San Juan Island & Friday Harbor
Discover San Juan Island
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 in the distance, and two iconic lighthouses. Variety, beauty, serenity ... day after amazing day.
Friday Harbor is the Gateway to the San Juan Islands
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, the San Juan Historical Society & Museum, San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA), San Juan Community Theatre, or meander through the marina.
Drive the Scenic Byway to Roche Harbor and back
When you are ready to adventure out of Friday Harbor, the Scenic Byway routes (North, South and West) take you through rolling farmlands, along stunning coastlines, and past some of the main attractions on San Juan Island, such as Cattle Point Lighthouse, American Camp, Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse, English Camp, San Juan Vineyards and more.
If you are into outdoor adventure, go out on a whale and wildlife watching tour, kayak tour, or go hiking or biking. After a day of adventure, explore some of the great restaurants on San Juan Island, such as Duck Soup Inn, or McMillin's at Roche Harbor, or enjoy a great meal in Friday Harbor.
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.