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Friday Harbor, WA

Travel Guide
San Juan Island featuring a marina, boating and sailing

This small town on San Juan Island is home to some special historic sites, festivals, open-air markets, craft shops, galleries and parks.

Enjoy the simplicity and serenity of San Juan Island’s gateway town. Friday Harbor is central to the transport, culture and commerce on San Juan Island, but the town is small and only has 2,000 inhabitants. Visit the cafés, restaurants, craft shops, festivals and galleries to get a sense of the community spirit on the island. In summer visitors flock here from the mainland and the bars and restaurants hum with a good natured atmosphere.

Culture thrives in Friday Harbor. Browse the art market, only a stone’s throw away from the ferry landing at Brickworks Plaza. Shop for hand-made pottery, jewelry, clothing and soaps. In summer, enjoy live music and theatre shows in the open air, visit one of the many festivals or simply sit in one of the waterfront bars and soak in the stunning views.

Take a self-guided walking tour of churches, parks and historical buildings. Pause at the granite memorial from 1921 in Memorial Park, which commemorates the locals who died in World War I. Don’t miss the San Juan Historical Museum, located in an old pioneer farmhouse. Tours are available throughout the year and its lawns are also used for major festivals and free live music nights.

Waterfront restaurants serve fresh seafood, harvested on the island, and a wide range of international cuisines, suiting all budgets. Treat yourself to an ice cream for dessert and take a seat on one of the benches in town for some people-watching.

To learn the names and habits of the resident orcas, head to the Whale Museum. Increase your chance to spot the seal colonies and pods of whales by joining one of the daily wild life cruises, kayak tours or scenic flights. During your trip you may meet the international graduate students of the Friday Harbor Laboratories, a world-renowned marine biology section of the University of Washington.

The town sits on the east coast of San Juan Island. Ferries sail directly from Anacortes on the mainland and water taxis can drop you off at nearby islands. Friday Harbor’s airport is close to the town center and has connections to cities such as Seattle and Bellingham.

Friday Harbor Suites
Friday Harbor Suites
2.5 out of 5
680 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $249 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 5
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Juan Islands Museum of Art and San Juan Historical Society and Museum. Whale Museum and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (423 reviews)
"The place is walking distance from town and a vary good coffee place; the staff were friendly. Check in and out during office hours was easy. The suite had 2 rooms which were clean and ample and each one had a tv. There is a kitchenette area (microwave and normal size refrigerator) and a counter ..."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Friday Harbor Suites
Earthbox Inn & Spa
Earthbox Inn & Spa
2.5 out of 5
410 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA
Located in the heart of Friday Harbor, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Whale Museum and within 9 mi (15 km) of English Camp and Lime Kiln Point State ...
4.2/5Very Good! (519 reviews)
"Very close to everything/ferry. Comfy and clean rooms, very pretty grounds/flowers, quite rooms with individual balconies, easy remote check in and check out, outstanding communication and amazing skin care from local Pelindaba Lavender pharm!"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Earthbox Inn & Spa
Hillside House Bed and Breakfast
Hillside House Bed and Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
365 Carter Avenue, Friday Harbor, WA
The price is $269 per night from Aug 31 to Aug 31
Situated in Friday Harbor, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Whale Museum and San Juan Islands Museum of Art. American Camp Visitor Center and Pelindaba ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (93 reviews)
"Friendly and welcoming. A delightful B&B experience."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Hillside House Bed and Breakfast
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Enticing Waterfront Cottage!
Enticing Waterfront Cottage!
Friday Harbor, WA
Situated on the waterfront, this romantic cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Whale Museum, and San Juan Historical Society and ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (100 reviews)
Wonderful location
"My daughter and I loved it. Right on the lagoon with deer and fox. Cottage had everything one would need and the owners were so helpful! We would come again."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2021

Enticing Waterfront Cottage!
NEW Listing! Downtown Friday Harbor
NEW Listing! Downtown Friday Harbor
Friday Harbor, WA
Located in the heart of Friday Harbor, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Whale Museum. San Juan Historical ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Extremely convenient and very clean/comfortable
"This was a really fun location - super clean and well maintained. It was within close walking distance to everything in Friday Harbor. The property management crew was very helpful with check in - easy to contact with quick response. A great stay!"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2021

NEW Listing! Downtown Friday Harbor
NEW Listing! Downtown Friday Harbor
NEW Listing! Downtown Friday Harbor
Friday Harbor, WA
Located in the heart of Friday Harbor, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Whale Museum. San Juan Historical ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Walk ability to everything!
"A little noisy from being so close to the street and very thin walls. Unit was clean but no sink in bathroom or a cooktop in kitchen. Enjoyed the island and had a nice time. Thank you, Rose M."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

NEW Listing! Downtown Friday Harbor
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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