San Juan Island & Friday Harbor
You’ll discover something new around every bend in the road on San Juan Island—an alpaca ranch, a sweeping valley dotted with cows or sheep, the terraces of a lavender farm, vineyards with a tasting room in a historic schoolhouse, deep forest giving way to shining sea, a pod of orca whales, and two iconic lighthouses. Variety, beauty, serenity... day after amazing day.
Friday Harbor is the Gateway to the San Juan Islands
Caution: many of the 8,000 year-round residents of San Juan Island fell in love with it during their first visit, and the town of Friday Harbor is where it all began. Historic and just one square mile in size, Friday Harbor is the very walkable hub of San Juan Island, the most populated of the San Juans. Browse art galleries, bookstores and antique shops. Sample a bouquet of boutiques, stop for a cafe lunch or enjoy a fresh seafood dinner overlooking the harbor. Visit The Whale Museum and the San Juan Historical Museum, or meander through the marina.
In this visitor-, family-, and dog-friendly town of Friday Harbor, you’ll find many of the San Juans’ whale and kayaking tour headquarters, the Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Center, historic Palace Theater (first-run movies on two screens), the San Juan Community Theatre for plays and musical events, and a plethora of B&Bs and other lodgings.
No need for a car to see Friday Harbor. Everything is within walking distance of the ferry landing, including San Juan Transit shuttle buses to take you around the island, as well as bike, three-wheeled Scootcoupe, and moped rentals. From Friday Harbor you can also catch an inter-island ferry to Lopez, Orcas and Shaw Islands.
Well-appointed hotels or bed & breakfast inns in Friday Harbor, private cabins overlooking the water, cozy cabins tucked away in pastoral loveliness, its all here, offering you different atmospheres and opportunities to enjoy your San Juan Island getaway.
Visit Friday Harbor for a great espresso or delicious locally grown food. Browse shops, galleries & museums. Visit a farm, hear great music or just wander the many beautiful beaches on this tranquil island. Whale watching, cycling, kayaking, hiking and boating are also favorite activities on San Juan Island.