Posted by: OrcasCars Staff
Friday Harbor is the first place you’ll see after stepping or driving off the ferry to San Juan Island. Set right above the marina, this little town is the main center of the San Juan Islands. Full of restaurants, cute boutiques, and hotels, Friday Harbor offers a break from the beautiful PNW sights of the islands for something a little more settled. But there are a lot of things to see outside of town too! San Juan Island car rental, aka Friday Harbor car rental, make getting around the island a breeze!
Friday Harbor Car Rental
Arriving on the island without a car? There are several ways to get around San Juan Island. OrcasCars is a favorite option for car rentals in Friday Harbor and the whole island! What’s great about this company is they rent brand new cars sporting high-tech options for comfy island driving. With OrcasCars you make your reservation all online and have the car waiting for you wherever you need it. The last really cool thing about this company is that if you are “island hoppin’”, as the locals say, you can have an add-on to take your car to, say, Orcas Island, or Lopez. These guys make getting your rental car on San Juan Island easy.
Also, M&W offers decent cars at a great price— they have been operating in San Juan for many years. They offer basic sedans as well as convertibles, 15 people buses, and even Eurovans! This company is a great option for those looking for an out-of-the-ordinary rental— the website reminds the reader that they rent “older reliable” cars.
Friday Harbor to Roche Harbor
There are also a few Taxi options for getting around San Juan Island in case you’d rather not have to drive yourself. Friday Harbor Taxi boasts the cheapest rates. As well, this company likes to know about your needs an hour beforehand. They have larger vehicles as well as small and can even do chartered buses if you have a larger party. San Juan Taxi and Tours also have larger vehicles as well as small. This company is special in that they offer the only 24/7 taxi on San Juan island, for all you late-nighters out there!
Friday Harbor Rentals and Things to do in Friday Harbor, WA
If you have been to San Juan before, you would definitely have noticed the adorable little red mopeds zooming around the island. I know whenever I am over there it is super tempting to get one of these sweet rides for the day— they’re just too cute! Susies Mopeds rents a few different types of mopeds as well as bicycles for all your fun island adventures. Have a blast while getting around!
If you want a slower drive around the island as well as some physical activity, rent a bike from Meat Machine Bicycles. Biking is a popular activity out on the islands and I think San Juan is one of the best for biking since it is fairly flat. The Meat Machine shop is located just a few blocks off the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor so you can get off the ferry and into a bike right away!
There are so many hotels and even resorts to stay in on this little island but there are also AirBnB choices for a more secluded and quiet island getaway. There are quite a few scattered around the island from near Roche Harbor with a few in Friday Harbor as well as several situated in more quiet areas on the island. The choices on this island span from many roomed mansions to tiny quaint cottages so you have all the choices you’ll need. Check here to see what neat pads you could stay in on San Juan Island.
There are so many amazing things to do out in the San Juan Islands but one of the best ways to interact directly with the gorgeous sea views is to get right in the ocean with a kayak or paddleboard! Sea kayaking is one of my favorite activities out here because I get to see so much of the neat oceanic wildlife and there’s just nothing like paddling through these gorgeous waters! San Juan Island Outfitters rent paddleboards, classic kayaks or open-faced kayaks for an hourly rate. You just might see a Bald Eagle soaring overhead, or a seal sliding past you, maybe even some starfish or crabs in the tide pools!
Kayaking might too much work for you, being on vacation as you are! Instead of kayaking, maybe renting a small boat with a group of friends is the activity for you! Take a group out for a lovely day of fishing, crabbing or just cruising. Some of my best memories growing up coming out to the San Juans were cruising around in my grandpa’s boat, setting up crab traps and exploring the other tiny islands in this beautiful area. There are tons of adventures to be had out here, why not be the captain of your own San Juan adventure ship?
There are a couple of options for boat rentals in different parts of the island; Friday Harbor Boat Rental rents boats out of Friday Harbor with several different kinds of boats for different sized groups and activities. If you need to rent a boat out of Roche Harbor, Island Boat Rentals also offer several kinds of boats for your afternoon out on the water. You’ll be out in the island sounds in no time!