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San Juan Island trip

I've purchased a cycling trip to San Juan Island scheduled for July 18th thru the 23rd.  Where is a good motel for us to stay at on Friday Harbor close to where we will meet on the 18th

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@Rohoward01 what an amazing adventure you have planned! The San Juans are one of my very favorite places to spend time - biking, hiking, and just lounging!

For your trip, it looks like you'll meet the group right in the heart of Friday Harbor, very close to the ferry terminal. So, you have a few options on where to stay the night before:

  • To be closest to the departure location that morning, you'd want to look for lodging right in Friday Harbor - it's a small town, so the lodging options will include a few B&Bs (Friday Harbor Grand B&B, Friday Harbor House), several motel/hotels (Bird Rock Hotel, Tucker House Inn, Earthbox Inn), and Airbnb options. We'd recommend reserving soon as the islands are very popular throughout the summer - if you are taking a car across, we also advise making a ferry reservation for the day you want to arrive and depart Friday Harbor.
  • You can also look at places around San Juan Island if you are okay getting up a bit earlier and heading into Friday Harbor for the start of your trip.
  • We definitely recommend staying on San Juan Island the night before, however if for some reason you can't or don't want to, you could stay in Anacortes, noting you would need to take an early morning ferry (check the schedule first) between Anacortes and Friday Harbor on the morning of your trip - the ferry takes between 60-90 minutes, assuming no delays and you would definitely want a ferry reservation (if you're taking a car). This plan adds a little complexity and risk to your trip that you can avoid by staying in Friday Harbor/on San Juan Island the night before!

We hope this helps get you started! And hopefully other members of the community can weigh in with personal recommendations!

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