San Juan Island’s Best
Why San Juan Island? It is the best of all good things. Calm waters, perfect for boating and kayaking. 250 days of sunshine. Because of the rain shadow effect from the Olympic Mountains San Juan Island has only 17 – 20 inches of rain per year. And . . . Orca Whales! Six months of the year, April to September the Southern Resident Killer Whales return to our waters.
Temperatures are mild too. Averaging 40 degrees in the winter to 70 degrees in summer. Not too hot and not too cold. San Juan Island has a good deal of mostly flat roads, unlike some of the other islands. Maybe we are prejudice, but we think, San Juan Island is the best of the best islands. San Juan Island weather click here
The San Juan Islands are located north of Seattle, about 90 miles, north of the Strait of Juan DeFuca, west of Rosario Strait, east of Haro Strait and south of Boundary Pass. All these waters are within what is now called the Salish Sea.
The name “San Juan” was given to the islands by the Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza. He charted the islands in 1791, naming them Isla y Archiepelago de San Juan.The expedition sailed under the authority of the Viceroy of Mexico, Juan Vicente.
The San Juan archipelago coincides with San Juan County. Islands that are not in San Juan County are not part of the San Juan Islands – according to the USGS. At mean high tide, there are over 400 islands and rocks in the archipelago, 128 of which are named.
Friday Harbor is a walking town, some say like a sophisticated ‘Mayberry’. It is safe and friendly. We are known for boutique shopping, fine dining, good walking and hiking spots. San Juan Island is perfect for nature lovers. These pages will show you the best of San Juan Island’s best.
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Keep up to date with the news and events from San Juan Island. The blogs contain info on latest deals, what new with town and information about the island that will keep you occupied for 10 vacations! Take a look at some of the restaurants we showcase, or read about one of the many activities available in the San Juan Islands. Click here for SanJuanIsland.com Blog
Find out the comings and goings of the San Juan Island Ferries.For current Spring 2014 San Juan Island ferry schedule – click here
Where’s the best happy hour on San Juan Island? – click here. Grab a friend and try several.
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Now is the ideal time to discover the San Juan Islands!
Escape the mainland and enjoy all the things you love to do: biking, hiking, kayaking, golfing, boating or shopping. Tour the island’s vast interior, go horseback riding, or get a relaxing massage and have a sunset dinner overlooking the sound. It’s all waiting for you here, and now, in the San Juan Islands. Just 90 miles north of Seattle. Discover the picture perfect San Juan Islands today.