I am planning a short trip to San Juan Islands during Victoria Day long weekend. I know it's a tight schedule. I've read a lot in this forum, and still have some questions.
I'll drive from Vancouver on May 18, after work, to Anacortes. The only concern is seems the lodging there doesn't have many good reviews. I just want a nice, clean room, nothing fancy, just for the night, so that I can catch an early ferry the next morning. Any recommendation? Or should I stay the night somewhere else?
I'll take the early ferry to Friday Harbour, and stay @ Island Inn at 123 West. I am just not sure if I should stay both 2 nights at Friday Harbour, or 1 night on Orcas Island.
I will go to Orcas Island anyway, because I already bought a groupon for whale watching. If I stay at Friday Harbour for 2 nights, then I'll take the ferry to Orcas Island early on May 21, wander around, and go whale watching 2 pm, then take the ferry back to Anacortes, and drive all the way back to vancouver the same day.
Or I can leave Friday Harbour on May 20 around noon to Orcas Island, go whale watching 2pm, stay over night, thus allowing me more time on Orcas Island.
Please help. This is my first time to San Juan islands, want to make the best of my time.
What's the must see in both Islands? Is it too much for two whole days in Friday Harbour?