247 days of sunshine and half the rain of Seattle make the San Juan Islands the perfect year-round getaway! This is what theSan Juan Islands Visitor’s Bureau has to say about our beautiful island….
“The historic town of Friday Harbor greets visitors by ferry and seaplane, nestled on the edge of the harbor. Friday Harbor was named one of the 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.historicfridayharbor.org). Walkable Friday Harbor is filled with art galleries, boutiques and water-view restaurants. It's also home to The Whale Museum,which educates visitors about the Islands' famous residents -approximately 90 Orca whales. The Orcas make their home in the SanJuans typically from late April through the end of September -sometimes longer. They can be seen from land, most likely from the westside of the island at Lime Kiln Point State Park, also known as "WhaleWatch Park" - the only such park in the nation, or from a commercialwhale/wildlife boat.
Visitors will want to get out and explore the rest of San Juan Island, stopping at San Juan Vineyards, historic Roche Harbor-- once the largest lime and cement company west of the Mississippi -- or Westcott Bay Reserve Scupture Park, a 19-acre, outdoor museum with over 100 sculptures in stone, wood and metal. Other attractions include Pelindaba Lavendar Farm, Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm and Country Store, and San Juan Golf and Country Club. View history at the San Juan Historical Museum, or our two national parks - American Camp and English Camp-- where exhibits explain the history of the Pig War, a 12-year standoff between British and American troops after a pig was shot in the 1800s. Island Stage Left, the islands' only professional theatre, and best known for its dynamic outdoor Shakespeare series, presents admission-free classics throughout the year. San Juan Community Theatre presents year-round performances featuring island talents and world-class touring performers.
Hiking, biking, sea kayaking, boating, fishing, birding, beachcombing and scuba diving are also very popular activities on San Juan Island. Special events and festivals are plentiful. During the quiet season, visitors can enjoy art, nature and writing workshops.
The perimeter of San Juan Island is approximately 74 miles and has a population of 5,214 residents and 2,150 additional residents that reside in the town of Friday Harbor. The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce can be found at www.sanjuanisland.org. The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau website is located at www.guidetosanjuans.com.