News From The Islands
Build a Castle by the Sea
You and your little tike can try your hand at architecture on South Beach, located inside American Camp on the Southern tip of San Juan Island. Logs dotting the seaside landscape offer the perfect material for you to build that fort by the sea you've always wanted.
Pack your basic beach food groups: hot dogs, marshmallows and chocolate to take advantage of the fire pits that line the upper half of the beach. Keep an eye out for the wild things too; like foxes, bunnies, and eagles!
Explore the Deep Blue Sea
Looking for that perfect swimming hole for your little beach babe? Eagle Cove neighboring South Beach just outside of American Camp offers a sandy beach and shallow waters. When the sun shines, the usually cool Pacific Northwest waters warm right up. This makes Eagle Cove an exceptional spot to make a splash.
Bring binoculars and scope out the rocky headland to the right of the cove 'cause seals haul themselves out of the water to baskin the sun!
Head out to False Bay on the West side of San Juan Island during low tide and play in the mud! The waters retreat back to show off a whole new world to explore.
Crabs scuttle across the sand and star fish show off brilliant purple colors. Don't forget proper outdoor apparel and sturdy boots!
What's in a Name?
If the name doesn't detour you, Dead Man's Cove near Lime Kiln State Park will offer you a quiet beach off the beaten path. Tide pools abound with fun rocks to climb and explore.
Scout the horizon for the orca whales that call the waters around San Juan Island home!
Beat the crowds and come and experience spring on San Juan Island with our 25 % Spring has Sprung discount only available at our Friday Harbor Hotel, the Island Inn at 123 West! Our penthouses are all geared up for families with one to two bedrooms, full kitchens, and plenty of elbow room. Oh, and the views aren't too shabby either!