The Pacific NW is really unlike anywhere else I’ve traveled. I’ve lived here almost all my life and yet I’m still in awe of its magic. The San Juan Islands are no exception. My last post was about exploring Friday Harbor. Today’s post we traveled north on the island to Roche Harbor.

Roche Harbor

To get to Roche Harbor, you travel north from Friday Harbor. I’ve used the San Juan Trolley in the summer, but since it is seasonal, this trip we used a taxi. San Juan Island is beautiful. It has a lot of different types of landscapes. Rolling hills, valleys, cliffs, and beaches. When you arrive at Roche Harbor, you come in from above, atop a hill. You get this instant panoramic view of the town. Massive superyachts in the harbor, tiny market stalls and flags waving from the buildings. It’s quite a sight.

The main lodging is the Hotel del Haro. I went looking on their website for more information, and I couldn’t describe it better myself, “These simple, historic hotel rooms in our historic Hotel de Haro feature all the charm of yester-year and close proximity for easy access to all resort amenities.” It’s quaint, yet historic charm is something you have to experience. It has beautiful gardens which we strolled around in. Boche ball courts and a breakfast cafe serving fresh donuts.

Like I said. It’s magic.

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I can’t believe I’ve lived most of my life in the Pacific NW without exploring the San Juan Islands. I’ve only been coming for about 4 years now and each time, I find something new to fall in love with. It’s a complete escape from the hustle and bustle. It brings a sense of calm and relaxation unlike a lot of vacations I’ve been on. It’s a place where time slows down and everywhere you turn is natural beauty.

If you can’t tell-I highly recommend it.

Head up to the San Juans as soon as you can. You’ll be sad you didn’t make the choice sooner-

Love, Rachel xo


Explore: Roche Harbor, San Juan Islands Pt. 2


  1. stacey says:

    Its normally like that. You live somewhere and never experience like you should. The Pacific NW is beautiful, I just went there for the first time earlier this year, but we’ll be back.

  2. kathleen says:

    Your photos are amazing!! Really makes me want to visit Roche Harbor, thanks for sharing 🙂


  3. valerie says:

    Beautiful views of the island…

    I live in Wa and have never been to the San Juans..crazzzzy!


  4. Mary says:

    This looks like an absolutely gorgeous place that I need to put on my travel list! Your photography is beautiful.

  5. This is so beautiful! I have never been up to this area, but it looks like it would be a wonderful place to visit with the family.

  6. Lori Geurin says:

    I love relaxing outdoor vacations and this is definitely somewhere I’d like to visit. Your pictures are gorgeous!

  7. reesa says:

    This looks like such a beautiful and relaxing place to travel to! I have never heard of the area before.

  8. Wow, stunning. The first photo of the water that looks like glass reminds me of the ocean here on calm days. It looks like y’all had such a wonderful time.

  9. Kaylyn says:

    Wow, this looks beautiful. Are there pretty affordable places to stay here?

  10. Shell says:

    Wow what an amazing and beautiful place to visit!!! Definitely putting this onto my bucket list!!

  11. Gorgeous! Gorgeous photos! We used to go to San Juan island every year for several years. We never made it to Roche Harbor, though. We need another trip soon, apparently! Lovely post!

  12. Brittany says:

    Your photos are beautiful! Looks like an amazing place to visit surrounded with exquisite beauty in nature! We have never taken a trip to Roche Harbor, but we may just have to now!

  13. Karen Morse says:

    It’s my kind of place. It’s beautiful and peaceful. I would love to seond some time here and just enjoy the scenery.

  14. It is so beautiful out there. I love that you can just sit and watch the waves or explore as much as you want to. This is definitely a place worth visiting.

  15. Amanda Kruse says:

    These views of the island are so beautiful! I bet there are a lot of hiking trails.

    Amanda ||

  16. Oh that blue water! So beautiful and pretty. One day I will get back to that side of the country to explore. Love your gorgeous photos and that’s awesome you’ve been able to go up for the last four years.

  17. Wow, your pics back up what you said – looks like a truly magical place! While I’ve been to the Pacific NW several times, this is one spot I’ve yet to visit so will def put on my bucket list!

  18. Jeanine says:

    I seriously have no words for how beautiful these photos are. I would love to visit Roche Harbor. It looks incredible. I’ve never seen anything like this before.

  19. Charlotte says:

    wow it looks stunning and so scenic, looks like I am adding more places to my already excessive bucket list!

  20. Roxanne says:

    Wow your photos are simply stunning. I think I felt my pulse rate slow a bit just looking at them. Just beautiful!

  21. Sarah says:

    I love your photos! I have never been to San Juan before so I’m going to pin this for later! Looks like you had a lovely time!

  22. Heather says:

    Wow, this is beautiful! The ocean is stunning and those flowers are so colorful! We’ve never visited here but I would really like to.

  23. I haven’t been to the Pacific NW in such a long time and I don’t know what is keeping me from visiting this lush area. I’ve heard amazing things about the islands off the coast and after seeing your beautiful pictures I really want to make it a point to visit very soon.

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