Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor is the primary town on San Juan Island. Accessed by the Washington State Ferry system, this is the perfect spot to begin your exploration of the San Juan Islands.

Friday Harbor is located on beautiful San Juan Island, part of an archipelago of 170 islands in the Salish Sea between Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria. This picture-perfect historic seaport is surrounded by spectacular mountain and marine views. Here is natural grandeur that combines salty breezes, vibrant blue water, pebbled beaches and fragrant woods. It is a rare, unspoiled retreat ideal for outdoor adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

It is one square mile of walkable seaside activity, recreation and culture. Friday Harbor is known for its picturesque streetscape of turn of the century wood frame buildings and popular harbor. The town boasts no stoplights, billboards or look-alike big-box retail stores. Instead, the hamlet offers authentic small-town atmosphere, rich with culture, and a landscape of pastoral countryside and marine views.

Friday Harbor is the gateway to a variety of outdoor activities. Enjoy whale watching, kayaking, and biking. Besides recreation activities, you will find galleries, theaters, museums and restaurants.  Friday Harbor has everything from interesting boutiques to world class art galleries to fancy food shops.

For a truly unique experience, consider a whale watching tour. View magnificent wild orca whales plying the waters of San Juan Island, Washington. For the adventurous traveler, there’s world-class sea kayaking.Your trip to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island will not be complete without a visit to the island’s two National Historic Park sites, American and English Camp. Don’t miss Lime Kiln State Park. the best place in the world to view Orcas whales from shore.

Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, a family gathering or an active vacation, Harrison House Suites is a great choice for lodging. This upscale inn is located within walking distance of the ferry dock and downtown Friday Harbor.

Whatever your passion, it’s in fashion in Friday Harbor, Washington.

Friday Harbor Weather and Getting There

Friday Harbor is a year-round destination, accessible by ferry or seaplane. Washington State Ferry offers year round San Juan Island ferry service departing from Anacortes. Anacortes is equidistant from the city of Vancouver, B.C. and the Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Washington State ferry operates large car ferries between the San Juan Islands, terminating its service in Friday Harbor. Victoria Clipper offers seasonal foot passenger ferry service to Friday Harbor from downtown Seattle.

If you opt to fly to Friday Harbor – we promise an adventure of a lifetime. There are not many places in the world where you can take a seaplane and land in the harbor. Kenmore Air offers seaplane and wheeled service to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.

Friday Harbor weather is mild. Nestled in the center of a “rain shadow” cast by the mountains on the Olympic Peninsula, Friday Harbor enjoys nearly 250 days of sunshine each year and only half the annual rainfall of nearby Seattle.