This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Eastsound. To help you make friends with Eastsound before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Eastsound is an oddity. It is a community in the county of San Juan, Washington, in the USA. Located on Orcas Island, it is the most populated part of the island. There are hostels, hotels, restaurants, gift shops, supermarkets, and even an airport on the island near the city. Just off the beach of Eastsound is Indian Island, another recommended place to visit. Due to the beautiful scenery that can be seen and enjoyed here, Eastsound is popular among tourists, so if you are booking a hostel, get in early.
Marine activities are probably the most popular and attractive aspects of visiting Eastsound and the surrounding islands. Take a trip through the islands to watch the whales as they glide through the water. There are also many other species of marine animals, like seals, dolphins, and more. In addition to the wildlife, you can also sit back in your boat and enjoy the gorgeous scenery that has made the islands famous.
If you are not in the mood to be on the sea, try hiking up Mt. Constitution instead. It is the highest location of all the islands, and it has a watchtower on the peak. This historic location is a good place to check out the view and a good place to learn about the history of the islands. If you look in the right direction, you may even see Canada. There is a museum of sorts in the tower talking about the origins of the island and its people.
One last place to visit near Eastsound is Lopez Island, which can be reached by ferry or by hiring a boat – you can inquire about this at your hostel. Here, you will find the Spencer Spit State Park, which spans 138 acres, including two spits of sand that can be used for camping. With thirty-seven campsites offered by the park, this is a good place to experience life on the beach day in and day out.
Written by local enthusiast for Eastsound hostelsJakob Lombardi