The San Juan Islands are real islands, real close. They are located in the Salish Sea between three great cities and two countries: Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria. Accessible by Washington State Ferries or by air, Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands have been luring explorers and visitors with their natural beauty since they were first discovered.
The San Juan Archipelago, which includes the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, comprises more than 700 islands and reefs; about 176 of the islands in San Juan County are large enough to be named.
About 15,500 people reside in San Juan County. These residents are as diverse as the land they call home: Islanders are actors, alpaca ranchers, artisans, farmers, fishermen, loggers, movie producers, pilots, shopkeepers and writers. These folks add to the islands' unique character.
Much of the commercial activity in San Juan County takes place in Lopez Village on Lopez Island, Eastsound on Orcas Island, and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Several hamlets and a few resorts also provide goods.
The San Juan Islands have hosted visitors for many generations and year-round communities for over a hundred years. Get to know the history of the islands at the local historical museums on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands.