photo credit (right): Michael Bertrand
Discovering something new around every bend in the road is easy on San Juan Island - an alpaca ranch, a sweeping valley dotted with cows or sheep, a terraced lavender farm, a vineyard with a tasting room located in a historic schoolhouse or a deep forest expanse giving way to the shining sea.
What you may not realize at first is what the island is also home to - some 90 Orca whales. The whales are usually in residence from the end of April until September, sometimes a bit longer depending on the weather. You can often see them from one of the many island’s shores however, to find one of the best vantage points head to the western side of the island to Lime Kiln Point State Park. Locals call this park, the Whale Watch Park, because of the many visitors it attracts.
The historic town of Friday Harbor is compact, making it and the hub of the island easy to visit on foot. A delightful day can be spent leisurely strolling through art galleries, bookstores and antique shops with a restful stop for a cafe lunch overlooking the harbor.
The Scenic Explorer Bus on San Juan Island just got better with a 2 for 1 special! It's never been easier to fly to Friday Harbor from Seattle and leave your car behind. This summer ride the island-based shuttle bus to the best recreational, cultural, historical and scenic spots along the San Juan Island Scenic Byway. Daily shuttle bus service runs through September 15 and there are three different island routes that originate or terminate from Friday Harbor. Click here to get a free companion Explorer Bus Day Pass ($15 value).
For more ideas read our blog "2 Days in Friday Harbor" or "2 Days in Roche Harbor".
At historic Roche Harbor Resort on the north end of the island you’ll find several waterside eateries, a marina full of beautiful yachts, and local artisans’ booths in summer—displaying unique jewelry, wool, paintings, pottery and more. Near the entrance to Roche Harbor you’ll find the Island’s Museum of Art Sculpture Park—where there are more than 100 sculptures in an open, 19-acre natural setting.
There are many fine San Juan island accomodations, including ten San Juan Island B&B’s offering a range of amenities that cater to couples, families and even Fido. Kenmore Air also offers exclusive savings to many San Juan Island hotels, lodges and bed & breakfas.
While you’re here, why not consider some of the other great outdoor activities available on the island including sea kayaking, boating, beach combing, scuba diving and hiking at many locations throughout the island? Or come just for one of the many San Juan Island Festivals & Events.
For more information on the very best lodging, food, drink, activities, services and video cams on San Juan Island please visit www.Islandcam.com or www.sanjuanisland.com. Ready to fly to San Juan Island? Book online or call 866.435.9524
Whether you're planning to take a San Juan Island daytrip from Seattle or stay longer, Kenmore Air provides year round scheduled San Juan Island flights between Seattle and three locations on San Juan Island:
San Juan Island charter Service is also available year-round.