You’ve planned the nuptials of your dreams—checking and rechecking every box on your to-do list. You’ve coordinated venues and guest lists, selected dresses your wedding party won’t resent you for, and taste-tested enough sugary sweets to make an Oompa Loompa jealous. But before the “I do’s” are exchanged, don’t forget to take care of future you by planning a well-deserved escape to unwind and celebrate as newlyweds. While beach retreats and European excursions tend to get all the attention, a San Juan Islands honeymoon may be just what you need to ease into your happily ever after.

Not Your Average Island Honeymoon

A trip to the San Juan Islands not only fills your camera roll with memories for a lifetime, but it also offers up the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway you and your partner will love. And while the jaw-dropping natural beauty of the archipelago is a given, there’s so much more that makes our slice of the Pacific Northwest special. From its rich culture and storied past to exciting expeditions and *chef’s kiss* dining, a honeymoon retreat to the San Juan Islands is anything but ordinary. If you’re planning a Washington honeymoon with a stop in the SJI, check out our very best honeymoon ideas for an island-hopping trip you and your better half won’t soon forget!

romantic couple wine tasting on San Juan Island

Swoon Over San Juan Island

Our love letter to San Juan Island is long—and why not? A true PNW gem, San Juan Island brims with stunning views, abundant adventures, and a joie de vivre that must be experienced. We’ve written at length about the activities and adventures that make San Juan Island so special. Fishing, kayaking, whale watching, wine tasting, and sculpture park ooh-ing and ahh-ing mean there’s no shortage of attractions to fill your days. As for your nights? Leave those to us. At Lakedale Resort, you can sidle up to the campfire and soak in starlit skies before retiring to your personal paradise. Whether you choose our elegant lakefront lodge, custom-built glamping cabins and cottages, or 450-square-foot luxury yurts, there’s a place for you here at Lakedale. We’re proud to be part of the San Juan Island community—ideally located between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor on 82 serene, wooded acres with three springwater lakes. In other words: The perfect place to kickstart your San Juan Islands honeymoon and settle into wedded bliss.

balcony of lodge deck

Opt for Orcas Island Adventures

But while our home obviously holds a special place in our hearts, the rest of the San Juan Islands are pretty incredible, too. The largest of these islands, Orcas Island never disappoints—and certainly not for honeymooners. Hopping to Orcas Island from San Juan Island is an easy way to make the most of your PNW getaway, and once there, you’ll be swept away by stunning scenery and picture-perfect views. Your island adventure is sure to impress no matter what’s on your itinerary, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention these honeymoon ideas worth exploring:

  • Moran State Park, a destination bursting with tranquil trails, waterfalls, and some of the area’s best views.
  • Buck Bay Shellfish Farm, a foodie favorite featuring fresh oysters and clams from the Salish Sea.
  • Orcas Island Artworks, an artist’s (and art lover’s) paradise that offers an astounding selection of local pottery, sculptures, jewelry, paintings, prints, and more. Whatever you desire, Orcas Island Artworks is sure to deliver.

sunset over Orcas Island

Before departing, don’t forget to visit Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan Islands. (Like, all of them.) Whether you choose to hike or bike to the top, the views will take your breath away. Pro tip: Make your trek later in the day and watch the sunset paint the sky in hues of pink and orange—it’s a memory you’ll look back on for anniversaries to come!

Fall in Love (Again) on Lopez Island

Endearingly termed “Slo-pez” because of its laid-back aura, hopping to Lopez Island affords visitors a change of pace you’ll revel in on your San Juan Islands honeymoon. At just 30 square miles, Lopez is smaller than both Orcas and San Juan, although it offers experiences just as rich as its siblings. If you’re mapping out a Lopez Island schedule, don’t sleep on these recommendations:

table with drink at Ursa Minor on Lopez Island

  • Ursa Minoran enchanting little restaurant that packs a big punch—offers a true taste of the island. All items on the menu are designed to be shared family style and change with the seasons.
  • Ship Supply, the passion project of two women who have spent their lives working among the elements. Offering an eclectic mix of everyday items and sustainably made garments, Ship Supply will no doubt be a favorite stop on your journey to Lopez.
  • Holly B’s Bakery, a community staple that has treated tastebuds with its delicious assortment of baked goods for nearly 50 years.

Make Lakedale Your Honeymoon Home Base

For an idyllic PNW honeymoon, give in to Lakedale’s luxury accommodations, swoon-worthy views, and prime San Juan Island location. Book your stay online or call 800-617-2267 to reserve your spot and bring your San Juan Islands honeymoon ideas to life. (You’ll be glad you did!)

young couple going on honeymoon in San Juan Islands