San Juan Islands Travel Information
Crystal Seas is here to make kayaking in the San Juan Islands a highlight of your vacation! With the exception of a few of our Washington kayak tours which involve inns and/or biking, all of our tours start from San Juan Island. We offer complimentary pick-up in Friday Harbor as part of our kayak tours so all you have to do is get yourself there. Please don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions or just want to run your San Juan Island kayaking plans by us. Thanks and enjoy kayaking Washington State and the beautiful San Juan Islands.
- How to get to San Juan Island (Friday Harbor, Washington)
- Accommodations on San Juan Island
- Activities on San Juan Island
- Restaurants on San Juan Island
- San Juan Islands Real Estate
- Shopping in Friday Harbor
How to Get to Friday Harbor Washington
We will generally pick you up right across from the Washington State Ferry terminal in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island unless other arrangements have been made. So all you have to do is get to Friday Harbor! The most common ways to get to Friday Harbor from the Seattle area are:
Drive your own car, a rental or take the Airporter Shuttle to Anacortes (about 2 hours from Seattle and then walk-on (highly recommended - no ferry lines) or drive-on the Washington State Ferry to Friday Harbor (just over 1 hour). As of January 5th 2015 the Washington State Ferry system accepts reservations. Reservations are highly recommended if you plan on bringing your vehicle to the islands. Visit this website to make ferry reservations. Reservations are not required if you plan on leaving your car in Anacortes and "walking on" the ferry.
Board the Victoria Clipper as a walk-on from downtown Seattle and get off in Friday Harbor (about 3-3.5 hours).
Take a flight with Kenmore Air from downtown Seattle or the SeaTac International Airport to Friday Harbor (about 40 minutes).back to top
Driving to Friday Harbor from the Seattle Area
Head north on I-5 just past Mt. Vernon. Take exit 230, (Highway 20) westbound to Anacortes-San Juan Ferry. Follow "Anacortes-San Juan Ferry" signs. Drive through Anacortes and turn left at the light next to Safeway. Continue on this road until you come to the Washington State Ferry terminal. Park your car at the terminal and walk-on as a foot passenger or drive-on with your car. If you plan to drive on the ferry you should arrive at the ferry terminal 90 minutes to 2 hours in advance depending on the day.(Total Drive Time from 2 hours). We plan our kayak tours around the ferry schedule.back to top
Driving to Friday Harbor from Bellingham or Vancouver, B.C.
Head south on I-5 until Burlington, if you reach Mt. Vernon you have gone to far. Take exit 230, (Highway 20) westbound to Anacortes-San Juan Ferry. Follow "Anacortes-San Juan Ferry" signs. Drive through Anacortes and turn left at light at Safeway. Continue on this road until you come to the Washington State Ferry terminal. Park your car at the terminal and walk-on as a foot passenger or drive-on with your car. You will be kayaking Washington State so you will not need a passport. If you plan to drive on the ferry you should arrive at the ferry terminal 90 minutes to 3 hours in advance depending on the day. Total Drive Time from Bellingham: 1 hour. Total Drive Time from Vancouver, B.C.: 2 hours plus border crossing time of 30 min.- 1 hourback to top
Shuttling to Friday Harbor from Seattle to the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes
Gray Line - (800) 426-7532 ...bus service from downtown Seattle to Anacortes. Then you take the Washington State Ferry to San Juan Island where you will find your kayaking Washington tour.back to top
Shuttling to Friday Harbor from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes
Airporter Shuttle - (800) 448-8443 ...scheduled shuttle service from the Seattle airport to Anacortes.
Bellair Shuttle - (800) 235-5247 ...chartered shuttle service from the airport to Anacortes.
Via the land to Sidney, B.C....
Gray Line - (800) 426-7532 ...bus service from downtown Victoria, B.C.
Boating to Friday Harbor from Anacortes
Washington State Ferries - (800) 84-FERRY or (206)464-6400 ...the main access for foot-passengers, bicycles, cars, boats, motor homes. This is the most common way to get to your San Juan Island sea kayaking adventure.back to top
Boating to Friday Harbor from from downtown Seattle
Victoria Clipper (San Juan Explorer) - (800) 888-2535 ...foot-passenger only ferry.back to top
Boating to Friday Harbor from Bellingham
San Juan Island Shuttle Express - (360) 671-1137 ...seasonal foot-passenger only ferry.back to top
Boating to Friday Harbor from Everett
Mosquito Fleet - (206) 787-6400 ...seasonal foot-passenger only ferry.
Boating to Friday Harbor from Port Townsend
Puget Sound Express - (360) 385-5288 ...seasonal foot-passenger only ferry.back to top
Boating to Friday Harbor from Sidney, B.C., which is about 30 minutes from Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island.
Washington State Ferries - (800) 84-FERRY or (206)464-6400 ...the main access for foot-passengers, bicycles, cars, boats, motor homes...back to top
Boating to Friday Harbor from Victoria, B.C.
Victoria Clipper (San Juan Explorer) - (800) 888-2535 or (206) 448-5000 or (250) 382-8100back to top
Flying to Friday Harbor...
Kenmore Air - (800) 543-9595 ...float plane service from Lake Union and Lake Washington in the Seattle area
San Juan Airlines - (800) 690-0086 ...float plane and regular service near Sea-Tac International Airport. If you do not want to rent a car, this is a common way to get to your kayaking vacation.
West Isle Air - (800) 874-4434 ...scheduled and charter flights from Anacortes and Boeing Field.back to top
Argyle House Bed & Breakfast www.argylehouse.net 360-378-4084
Friday Harbor Suites www.fridayharborsuites.com 360-378-3031
Blair House Bed & Breakfast www.fridayharborlodging.com 360-472-1062
Bird Rock Hotel http://www.birdrockhotel.com 360-378-5848
Discovery Inn www.discovery-inn.com 360-378-2000
Dragonfly Inn www.thedragonflyinn.com 360-378-4287
Earthbox Inn & Spa www.earthboxinn.com 360-378-4000
Friday Harbor House www.fridayharborhouse.com 360-378-8455
Friday Harbor Lights www.fridayharborlights.com 360-378-4317
Harrison House Suites B&B www.harrisonhousesuites.com 360-378-3587
Highland Inn www.highlandinn.com 360-378-9450
Hillside House www.hillsidehouse.com 360-378-4730
Inn To The Woods Bed & Breakfast www.inntothewoods.com 360-378-3367
The Island Inn at 123 West Friday Harbor 360 378 4400
Juniper Lane Guest House www.juniperlaneguesthouse.com 360-378-7761
Kirk House www.kirkhouse.net 360-378-3757
Lakedale Resort www.lakedale.com 360-378-2350
Lonesome Cove Resort www.lonesomecove.com 360-378-4477
Mar Vista Resort www.marvistaresort.com 360-378-4448
Marina Inn Hotel Anacortes www.MarinaInnWa.com 800-231-5198
Nichols Street Suites www.lodging-fridayharbor.com 360-378-2638
Olympic Lights www.olympiclights.com 360-378-3186
The Orca Inn orcainnwa.com 360-378-2724
Snug Harbor Resort www.snugresort.com 360-378-4762
States Inn www.statesinn.com 360-378-6240
Tucker House B & B, with Cottages www.tuckerhouse.com 360-378-2783
Trumpeter Inn www.trumpeterinn.com 360-378-3884
Wharfside B&B www.slowseason.com 360-378-5661
Wildwood Manor www.wildwoodmanor.com/ 360-378-3447
Wayfarer's Rest www.rockisland.com/~wayfarersrest 360-378-6428back to top
San Juan Excursions - Whale & Wildlife Cruises aboard the classic yacht 'Odyssey' - www.watchwhales.com 360-378-6636
Susie's Moped Rentals www.susiesmopeds.com 360-378-5244
TerraTrek Biking Tours www.goterratrek.com 888-441-2433
Island Bicycles www.islandbicycles.com 360-378-4941
The Whale Museum www.whalemuseum.org 360-378-4710
San Juan Golf & Country Club www.sanjuangolfandcountryclub.com 360-378-2254
San Juan Vineyards www.sanjuanvineyards.com 360-378-9463
Simply San Juan Guide http://www.simply-san-juan.comback to top
Chris Spaulding San Juan Islands Real Estateback to top
Backdoor Kitchen www.backdoorkitchen.com 360-378-9540
Cannery House Restaurant 360-378-6505
Coho Restaurant www.cohorestaurant.com 360-378-6330
Downriggers www.downriggerssanjuan.com 360-378-2700
Duck Soup Inn www.ducksoupinn.com 360-378-4878
Friday Harbor House www.fridayharborhouse.com 360-378-8455
One Twenty Nichols www.120nichols.com 360-378-6330
The Place Bar & Grill www.theplacesanjuan.com 360-378-8707
Vinny's Ristorante http://www.vinnysfridayharbor.com/ 360-378-1934back to top
Baby Sitting Service
Island Sitters 360-298-4052
Daisy Bloom 360-370-5180
Dan Levin Originals www.heartoftheislands.com 360-378-205l
Dominique's www.dominiquesclothing.com 360-378-6454
Friday Harbor Trading Co. www.fridayharbortrading.com 360-378-6660
Funk & Junk Antiques www.rockisland.com/~funkon 360-378-2638
The Garuda & I www.thegarudaandi.com 360-378-3733
Griffin Bay Bookstore www.griffinbaybook.com 360-378-5511
San Juan Hot Shop & Flavor Emporium sanjuanhotshop.com 360-378-5978
Island Wine 360-378-3229
Nash Brothers Sporting Goods 360-378-6271
Second Act 360-378-3828
Serendipity: The Used Book Place 360-378-2665
The Toy Box 360-378-8889