Visitors to the San Juan Islands will soon find out how much fun it is getting there. The tranquility of the ferry ride is a prelude to the beauty of the islands. The magical island scenery and the friendly island feeling keep visitors coming back year after year.
San Juan Islands Scenic Byway is the state's newest byway! The San Juan Islands Visitor's Bureau now has a driving tour description and photos at www.visitsanjuans.com/byway.html.
San Juan Island is an island in Puget Sound,
so you need to travel across water to get here! For an up to
date ferry schedule call 1-800-84-FERRY or check out their ferry
schedule on the internet. It includes everything from arrival and departure times to Canadian custom requirements. Ferry fares are round trip. You only pay going west. Getting here is half the fun!
San Juan Island has its own airport and scheduled service by San
Juan Airlines (four Caravans land at the airport daily, and four seaplanes land in the marina daily) 800 690-0086 and West
Isle Air 800-874-4434. Kenmore
Air supplies float plane service to the island at 800-543-9575.
General Island Information:
Juan Island Web Directory
San Juan Island/FridayHarbor Update
Guides to the San Juan Islands
Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce
San Juan Islands Visitor's Bureau
a guide to the San Juan islands
San Juan Islands Directory
About San Juan Island...
After disembarking from the ferry you arrive in the town of Friday Harbor.
San Juan Island is known for its local flavor and many choices of lodging
and accommodations. You will not find any large hotels, San Juan Island
is a community of quaint inns and bed & breakfasts. Enjoy our many
restaurants, such as Middle Eastern, American, Thai, Chinese, Mexican,
Italian, Pacific Northwest with fresh caught seafood and a variety of
settings. Dine and view harbors, ponds, boats and vistas across the
water to neighboring islands. For a real treat collect your own oysters
at Westcott Bay or during the summer months visit the Farmers Market
for organic fruits and vegetables, goat cheese, fresh flowers and other
San Juan Island favorites. Visit our local winery with tasting room
at the vineyard. Pelendaba Lavender Farm is nearby with acres of lavender
in bloom through the summer months, and a gift shop open all year with
their lavender products.
Now that you've eaten, it's time to take in some sights. Some of the
more popular sights are the island's many county and state parks, from
Lime Kiln State Park, where you can view the Orca whales in certain
summer months, to South Beach, with its windswept fields, rabbit condos
and miles of driftwood beaches. San Juan County Park was the location
for the filming of Practical Magic, a movie starring Sandra Bullock
and Nicole Kidman. (The bluestone from the movie set now graces the
walks, porches and pond at the Highland Inn.) San Juan Island offers
spectacular scenery, wonderful nature walks and quiet moments around
Activities on San Juan Island will keep you going non-stop the entire
trip. Try kayaking, whalewatching, boating, charter a flight, go hiking,
catch a ferry, golf, rent a moped or a bike, see a movie, go birding,
relive history, go fishing, see wildlife, shop, visit our many art galleries
with works by our outstanding island artists, or just hang out and read
From the original architecture of the oldest lime works west of the
Mississippi, Roche Harbor Resort, to the story of the whales at the
Whale Museum, San Juan Island boasts many opportunities for the visitor
to step back in time and see what the islands were like when life was
easier. Visit the American and British Camps to find out what the Pig
War was all about. Check out the Historical Museum or the Pig War Museum
for a more in depth history of our unique islands.