June is Orca Awareness Month in the San Juan Islands!

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June is the best month for your sailing adventure in the San Juan Islands. Located in the Salish Sea where they lie in a rain shadow, the San Juan Islands are blessed with around 250 days of sunshine annually and with daytime temperatures averaging around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degree Celsius). The average winds in June are around seven knots, making for a pleasant sailing condition. Fun fact: the San Juan Islands receive only half the rainfall of Seattle, a mere 90 miles to the south!

The summer boating season is yet to begin as many schools are still in session. The islands are never crowded even more calm during the May and June shoulder season than the high season of July, August, and September. You can find the southern resident population of Orcas, also known as “killer whales,” in the San Juan Islands any time of the year, but they are often joined by the short-term population by May or June, increasing the likelihood of spotting these magnificent creatures. You may even spot a Humpback, Minke, and occasionally, the straggling Gray Whales or even some adorable baby seals and otters on the shorelines! Plan your trip starting from Anacortes! Anacortes is a city of about 16,400 residents and frequently makes national “Best of” lists. Anacortes remains a mostly undiscovered gem, an authentic small town with a vibrant “pitch in and make it happen” lifestyle and endless opportunities for adventure.

Make sure to celebrate one of our region’s most iconic wildlife species, but also, reflecting on the plight of these fragile creatures on the month of June for Orcas Awareness month!

If you would like more information on The San Juan Islands or Anacortes, please contact us : (360) 941-3734 , jean@jeangroesbeck.com.

Jean Groesbeck & Associates LLC

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