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San Juan Island is the epicenter of the San Juan Islands Archipelago in Washington State. The second largest of the islands, it is the most visited. The remote island is comprised of a land area that is fifty-five square miles and a population of just over 8,600. This remote island has beautiful beaches, picturesque farms and fields, forests, and hills. San Juan Island boasts three major marinas, each with its own unique personality: Friday Harbor on the east, Roche Harbor on the north, and Snug Harbor on the west side.
Friday Harbor is a bustling port town home to restaurants, shops, and museums such as The Whale
Museum and a contemporary Art Museum. It is also the County Seat, and within its boundaries are the
Friday Harbor Airport and Ferry Landing.

San Juan Island landmarks include the American and English Camps at opposite ends of the island,
together they are known as the San Juan Island National Historical Park which commemorates the 1859
Pig War. The Lime Kiln Lighthouse and State Park are located on the rugged and beautiful west side of
the island, and lucky visitors may catch a glimpse of the orca pods that frequent the area.


The University of Washington runs the Friday Harbor Laboratories, which is a marine research lab and campus just outside of Friday Harbor. The Pelindaba Lavendar Farm in the middle of the island is a slight to behold in the summer, a literal purple field bursting with the purple lavender flowers.

In 2015 San Juan Island became a protected location under The Antiquities Act. In March of that year,
President Barack Obama included San Juan Island and approximately seventy-five other sites located in
the Salish Sea into the San Juan Islands National monument.

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