You’ll never meet a stranger in the San Juan Islands.
The San Juan Island Archipelago consists of a staggering 172 islands, some only visible during extreme low tide (look out boaters!), and well over 300 miles of shoreline. The three largest islands are geographically unique: Orcas being the hilliest (The tallest peak is Mount Constitution at almost exactly a half-mile elevation.), Lopez
the flattest and best for easy cycling and San Juan Island
is a combination of both.
The shorelines are a combination of sandy, pebbly and rocky beaches, offering clumps of bull kelp, tangles of cedar, madrona and fir driftwood. Shallow harbors offer safe harbor to shallow draft vessels like kayaks and small motorboats and deep harbors provide perfect moorage for sailboats and larger yachts. Just consult your charts before you choose which ones work for you.
The islands are famous for their resident pods of Orcas (Orca Whales, or Orca Orcinus) – Listen to live Orca songs here
. There are three resident pods that eat salmon (there are 5 different types of Pacific salmon: King, Sockeye, Silver, Pink, and Chum) ) but also some transient orcas that come to take Harbor seals
. Other marine mammals include the River otter
, Steller sea lions
, Common minke whales
, Dall’s porpoise
and other cetaceans
Let the adventures begin!
Summer Featured Attractions
Meat Machine Cycles
The shop was founded to serve the needs of both visitors and locals without being a “just
a rental shop”. Stop by to see him for anything cycling related and maybe join them on a group ride on Fridays.
San Juan Safaris
For over 20 years, San Juan Safaris has been offering the highest quality whale watching tours with a focus on our guests’ experiences and respectful wildlife viewing.
Tops’l provides the very finest and freshest Seafood and Sushi possible. All seafood possible is sourced from local Friday Harbor and San Juan Island fisherman. Salmon, Halibut, Crab, Urchins, Clams, Mussels Seaweed and more.