Explore the Islands

The largest of the islands, San Juan Island is the seat of the county government and home to bustling Friday Harbor. Historic sites such as Roche Harbor and the British and American camps are also popular and whale watching is a big plus on this island. Restaurants and coffee shops, large marinas, arts and crafts, it's all here.
Aerial photograph of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
Aerial photograph of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
Lopez Island is a favorite of boaters, largely due to its sheltered bays and marine parks. Cyclists also wheel here for an enjoyable and fairly easy day of exploring. Numerous campgrounds, good restaurants and a rural atmosphere add to the friendly island heritage.
Orcas jumping
Orcas jumping
Quiet Shaw Island, with its lack of facilities and small population, is an ideal family destination, if you arrive early enough at the campsite. There are no other facilities, restaurants or entertainment on this tiny island but there is lots of history.
Roche Harbor, San Juan Island
Roche Harbor, San Juan Island
Orcas Island
Orcas Island
Historical Orcas Island offers visitors every distraction they could want with small settlements, bays, accommodations and the largest park on any of the islands. Eastsounds' galleries and restaurants are a must visit.
As well as the larger islands the San Juan Islands are comprised of over 700 other islands and islets of varying sizes. Many of these are protected as marine parks while others are privately owned.
Aerial photo of Sucia Island
Aerial photo of Sucia Island