Shaylynn’s take on Life on the island


As a new resident to San Juan, I thought that anyone looking to visit or move to the island would like a little insight. I just recently moved into my apartment and am waiting for my little island car to get back from the shop, so for now I am staying at the inn. Island life is definitely something that I am getting used to; taking the ferry to go off island is an all day adventure so you shouldn’t rush the trip. However there is a debate now on how the ferry system will work as funding may change. Friday Harbor is a small community but if your car breaks down (like mine did about a week ago) you won’t be sitting on the side of the road long at all before someone asks if you would like a lift into town. People here are genuine and welcoming. Although winter can be cold and rainy at times, I used to live in New England and winters here are nothing compared to winter in Connecticut. The island is a great place to meet new people while enjoying the gorgeous scenery that the island has to offer. Sunsets here are absolutely wonderful and the stars at night light up the sky. In the summer I love going down by the ferry at night to see all the boats lit up while watching the ferry roll in and out. Also Lime Kiln State Park and South Beach are amazing places to visit for a walk, seeing wildlife, sunset watching, or just a nice place to have a picnic. A camera should be brought at all times as there are so many beautiful things to see and you never know when a whale or harbor seal will appear. All in all, relaxing and having fun on a beautiful island couldn’t get much better.

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