Destination guide

Slow living on Lopez Island

Lopez Island languishes out in the Washington straits; a fragment of the greater archipelago known as the San Juans. But this one's not like its compadres on the edge of Canada. This one comes at you with a beaming smile and a wave, usually from over the dashboard of a passing motorcar – you'll see, it's a custom. Local markets and annual bike extravaganzas combine to give a real community feel to the place, and the scenery, well…let's just say it's everything you'd expect of the wild Pacific Northwest. A Lopez Island vacation rental is your ticket to it all.

Things to do

Natural gems on Lopez Island

Lifejackets prepped and wetsuits at the ready, Lopez Island is loaded with natural jewels like the Spencer Spit State Park. The waters there are see-through and cold, and come surrounded by high cliffs draped in fir forests, or linked by sand spits where the washed-up trunks of old trees line the shores. Lopez Village itself is another draw, complete with a smattering of homey little coffeeshops and diners. And then there's the wine. Tipples abound in the Lopez Island Vineyards, where the unique terroir is said to produce reds and whites to perfectly match the seafood.


Lovable Lopez Island

If you happen to be around the confines of little Lopez during the early spring, you'll simply have to join the Tour de Lopez cycle ride. It rings the island's woods and shores, and is a perfect introduction to the humorous and happy-go-lucky vibes of this Washington outpost. Summertime heralds in regular farmers markets, held in the small squares of Lopez Village. And if you don't mind sloshing over the Pacific swells, there are also chances to shorten the bucket list with whale watching on the ocean.


Lopez Island flourishes in the summer

To really make the most of the natural wonders that abound around the sounds of the Washington Pacific Northwest, you'll need to book your Lopez Island vacation rental during the warmer months of the year. They start with the onset of April – when the annual Tour de Lopez heralds the opening of the backcountry biking trails – and finish around October. The San Juans do pull in more modest crowds in the winter, for snowshoeing, or even storm watching in the wine bars along the shores.

Natural features

Raw wilds around Lopez Island

Lopez Island is nestled in the middle of the wide Pacific Ocean straits that mark the border between the United States and Canada. Out there, on the very fringes of the nation, raw and wild nature dominates. The Pacific Coast Ranges and the Insular Mountains of Vancouver Island rise to the skies in the west. The forest-clad peaks and glacial massifs of the Olympic National Park dominate the south. All the while, Lopez Island vacation rentals have open bays and fir forests right on their doorstep.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Lopez Island

Fly into Lopez Island, WA (LPS), the closest airport, located 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Friday Harbor, WA (FBS-Friday Harbor Sea Plane Base), which is 7.2 mi (11.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Lopez Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 436 vacation rentals near Lopez Island. From 250 Houses to 67 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lopez Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lopez Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lopez Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Shark Reef Park: 571 vacation rentals
  • Lopez Island Golf Club: 567 vacation rentals
  • Iceberg Point: 607 vacation rentals
  • Spencer Spit State Park: 601 vacation rentals
  • Lopez Island Bike Ride: 569 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lopez Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Lopez Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 250 Houses in Lopez Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lopez Island include:

  • Cabins: 67 rentals available
  • Cottages: 67 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 67 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lopez Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 26 vacation rentals with pool available in Lopez Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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