Deer Harbor

Feel a sense of tranquility as you cruise into peaceful Deer Harbor. This small hamlet on the west side of Orcas Island is just the hideaway for those seeking a slower pace of life. Historically, this area was the location of a Native American encampment settled by the Lummi tribe, and was first discovered and settled by the Europeans in the mid-1800s. Several historic buildings from the late 1880s and early 1900s remain as a reminder of the community’s vibrant history.

Deer Harbor suits all types of travelers, from restful souls to the adventure seeker. At mealtime, there are restaurants in West Sound and Deer Harbor, open seasonally. For some time spent on the water, join a whale-watching cruise, sailing trip, fishing excursion or kayaking tour — each one a fun-filled option for viewing the island from its surrounding waters. Retire for the day to a restful Deer Harbor bed-and-breakfast inn or resort and prepare for another day of relaxing island life.

Find out more at

Orcas Chamber
65 North Beach Rd., PO Box 252
Eastsound, WA 98245
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
640 Mullis St, Ste 210
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
(360) 378-9551
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