10 Things to Do in Jupiter

October 30, 2018

One of the northernmost towns of The Palm Beaches, Jupiter is a cross between Old Florida and the tropics, with its native landscapes and colorful reefs. Here, local blogger and native Floridian Mandy Mizell rounds up 10 things for you to do and see how Jupiter is out of this world.

1. Coast through Jupiter Sound

Paddling Jupiter Sound

As cooler weather approaches, it’s the perfect time to meander through Jupiter Sound. When the ocean temperatures cool, manatees migrate to the warmer waters of the sound. To get up close and personal with these gentle giants, opt for a motor-free water vessel rental from Jupiter Outdoor Center. The sea cows will let you take a selfie with them as long as you are respectful, calm and do not chase them from their mates and calves. 

2. Sway the Day Away in a Hammock Garden

Jupiter Beach Resort hammock garden

Jupiter Beach Resort, located on the beachfront, offers relaxation, tranquility and the natural beauty of South Florida. Their pool bar is open to the public; grab a delicious bite and some libations, then sway away in the shade in their Hammock Garden. 

3. Paddle the Loxahatchee

Paddling Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park is connects to the Everglades along the Loxahatchee River. With low-hanging branches and proximity to wildlife, you will feel like you are paddling the jungle. Make the trip by kayak or stand-up paddleboard, carving through cypress forest while you glimpse gators, herons and turtles. Read more in my previous post on how to get geared up and rolling on the river.

4. Snorkel Carlin Park

This county park is the premier location for Snorkeling 101. It prohibits boats for safe splashing; therefore, no dive flag is required. To get started, you just need to bring your gear and walk out to the reef. You can see angelfish and eagle rays flying through the tide. Refresh afterward at the Lazy Loggerhead Café, a quintessential beach diner that’s been serving Jupiter for 20 years.

5. Hang Ten at Juno Beach

Learning to surf can be intimidating, but the pier break at Juno Beach offers fair surf for beginners. First-timers can book a lesson with Aloha Surfing School to learn proper technique and etiquette. 

6. Take a Florida State Park by the Reins

Just off the Indiantown exit of I-95 lies Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Horseback riding is offered from Thanksgiving through Easter. Not an equestrian? Take in Florida like a pioneer by horse-drawn wagon as a guide tells you about local history, native plants and animals.

7. Spelunk the Shore at Blowing Rocks

Blowing Rocks Preserve

Minutes from Jupiter, The Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve is the largest outcropping of Anastasia limestone that lines Jupiter Island. In low tide, you can explore the open-air caves created by colliding waves breaking down the limestone. You can go spelunking (caving) right on the shore, while peering out to the turquoise water. In high tide, watch the sea spray shoot up 20-50 feet in the air. However, be prepared for a free salt scrub treatment á la Mother Nature, as most viewing areas are in the splash zone.

8. Grub and Groove at Guanabanas

Guanabanas is an outdoor-only restaurant and local favorite offering fresh-from-Florida fare. Enjoy waterfront dining in a lush tropical garden by light of tiki torches. Live music is featured on the weekends with local rock, reggae and funk bands.

9. Unleash at the Dog Beach

Jupiter is home to one of Florida’s few dog-friendly beaches. Fido can freely splash and enjoy the sand between Beach Marker #25 (Marcinski Road), going north to Marker #60. Practice good petiquette: use the free dog bags so your pup only leaves pawprints in the sand.

10. Find your Inner Light at the Lighthouse

There’s no better way to say “namaste” than at Twilight Yoga every Monday at 7 p.m. on the Lighthouse Deck. The class is suitable for all levels of yogis. Come equipped with a $10 donation, mat, water bottle, flashlight and good vibes.

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