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Frequently Asked Questions San Juan Islands & Friday Harbor

 

Q: Where to stay on San Juan Island

A: When you think of San Juan Island hotels, you might want to ask how many different choices do I have? Well, if you’re an outside adventurous type there are many choices in this department. Could be an inside, or even an outside, what about a floating choice? You can even rough it in the wild and cycle to your destination with your tent and a coffee maker for that fresh morning cup of coffee. Take a peek

At the San Juan Island Inn Collection, you will find 18 different accommodation options. Whether you’re looking for a cozy cottage, or a beautiful suite overlooking the harbor, while relaxing in your private hot tub. How about a quaint Bed and Breakfast room with a king size bed and a fireplace. At the San Juan Island Inn Collection, your options are plentiful. San Juan Island Inn Collection

We have something for every taste and desire. Give us a call today and let our team set you up with a personal reservation and allow us to fill your island dance card. We can set you up with a daily adventure, or even adventures. Also, you may leave the island for a night to try another island. Upon your return, we would love to catch up on your stories. Putting it in a nutshell, let us entertain you.

Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island is the perfect home base to cover all the ground you heart desires. Take daily trips around the Islands while making your home away from home. 

Q: What to do in the San Juan Islands?

A:  San Juan Islands things to do is a loaded question. There are so many exciting places, beaches, farms, restaurants, hikes, shops, excursions and even much more than this. One must come and experience a day that can be altered to your taste and time frame. Let the San Juan Inn Collection build an itinerary to best suit your wants. San Juan Islands

There are so many things to do on the San Juan Islands. When you stay at the Tucker House on San Juan Island, it is a great starting point to begin your Islands adventures. Hiking, biking, birding, touring, fishing, shopping, zip lining. We could go on and on. Start here

Make your choice, give us a call, and allow us to build you a personalized package that can include all your wants and wishes. We want your adventure to be complete only when a chapter of memories have been made. Making Friday Harbor, San Juan Island your home base will allow you to venture out daily and take in the other islands as day trips, returning to an evening of fine dining or casual comfort bites. The greatest thing is, it’s whatever you choose to do.

One more thing to remember, when traveling to the San Juan Islands, getting here is half the adventure. Truly believe you will have found a taste of paradise. Enjoy!

Q: How to get to the San Juan Islands

A: When thinking San Juan Islands Washington, one might think, how do you get there? Getting here is half the adventure

When traveling to the San Juan Islands, one has many options for travel. Planes, trains, and automobiles. Wait! Not trains, but must add these; Washington State Ferry, float planes, wheel planes, motorboat, sailboat, did I mention Ferry system? Not just one kind of ferry, but an inter-island ferry, High speed Clipper Catamaran for pedestrians only. Not just your everyday car ride to a destination, but an adventure. From the mainland, your trip is just over an hour and so much to see and take in. A possible whale sighting could be in your future also. Check these out. Fun way to arrive

We do often say to our guests, getting here is truly half the adventure. The islands await your arrival. Once you land on one of the many islands, know that you will begin the “Island Time” lifestyle. Relax, enjoy, and just breathe.

Q: How to get from Seattle to the San Juan Islands

A: Seattle to the San Juan Islands is a wonderful trip, whether you go by boat, plane, or ferry. The trip will always be memorable. Your choices

Getting to the Islands is a big part of the adventure, and you never know what you will see along the way. Washington State Ferry Schedule

This is the time to sit back, take a breath and dream of all the adventures you can be a part of. The Islands are awaiting your arrival. How about flying in

One thing about getting here, we always say it’s the beginning of your adventure. 

Q: How to get to San Juan Islands from Vancouver

A: We have a boat load of info for you on this one. Pun intended

For our neighbors to the north, we get very excited to host you all, especially as you are so close to us. You sometimes think, so close, but so far. Not really. Look at it this way, from the west side of San Juan Island, we can see Victoria and enjoy their Canada Day festivities. That’s amazing! We are ready for you

Take the trip as we always say, getting here is half the adventure. Let us set you up with the perfect accommodations to suit your needs and wants. Room with a view? Check! Room with a private hot tub? Check! Room with a king bed? Check! Room walking distance from town? Check! Speaking of check, check these out

Q: How to get to the San Juan Islands from Victoria, BC

A: Sounds like you want a real multi country adventure? You are starting off great! You have now travelled to the brightest corner of the country, where whales and wildlife play. Not a dull moment anywhere or anytime. Take the four seasons, any season is a great season for a Pacific Northwest adventure. When on San Juan Island, you can take yourself to the west side and view what could be your next destination. Victoria, BC is at your fingertips, it really is a great next step in this chapter of your life. What a trip this is. Getting here is half the adventure

Q: How much is the ferry to San Juan Islands

A: We have some great information on how to get to our island, check out the link below for info on ferries in Washington. Everything you want to know about ferries in Washington

Please know your journey to the Islands is truly a start of your adventure. Whether you arrive from sea or air, your adventure begins immediately setting foot on your mode of transportation. Did we mention that whales may also be in your future? What a possibility! Visiting San Juan Islands is not like any other destination, we are a memory builder, and you will be set to our time zone of Island Time. What more can one ask for when checking off one of your bucket list items? See you soon!

Q: How far are the San Juan Islands from Seattle

A: Let’s talk San Juan Island and Seattle. You can basically say we are a hop, skip and jump away from each other with many ways to get here and there. Different ways and means right here

While on the ferry you just never know what you may encounter on your voyage.

Q: How long is the ferry ride from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands

A: Ferries in Washington vary in location destinations. Trip times depending on the Island you will be visiting. All you’ll need to know

Taking the ferry from the mainland, is truly the beginning of your adventure heading to the San Juan Islands. Check out schedule here

While on the ferry you just never know what you may encounter on your voyage. Anacortes is equidistant from the city of Vancouver, B.C., Canada and the Seattle Tacoma International Airport, which is about 20 minutes south of Seattle. It is 80 miles from either city – about a 2-hour drive. The Washington State ferry operates large car ferries between the islands, terminating its service in Friday Harbor, where we are are located. Check out our driving directions to Anacortes from either Vancouver or Seattle and some local ferry tips to help you handle busy summer travel like a local.

Q: What are the San Juan Islands

A: The San Juan Islands are an archipelago in the Pacific Northwest of the United States between the U.S state of Washington and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The San Juan Islands are a part of Washington state and form the core of San Juan County. Read more

Surrounded by Seattle, Vancouver B.C. and Victoria in the Salish Sea, the islands offer a diversity of authentic experiences that parallel its natural wonder. The islands are part of the United States, according to an 1872 decision, and lie in San Juan County of the State of Washington, not Puerto Rico or Washington D.C.; 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 be spectacular no matter when you visit and will assist you in phasing into “Island Time.” The Washington State Department of Transportation offers regularly scheduled ferries, Ferry Schedule, 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. Come stay with us

Talk about a corner of the country that you must see, or for sure add to a bucket list. Once you set foot on a ferry, float plane, wheel plane or your friend’s boat, you will feel the energy coming from the islands. Remember you have many islands to choose from. Begin perusing here

Q: How many San Juan Islands are there

A: Day trip San Juan Islands style? That would be a challenge, as there are 170 islands in this archipelago.

You can spend a day, or you can spend a week, with so many islands to see the main ones you should not miss out on are Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw. These Islands have something for everyone. Actually, charter a boat for a day and hitting each one would be an awesome adventure and perhaps some whale sightings may be added to your agenda. Island life is a fun life and one to put in the memory books. The Islands

Q: How many people live on San Juan Island

A: There are roughly 18,498ish, that live in San Juan County. Read more here

The perfect amount for island living. Certainly not too big, and not even too small. We have many residences that live on the island full time and ones with second homes from the mainland. That defines a perfect destination. Some people ask us locals what it is like to be surrounded by water, answer: Doesn’t get any better! Don’t want to go on too long with this one, our population may grow overnight. San Juan Island is a little piece of paradise, and we want you to visit. Give us a call and allow us to help you enjoy as many days as you have. This truly is a vacation destination. See you soon. Check us out

Q: Where is Friday Harbor in the San Juan Island Islands

A: Friday Harbor is one of two villages on San Juan Island, in the San Juan Islands. Once you land at the ferry terminal, consider yourself here. This quaint community has so much in store for you. Take a look here

Once you arrive on our Island and experience our quaint and friendly town, you may feel like you have arrived on a Hallmark set. It is truly breathtaking. No matter the time of year. Say farewell to worry and stress and say hello to the laid-back island vibe, a temperate year-round climate, and long, lazy hours of doing just what you want. Count on temperatures around 70° in the summer and 40° in the winter. A happy mixture of weather systems also accounts for the high level of air quality you’ll appreciate across the San Juans. Oh! Just a quick reminder. Once you arrive you will be put on our time zone, “Island Time.” Enjoy, embrace, make memories and just breath. We want to be a part of your book of memories. Getting here is half the adventure

Q: Where to go in San Juan Islands

A: The Islands offer so many choices when it comes to places to stay, places to see. When staying on the Islands, your days can be as busy as you want, or as laid back as you wish. That is the best part of this part of the world. Truly when you get here, you will notice the lack of hustle and bustle. Actually, you may want to turn your watches back to Island Time. The time when you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. Go figure, a real vacation on your time. We want you to make memories and to add to the chapter in your book of life that you are currently turned to. Stay, play, or just relax. It’s up to you. Never a dull moment

Q: When to visit San Juan Islands

A: Is there a best time to visit San Juan Islands, I say no. There is certainly something for everyone all year around. Depending on what you’re after, you will find it here. Plan your getaway here

Say farewell to worry and stress and say hello to the laid-back island vibe, a temperate year-round climate, and long, lazy hours of doing just what you want. Count on temperatures around 70° in the summer and 40° in the winter. A happy mixture of weather systems also accounts for the high level of air quality you’ll appreciate across the San Juans. Oh! Just a quick reminder. Once you arrive you will be put on our time zone, “Island Time.” Enjoy, embrace, make memories and just breath. We want to be a part of your book of memories.

Q: When to see orcas in the San Juan Islands.

A: Did you know that whale watching is an all year around thing.Best time to see orcas in San Juan Islands, one could be fortunate for a sighting at any time. Check this our for more information

The waters of the San Juan Islands are home to an abundant sea life population. Dall’s porpoise, seals, stellar sea lions, otters, and a variety of fish including salmon, lingcod and rockfish live in the waters of the San Juans. However, the most famous resident of these waters are the resident pods of Orca Whales. The islands not only have an abundance of marine life, they are full of a variety of wildlife also. A hike around the islands will always treat you to nice surprises when it comes to encounters. Pack your camera, as you just never know what you will see.

Q: Which of the San Juan Islands is best to visit.

A: Plan your trip right and you can actually day trip San Juan Islands. Okay, so maybe not all of them. What to know

Think about getting a home base and doing some exciting day trips. The inter-island ferries are a great way to move around. Check out the destinations and schedule

You can cycle on one island, fish from another, hike mountains. Truly, boredom will not be an issue. San Juan Islands, offer something for everyone. Your days will fly by while making incredible memories to take home and share. Spring days, summer nights, fall afternoons or winter mornings. You will have your favorite corner of the country. Commit! We will see you soon. Always remember, getting here is half the adventure. Call us

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