Offering more than 270 days with sunshine and featuring some of the most pristine coastlines in the world, the San Juan Islands are a boater’s paradise.
Whether you’re stopping on your way to the BC islands or the San Juans are your destination, the region will treat you to protected waters and friendly residents. While there are a variety of quiet coves in which you can drop anchor, the following marinas provide idyllic settings to refuel and relax.
*Deer Harbor Marina
Tucked on the southwest corner of Orcas Island, known as the ‘sunny side,’ Dear Harbor Marina has 110 slips for transient moorage. They offer competitively priced fuel and complimentary shuttle service to their laundry and shower facilities.
Insider Tip: Exceptional coffee made with locally roasted espresso beans.
Snug Harbor Resort Marina
One of two marinas on the west side of San Juan Island, Sung Harbor Resort’s marina holds more than 50 boats. They have two crab cookers on site, available to visitors.
Insider Tip: Kayaks available with moorage for use in the harbor.
*Lopez Islander Resort Marina
Located in Lopez Island’s Fisherman Bay, the Lopez Island Resort Marina accommodates boats ranging from small vessels to large yachts. In addition to showers and a laundromat, boaters have access to the resort’s swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Insider Tip: Entering and leaving at high tide is recommended.
*Rosario Resort & Spa Marina
The Orcas Island Rosario Resort & Marina is one of the oldest destinations in the islands. The elegant Moran Mansion was completed in 1909 by Seattle Ship Builder and Mayor Robert Moran. The newly refurbished marina features more than 38 slips and offers visitors access to washrooms, laundry facilities, and a pool.
Insider Tip: Provides easy access to hiking trails in Moran State Park
*Port of Friday Harbor
Open year-round, the Port of Friday Harbor offers easy access to the largest town in the San Juans – Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. This is a great place to restock on grocery essentials, grab a bite, and wander through local galleries.
Insider Tip: Rent a moped at Suzie’s Mopeds just blocks from the dock to explore the mainland.
*Roche Harbor Resort Marina
One of the most popular marinas in the San Juans, Roche Harbor Resort Marina on San Juan Island offers 377 slips and can accommodate up to 150-foot vessels. During the summer, the nightly colors ceremony is a favorite, as are the freshly-baked donuts available at the Lime Kiln Café.
Insider Tip: Just one mile from the resort, the San Juan Island Distillery makes 12 different gins and award-winning apple brandy and cider.
*West Sound Marina
Since 1950, the West Sound Marina on Orcas Island has been providing boaters safe harbor. The marina can moor up to 180 boats. And, they offer on-site repairs.
Insider Tip: The nearby West Sound Café at the Kingfish Inn offers casual waterfront dining.
Fabulous Things to do in the San Juan Islands
If you’re San Juan bound, don’t miss your chance to snap a selfie by these epic lookouts, historic sites, and cute creatures!
247 average days with sunshine, a reputation for wholesome fun, and more than 6 places to get freshly made pastries all make Friday Harbor is the ultimate kid-friendly getaway destination that the whole family will love.
With the sun on your face and two wheels at your command, San Juan Island is yours to explore – as fast or as slow as one of Susie’s Mopeds will take you.
Like every small town, Roche Harbor has its own unique traditions that keep the locals stepping in time and the tourists relishing their vacation. The mornings at this water-side village begin with carillons from Our Lady of Good Voyage and hot donuts, freshly made at the Lime Kiln Cafe.
Doe Bay Wine Co. sits at the heart of Eastsound, tucked behind Monkey Puzzle and Clever Cow Creamery. Like the whirlwind love story of the shop's founders, this quaint libation destination has a knack for drawing you in and bringing you back for more.
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