Cruise Your Own Adventure
In the San Juan Islands
If there’s a special Paradise for boaters, it rather likely resembles the San Juan Islands.
There are over 100 named islands on the US side of the nearby Canadian border, and many more rocks and drying shoals exposed at low tides. Pour everything that makes boating exciting and attractive into a large funnel, hold it over a chart, and the San Juan Islands will come spilling out the bottom. Among our 100 islands are barren rocks, dense forests, wild meadows, and cultivated farms. There are islands where 2000-foot peaks often disappear into low clouds, and others where there is nothing taller than a couple of survivalist trees (twisted and contorted by generations of winter winds).
Every experience a boater could desire will be found in the San Juans. A lonely, moonlit anchorage? A boisterous party in a late night pub? A rustic marina? A five-star resort? Trails for hiking? Back roads for biking? Historic sites and museums to explore? Fishing? Clamming? Beachcombing? Bird watching? Whale watching? Find all of these and so much more in the San Juans.
For most boaters, the San Juans are a one-day cruise away from Seattle. It’s about 60 nautical miles from Shilshole Bay to Friday Harbor; just far enough to make a visit to the San Juans a special event, yet close enough to be easily accomplished. Once in the islands, a boater does not need to travel far to enjoy a complete change of environment. Each night’s destination may be only a few miles away from the previous anchorage or moorage.
NW cruisers traveling to the San Juans will want to bring a camera, and very high expectations. The scenery is so incredible that at times it borders on overwhelming. The photos will be useful for validating memories once the cruise is over. Yes, it really was as spectacular as remembered- if not more so.
The San Juan Islands are a destination acclaimed by boaters around the world. Cruise your own adventure in the San Juans and perhaps you will agree: if there’s a special Paradise for boaters, it rather likely resembles the San Juan Islands.