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Check Availability and Make ReservationFor more than 150 years, visitors have been lured to Orcas Island by its natural beauty, idyllic rural lifestyle, pastoral hedgerowed fields, and the relaxed pace known as "island time." With 247 days of sunshine per year, and half the rain of Seattle, the San Juan Islands are considered the "banana belt" of Northwestern Washington, due to the desirable climatic circumstance known as the "Rain Shadow" which leaves the San Juans a lot drier than the rest of Puget Sound.

Whether you want to bike, hike, shop, sail, fly, kayak, go in search of orca whales and bald eagles, or just sit by the shore and watch the sun sink into the Sound, you'll find that one night on Orcas is like having just the appetizer of a fine, multi-course food experience. At Kangaroo House B and B we think you should have a minimum stay of 2 or 3 days at least, particularly if it's part of a vacation, not just a quick getaway. Guests who stay just one night always leave with the intention of coming back for a longer visit. Most do.

Kangaroo House is just a stroll from Eastsound village, the center of island life, where you will find a variety of pleasures - the island's historical museum, shops, fantastic dining, spas, a one screen movie theatre and the launchpad for more active pursuits - kayaking, cycling, and even worldclass skateboarding. Cressent Beach is just a few more steps from Eastsound; We like to comb the south-facing beaches for sea glass!

Farther out, yet still within a few minutes drive, you'll find potteries, scores of birding opportunities, organic farms open to the public, the Orcas Center for the Performing Arts, the recently preserved Turtleback Mountain, and, of course, Moran State Park, with its miles and miles of hiking trails, fresh water lakes, and panoramic views of this spectacular archipelago and its backdrop of snowcapped mountains.

If you really think you've exhausted the recreational possibilities of Orcas Island, you can still keep Kangaroo House BnB as a home base and make day trips to the other major islands, visiting wineries, lavender farms, lighthouses, and the National Park of the San Juan Islands.
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Helpful Links & Things to Do

Whale Watching/Wildlife Tours

Three resident pods of orcas live in the waters around the San Juan Islands and many transient orcas, minke whales and humpbacks come through, as well. Cruise the San Juans to view orca, minkes, humpbacks, seals, sea lions, porpoise, white-sided dolphins, cormorants, puffins, golden eyes, bald eagles, golden eagles and lots of other wildlife.

Deer Harbor Charters (800)544-5758  
Orcas Island Eclipse Charters (360)376-6566  
Outer Island Expeditions (360)376-3711  

Go Cycling

It’s a challenging island for cyclists, but it’s a great way to see Orcas Island.

Wildlife Cycles (360)376-4708  
Cycling Guide to Orcas Island    

Get Out on the Water

Orcas Boat Rentals and Charters (360)376-7616    
Orcas Island Sailing (360)310-0100    
North Shore Charters (360)376-4855    
Classic Day Sails (360) 376-5581    


North Shore Charters (360)376-4855  
Outer Island Expeditions (360) 376-3711  


Washington State Ferries (Please make ferry reservations!  You'll be glad you did!
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Kenmore Air *Specials in effect now! (866)435-9524  
Orcas Island Shuttle and rental cars (360)376-7433  
San Juan Airlines (800)874-4434  
New Orcas Taxi Cab - Keith (360)298-1639  
Scenic Shuttle Orcas Island - Terry (360)298-8414  

Dine Well

Catkin Cafe' (360) 376-3242  
Chimayo In the basement of the OddFellow's Hall on Haven Street  
Doe Bay Cafe (360)376-8059  
Hogstone's Wood Oven (360)376-4647  
Island Hoppin Brewery (360)376-6079  
Kathryn Taylor Chocolates (360)376-1030  
Mia’s (lunch) (360)376-6427  
Mijita's Mexican Kitchen (360)376-6722  
Octavia’s Bistro (360)376-4300  
Roses Bakery Cafe (360)376-4292  
The Kitchen (360)376-6958  
The Inn at Ship Bay (877)276-7296  
The New Leaf (360)376-2200  
West Sound Cafe (360)376-4440  


Shearwater Kayak Adventures (360)376-4699  

Go Flight-Seeing

Scenic Biplane Rides (760)688-6679  

Other Activities

Try a world-class skateboard park (360)376-7275  

Go Hiking

Take a guided hike (360)376-6629  
Orcas Athletic Center & Spa (360)376.6361 x 24  
Yoga - Orcas Mandala (360)298-0218  

Go Shopping and View Amazing Art

Crow Valley Pottery (360)376-4260  
Howe Gallery, Kinetic Sculture    
Orcas Island Artworks in Olga (360)376-4408  
Orcas Island Pottery (360)376-2813  

Wedding Services

Didier Gincig - Wedding Officiant (360)298-0362 or (360)376-6053  
Victorian Valley Chapel (360)376-3289  
Steve Horn Photography (360)468-2100  
Uncommon Wedding Music (206)325-9011  
Heart & Soul Ceremonies    
Peace & Plenty Flower Farm (360)376-5208  
Other Wedding Services    

More Visitors Information

Orcas Island Guide    
San Juan Islands Visitor Bureau (888)468-3701  
Orcas Center (360)376-2281  
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Kangaroo House B&B on Orcas Island  |  1459 North Beach Road, Eastsound-Orcas Island, WA, 98245, USA  |  (360) 376-2175
We accept guests 12 and older.  We cannot accept pets at this time.

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