Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting Lopez Island 

Looking to explore the San Juan Islands? Visit the beautiful Lopez Island to experience natural beauty, charming villages, and lively local culture. Lopez Island offers a fantastic getaway for those seeking relaxation, adventure, and a close connection with nature.

Explore the rugged coastline, rocky shores, sandy beaches, and many other naturally beautiful spots of Lopez Island. This island has a variety of dining and shopping options that use local products & sustainable practices. Before beginning your journey, let us guide you through the essential things to do on Lopez Island!

Lopez Island Restaurants 

The restaurants on Lopez Island have an array of unique culinary options with exciting flavors and sustainable practices. Whether you’re craving sophisticated dining experiences or a casual local spot, the island’s restaurants have something for everyone.

Ursa Minor

At Ursa Minor, their philosophy is simple: they believe in bringing the best of the San Juan Islands’ flavors to your plate while protecting the environment that nourishes them. Indulge in their signature salt-cod fritters, a delicious combination of crispy goodness paired with braised greens, parsley, and a hint of jalapeño. And if you’re seeking something sweet, try their panna cotta. Made with quince and candied hazelnuts, this creamy delicacy features local fruits and is the ultimate indulgence to end your meal on a high note. 

Setsunai Noodle Bar

delicious ramen

At Setsunai Noodle Bar, they pride themselves on serving delicious homemade ramen and dumplings that showcase the best Asian fusion cuisine. For a taste that celebrates the rich flavors of the Pacific Northwest, try their Alaskan sockeye salmon plate. This exquisite dish features Finley Vern salmon, accompanied by a house-made béarnaise sauce that adds a velvety touch. If you’re seeking a spicy and satisfying option, the spicy shio coconut ramen will not disappoint. 

Blue Heron Bistro

Whether you’re looking for a cozy breakfast spot or a memorable dinner, this bistro has a menu showcasing classic favorites and innovative creations made with the finest local ingredients. At Blue Heron Bistro, they offer a dining experience that caters to every craving throughout the day. That’s why they’re open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, ensuring that you can savor their dishes no matter the time. Try their fried oyster po boy for a taste of the sea with a twist. House-battered and perfectly fried oysters, purple slaw, and a flavorful kick of chicaoji aioli, all in a toasted baguette. If you’re in the mood for a comforting and satisfying option, their Tuscan chicken is a must-try. Lightly breaded chicken breast, coated in a rich tomato parmesan cream sauce, served over a bed of house-made linguini. Savor the flavors that have made Blue Heron Bistro a favorite among locals and visitors.

Lopez Island Shopping

Exploring the local shops on Lopez Island is a wonderful way to experience the island’s vibrant community and discover unique items to take home as souvenirs. Lopez Island shops use local resources and practice sustainability, so you know when you purchase something from the island, it’s helping to preserve this beautiful place.


Skarpari not only showcases handcrafted jewelry, clothing, accessories, home goods, and food but also offers a curated collection of custom knives, books, stickers, trinkets, stickers, and even mouthwatering island-inspired treats. Every item within the boutique has been carefully chosen, reflecting the passion and skill of our local artisans. It’s a celebration of the talent and creativity that thrives within our community, a testament to the enduring spirit of the San Juan Islands. Step into Skarpari and embrace the island’s creative spirit. 

Lopez Village Market

A visit to Lopez Village Market is a must for any self-proclaimed foodie. This community grocery store is renowned for its exceptional selection of locally sourced and organic products. Stock up on picnic essentials for your island adventures, or grab a delicious deli sandwich for a satisfying lunch.

Chimera Gallery 

Discover the vibrant art scene of Lopez Island at Chimera Gallery. This gallery showcases the work of local artists, ranging from paintings and pottery to sculpture and photography. Take a piece of Lopez Island’s creative energy home by finding the perfect artwork that speaks to you.

Plan Your Visit

Ready to experience the wonder and excitement of Lopez Island for yourself? Browse our entire inventory of San Juan Islands rentals to find your perfect accommodations!

Main Attractions

No visit to Lopez Island would be complete without exploring its stunning natural landscapes and engaging in outdoor activities. Here are a few must-see attractions that will leave you wanting to return!

Spencer Spit State Park

Hiking on the San Juan Islands is a can’t miss activity for nature enthusiasts, and Spencer Spit State Park is the perfect Lopez Island location for it. Spencer Spit State Park offers endless possibilities for water-based exploration: kayaking, fishing, scuba diving, swimming, crabbing, boating, or paddling. Enjoy the great outdoors and let the sounds of nature wash over you. Lace up your hiking boots and venture along the trails; keep your eyes peeled for the island’s diverse bird population. Join us at Spencer Spit State Park and embrace the adventurer within. 

Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island

Shark Reef Sanctuary

As you explore Lopez Island, be sure to add the Shark Reef Sanctuary to your list of must-see destinations. A 10-minute walk through the forest will lead you to a rocky shoreline where stunning views over the water await. While exploring the shoreline, make sure to keep an eye out for seals, sea lions, and otter sightings. Snorkel or scuba dive, and you’ll discover the sea creatures and kelp forests that call this sanctuary home. Before you take the plunge, take some time to explore the sanctuary’s elevated boardwalk leading you above forested wetlands and then transition to a foot trail where you’ll find two trails. Both trails will lead you to the bluffs above the water and complete a loop. 

Lopez Island Vineyards

Treat yourself to an exquisite wine-tasting experience at Lopez Island Vineyards. Along the rolling hills and breathtaking vineyards, this family-owned winery produces a range of award-winning wines using sustainable and organic practices. Savor each sip while enjoying the stunning vineyard vistas.

Book Your Lopez Island Lodging With Northwest Island Escapes

To ensure a truly memorable stay on Lopez Island, look no further than Northwest Island Escapes for your San Juan Islands vacation rentals. We offer 2-3 bedroom Lopez Island vacation rentals with various accommodations. With a commitment to sustainable practices and providing exceptional guest experiences, Northwest Island Escapes is the perfect choice. With over two decades of experience, Northwest Island Escapes has been a trusted vacation rental provider since 1997. Our expertise and commitment to exceptional service make us the go-to choice for Lopez Island vacation rentals. We also take pride in our eco-friendly business practices. From using environmentally friendly cleaning products to avoiding single-use items, we strive to protect the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands. Northwest Island Escapes also provides fresh linens for your stay, allowing you to relax and unwind without hassle. Lopez Island is waiting to welcome you with open arms and endless opportunities to create memorable experiences. Start planning your trip today, and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!