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WSF Visitors Center - Traveling to the San Juan Islands

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Washington State Ferries serves four major islands in the San Juan Islands. From east to west, they are Lopez, Shaw, Orcas, and San Juan. Reservations are available westbound to Lopez, Shaw, Orcas, and Friday Harbor (on San Juan Island), and eastbound from Friday Harbor and Orcas Island. Reservations are available online or by contacting WSF information at 206-464-6400 or 1-888-808-7977.

Expect to have three or four sailing choices in the morning, and at least a couple of sailings each in the afternoon and evening. If you plan to stay overnight, be sure you have confirmed reservations for lodging, especially in the busy summer season and on holiday weekends.

Not all sailings stop at all four islands. In fact, in the summer you're more likely to catch a sailing that goes directly, or stops only at one other destination before reaching your island. Take time to read your schedule carefully so you can get the most out of your trip.

Many resorts will arrange to transport guests from the ferry landing. Car, bike or moped rentals, as well as taxi and limousine service, may be available. For details check with your lodging, or contact the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau at 888-468-3701 or 360-468-3663.

When traveling from the San Juan Islands back to the mainland, vehicle space on the ferries is allocated for each island. Ferries may depart with empty space to accommodate vehicles at other stops
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