San Juan Islands

San Juan Islands Travel Guide

The best thing about vacation is the adventures that happen in that far away place, and there are countless adventures to be had with things to do in the San Juan Islands.

Of course, there is the option of enjoying the waterfront and all it has to offer, and Friday Harbor has numerous ways to help travelers decide on what to do in the San Juan Islands’ waterfront. Visitors can rent kayaks and bikes, charter a sailboat or fishing trip, hop on a yacht or whale watching tour, or explore the ocean from the land at The Whale Museum. There’s also plenty of shopping options around the island, plus cafes where you can relax with a book and cup of coffee.

Of course, you are on vacation, so remember to take a break from all of the things to do in the San Juan Islands. You’re at the beach, after all; relax and do nothing at one of the local spas or along the shore.

Rent a bike to explore the island’s farm roads and coastal trails.

Dig for littleneck clams along the shore of this retired army base.

The shop sells vintage maps and Audubon lithographs.

Spot seals and otters in the waters below.

The Clyde Theatre, a 1937 movie house, screens the classics.

In season, stop by and pick your own organic berries. Open Tuesday and Friday 9–3.

While you're in one of the best whale-watching spots in the world, don't miss boating out to Haro Strait to marvel at breaching orcas and humpbacks frolicking with their calves.

Check out the migration maps and cetacean skeletons.

Start the day with a cinnamon roll or egg sandwich. Closed December–April.

While you're in one of the best whale-watching spots in the world, don't miss boating out to Haro Strait to marvel at breaching orcas and humpbacks frolicking with their calves.