Welcome to the San Juan Islands

Named the “#2 of the World’s Friendliest Islands” in the 2016 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards and awarded as Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice: “Best U.S. Islands for Families” in 2015, the San Juan Islands are a popular Northwest retreat. Once a mountain range, now an archipelago, the 100-million-year-old San Juan Islands feature some of the most spectacular scenery in the Northwest and depending on the tides, the San Juans number anywhere from 428 to 743 islands. Only 172 islands have received names, including the four largest: Orcas, San Juan, Shaw and Lopez. World-renowned for both the resident pods of orca whales and migratory pods that feed in the area, the San Juan Islands also teem with other wildlife.

Clipper Vacations’ most popular excursion to the San Juan Islands is the San Juan Island Whale Watching day trip. Board the San Juan Clipper from downtown Seattle, search for orca whales, seals, and other wildlife, and then explore beautiful and historic Friday Harbor before returning back to Seattle. Turn the day trip into an overnight getaway with a San Juan Island hotel vacation package.