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Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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South Beach is the longest beach on the San Juan Islands. Situated right next to the American Camp of the San Juan Island National Historical Park, the beach makes for an easy and a beautiful hike. It is easy to reach with a direct drive from American Camp and past Jakle's Lagoon, or you can walk to the beach. The beach offers, amazing vistas of the Olympic Peninsula over the Strait of Juan De Funca, and it is a great place for a family picnic. There is a lot of dirft wood on the shore along with seashells. This beach is very close to other adventuers on the Island, including Fourth of July Beach and the English Camp of the San Juan Island National Historical Park.

Be sure to stop by at American Camp to get an overview of the historical importance of this place. The beach also offers plenty of opportuntity for wildlife and bird watching. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Great views. Easy hike. Bird watching. Near to other attractions.

Cons

Bugs on the hike.

Pets allowed

Yes, with restrictions

Address

Pickett's Ln
499
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
United States

Features

Picnic tables
Family friendly
Geologically significant
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Lighthouse
Historically significant
Bird watching
Big Game Watching
Wildlife

Location

Field Guide

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