San Juan Island is part of the San Juan Islands, an archipelago of about 172 named islands at low tide. 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, not Puerto Rico or Washington DC; please note we are in the Pacific Northwest (upper left hand corner) of the United States.
San Juan Island is 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. There are two float plane terminals – Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor Marina.
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!
There are many reasons to visit San Juan Island -natural beauty, recreation, history and culinary exploration.
San Juan Islands in the News
Each year, the San Juan Islands garner an impressive amount of media attention from top travel publications. Check out some of the more recent articles and videos and discover what makes the San Juan Islands one of the best places to visit in the country!
- America’s Best Archipelagos – Find more flora & fauna than fast food, Fox News
- Of Land and Sea – For Jones Family Farms on Lopez Island, diversity is the key to a healthy food business, Edible Seattle
- 20 Best U.S. Islands for Family Vacations, Conde Nast Traveler
- The Most Beautiful Towns in America (Friday Harbor), Conde Nast Traveler