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July 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Vehicle reservations coming for ferries to San Juan islands

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…

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March 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM

San Juans are flavor-of-month as TripAdvisor jumps on bandwagon

Cattle Point lighthouse is among scenic spots on San Juan Island, named best island in America on TripAdvisor. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

Cattle Point lighthouse is among scenic spots on San Juan Island, named best island in America on TripAdvisor. The lighthouse is also part of a new national monument created this week. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

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:

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