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Get to know Jupiter

Through a series of misunderstandings and misinterpretations, the area formerly known as “Jobe” — a Spanish spelling of “Hobe” — came to be called Jupiter, after the foremost Roman god of the same name. Jupiter was sparsely populated at the turn of the 20th century, claiming less than 150 residents, with quirks such as barefoot postal workers carrying mail along the beach and children taking boats to school. However, the area’s logging and farming economy have long since transitioned to more recreational exploits, where yachters and sport fishing enthusiasts mingle on or near the town’s calm harbors and inlets. The Jupiter of today sits as the northernmost town in Palm Beach County and Miami’s greater metropolitan area. In some ways, this geographical distinction makes Jupiter the beginning of South Florida — and the easygoing lifestyle that goes along with it.

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Jupiter’s most recognizable landmark bears a distinctive red shade and skies 108 feet atop a 48-foot-high dune. The historic brick Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse — constructed in 1860 — often symbolizes Jupiter itself: a beacon for those searching for serene Florida living. This town hugs the Loxahatchee River and the lighthouse’s namesake inlet, carrying the oceangoing lifestyle of nearby bounteous beaches into a series of islands, canals, and lakes. As one might then expect, there is a particular seaside ethos to life in Jupiter. But while this perhaps cements the town as a go-to for fishing, watersports, and various yacht club happenings, there are also ample parks and trails to explore on land. It’s also home to perhaps more golf courses than is strictly necessary, but everything amounts to creating the fine-tuned, well-heeled feel of one of the most iconic communities in the region.