Even those of us who scoff at selfie sticks have snapped an arm-extended personal pic from time to time. Because when you’re in a breathtakingly beautiful setting – like San Juan Island – capturing the moment is natural.
So if you’re San Juan bound, don’t miss your chance to snap a selfie by these epic lookouts, historic sites, and cute creatures!
1. Friday Harbor Marina
The busiest point of entry in all the San Juan Islands is never a dull moment at Friday Harbor Marina. With 500 slips, a ferry terminal, and a seaplane dock, it won’t take you long to see a vessel coming into port.
2. Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm
This 60-acre alpaca farm is located on the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway. The rolling fields are home to a herd of more than 70 curious alpacas and massive 100-year-old oak trees.
3. Roche Harbor Resort
Formerly the site of a lime quarry, Roche Harbor Resort is now a piece of elegant history. Nestled in a quiet cove, the most iconic feature of the resort’s sprawling 2,200-acres is the Hotel de Haro. The three-story clapboard building overlooks a finely manicured garden, cobblestone walkways, and an expansive marina.
4. Lime Kiln Lighthouse
Built in 1914, the Lime Kiln Lighthouse is situated on the bluffs overlooking Haro Strait. It’s arguably the best land-based whale watching locations in the Pacific Northwest.
5. PELINDABA LAVENDER FARM
You might not be able to capture the intoxicating scent of lavender in a single frame. But when you’re standing among the swaying purple fields at the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, there’s a good chance you’ll try. You might also be interested in a getting a selfie with a scoop of lavender spiked ice cream – one of the farm’s specialties!
6. FRIDAY HARBOR SEAFOOD
This quaint floating seafood stand isn’t always open during the winter months, but Popeye doesn’t know what. Located in the Friday Harbor Marina, the town’s unofficial mascot – Popeye the seal – is a frequent visitor.
7. Cattle Point Lighthouse
The oldest lighthouse on San Juan Island, Cattle Point Lighthouse overlooks the intersection between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Haro Straight. Surrounded by windswept bluffs, it offers views of Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountain Range, the Olympic Peninsula, and Vancouver Island.
8. San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Featuring five marked trails and over 150 installations, the San Juan Island Sculpture Park’s backdrop is constantly changing. Plus, the entrance is located just outside Roche Harbor Resort, so you can easily get two photos in one location!
9. Afterglow Vista
Keep an eye out for otherworldly photobombers. Afterglow Vista is rumored to be haunted. Located just a short hike from Roche Harbor Resort, this mausoleum was constructed in 1936 as the final resting place for the McMillin family. It features picturesque cobblestone pathways, an enchanting forest atmosphere, and ornate architecture.