San Juan Islands Traveling Tips

Boarding the ferry

Sharing traveling tips on daily living is perhaps one of the oldest human traditions. The most basic essentials of life on planet earth are shared regardless of where one lives -- everyone requires food, shelter, and clothing. Specifics come into play only as you focus in on a given unique location. For instance, you'll need to wear a warm hat when you climb into bed at the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, but all you need at Rocking J's Hammock Hostel in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica is, maybe, a book and some sunscreen. If you're traveling to see the cave paintings near Zouar, Chad you should dress conservatively and hopefully speak some French. And, if you are traveling to San Juan Island you will definitely need to know about the ferry.

Every place on the planet is unique, with specific things only the locals know. I'm sure that the people living in Jukkasjärvi could give us all advice on how to thrive in extremely cold weather. Life on San Juan Island is no exception, there are certain advantages in knowing the local wisdom. Simple stuff, like the price of bread at the grocery store, where to go if you want Souvlaki (check out Friday Harbor's restaurants ), and yes, even the ins and outs of ferry travel. Here are my ideas and strategies for life on San Juan Island, suggestions to simplify life here and make your trip that much more enjoyable.

Money Savers:
Yield sign, San Juan Island, Washington

Island Animals:

Photo courtesy of Dan Aurand, San Juan Island

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