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About the San Juans

Ranked in the top three U.S. vacation destinations, the San Juan Islands are known for their exquisite natural beauty and safe, small-town atmosphere. 

The San Juan Islands, an archipelago in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, are part of Washington state, and form the core of San Juan County. There are 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan County with four main islands served by a ferry system. Today, the San Juan Islands are an important marine research and tourist destination, with sea kayaking and orca whale-watching.

The town of Friday Harbor is located on San Juan Island, approximately 70 miles northwest of Seattle via an hour-long ferry ride or a short plane flight. Friday Harbor is home to art galleries, museums, bookstores, cafes, and theaters, and is the hub of San Juan Island.