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Responsible Travel Tips

The San Juan archipelago is one of the most cherished destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Be a responsible visitor and use these tips to help ensure the San Juans remain a beautiful and unique place to live, work, and play for generations to come.

Let us acknowledge that we reside on the ancestral lands and waters of the Coast Salish people who have called this place home since time immemorial and let us honor inherent, aboriginal, and treaty rights that have been passed down from generation to generation. 

The San Juan Islands Pledge

Add your name to the list of those working to preserve the islands.

Take The Pledge
What Does Stewardship Mean To You?

There are a lot of amazing places in the world. So why do people come to the San Juans?

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Island Kids Explain

Local kids share their tips for keeping the islands clean, respecting wildlife, and being fire safe. Learn about the principles of Leave No Trace from these bright (and often funny!) local kids.

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Responsible Travel To the San Juans

From bringing your own travel mug to eating locally grown food, sustainable travel is in the air - and the water

Read The Facts
Leave No Trace

Follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace in the islands

Do You Know All 7?
Be Whale Wise

Here are some guidelines to help you watch marine wildlife responsibly

Know The Rules
Responsible Wildlife Watching

Our guide for common San Juan Islands wildlife, and tips to keep them, and you, safe!

Wildlife Watching Tips
Help The Resident Killer Whales

Three orca pods, J, K & L--the critically endangered "Southern Residents"--were federally listed in 2005, but the population continues to struggle. How can you help?

What You Can Do
Volunteer Vacations

Giving back isn’t just something you can do at home. When you travel to the islands, volunteering is a special opportunity to give back. Find opportunities to make a difference during your stay.

Volunteer Opportunities
Beautiful Islands - Leave No Trace Style

How a bucket list hike opened two hikers' eyes to the importance of protecting the San Juan Islands for future generations.

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What Locals Want You to Know

While breathing in the serenity of the Islands, locals ask visitors to also acknowledge and appreciate the fragility of the ecosystem. Keeping a few simple guidelines in mind will both protect what we all love about the Islands, and make the experience even more enjoyable for locals and visitors alike.

Order a San Juan Islands License Plate

Support environmental efforts in the San Juan Islands by purchasing a San Juan Islands license plate. Proceeds benefit stewardship projects in the San Juan Islands.

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Family Reunions in the San Juan Islands
Family-friendly attractions and activities year-round make the San Juan Islands an ideal reunion destination. Discover a variety of lodging and dining options, indoor and outdoor activities, and family favorite photo ops for your perfect trip! READ MORE >
Contact Us:
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
1-888-468-3701 | (360) 378-9551
P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
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