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Address: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA
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Activities: Birdwatching, Whale watching
Description: Rocky promontory on San Juan Island that offers a dramatic view of the...
Rocky promontory on San Juan Island that offers a dramatic view of the whales and wildlife of Puget Sound.
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A great place to sit quietly and watch the currents

Most tourists blow by this spot in favor of whale fin and back watching. Mistake. I live here part time and love to sit on the rocks and watch the tidal rips and the boats fight... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Balboa Island, California
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Balboa Island, California
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226 reviews 226 reviews
87 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Most tourists blow by this spot in favor of whale fin and back watching. Mistake. I live here part time and love to sit on the rocks and watch the tidal rips and the boats fight the massive currents. On a sunny day, just lounging by the old radio station and listening to the surf is pretty darn close to... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We didn't have time to get out and properly explore, but from what we did see it's a great beach and a cute lighthouse. Will visit again the next time we go to San Juan Is.

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London, Canada
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229 reviews 229 reviews
165 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Cattle Point was a beautiful area with amazing views! We enjoyed hiking along the coast and on the beach and saw some incredible wildlife- red fox, tons of bunnies and a family of bald eagles up close. There was a group of kids on a school trip exploring on the rocks at low tide near the lighthouse but otherwise we... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This tip of San Juan Island is peaceful yet thrilling in that the views are expansive, the water swift, the wildlife unspoiled (eagles, birds, fox, whales sometimes) and the prospect of many other islands and the mainland looking eastward is so peaceful. Bring a picnic to the shelter and few tables or just a book to stake out a quiet... More 

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Roche Harbor, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Nice quiet days usually not a lot of people around nice to explore and take pictures. Be careful walking down to the beach. Enjoyed just a day me and my husband had an awesome picnic. Walking on the edge of the water watching the ducks and the one harbor seal that was watching us pretty closely. One or two people... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Amazing and totally private......noone else was on the beach! It was a beautiful day in October and not a cloud in the sky!

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Boise, Idaho
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116 reviews 116 reviews
15 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Cattle point is a large meadowed knoll that has a panoramic view of the southern end of the island, In the 1800s this point was the site of an army encampment at a time that Britain & the U.S. were negotiating the US/Canadian boundary treaty. There was brief but largely averted military action. A reproduction of the original fort is... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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74 reviews 74 reviews
32 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

did not see any Orcas that day but cattle point was a good spot to stop and have lunch while touring the island

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We drove out to Cattle Point to see the lighthouse. We walked up to it and realized it was boarded up, unused, and a little sad looking. Views were amazing though. I proposed to my girlfriend in front of this lighthouse. It may not be attractive, but we will forever love it.

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Lacey, Washington
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113 reviews 113 reviews
17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We loved the views out to Cattle Point. We had views of Mt. Baker and the driftwood on South Beach. Do yourself a favor and make the drive out here. If you stay, they do ask for you to post a DIscover Pass (if you have one for your dash) or pay for parking.

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