Did you know? Here are some interesting facts about the San Juan Islands:

  • There are no traffic lights anywhere in the islands. People hardly even honk
  • Just a 30-minute seaplane flight from Seattle or a scenic ride on a Washington State Ferry
  • In summer, passenger ferries connect Bellingham, Port Townsend, and Seattle with the Islands
  • New National Monument Status (1,000 acres) – 2013
  • Orcas Island was named by a Spanish explorer for his expedition’s sponsor, Viceroy Juan Vicente Guemes de Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo. Just coincidence that it’s also habitat for orca whales!
  • 4 iconic lighthouses on public lands; three open to the public in summer. 2019 is Lime Kiln's Centennial! 
  • Washington State Ferries is the largest ferry system in the U.S and also connects the Islands to Canada
  • San Juan County has more marine shoreline than any other county in the country (408 miles)
  • San Juan County is the first county in the country to ban Jet Skis
  • San Juan County is considered an “Arts Hot Spot” by the Washington State Arts Commission
  • San Juan County is the first county in the U.S. designated as a voluntary “Leave No Trace” area
  • Friday Harbor, San Juan Island: National Trust for Historic Preservation Destination of Distinction
  • World-renowned for shore-based orca whale watching and sea kayaking in the heart of the Salish Sea
  • San Juan County residents are highly ranked nationally and statewide for quality of life, longevity, and physical and mental health, according to recent national studies
  • Roche Harbor’s business license pre-dates Washington statehood. The company, in continuous business since 1886, is now a destination resort offering a spa and five lodging choices—from historic to luxury.
  • The “Gourmet Archipelago,” has four shellfish farms, three vineyards, three breweries, one cidery/distillery, and six tasting rooms featuring local and Northwest wines, local beers and locally distilled spirits. Enjoy farm feasts and festivals, in a thriving culinary arts scene
  • San Juan Island National Historical Park commemorates peace over war during the “Pig War” crisis—the last time the U.S. and Great Britain were engaged in a territorial dispute.
     

Recent Awards:

USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice: #1 “Best Washington Attraction” 2017

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards: #2 “World’s Friendliest Islands,” 2016

Travel + Leisure: “Top Islands Continental U.S. and Canada” 2003-2012, 2014 - 2018

Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice: “Best U.S. Islands for Families,” 2015

 

Media Contact: Barbara Marrett [email protected] www.visitsanjuans.com 360-378-6822 ext. 6