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ferry to San Juan Island

princeton
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ferry to San Juan Island

Can you reserve your car for the ferry at Anacortes to San Juan prior to the trip? Planning to take ferry to San Juan with our car on Sunday Sept. 8. How do you think the crowds may be?

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1. Re: ferry to San Juan Island

Found this site to be quite helpful when looking for the best time to go -

…wa.gov/ferries/traffic_stats/congestion/sum…

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There are no reservations for regular vehicle traffic on the ferry routes to or amid the San Juan islands.

Yes, your dates are after Labor day the the traditional return of children to schools which usually reduces the numbers of families traveling to tourist popular places such as the San Juans but tourists do come here in substantial numbers into late Fall and indeed even many months of the year. September though has quite good weather and its still light until 7:45 pm, so we do get plenty of tourists. As to the ferry on a Sunday leaving from Anacortes certainly leaving either on one of the earliest ferry's or the latest mean less wait time. The busiest times to take the ferry are Friday afternoons and evenings heading to the islands and Sunday afternoons leaving the islands. If you leave from Anacortes after Labor Day on a Sunday morning ferry I would think one hour in advance arrival time should be fine. If you want to get a ferry that leaves mid-day or later on Sunday you might need more wait time as that's when people who live on the islands usually return from their own weekend trips.

Here is information in detail about the Anacortes ferry terminal and how to get to the ferry landing in Anacortes if you have a car (then you can either take your car on the ferry or park it there and walk on the ferry) as well as webcams showing you the current car holding lot …wa.gov/ferries/…

For lots more general information on San Juan island see the San Juan Visitor Bureau web site: http://www.visitsanjuans.com/ and you can also find out more overall information on our own tripadvisor article on the San Juans that I recently updated and which you can find at tripadvisor.com/Travel-g58727-c102104/San-Ju…

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Wow thank you for all the great information!

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