Orcas Island is the largest of four major islands in the San Juan Archipelago. The Washington State Ferry System provides auto traffic access to the major islands, although Orcas’ primary town of Eastsound is located about 20 minutes’ drive away from the ferry dock. The island’s produce and services are supplied via ferry and boat, Orcas Island residents and visitors are supported by a number of local markets, service stations, banks, and supply stores, most of which are located in or around Eastsound.
Tourism is the island’s predominant industry and a wide variety of businesses specialize in catering to visitors. Many of the local farmsteads are open for visitors during the summer months and routinely offer their produce at the weekly Farmer’s Market in the Eastsound Square. Moran State Park, the county’s largest park, is the best place for camping, hiking, swimming, and lake fishing, all crowned by the wondrous view from Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juans. Charter services, air tours, and whale watching excursions depart from Eastsound and Deer Harbor and provide a chance for visitors to enjoy and observe maritime wildlife and natural beauty.