Roche Harbor

Roche Harbor is a small town on the northwest coast of San Juan Island, namesake of the picturesque San Juan Islands group. It has a bustling yacht harbor and floatplane service to Seattle. It makes a good base for exploring San Juan Island.

View of Roche Harbor

Get in

Roche Harbor is an official U.S. ports-of-entry and can process boaters through customs. The Cardinal Rule is touch land at customs dock before any other stops, fines for not doing so can be up to $5000. Besides a passport for everyone on board, you will need your boat's license number and User Fee Decal number.

Customs enforces USDA guidelines for what foods are acceptable to bring into the country and these guidelines are constantly changing so it is best to check in with them before arriving. Boaters are responsible for knowing the prohibited foods and can be fined for not declaring them.

Get around

Roche Harbor is small enough that you can walk everywhere. The whole town is oriented around the harbour, and the hotels and docks that surround it.




Historic Hotel de Haro

Go next

Bicycling is very pleasant on San Juan Island. There are various bike rental options, including one by the airport. (It also rents motor scooters and jeeps.)

One of the beaches on San Juan Island is a great place to watch orcas (whales).

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