About San Juan Island
The San Juan Islands are an archipelago of about 172 named islands. Surrounded by the Salish Sea and Seattle, Vancouver B.C. and Victoria, the Islands offer a diversity of authentic experiences that parallel its natural wonder. The Islands are in the United States, according to an 1872 decision, and lie in San Juan County of the State of Washington. A common error is to think of San Juan Islands being located either near Puerto Rico or Washington DC; please note we are in the Pacific Northwest (upper left hand corner) of the United States.
San Juan Island can only be reached by air or by boat – there are no bridges from the mainland. The views from either ferry or passenger plane will offer spectacular views, and will assist you in phasing into “Island Time”
The Washington State Department of Transportation offer regularly scheduled ferries that can accommodate foot traffic as well as vehicles to four of the islands: San Juan Island (where Friday Harbor is located), Orcas Island, Lopez Island, and Shaw Island. There are two small airports on the Island, one at Friday Harbor, and one at Roche Harbor.
Once a small community of farmers, fishermen, loggers and lime kiln miners, the San Juan Islands have been recognized in the past few years as a world class destination for whale watching, hiking, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking and birding. Make Harrison House Suites your home base while you explore this unique destination!