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A Trip to San Juan Island Washington

Updated on November 9, 2015
An Aerial View of San Juan Island
An Aerial View of San Juan Island | Source

San Juan Island Washington

San Juan Island is one of my favorite destinations in Washington State. It is definitely off the beaten path and not the easiest place to get to, but well worth the effort. Beautiful green trees contrast with the deep blue sea, rugged rocky shorelines, wildlife viewing, a lighthouse, a fascinating whale museum, unique shops and a slice of island life awaits you.

It is a great place to view nature, including bald eagles, numerous species of shore and sea birds, harbor seals, orca whales and more. Although San Juan Island is a beautiful place any time of the year, but the summer is the best time to visit. The weather is usually warm and sunny, the flowers are blooming and there is a much better chance of seeing the magnificent orca whales in their natural environment.

Some of my favorite places to go on San Juan Island include Lime Kiln Point State Park, Lime Kiln Lighthouse, The Pig War National Historic Sites, Pelindaba Lavender Farm and the Whale Museum. The town of Friday Harbor has numerous fantastic restaurants, hotels and a fun, historic shopping district.

Whether I go for a day, a week or longer, the journey of getting to San Juan Island, Washington is only the beginning of an amazing experience!

Where is San Juan Island?

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San Juan Island is located in the beautiful San Juan Island Archipelago approximately 100 miles northwest of Seattle, Washington.

A Map of the San Juan Islands

A Map of the San Juan Islands showing the Washington State Ferry Route
A Map of the San Juan Islands showing the Washington State Ferry Route

A Washington State Ferry

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Getting to San Juan Island - Way #1 - The Washington State Ferry

One of my favorite ways to get to San Juan Island is by Washington State Ferry. If you leave your vehicle behind on the mainland and walk on as a passenger, it is also the most economical way to get there.

The ferry serving San Juan Island departs from Anacortes, WA which is about 95 miles north of SeaTac Airport. I love the beautiful 1 to 1.5 hour route it takes through the islands.

You can take your vehicle on the ferry but to save a considerable amount on the ferry fare, you can also leave your vehicle in the parking lot at the Anacortes ferry terminal and walk on the ferry or take your bike. Pets are allowed on Washington State ferries within specific guidelines. See more details about traveling to San Juan Island with a pet further down the page.

For current fares and schedule information go to the Washington State Ferry website. After arriving at Friday Harbor, there is a shuttle service around the island and moped, bicycle and car rentals are available.


A Trip to San Juan Island on a Washington State Ferry

The Victoria Clipper Passenger Ferry

The Victoria Clipper
The Victoria Clipper | Source

Getting to San Juan Island - Way #2 - Summer months only! - The Victoria Clipper

From late May through August a quicker and more convenient way to travel to San Juan Island is the Victoria Clipper. The clipper departs from Pier 69 on the Seattle waterfront at 7:45 am daily and arrives at Friday Harbor at 11:15 am. I love the quick trip and convenient boarding location on the Seattle waterfront. There is an option available to add on a whale watching trip when you book. The return trip from Friday Harbor to Seattle departs daily in the summer months at 4:30pm and arrives at Pier 69 at 7:15 pm. More information about traveling to San Juan Island on the Victoria Clipper can be found on the Clipper Vacations website.


A Trip on the Victoria Clipper

A Victoria Clipper Optional Whale Watching Add-on Trip

Kenmore Air Seaplane at Lake Union in Seattle

Kenmore Air Float Plane
Kenmore Air Float Plane | Source

Getting to San Juan Island - Way #3 - Take a Scenic Flight with Kenmore Air

A fastest way to get to San Juan Island is by a scenic 30 minute flight on Kenmore Air.

You can choose betweeen two different flights. The most fun and scenic is by seaplane that departs from Lake Union in Seattle and lands in the Friday Harbor marina.

The second choice is by seaplane which departs from Seattle's Boeing Field on a small plane which lands at the San Juan Island Airport.


Flying to San Juan Island via Kenmore Air

Kayaking San Juan Island
Kayaking San Juan Island | Source

Top Things to See and Do on San Juan Island

Here is a list of some of my favorite things to see and do on San Juan Island:

  • Whale watching - July is the best time to see Orcas!
  • The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor
  • Go to Lime Kiln Point State Park to picnic and hike - Orcas can often be seen offshore
  • Tour the Lime Kiln Lighthouse
  • Rent a bicycle or Moped to see the island
  • Shopping in Friday Harbor
  • Pelindaba Lavender Farm
  • Pig War National Historic Sites
  • Rent a kayak and go kayaking
  • Visit the historic Hotel De Haro in Roche Harbor

Orca Whales

Killer Whale Pod
Killer Whale Pod | Source

Go Orca Whale Watching!

San Juan Island is one of the best places to see Orcas in their natural habitat. There are about 80 orca whales in the resident J, K and L pods and transients are also frequently seen. July is usually the best month for whale viewing when you may get lucky and see a super pod of all three resident pods together.

Kayaking with Orcas - Paddle with killer whales

Kayak Whale Watching Tours

I have not personally tried kayaking, but I have talked with others who have done kayak tours of San Juan Island and all have said it is an amazing experience. A kayak tour is the best way to see the orca whales up close and personal. Sea Quest Kayak Expeditions offers a guided tour that departs from Friday Harbor. The tour includes paddling for about two hours to areas where orcas are frequently seen near Lime Kiln Point. After some time to explore, watch the whales and take a lunch break they paddle back to Friday harbor.

Take an Orca Whale Watching Trip - See killer whales from the Western Prince II

Booking an Orca Whale Watching Cruise

I've been whale watching several times and it is always an amazing experience to see these magnificent, intelligent creatures in their natural habitat. I can't really describe what a thrill it is to see one swim right up next to the boat and look into their eyes. After a few minutes, they dive and you can see through the clear water as they swim under the boat. The summer months are the best time to see the whales. There are numerous reputable boat operators and most include a naturalist on board to share information and answer questions about the orcas and other wildlife. From personal experience, I can recommend the whale watching trips offered on the Western Prince, the boat featured in the video.

A Virtual Tour of San Juan Island!

The Whale Museum

The Whale Museum - Friday Harbor, WA
The Whale Museum - Friday Harbor, WA | Source

Visiting the Whale Museum

I enjoy and visit many museums and the Whale Museum is one of my all time favorites! It is located in downtown Friday Harbor just three blocks from the ferry landing.

Inside is a fascinating collection of exhibits, artwork, models, and artifacts, including real whale skeletons. There is a whale phone booth where you can listen to the "songs " of various species of whales and there is also a free, 30-minute video about Pacific Northwest orcas,

My favorite part is the family tree of the three resident orcas pods, which identifies each individual whale with a photo of their dorsal fin and saddle patch. It is especially interesting to learn about the individual whales you see if you take a whale watching trip before or after visiting the museum.


A Tour of the Friday Harbor Whale Museum

Granny's Clan by Sally Hodson

Granny's Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas
Granny's Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas

Granny's Clan is an excellent book written for children by Dr. Sally Hodson and illustrated by Ann Jones.

 

The Orcas of the Salish Sea

The magnificent orca whales are the subject of many stories, much research and have resulted in numerous books and movies. Sally Hodson, is the former director of the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, WA, has studied and observed orcas for many years. Granny's Clan written by Sally Hodson is based on the research about the matriarch of one of the resident orca pods that live around San Juan Island.

The Town of Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA | Source

Shopping in Friday Harbor, WA

I'm really not a huge shopper, but even I love to browse through the shops in the historic little shopping district in Friday Harbor. It has many unique shops with local products that make great souvenirs including many handmade items made by local artists and crafters. There is a wine shop with tastings and there are several good restaurants with a lovely view of the harbor.

The Story of the Pig War

English Camp Sign on San Juan Island
English Camp Sign on San Juan Island | Source

San Juan Island National Historic Park

On San Juan Island, you will find two National Historical sites commemorating the last boundary dispute between the US and Great Britain. It was called "The Pig War" because the killing of a pig was what sparked the war. The conflict began when a pig belonging to an employee of the British Hudson's Bay Company was shot and killed for eating the vegetables in a garden on land claimed by an American settler. The incident escalated from a long-standing territorial dispute between the two countries. Fortunately it ended peacefully after several years of diplomatic negotiations and the only casualty was the pig.


San Juan Island English Camp
San Juan Island English Camp | Source

The Pig War English Camp

English Camp National Historic Site on the north end of the island was so named because it was the site designated for the military encampment of the British until the boundary issue between the US and Britain was resolved. The British Union Jack flag is displayed over English Camp by park rangers, one of the rare places where US government employees regularly raise and lower the flag of a foreign country.

At English Camp there are opportunities to join ranger guided walking tours, watch historical reenactments and learn about the native flora and fauna through interpretive nature programs. Enjoy the gardens, hike the trail leading up Mount Young and explore the historic structures that remain from the Royal British Marines occupation.


A Pig War Re-enactment

San Juan Island American Camp
San Juan Island American Camp | Source

The Pig War American Camp

At the south end of San Juan Island is "American Camp", the second site of San Juan National Historic Park. This location was the camp of the US military during the period of the US and British joint military occupation of the island. For more detailed information about the San Juan Island Pig War, visit the National Park Service San Juan Island National Historic Park website.

Roche Harbor, WA

Roche Harbor, WA
Roche Harbor, WA | Source

Hotel De Haro at Roche Harbor

On the north end of San Juan Island is Roche Harbor and the historic Hotel De Haro. Roche Habor was named after Richard Roche, a British soldier stationed at English Camp during the Pig War. For many years it was a company town owned by the Tacoma and Roche Harbor Lime company. The lime mines are now closed, but the marina is popular with boaters who cruise and sail through the San Juans. The Hotel De Haro guest registry includes an entry from 1907 signed by "Theo Roosevelt".

Lime Kiln Point

Lime Kiln Point State Park
Lime Kiln Point State Park | Source

Lime Kiln Point State Park

Lime Kiln Point State Park is a beautiful scenic spot, The park is for day use only, but is a great place for a picnic and is the best vantage point on the island to view orca whales (also known as killer whales) from the shore. The park is commonly referred to as "Whale Watching Park" since the orcas are so frequently there. In addition to the possibility of seeing the whales, the park has two hiking trails to explore and the Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse at Lime Kiln Point

Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse began operating in 1914 and due to its remote location on San Juan Island, it was the last lighthouse in Washington State to be converted to an electric powered light in the late 1940s. The lighthouse flashes a beacon light every 5 seconds. Currently the lighthouse is used as a base for orca whale researchers.

Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse

Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse - San Juan Island, WA
Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse - San Juan Island, WA | Source

San Juan Island's Lavender Farm

Pelindaba Lavender Farm
Pelindaba Lavender Farm | Source

Pelindaba Lavender Farm

"PELINDABA" is a Zulu word which can be translated as "PLACE OF GREAT GATHERINGS" and the owner of Pelindaba Lavender Farm created this place to gather together people, open space and beautiful flowers. Afer viewing the fields of organically grown lavender, you can also purchase products made from lavender flowers and essential oils in the gift shop.


Camping on San Juan Island

If you enjoy camping there are places to camp overnight on San Juan Island. It is a very popular summer destination, so reservations are strongly recommended.

  • Lakedale Resort - Lakedale Resort includes a campground in addition to a lodge and cabins for rent. Reservations are recommended.
  • San Juan County Park - San Juan County Park is open for day use and has 20 campsites for overnight camping. Reservations for Summer camping (May - September) are strongly recommended at this popular campground.

The Author with her Border Collie, Skye
The Author with her Border Collie, Skye | Source

Tips for Traveling with Your Dog to San Juan Island

I like to take my dogs with me as much as possible, so here are some tips about how to travel with your dog to San Juan Island.

Pets on a leash or in a carrier are allowed on Washington State Ferries. For more information visit the Washington State Ferry website provided in the links further down the page.

With advance notice, the Victoria Clipper can often accommodate crated pets on their vessels and Kenmore Air may also be able to fly your leashed or crated pet with you to San Juan Island.

If you are looking for a place to stay overnight with your pet, the Earthbox Motel and Spa, the Best Western Friday Habor Suites, Tucker House Inn, Harrison House Suites and Lakedale Resort all have some lodging for guests with pets. If you are not bringing along a pet, there are numerous other lodging choices available.

Just outside the city limits of Friday Harbor is the Eddie and Friends off-leash dog park where you can take your dog for some playtime.

If you want to experience some island adventures where you can't bring your dog, make a reservation for your dog to stay at The Animal Inn while you are away.


Looking for More Adventure in the Pacific Northwest?

For more ideas of places to go and things to do in Washington State, see more of my adventures at Pacific NW Travels and Tails.

© 2008 Vicki Green

Have you ever been to San Juan Island? - What did you enjoy the most?

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      brittabucketlist 3 years ago

      great lens, thanks for sharing this

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      Digory LM 3 years ago

      Looks like a fantastic place. Those glass pendants are beautiful.

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      Queen--Elizabeth 3 years ago

      I went on the Victoria Clipper, and it was great!

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      Reshel 3 years ago from Sierra Nevada ~ Reno

      I live here and have yet to get to the San Juan's. Now I really Want to go!

      Great work!

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Great lens. San Juan looks an exciting place with excellent sightseeing options. We do not get a chance to see whales everywhere.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I have always wanted to experience San Juan Island. Would love to have that float plane adventure. I have been on the Victoria Clipper. Love the whale jewelry you spotlighted. I've long wished for the opportunity to see whales. Maybe this will be my summer vacation. Thanks for the great information. Really well presented.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, lovely area! I enjoyed it all! Thank you for such a great lens!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I've lived in this area for a huge long time, and still have not made it to San Juan Island. Lovely lens.

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I've always wanted to visit Washington State, and your lens made me want to visit even more. Very nice lens! Blessed

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      What a special place. SquidAngel Blessings.

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      MatijaB LM 5 years ago

      I love to read this les. I work in Roche Harbor resort a few years ago and it was amazing. Beautiful nature, friendly people, whale watching, kayaking and lot more ....

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      acregmed 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      LaurisB LM 5 years ago

      I used to live on San Juan Island. Your article definitely made me homesick!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ...and blessed, as are all those who get to visit San Juan Island!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love getting off the beaten path and San Juan Island certainly does do that...and what a wonder to be able to see the Orcas too! I had never heard of San Juan Island before and sure would love to visit, just the ferry ride would be fun and that's just the beginning of adventures to come!

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      Truly a beautiful place, thanks for sharing the info with the community!

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      deckdesign 5 years ago

      Great lens with lots of good information on the San Juans. I've sailed for a few years in the San Juans and just love it.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I have not had the pleasure to visit San Juan Island, but sure put it on my wish list to do. It looks so beautiful.

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      AndrazP 5 years ago

      Looks like a nice place! Great lens as well.

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      jammarti 5 years ago

      Fascinating! Hope I could visit the place soon.

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      GaryHollingsworth 5 years ago

      Sounds like a great place to visit.

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      Eklectik1 5 years ago

      Planning our trip to Olympic, Mt Rainier & N Cascades - looks like we'll need to add San Juan Island to our itinerary. Thanks for the information.

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      I need to go here. Looks great.

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      vBizeso 5 years ago

      Nice Lens

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      We really enjoyed our visit to the islands about a dozen years ago, especially learning all about the ''pig war.'' Great lens!

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      bigjoe2121 5 years ago

      we went to san Juan in May two years ago. it was fun! we took an RV on the ferry and everything

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      Rainbows and Unicorns Entertainment 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      One of the favorite memories I have of my father is heading up to the islands to ride our bikes up Mt. Constitution. Tough climb but worth it when we reached the top. Even better to have a great day with my Dad.

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      Steve and Annette 5 years ago

      We're headed there soon so I'll be reading every word. I pinned this to my Puget Sound board on pinterest too. you can see it at http://pinterest.com/pin/117234396520349154/

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      Marilyn Thompson 5 years ago from Washington State

      Great lens! I too live in the Northwest and have vacationed on Lopez Island and experienced Orca just a few short feet from our boat - the islands are gorgeous

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      A wonderful lens that brought back memories of my childhood in the Pacific NW! Thanks for sharing ...

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      Gorgeous Lens. The intro picture surely inticed me to give your Lens a read.

      I went to school in the northwest...Go Ducks!

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      Like you, I'm lucky to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and I've visited the Puget and San Juan Islands. This is a wonderful lens. It would surely make me want to visit San Juan Island if I'd never been, just to see the Orcas!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Congrats on making it to the front page! This article is fantastic. Very thorough. I've been to the San Juan Islands and it is amazing. Well done article. :)

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      what a beautiful island great lens

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

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      jewell_sloan 5 years ago

      Great article! My husband & I were married on San Juan island in 2009. I hope to write a wedding planning article about the islands and will definitely have to link up to your travel guide!

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      stargoldteam12 5 years ago

      love it.

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      Looks like a very beautiful place!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice describles...Excellent work!

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Wow exotic place, what a beautiful island.

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      I have not but it looks amazing. I will have to put it on my list of places to see.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Looks like a lovely place to visit - very nice lens and pictures ~~blessed ~~

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      It looks so beautiful!

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      Boy, it sure looks nice there. Visiting Washington is on my bucket list and San Juan Island looks like a beautiful diversion. Thanks for all the hard work!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      No, I have not been to San Juan Island. Whale watching sounds like fun.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yes, once! I took the Washington State ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor. It was lovely! I would visit there all the time if possible. Gorgeous place!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I've been on the Victoria Clipper so sailed close by but didn't actually go on the Island. Great lens.

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      Mystico 5 years ago

      Looks like a lot of fun! I haven't gotten to WA yet, in my travels. When I was in Alberta, I was planning on hitting the coast, then travelling down to Seattle, but the time just slipped away.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      We've been talking about visiting on Vancouver Island in July. Perfect opportunity to go to sail to the San Juan Island and leave by way of Anacortes. I want to see the Lavender Farm and, of course, the whales. Great lens. Blessed.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Have not heard of this place before. Something to add to my travel list.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      No, but it looks fabulous!

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      AskLou1 5 years ago

      Nice lens! We live on the other side of the state, looks like we will have to take a road trip!

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      We are planning a trip up there, thank you for the great info!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      san juan isiland is a lovely place to visit. thanks for this virtual tour. ~blessed~

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      Happydena 6 years ago

      What a great place to explore.

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      Beautiful island and a beautiful lense.

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for a great, informative lens. Love the pics and beauty of San Juan Island.

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      LiquidGranite1 6 years ago

      A virtual trip to San Juan Island. Thanks!

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      Hi VickiSims, wow looks beautiful, would love to visit. Thank you for sharing!

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      whaleriders6 6 years ago

      Thank you for your lovely comment on my lens...and for lensrolling me! Woohoo! I've updated my lens with new things & have now lensrolled you (my first one!). Have a great day!!!

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      whaleriders6 6 years ago

      I live here...and love it! Excellent lens!

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      debinz 6 years ago

      Nice lens! I went to Lopez Island with my family when I was a kid. It was such a great trip and I've been dying to go back. Nice to see that it's still a great destination.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have been to Friday Harbor and had a great time. That was about 20 years ago, so I would like to go again just to see how things may have changed, plus the ferry ride was a lot of fun. Thanks for the memories.

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      dwnovacek 6 years ago

      My parents and sister have lived in Ferndale, WA (just north of Bellingham) for more than twenty-five years and I have yet to make it to San Juan Island. It's definitely at the top of the list for this year's visit!

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      CoolFoto 6 years ago

      I've been to Seattle 3 times and took the ferry to Bainbridge, but never thought about whale watching. I was probably there at the wrong time of year. Blessed by neighborhood Travel Angel and added to www.squidoo.com/angel-of-travel .

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      I was looking for places to watch Orcas -- happy to find this great lens -- blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      rt8ca 6 years ago

      Excellent lens on San Juan and some great pictures and videos!

      I will definitely link your lens to others from my travel tips website.

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      reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

      That kayating with orcas is truly amazing - -this is a great amzing lens about San Juan Island. Thumbs up!

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Informative lens and very well done.

      Blessed by an Angel and featured on my angel lens.

      Happy Holidays

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      JennySui 7 years ago

      Wow! What a wonderful place to visit. Videos are simply awesome. Thanks Vickisims for taking out time to compile this.

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Never been to San Juan Island, but you definitely made me want to as you did a fantastic job on promoting it through this well-crafted lens. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      Paula Morgan 7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Great content - not likely that I will get there but I like the way you have put this page together...

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      I have never been. It's not far, though. Blessed by a Seattle SquidAngel.

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      This is one place I have not made it to. The lavender farms sound enticing.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I've never been, but saw it across the water when we were staying at Sequim Bay Campground years ago. I've often wanted to visit some of Washington State's islands.

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      LisaDH 7 years ago

      The San Juan Islands have to be one of the most beautiful places in the country. My aunt and uncle live on Lopez Island with an incredible view of the water. I would LOVE to join them up there.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      I loved my trip there here on your lens. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I've never been to San Jan Island so really enjoyed learning about it. Loved the Orcas. Thank you for adding this to my plexo on Promote Local Businesses and Events.

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      Bella Stella 7 years ago

      Hello! I have never been there but it looks attractive. When do you think is the best season to visit that place. I love travelling all year long. If you do so, then have a look at my lens Greece Travel which is related to travelling in Greece. I hope that you will vote to my polls!

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'd love to return to the Pacific Northwest and get a closer look than I did last time. My last trip was just about 4 days to see everything in the northwest. I need more time than that to see cool places like this! Thanks for the tips.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I had relatives who lived in the area but I never had a chance to go myself. Now I wish I'd made the time! You've highlighted some amazing views and points of interest. Maybe I'll still make it up that direction. Wonderful lens!

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      What a beautiful lens about a beautiful place.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for the information. It was good seeing you on Senior Squids.

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      brookehudson 7 years ago

      Whale watching looks exciting. Looks like I will love this place, country-side reminds me of my hometown. Well done lens.

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      jolou 7 years ago

      I'm from Victoria, and have spent an enjoyable weekend at Friday Harbor. In addition, I have taken the Annacortes ferry to the mainland and they stop here. We really live in a beautiful area!

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      Very nicely done. I live in Seattle, but I've never been to the San Juan Islands.

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      LisaDH 7 years ago

      @LisaDH: Oops, guess I've been here before! Just realized I left a comment nearly two years ago saying almost the same thing. :-)

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      LisaDH 7 years ago

      The San Juan Islands are definitely worth a trip! My aunt and uncle live on Lopez, and it's like stepping into a beautiful and different (slower-paced) world. I love it! And getting there on the ferry is half the fun!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      You live in a beautiful spot, I am from Vancouver and I have visited the San Juans on occasion. Great lens.

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      LisaDH 9 years ago

      My aunt and uncle live on the islands, and I love taking the ferry to visit. Great place to vacation!

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      grassosalvato86 9 years ago

      Hello!! I'd really like to go to San Juan Island! You've got a very good lens! keep up the nice work! 5 stars

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      John Parr 9 years ago from Montreal

      I used to live in that part of the world, very nice lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great Lens ! Welcome to Travelmania group.

      Tapir Travel

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Very nice lens! Welcome to All Things Travel.