island and back to the ferry terminal is interesting to you, check the San Juan Transit website for current offerings.
See also San Juan Island Transportation for other options, or consider bringing your own bicycle, auto, or motorcycle.
Flatter than neighboring islands, Lopez Island is an ideal destination for cyclists of all skill levels. Low speed limits, little traffic and generally flat terrain with rolling hills make the island a treat to explore via bicycle.
If you’re bringing bikes on your vehicle via ferry, check WSF general fare info in order to purchase the correct fare for your vehicle length, including any bike racks.
You can rent bikes, including battery-assisted bikes, on Lopez Island Washington. Village Cycles will bring your bike to the ferry terminal and pick them up from there when you're done; how convenient is that?! http://www.villagecycles.net/
We want to give a shout-out to the Lopez Farm Cottages website - which provides a detailed list of activities, especially biking routes, that can be followed on Lopez Island. (Distances provided are from the Lopez Farm Cottages location. See their map.)
Shark Reef Sanctuary
Shark Reef Rd., Lopez Island, WA 98261
Shark Reef Sanctuary Info
45 acres of day trails and scenic views
Lopez Island Historical Museum
Lopez Island's maritime, fishing, and farming industry artifacts.
Lopez Island Vineyards and Winery
265 Lopez Rd. Lopez Island, WA 98261
Organic wine can be found in stores and at the farmers market in season. Check website for tasting room hours and tours.
Eads Ln., Lopez Island, WA 98261
Unique art available from over 20 Lopez Island artists and artisans.
Agate Beach County Park
Mackaye Harbor Road, Lopez Island, WA
Located in the south of Lopez Island. Tidepools and beach accessible at low tide. Search for agates (low tide). Enjoy a picnic. Great dive location.
Odlin County Park
148 Odlin Park Rd. Lopez Island, WA 98261
Camping info: https://secure.itinio.com/sanjuan/
30 campsites, picnics, boat launch, five mooring buoys just south of ferry landing, popular, day use dock, pet friendly.
Otis Perkins Day Park
Bayshore Road, Lopez Island, WA
Longest beach at almost a mile long helps to demarcate Fisherman Bay. Walk the beach, watch float planes land and take off, go bird-watching along a salt marsh. No facilities, but not far from the Village.
Spencer Spit State Park
521 Bakerview Road, Lopez Island, WA
Camping reservations: +1-888-226-7688
Camping, picnics, 12 Mooring buoys for boats (fees apply 1 pm to 8 am), crabbing & clamming.
With all the fresh air and outdoor exploration, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Here are a few must-visit eateries in Lopez Village, the only town on the island.
Haven Kitchen & Bar
9 Old Post Road, Lopez Island, WA 98261
The menu is eclectic - something delicious for everyone! Enjoy your meal in the outside seating overlooking the water. If you’re craving crab cakes this is the place.
Holly B’s Bakery
165 Cherry Tree Lane, Lopez Island, WA 98261
Need dessert? This is your place. After you've picked up some coffee from Lopez Coffee Shop next door, make your selection of sweet treats or a loaf of bread for later. Reasonable prices and a wide variety to choose from.
Lopez Coffee Shop
211 Lopez Road, Lopez Island, WA 98261
Hours: Every day 7a - 5p
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Organic ingredients, Fair Trade beans from local Lopez Island Coffee Roasters. Locally sourced ingredients as much as possible, and house-made botanical syrups. Mmm!
308 Lopez Rd., Lopez Island, WA 98261
Hours: Every day, 7a - 5p
Fair trade organic coffee from Chiapas, Mexico. Need a cup of coffee or a bag of fresh beans? Would you rather try a lavender flavored latte or an Italian soda? Here is another highly rated source for coffee, tea, and baked treats.
Vita’s Wildly Delicious
77 Village Road, Lopez Island, WA 98261
Hours: Check website.
Take-out deli or restaurant. Farm-to-table, with gluten free options, this restaurant’s menu changes daily to reflect whatever is fresh and local. Open during the summer tourist season only. Closes at the end of September.
Lopez Farm Cottages and Tent Camping
607 Fisherman Bay Rd., Lopez Island, WA 98261
Located less than a mile from Lopez Village, directly across from the winery and about three miles from the ferry landing. Tent campsites, “glamping” and cottages. Ideal for a romantic getaway! No children under 14, no RVs, no pets. This is the only campground with showers on the island.
Edenwild Boutique Inn
132 Lopez Road, Lopez Island, WA 98261
You’ll feel right at home in this nine-roomed inn. Delicious breakfasts. Take advantage of the onsite bicycle and kayak rentals. Edenwild is within walking distance to the beach.
Lopez Islander Resort
2864 Fisherman Bay Road, Lopez Island, WA 98261
All rooms have great views of the sunset and Fisherman Bay. Camping and RV sites. Fitness center. Swimming pool and hot tub. 60-slip marina for visitors arriving by sea.
Take advantage of free parking near the Anacortes ferry landing, and free shuttle to the resort from the Lopez ferry terminal.
For More Camping Options: See these state parks listed above under Parks.
Stop by the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center for more Lopez Island visitor information: 265 Lopez Road, Suite F, downtown near the waterfront.
Phone: +1-360-468-4664; toll free: +1-877-433-2789
Hours vary by season - click through to the website for exact info. Maps and additional information are always available outside the office should the Center be closed when you stop by.
See San Juan Islands Vacation for details on other vacation activities and options on other San Juan Islands.
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