Roche Harbor Resort Marina, WA
Roche Harbor Resort Marina is a first-class facility in the heart of the San Juan Islands. During summer, helpful staff are available to assist boats arriving, collect garbage (and moorage fees), and empty holding tanks (tips appreciated) using the M/V Phecal Freak. The docks handle vessels over 200 feet; reservations strongly recommended during summer, especially for larger boats or groups.
Most of the shoreside facilities are owned and operated by Roche Harbor Resort. Amenities include a swimming pool, spacious grounds, spa, hotel, and rental cabins. Several restaurants are on-site, including the casual Lime Kiln Cafe for breakfast and lunch (the doughnuts are a big draw) and Madrona Bar & Grill for dinner. McMillan’s is an upscale dinner option. A market-style shopping area has vendors selling crafts, snacks, and more. The grocery store, though small, is well-stocked.
A U.S. Customs office is at the marina. In summer, the office is out on the breakwater; be sure to tie up between the “Customs” arrows. During peak times, a queue forms off the Customs dock; please don’t cut in line. In winter, the Customs office is moved further into the marina.
Good anchorage is available throughout Roche Harbor, and the marina welcomes visitors from anchored boats at the dinghy dock adjacent to the fuel dock and Lime Kiln Cafe.
Roche Harbor Marine Services, now owned by Philbrooks Boatyard, is nearby and is well-equipped to deal with any boat problems.
Mooring Ball: No
Fuel Available: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Electric: 30A / 50A
Cell Service: Average
Slowboat Tips and Activities
Visit the Afterglow Mausoleum, explore the nearby Westcott Bay Sculpture Park, set crab traps in the bay, visit nearby English Camp, or try local spirits at San Juan Island Distillery.
Roche Harbor is a no wake zone. The safest entrance channel is west of Pearl Island. The entrance east of Pearl Island is shallow—about four feet at zero tide—and isn’t recommended in deep draft boats or without local knowledge. Mosquito Pass, which connects Roche Harbor to Haro Strait, is strewn with rocks. These rocks are well-charted, but many boats go aground each year. Use caution.
Beginning in the late-1800s, Roche Harbor was a bustling company town focused on quarrying and processing limestone. Vestiges of this past are visible throughout the resort. In 1956, the property was sold and the conversion to a resort began.
Orca whales frequent the San Juans and are often seen on the west side of San Juan Island.
Last update of this page:
Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: August 21, 2018