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San Juan Island By Car

From your room in Earthbox Inn and Spa, you will have the town of Friday Harbor at your feet. After you've sampled the delights of our historic port, however, the rest of the island beckons.

Exploring San Juan by car could not be easier, and there are a few sites we recommend as not to be missed. Ask the Earthbox staff for seasonal ideas, maps, and directions. From town we will likely direct you toward Roche Harbor Rd. This scenic byway winds its way up the east side of the island on its way toward the Roche Harbor Resort. There are some real gems on the way.

Hiking San Juan Island

Hiking on San Juan Island does not have to be hard work. Remember, you're on vacation. From leisurely coastline strolls to the slopes of Mount Young, there are trails to fit everyone and views at every turn.

The staff at Earthbox Inn & Spa is on hand with any directions or advice you might need to get you out and enjoying the best of San Juan Island.

In the meantime, here are a few hiking highlights to get you started:

Shoreline & Tidepools & Beaches

One of the beauties of San Juan Island is its abundance of public shoreline. Indulge in the freedom of water-side trails, watch for whales from one of many public coastal view points, or stop for lunch on a pebbled beach.

Bicycling on San Juan Island

When you come to San Juan Island you will see plenty of cyclists enjoying the weather and the scenery. And why not? Drivers are accustomed to bicyclists and there are plenty of places on the island to pull over and enjoy the view. Round trips tours on San Juan do involve some hills, but are still accomplished by many groups and families.

Kayaking From San Juan Island

The waters around San Juan Island provide some of the best and most beautiful kayaking in the world. Exploring the coastline from the water brings you that much closer to San Juan's magic. As you wind your way down the evergreen coast you'll spot bald eagles soaring above you, seals playing below you, and perhaps even Orca whales swimming by. Our staff will be happy to help you with your kayaking reservations. We suggest you reserve your trip at least a couple of weeks ahead of time to ensure getting just the trip and time you want.

Whale Watching

San Juan Island is famous for its varied wildlife, and the celebrities of this natural world are the Orca whales that cruise the surrounding waters from mid-April to early October.

Free Beach Cruiser Rental

Hop on a free Beach Cruiser bike right here at your San Juan Island lodging and wheel around bike-friendly Friday Harbor. Our sturdy single-speed town bikes are ideal for getting around this compact town—the eateries, shops, marina, galleries, the historical and whale museums all lie just a short ride from Earthbox. (We provide your helmet too—we want you home safe.)

Seattle to Friday Harbor by Boat

There are a number of foot ferries available that travel from different parts of the state and bring you directly to Friday Harbor:

  • From Seattle, WA The Victoria Clipper passenger ferry departs once daily in season direct to and from Friday Harbor

Flying to San Juan Island

All routes to Friday Harbor are lovely, but air travel allows you to soak up the island’s beauty in style. It is also the quickest way of getting to the San Juan Islands. Seattle to Friday Harbor is a scenic 30-minute flight, easily accessible from anywhere in Seattle, including Sea-Tac airport.

Friday Harbor by Ferry

Most people feel their vacation starts as soon as they arrive at the Washington State Ferry landing. The ferry that will transport you from Anacortes to Friday Harbor is about a 90-minute drive north from Seattle, or south from Vancouver. The sailing is a little more than an hour and you will cruise in comfort through some of the most beautiful waters in the world.

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