San Juan Island
Hiking, biking, sea kayaking, boating, fishing, birding, beach combing and scuba diving are also very popular activities on San Juan Island.
Special events and festivals are plentiful on San Juan Island. During the quiet season, September to April, visitors can enjoy art, nature and writing workshops photography, peace and quite and open space.
San Juan Island is the most diverse of the three main islands, combining rocky shores and sandy beaches, prairie and pastureland, lakes and wooded areas.
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
The town of Friday Harbor greets visitors by ferry and seaplane, nestled on the edge of the harbor. 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. There are more than 80 Southern Resident Orca Whales in the San Juan Islands.
The Orcas make their home in the San Juans typically from late April through the end of September – sometimes longer. Occasionally, they can be seen from land, most likely from the west side of the island at Lime Kiln Point State Park, also known as “Whale Watch Park” – the only such park in the nation, or from a commercial whale/wildlife boat.
The “San Juan Island Orca Fest: A Celebration of Water and Wildlife” takes place each May.