My friend and I are plannng to visit the San Juan Islands for the first time. We plan on 7-10 days, late July to early August, 2018. We will probably rent a car at the Seattle airport for the entire trip. We're interested in the beautiful scenery, hiking (moderate level), kayaking and biking (and perhaps swing dancing, if we find any). We are in our '60's but work out, plus bike and kayak [and swing dance) regularly.
We want to avoid a motel and instead stay in a rental where we can do our own cooking, have some privacy,, perhaps a view, etc.
On San Juan Island, should we pick a place to stay other than Friday Harbor and, if so, where?
If there is a favorite source for vacation rentals, please pass it on.
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions. I have found posting on TripAdvisor forum to be invaluable in planning trips to many areas.