The town of Jupiter, which protrudes further into the Atlantic Ocean than any other point in Florida-is rich in history, with earliest known records of the Jupiter Inlet dating back to 1565.
It was during the 1800s that Jupiter's most identifiable landmark, the Jupiter Lighthouse, was built. The Lighthouse stands 105 feet tall atop a 46 ft. hill on the north shore of the Jupiter Inlet. The land that is now Lighthouse Park was once a part of Fort Jupiter, a military installation that was formed during the Seminole Indian Wars. Across the inlet, myriad restaurants and marinas offer today’s residents a place to gaze upon this historic location.
Living in Jupiter
Scenic Jupiter is a ritzy, tropically chic town in Palm Beach County. With beautifully preserved landscapes, sparkling water views and old-world buildings, it evokes a quaint, luxurious feeling. On Jupiter Beach Road, sprawling properties are plentiful. In the distance, the waterfront beckons—between the Loxahatchee River, the Intracoastal Highway and the Atlantic Ocean, there are postcard-worthy views all over town.
Packed with sailfish, these waters are sometimes referred to as ‘Sailfish Alley.’ It’s not uncommon to spot fishermen in their docked boats waiting for the perfect catch or traveling into deeper territory to reel in their next sailfish. Due to its popularity as a fishing landmark, Jupiter is also peppered with seafood markets that sell the freshest premium catches in the city.
At the beloved Jupiter dog beach, better known as Off-Leash Beach, you can let your furry friends roam freely along the shore.
‘Outdoorsy’ is simply a way of life here, as you’ll find when you venture into Carlin Park. With its plush sands and gently lapping waves, it’s almost like a miniature beach itself. Other area parks such as Riverbend and the Limestone Creek Natural Area provide perfect hiking conditions for adventurous residents who love the great outdoors. The island- and nature-inspired lifestyle also extends beyond Jupiter’s shorelines to its airy shopping centers, relaxed restaurants and coastal homes.
Jupiter real estate
Shaded by widespread palm trees, the city’s extraordinary properties feature manicured lawns and lush, verdant landscapes. Stately homes are characterized by lengthy brick driveways, ornate architecture and lavish gardens. Many homes, condominiums and apartments overlook the shimmering Loxahatchee River, whose placid waters and reputation as a fisherman’s getaway lend the area a peaceful feel. Some even have private docking spaces for boat owners.
A number of historic homes dating from the 1940s are also set along the river. The post-war styles in idyllic settings evoke a carefree spirit. These single-story, bungalow-styles homes feature broad, covered porches.
Abacoa, in the Jupiter town center, is a welcoming neighborhood that draws singles and families alike. Its proximity to parks and full-service shopping centers makes it especially practical. Abacoa Community Park is a favorite for its lighted hard tennis courts and hockey rinks. And don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity or two while running errands—some of the world’s most beloved entertainers have purchased homes here.
Part of what makes Jupiter such a friendly seaside town is its down-home culinary scene. Options range from cozy, tourist-friendly cafés to offbeat eateries with fusion menus. The legendary Dune Dog Café is an area landmark, known for its open-air dining area and extensive hot dog menu—locals rave about the onion-topped Foot Long Dune Dog. Another longtime favorite, Jetty’s Waterfront Restaurant, serves locally sourced seafood and is one of the city’s most atmospheric establishments. Here, brightly lit outdoor seating overlooks the Jupiter Inlet Waterway, luring in casual family outings as well as romantic dinner dates.
If you’re a true foodie, a trip to Downtown Abacoa is a must. It’s where the carnival-like Food Truck Invasion is held. You’ll find dozens of trucks congregated on the bustling streets, serving up everything from global cuisines to hand-dipped ice cream.
Visitors from neighboring cities flock to the famed, late 19th-century Square Grouper Tiki Bar, which is both a bustling restaurant and a live music venue. Luminaries like Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet have even filmed music videos here.
On Friday and Saturday nights, crowds flock to Guanabanas, a local institution renowned for its enormous drinks menu and reggae, blues and rock concerts. And low-key Double Roads Tavern, with its beach-themed décor and oversized windows, is recognized as one of Jupiter’s premier spots to catch live local bands and jazz on nearly every night of the week.
The Shops at Harbourside Place, an upscale retail establishment brimming with fashionable boutiques, overlooks the Loxahatchee River along the Intracoastal Waterway. Specialty stores including Jofit and Marc Joseph New York draw a mix of athletic and haute couture shoppers.
The pedestrian-friendly shopping square in Downtown Abacoa, meanwhile, has an antique sort of feel. Street corners are dotted with old-fashioned lampposts, and a large central water fountain features a dolphin statue that presides over the square with water pouring from its spout. These shops are largely unique to Jupiter. Explore the area and you’ll find everything from bridal salons and cigar specialists to sports autograph dealers and women’s gift shops.
One of Jupiter’s most distinctive landmarks is the redbrick Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Developed in 1860 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building underwent a major restoration in 1999 and has panoramic views of the Loxahatchee River, Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean in the distance. An on-site waterfront museum shows the exhibition, “Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee,” which delves deep into Jupiter’s past. The neighboring hiking trail leads to an observation tower, where you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the secluded manatee refuge below—and possibly a glimpse at other area wildlife.
Animal-friendly Jupiter is also home to the beloved Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, which is filled with rustic trails and surrounded at nearly every turn by exotic habitats. From foxes to panthers to bald eagles, many of these animals are rehabilitated at the sanctuary.
Entertainment and sports are a core part of Jupiter’s fabric, and even its shopping malls are more than just average malls. The Shops at Harbourside Place includes a stately waterfront amphitheater, where regular live performances, car shows, movies and other events are held. And Roger Dean Stadium plays host to two Major League Baseball teams during spring training: the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins.
"It's no wonder Jupiter ranked #9 in Coastal Living's Top 15 America's Happiest Seaside Towns (June 2012). We have a beautiful beach, a historical lighthouse, an exciting inlet, an picturesque river, fun sandbars, an active community & so much more."
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