If you’ve waited in frustratingly long lines for ferries to and from Washington’s San Juan Islands, relief is on the way. Starting next year travelers will be able to get vehicle reservations on ferries. Reservations will be available for sailings from Anacortes to Orcas, San Juan, Shaw and Lopez islands and for the return voyage from…More
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Monthly through 2014, The Seattle Times is revisiting weekend getaway destinations around the state of Washington, seeking a fresh spin on 12 old favorites.More
Better book now if you plan to visit the San Juan Islands this year.
Monday, President Obama granted a long-held wish of many San Juan Islands advocates and created a San Juan Islands National Monument, shining a bright national spotlight on Washington’s favorite archipelago. Now comes another pop in the news cycle, and it’s no weasel: TripAdvisor, everybody’s go-to travel-review website, announced that San Juan Island has gotten the nod from its users as the best island in America.
And it’s a global honor, too: San Juan Island, the home to Friday Harbor, the Pig War, Mona the camel and the reputed world’s best whale-watching park (Lime Kiln Point State Park), is ranked fourth island in the world in the same Travelers’ Choice awards. (Ambergris Cay in Belize, St. John in the Virgin Islands, and Bora Bora were No. 1 through 3, so don’t cry too hard in your beer, all you Friday Harbor Rotarians.)
Here’s what TripAdvisor had to say about San Juan:More
We collected a lot of tips, some of them pretty detailed, about readers’ favorites among the San Juan Islands. (Have you been to the lavender farm on San Juan? Iceberg Point for whale watching on Lopez? The one-room school on Decatur?) Now it’s time to kick off your shoes, roll up trouser…More
I’ve spent a lot of my life around the San Juan Islands, and I have some definite opinions on this question — but no pat answer. San Juan Island itself is such an interesting mix of history — that Pig War, you know, and Teddy Roosevelt’s signature in the guest register at Roche Harbor. And if…More