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A list of the best places to picnic on Orcas Island, Lopez Island, and San Juan Island.

Snug Harbor Marina Resort
Located on the west side of San Juan Island in the protected waters of Mitchell Bay lies Snung Harbor Resort and Marina. With vacation rentals, year-round camping, and a sheltered Marina, Snug Harbor Resort makes for a perfect home base for your venture into the San Juan Islands.

South Beach
South Beach is a 2 miles long stretch of pebble beach where you can still get a good chunk of beach all to yourself, even in the height of summer.

Dead Man's Bay/Cove
Don't let the grisly history of Dead Man's Bay prevent you from enjoying this treasure of San Juan Island's West side.

Grandmas Cove San Juan Island - aka Grannies Cove
Another great spot to have a picnic in the San Juan Islands... this sandy/pebbled beach is a 10 minute hike down from the parking lot of American Camp.

Jackson's Beach
This beach is close to town and is a popular spot for taking a stroll on the beach or walking your dog.

Other activities available include launching your boat, playing doubles on the volleyball court, barbecuing up burgers and frankfurters, or sharing a sixpack with friends while enjoying the view of Griffen Bay.

Fourth of July Beach
With parking, picnic tables, and fires allowed below the tide line this beach makes for a decent off the beaten path destination. Enjoy views of Lopez Island, Mount Finlayson, and Griffin Bay.

False Bay
There is not much to do at False Bay... in fact the whole area smells quite bad ( like low tide ) and it is a bit out of the way. That being said if you are a marine biologist you might find mucking around in the mud interesting.

Eagle Cove
Popular among San Juan Island residents in this southern facing driftwood sporting beach comes alive in the summer months.

San Juan Island's Lakedale Resort
On 82 acres, with three freshwater spring lakes, Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes is an ideal Pacific Northwest getaway. Easily accessible by floatplane or ferry from Seattle, Lakedale is nestled between Friday Harbor and Roche harbor on San Juan Island, Washington.

San Juan Island's English Camp ( aka British Camp )
Highlights of English Camp include a ranger guided walking tour, historical reenactments, nature programs and orientations, a trail leading up Mount Young, photographic opportunities of Garrison Bay and the historic structures left over from the Royal British Marines occupation during the Pig War, and much more.

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