Introduction to Jupiter, Florida
Jupiter, Florida, in Palm Beach county, is 15 miles N of West Palm Beach, Florida (center to center) and 80 miles N of Miami, Florida. Jupiter is a scenic oceanfront community and is well known for having beautiful beaches. It's a popular vacation destination. Many prosperous residents of the northern part of the nation, especially New York City metro area and the Boston area have luxurious vacation residences in Jupiter. People with vacation homes often become full-time residents. The city includes residential neighborhoods, upscale waterfront communities, numerous condominium complexes and a scenic intracoastal waterway.
In the early days, the area was inhabited by the Jega and Hobe Indians. Beginning around 1550 the area has served as a prominent location for guiding ships. Explorers regarded this extension out into the Atlantic Ocean as a significant landmark while planning their trips to Central and South America. During the early part of the 20th century logging, fishing, pineapples and citrus were important factors for the economy.
- Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum.
- The Florida Marlins participate in string training in Jupiter.
- Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
- It's home to the spring training facilities of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
- Roger Dean Stadium Complex.
- Hibel Museum of Art.
- The Last Galleon features artifacts taken from an old Spanish Galleon located in the waters off of Florida.
- Jupiter Ridge Natural Area.
- Jupiter Inlet.
- DuBois Pioneer Home is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Loxahatchee River Historical Museum features pre-historic artifacts, Seminole Indian clothing and tools, pioneer relics and Spanish treasures.
- Lighthouse Center for the Arts.
- Florida History Center and Museum.
Residents and visitors enjoy kayaking and canoeing along the Loxahatchee River. Scenic cruises are popular with tourists. Boating and sailing are enjoyed at the Intercoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean inlets. The Intracoastal Waterway features a variety of wildlife and scenic locations. The region offers excellent opportunities for water-skiing, parasailing and windsurfing.
The Loxahatchee River and the Atlantic Ocean provide excellent opportunities for fishing. Bicycle riding along the scenic beachfront is a popular activity. The Abacoa Golf Club, Jupiter Dunes Golf Course and Golf Club of Jupiter attract a vast number of golf enthusiasts. The Lion Country Safari, Rapids Water Park, Mounts Botanical Garden and the Palm Beach Zoo are nearby.
Jupiter Higher Education
Florida Atlantic University's MacArthur Campus is located in the city.
The Palm Beach International Airport is nearby.