One of our truly great information resources is Anna Maria de Freitas, owner of the Tucker House B&B, Harrison House B&B and the Coho Restaurant here in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. This is the first in what we hope to be many blogs that we get to post here.
“Many visitors ask about making a reservation for the ferry. Currently the Washington State Ferry run from Anacortes – Friday Harbor, San Juan Island is first come first served. Only the international crossing to Sidney accepts reservations. But that is going to change late this year, December 28th to be exact! Reservations will be available for the east and westward crossing for all of our guests traveling to and from Friday Harbor This new system will revolutionize the current system where you have to queue up sometimes several hours prior to the ferry’s departure. The system is in the final design and testing stage. We will update you once all the details are in place with all the particulars.
So in the interim, we share some strategies and tips for effortless ferry travel. Equipped with these strategies and the new Washington State Ferry app called Vessel Watch, you will breeze to and from the main land to Friday Harbor. Vessel Watch is a life saver. It offers a real time update of how many car spaces are remaining for a scheduled departure. This way you may decide to take a more scenic leisurely drive through Skagit Valley or make a bee line straight to the terminal.
In addition to the Washington State Ferry, there are other transportation options to San Juan Island with Kenmore Air or Victoria Clipper. These are ideal options if your hotel or Inn is walking distance from downtown Friday Harbor and you decide to come without a vehicle. Depending on your travel itinerary and the number in your party, there may be other options as well. Ask your hotel’s concierge when making your reservation. They will be happy to recommend the best transportation option for your party to travel to San Juan Island. Remember getting here is half the fun!”