About San Juan Island

Accessible by ferry, boat, or airplane, the 172 islands making up the San Juan Islands Archipelago are located at the northern edge of Washington State just south of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Of the bunch, 4 of the islands are serviced by ferry: San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island, and Shaw Island. These four islands are the most populated and provide the majority of lodging, shopping, dining, and medical services. San Juan Island is the home of Friday Harbor (also the county seat) and Roche Harbor.

The islands offer a temperate year round climate with noticeable seasons. Temperatures are in the 70’s in the summer and 40’s in the winter. We experience some heat spikes during summer months and the occasional snow in winter months. The islands average 247 days of sunshine and only about half the rain of Seattle as we are in the Rain Shadow of the Olympic Mountains.

2013 U.S. News and World Report Best Public High Schools in the Nation: FRIDAY HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL: Gold Medal Winner {2nd year in a row}; 5th in Washington State, (587 high Schools in Washington) 161st in the United States, (out of 21,000) – TOP 1% of US.

In 2010, there were 6,894 residents on San Juan Island. In the Town of Friday Harbor there was 2,162 residents. The median age for males was 38.7 years and female was 44 with a combined average of 41.3 years. The County’s 2010 population is estimated at 15,844.

Local Links

Kayaking / Diving / Whale Watching / Charters / Fishing
Crystal Seas Kayaking
San Juan Excursions

Real Estate
Greg King and Sybil Mager – Windermere San Juan Island

Washington State Ferry
Victoria Clipper
San Juan Airlines, Inc.
Kenmore Air
Westwind Aviation
Island Air
Susie’s Moped Rentals
M&W Auto
Island Bicycles
Friday Harbor Helicopters
Airporter Shuttle
Port of Friday Harbor
San Juan Transit

Shopping and Dining
Duck Soup Inn
San Juan Vineyards
Roche Harbor
Backdoor Kitchen
Cask & Schooner
Coho Restaurant
Krystal Acres Farm & Alpaca Country Store
The Toy Box

San Juan Golf & Country Club

The San Juan Historical Museum
The Whale Museum

San Juan County Park and Trails
San Juan Island National Historical Park (American Camp & English Camp)
San Juan Island Museum of Art & Sculpture Park
San Juan Island Trails

Paradise Lanes
Palace Movie Theater
San Juan Community Theatre
Pelindaba Lavender Farm