San Juan Island & Friday Harbor
Discover San Juan Island
You’ll discover something new around every bend in the road on San Juan Island. Meet the largest herd of alpacas in the islands, or wind through a sweeping valley dotted with cows and sheep. Find out what it takes to run a farm or spend your day picnicking in fields of lavender. Taste local wines and meander through a vineyard or hike the rugged bluffs along the island's west side. Spot a pod of whales or steller sea lions sunbathing as you take in the natural beauty of the driftwood-strewn shores. Visit the iconic lighthouses and learn about the rich maritime history of the San Juans. Variety, beauty, serenity ... day after amazing day.
Friday Harbor is the Gateway to San Juan Island
Historic and just one square mile in size, Friday Harbor is the very walkable hub of San Juan Island. The most populated of the islands, San Juans is home to art galleries, museums, bookstores and antique shops. Sample a bouquet of boutiques, stop for a cafe lunch or enjoy a fresh seafood dinner overlooking the harbor. With a wide array of dining options, we're sure you'll find a new favorite each time you visit. Spend an afternoon at The Whale Museum to learn about our unique ecosystem, or brush up on island history at the San Juan Historical Society & Museum. For world-class art, visit the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) or the San Juan Community Theatre.
Friday Harbor is also home to a large marina. Spend time walking the docks, buying fresh seafood, or looking for Popeye the harbor seal. From the marina, you can take a number of tours and trips. Hop in a kayak or go out on a whale and wildlife watching tour to see the spectacular creatures that call the islands home. If you're looking for more outdoor adventures, spend the day hiking or biking through the island's many trails and scenic routes. And of course, after a day of adventure, treat yourself to a meal at one of the many restaurants on San Juan Island. Consider fine dining at McMillin's in Roche Harbor, fresh island cuisine at Duck Soup, or a meal with a view in Friday Harbor.
Drive the Scenic Byway to Roche Harbor and back
When you are ready to venture 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. Follow the signs for a truly beautiful adventure!
Voices of the Islands - San Juan Island - Ferry Captain Donna
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.