If you are looking for a local gem when you visit Florida, explore Jupiter, a community found in the northernmost corner of Palm Beach County and known as one of the Happiest Seaside Towns in America according to Coasting Living Magazine. Its tropical climate makes it a warm getaway spot all year round, with its mild winters and hot summers that keep the area lush, green, and gorgeous.
A Brief History
How the town came to be known as Jupiter begins with a misunderstanding. Originally named for the Hobe tribe, the Spanish recorded the name as “Jobe,” which then led a mapmaker to transcribe the name as “Jove.” This mistake continued as other mapmakers assumed “Jove” to be the Latin translation for Jupiter, the chief god in the Roman pantheon (which is why Jupiter’s neighboring town is named Juno Beach, after the god’s wife and goddess of marriage and women).
Places to Visit
You can’t visit Jupiter without stopping by the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Completed in 1860, the lighthouse has endured more than 150 years of humidity and hurricanes, making the historic landmark a strong treasure for locals and visitors alike. The museum offers guided tours and outdoor exhibits highlighting important parts of the area’s rich history. The museum itself is a restored World War II building.
Dubois Park is a breathtaking area at the mouth of Jupiter Inlet with a beautiful view of the Lighthouse. This large park offers visitors a starting point for a variety of water sports such as jet skiing, canoeing, and kayaking. The area also boasts picnic areas, playgrounds, and a swimming lagoon, making it a relaxing point of interest for the whole family.
For sports fans, the Roger Dean Stadium complex is home to the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training facilities. Minor League teams such as the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals also have a home at the stadium.
Animal lovers must stop at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit care facility for injured wild animals. The sanctuary offers hands-on educational opportunities to learn about the animals in their care. Visitors can observe different species of wildlife and how the team rehabilitates them.
For shopping and dining, Abacoa Town Center is nearby and filled with specialty shops and cozy outdoor restaurants. Live music and special events are also a regular occurrence when you visit.
The beaches of Jupiter are a must-see. The warm sand, blue water, and relaxing atmosphere make Jupiter’s coast the perfect place to leave the real world behind and immerse yourself in a soothing tropical experience.
Many of the beaches are also dog-friendly so pet lovers don’t have to leave their furry friends at home. There are also pet-friendly vacation homes in Jupiter, like the one below that you can rent for as little as $81 a night.
Surfers and sun tanners alike are at ease, and some sandy areas have nearby playgrounds and picnic spots for family fun. Adjacent vacation rentals provide guests with gorgeous views of the elegant coastline and feature private balconies to watch the sun rise or set.
Fun for Everyone
Visitors to Jupiter enjoy an array of activities, including bicycling, canoeing, sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If you like birds grab your guidebook and try birdwatching. The area also boasts some of the best tours of both historical landmarks as well as kayak tours.
Visiting Jupiter, Florida means joining the happy, relaxed lifestyle that the area is known for. Whatever your vacation preference, this tucked away spot has something for everyone to enjoy.