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The '''San Juan Islands''' are in [[San Juan County (Washington)|San Juan County]], [[Washington (state)|Washington]] and border [[Vancouver Island]].
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The '''San Juan Islands'''[http://www.guidetosanjuans.com/] are a scattering of forested islands in the serene waters of northern [[Puget Sound]] in [[Washington (state)|Washington state]]. Ferries, private boats, kayaks, and orca (whales) criss-cross the waters, while float planes and bald eagles soar overhead.  The islands are largely rural, with a few small towns on some of the islands.  The year-round population is small, but swarms of summer visitors come to for the scenery and outdoor life, and a lucky and wealthy few have vacation homes tucked into the islands.
  
==Islands==
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== Understand ==
*[[Orcas]]
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There are about 700 islands and reefs between [[Vancouver Island]] to the west and the mainland to the east. The sea border in the Haro Strait divides them into the [[Southern Gulf Islands]] of [[Canada]] to the west, and the San Juan Islands of the [[United States]] to the east. The US islands make up [[San Juan County (Washington)|San Juan County]][http://www.co.san-juan.wa.us/], [[Washington (state)|Washington]]. To the south lies the Strait of San Juan de Fuca, and to north is the Strait of Georgia and the US-Canada boundary on the 49th parallel.
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176 islands are large enough to be named. The four largest — Orcas, San Juan, Lopez, and Shaw Islands — are served by ferry from the Washington mainland, and are the most heavily visited.
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==Cities and Islands==
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The islands are mostly rural, with only a few towns large enough separate coverage.  An article thus general covers an entire major island, perhaps with some of the surrounding small islands as well.
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*[[Orcas Island]], with Eastsound Village, Orcas Village, and Mount Constitution
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*[[San Juan Island]], with the towns of [[Friday Harbor]] and [[Roche Harbor]]
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*[[Lopez Island]]
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*[[Shaw Island]]
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*[[Blakely Island]]
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*[[Waldron Island]]
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*[[Decatur Island]]
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*[[Stuart Island]]
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==

Revision as of 01:29, 28 May 2007

The San Juan Islands[1] are a scattering of forested islands in the serene waters of northern Puget Sound in Washington state. Ferries, private boats, kayaks, and orca (whales) criss-cross the waters, while float planes and bald eagles soar overhead. The islands are largely rural, with a few small towns on some of the islands. The year-round population is small, but swarms of summer visitors come to for the scenery and outdoor life, and a lucky and wealthy few have vacation homes tucked into the islands.

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Understand

There are about 700 islands and reefs between Vancouver Island to the west and the mainland to the east. The sea border in the Haro Strait divides them into the Southern Gulf Islands of Canada to the west, and the San Juan Islands of the United States to the east. The US islands make up San Juan County[2], Washington. To the south lies the Strait of San Juan de Fuca, and to north is the Strait of Georgia and the US-Canada boundary on the 49th parallel.

176 islands are large enough to be named. The four largest — Orcas, San Juan, Lopez, and Shaw Islands — are served by ferry from the Washington mainland, and are the most heavily visited.

Cities and Islands

The islands are mostly rural, with only a few towns large enough separate coverage. An article thus general covers an entire major island, perhaps with some of the surrounding small islands as well.

Get in

  • Washington State Ferries [3]
  • Kenmore Air [4]

Get around

Lots of bicycles and walking, but mostly cars.

The San Juan Islands are the most popular sailing charter area in the Pacific Northwest. This is a good chartering area for beginners; the waters are reasonably protected even in storms off the Pacific. You can find independant information on yacht charters in the San Juan Islands at sBoats.com

See

  • Orcas Island has an amazing view atop Mt. Constitution of the Cascade Mountain Range and the Olympic Mountain Range. There is a near 360 degree view from a stone tower built by the public works of the Rosevelt era (a cell phone tower makes it less than 360 degrees, but still worth it). Gene Hackman, Miller of the skiing films fame, Oakley Sunglass owner all have vacation homes here. It is a paradise and home to some 3500 people. In the spring the J Pod Orca whales are in the area.
  • Friday Harbor, the main city on San Juan Island, the most populous of the San Juan Islands, and the county seat of San Juan County.
  • Roche Harbor, on the northwest corner of San Juan Island, is the number two town and a bustling yachting harbor. It has floatplane service to Seattle.

Do

Buy

Eat

  • Fresh Seafood including fish (especially salmon), dungeness crab, shrimp, muscles and clams are readily available. If you're foraging for yourself, make sure there's no red tide.

Drink

Sleep

Get out

  • Port Angeles - Connected by Port Angeles Boat Haven [5] and charter flights from Fairchild International Airport [6]
  • Port Townsend
  • Sequim - Connected by John Wayne Marina [7] and Sequim Valley Airport



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