Who doesn't want to have a great summer vacation? By going to Jupiter – a Florida town as commanding as the planet – tourists can have a good time appreciating pristine beaches, cool Atlantic waters, and the welcoming tropical breeze. In 2018, Jupiter was included in WalletHub’s ‘Best Beach Towns to Live In’ list. Rightly so, because this seaside town makes every day a vacation.
The area where the town sits was originally named after the Hobe Indians. A Spanish mapmaker spelled it as Jove and other mapmakers further misunderstood it as the name of the Roman god Jupiter. The place’s naming history might be confusing, but there’s no confusion about Jupiter’s charm.
Plan Your Visit To Jupiter Beach
Tourists can expect lots of sunshine when visiting Jupiter, so they shouldn't forget to bring sunscreen – unless walking on sunshine is their plan.
However, here are some reminders for a safe and hassle-free trip:
- There’s a “passport” for tourists who want to get the most out of Jupiter. Visitors can claim it from the community center or town hall.
- Camping is not allowed on any part of the beach from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
- Jupiter is proud of its dog-friendly beaches, so tourists can bring all their furbabies!
- Do not ignore the red flags! When the red flags are waving, it means the currents are strong, so swimmers should watch out.
Best Beach Activities To Do In Jupiter Beach
Jupiter beaches are beautiful and matched by the vibrant local scene, a vacay here is one for the books. The place has 3.4 miles of beaches complemented by mangroves, dunes, and grape trees in some areas. Here’s what’s in store for guests when they are curious enough to try the town’s sandy offerings.
- The guarded beach of Carlin Park is perfect for those who want to get active. Tourists can busy themselves with bikes, a running course, bocce ball, sand volleyball, pickleball, softball, and tennis.
- The Coral Cove Park, meanwhile, is ideal for those who want some paddling action because there are canoeing and kayaking trails in the area.
- At DuBois Park, aside from surfing and fishing, there's a dedicated area for swimming. Picnic areas and grills await those who are tired of making a splash.
- Juno Beach Park is a partner for fishers. In this guarded area, there's a fishing pier, fish cleaning station, and a bait shop. The place is also ideal for picnics and snorkeling.
- Guests can try inlet fishing and snorkeling at Jupiter Beach Park. It may not be as big as the other locations, but it’s still an ideal place for relaxation.
- Families and friends will have an enjoyable time at Ocean Cay Park, thanks to the swimming area, volleyball court, and wide grassy space.
Those visiting from March to October might get lucky meeting some nesting sea turtles. Onlookers should keep their distance, please.
In Jupiter, the water is always fine, so tourists can dive in!
Visiting The Historic Jupiter Lighthouse
The Jupiter Inlet Light has been guiding sailors since 1860. This historic local landmark is a must-visit as it serves as a silent witness to the town’s rich history. Now, stories of the past can be viewed at a museum near the lighthouse.
- The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday (except on holidays).
- Tourists should allow two to three hours to visit the site and nearby trails.
- Admission costs $12 for adults and $6 for ages 6-18. There are discounts for senior citizens and veterans.
- Kids (should be at least 48 inches) must be accompanied by a guardian at all times at the lighthouse deck.
The museum is not just about the lighthouse, but also about the early history of the place from the time of the early Native Americans to World War II. It’s a learning experience for the tourists as they navigate their way through the museum’s exhibits. The historical society even prepared sessions for kids where they could learn about the lighthouse in a fun way.
Best Places To Stay In Jupiter Beach
Wherever guests stay in Jupiter, they are always in for a treat. The views are spectacular, and the attractions are just one sashay away. Here are some accommodations to consider when visiting this humble town.
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa
This oceanfront hotel has superb services that would let guests have the most out of their Jupiter getaway.
- Most of the hotel’s suites and rooms have ocean views, making any stay relaxing from morning until evening. Rates start from $444 per night.
- The hotel is proud of its 1,000 feet of private beach, plus an oceanside pool and waterfall spa.
- For those who want to break a sweat, they can visit the tennis court, shuffleboard court, basketball court, or fitness center – maybe even rent a bike.
- After a busy day outdoors, guests can have a relaxing massage. The price starts at $115 for a 50-minute massage.
Wyndham Grand Jupiter At Harbourside Place
At Wyndham, bedtime is bliss, and waking up is a wonder, thanks to the stunning ambiance of their suites and rooms. The ocean is part of the breakfast, after all.
- Their 179 rooms with private balconies are perfect spots for viewing the Intracoastal Waterway.
- The hotel has a rooftop pool and hot tub, a fitness center, and a business center for those who can't afford to miss a meeting.
- Foodies can also have their share at the bar and cafe.
Jupiter Reef Club
Another oceanfront resort, Jupiter Reef Club, is all about the finest services that come with fabulous views. The hotel is impressive on its own, and with the ocean nearby, it’s a dazzling destination.
- Their rooms are perfect for families as they were made to be a home away from home. Each room has a full kitchen.
- Depending on the season, room rates start from $163-$250.
- Guests can have access to a well-cleaned heated pool and spa.
Jupiter is one humble Palm Beach County destination. Their beaches are well-maintained and well-guarded, so tourists can just focus on having a good time. The towering lighthouse serves as an accent to the mesmerizing ocean views. That’s Jupiter: a Florida masterpiece made by the talented tropics.