The San Juan Islands are an archipelago of 176 named islands and reefs located in the serene waters of the Puget Sound in Washington state. Ferries, private boats, kayaks, and orca whales traverse the waters, while float planes and bald eagles soar overhead. The islands are largely rural, with a few small towns on some of them. The four largest islands are served by ferry from Washington mainland and each other. Visiting the islands, be prepared to discover something new around every bend in the road —rolling farmland and vineyards, beaches, peaceful lakes, terraces of lavender farms, deep forest giving way to shining sea, and iconic lighthouses. These islands have variety, beauty, serenity, a temperate year-round climate, charming accommodations and gourmet eateries all served with a laid back and peaceful attitude.