One of my current home sales is in the Cape San Juan community on San Juan Island. When my husband first introduced me to the island, this was one of my favorite areas of the island. It's been awhile since I've spent much time at the south end, but I remember the draw. The Cape San Juan community is at the southern tip of San Juan Island and looks over Cattle Pass to Lopez Island and you look out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca making it a beautiful drive.
The community itself is unique in that it offers a private marina (homeowners only) and boat launch, a community swimming pool, and private, no bank, sandy beaches, The community has an established, organized homeowners association, Cape San Juan Homeowners Association, and earned its Firewise certification in 2007. The community is serviced by a private, community water system. The community members, or "Capers", organize several events throughout the year including a Salmon BBQ, Cookie exchange, Potlucks, Pancake Brunch, and community clean up day.
If you can't get enough in the community itself you're within walking distance to some of the most stunning beaches and trail systems the San Juan Islands has to offer. You can walk to the Cattle Point Interpretive area, the Cattle Point Lighthouse, South Beach, Fourth of July Beach, Jakle's Lagoon, and American Camp National Park. Visit the San Juan Islands Trails Committee page for details about the trails at the south end of San Juan Island.
On my various visits out to the Cape I have taken my 4-year old son. On our way home we have enjoyed several afternoons and evenings exploring the beaches, building driftwood forts, tossing rocks, and watching the boats. It is a beautiful area with scenery that never grows old. If you're considering a home on San Juan Island you might explore the Cape San Juan community!