American Camp Visitor Center on Summer Schedule
The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through September 1. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m More »
English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Summer Schedule
The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily through September 1. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.
Getting to San Juan Island
Commercial Air: San Juan Island-bound passengers with reservations on Kenmore Air Express or Kenmore Seaplanes report to Door 00 on the baggage claim level on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). From there passengers are shuttled to either Boeing Field or Lake Union respectively. This means when departing San Juan on the homeward journey plenty of time should be allotted to make connecting flights.
Kenmore Air Seaplanes: (800)543-9595 -- scheduled flight from/to Lake Union in downtown Seattle. Complimentary shuttle from Sea-Tac.
Ground Transportation to Anacortes from Sea-Tac and Mount Vernon/Burlington
The Island Airporter is handy for islanders because it leaves Friday Harbor on the 6 a.m. ferry (called the "Red-eye" by locals) and returns on the mid-afternoon boat from Anacortes. You can plan your Sea-Tac departure and arrival accordingly. The Bellair Airporter shuttle also is handy because it requires only a quick walk from the Anacortes terminal to the pick-up area. You transfer vehicles at a hub in nearby Burlington for the journey south to Sea-Tac and do the same coming home.
Greyhound Bus Lines: (800)739-5020 -- from Seattle to Mount Vernon.
Skagit Transit: (360)299-2424 -- local transit system in Skagit County.
Taxi: (866)670-2020 -- service to airports, Amtrak, ferry.
Washington State Ferries: Outside WA State: (206) 464-6400; In Washington State (800) 843-3779 (automated); (888) 808-7977 -- A division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Ferries serves the San Juan islands and Victoria, B.C., year round with six to 10 boats calling at San Juan depending on the season. Board the ferry in Anacortes, Washington (85 miles north of Seattle and 90 miles south of Vancouver, B.C.) after taking State Route 20 west (Exit 230) from Interstate 5 at Burlington, Washington.
Did You Know?
George E. Pickett, a West Pointer and Mexican War veteran, was the first U.S. commander on San Juan Island. He would resign his commission on San Juan and go on to lead his Confederate division in the climatic charge that bears his name at the Battle of Gettysburg.