Strait of San Juan De Fuca in Washington, San Juan Islands

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Strait of San Juan De Fuca


The stunning views, whale watching, fishing and boating opportunities bring a lot of people to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, especially in the summer. However this gloriously open space never feels crowded.
  • The Strait of Juan de Fuca offers fantastic views along with boating, fishing and whale watching. 
  • The Strait allows you to get to the nearby but difficult to reach Olympic Peninsula from the San Juans. The Peninsula abounds with small towns, parks and amazing beaches. 
  • The Strait has sunsets and sunrises that will take your breath away. On a clear day you can see three mountain ranges.

What can I see or do in the Strait of Juan de Fuca?

The strait is a popular destination for fishing, whale watching and boating of all kinds. The views along the golden shore of South Beach, or the rocky bluffs at Iceberg Point means you’ll never run out of beautiful views and interesting destinations. 

  • If your vessel is sturdy enough you can travel across the Strait to the towns along the Olympic Peninsula or even all the way out to the Pacific. 
  • The views at sunset in the midst of the Strait will take your breath away. The sun sinks slowly into the mountains of Vancouver Island as the Olympics and the low hills of the islands are backlit with a golden glow. 
  • If you have the skill and equipment, or just a good local guide, the southern coasts of Lopez and San Juan Islands can make for an exciting and beautiful paddle.

Where is the Strait of Juan de Fuca?

The Strait of Juan de Fuca runs east and west between the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula. It can be accessed from either the San Juans or the towns along the mainland. The southern coasts of Lopez and San Juan Island are the best areas for launching into the Strait within the islands.


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