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12 Hours in Jupiter

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What to do With 12 Hours in Jupiter, FL!

Immerse yourself in the tropical beauty and small town feel of Jupiter, Florida.  Its vibrant history and coastal location make it a great place to live or visit.  If you have just a day to spend in our area, here is an itinerary that you and your family and friends will be sure to enjoy.

7am: Why not start your day early and catch the sunrise at Jupiter Beach?  This long, sandy beach offers you an opportunity to check out the inlet where you can see boats heading out to fish, or take a walk on the jetty to get a closer look at the red, picturesque Jupiter Lighthouse.  Better yet, grab a blanket and watch the sun come up above the beautiful turquoise ocean.

8am:  Lazy Loggerhead Cafe, also on Jupiter Beach, is an excellent place to grab some breakfast.  Its quaintness and pancakes will certainly provide a lasting memory and get you fueled up for the day to come.

9am:  Our beautiful clear blue water is really the main draw in the Jupiter area and the best place to experience it is to be ON IT!  Having planned ahead of time, make reservations with Get Up and Go Kayaking and enjoy the thrill of a 100% clear kayak tour. Spot manatees, dolphins, starfish, conch, and sea urchins right through the bottom of your clear kayak.  Explore the sand bars while taking a refreshing dip and learn Interesting facts about about the area and its marine life from your local guide.

12pm:  After your morning kayak tour, we suggest taking a short walk to the Blue Point Bar and Grill for lunch and perhaps a swim in their pool while enjoying good eats and amazing views from this outdoor, tropical island setting.

1pm: The Jupiter Lighthouse is the biggest and brightest icon in Jupiter.  It’s been around since the American Civil War and is open to the public.  You can climb the 105 steps to the top and also tour the Lighthouse Museum to learn more of its history.

2pm:  Nature lovers will want to head further down Jupiter Island to Blowing Rocks Preserve.  It’s named for its Anastasia Limestone shoreline – the largest on the whole Atlantic coast.  During high tides and after storms, seas break against the rocks forcing plumes of water up to 50 feet in the air.  After a walk and/or swim on the ocean side, visit the information center and nature trails on the Intracoastal side.

4pm: If the kiddos aren’t with you, a must do is the Square Grouper for an adult beverage.  This slice of paradise is on the inlet and across from the lighthouse which makes it one of the best seats in town.  It’s also the home of Alan Jackson’s music video, “It’s 5:00 Somewhere”  with Jimmy Buffet.

6pm:  By now you’re probably starting to think about dinner in another gorgeous, tropical setting and we know just the place.  Go directly to Guanabanas Restaurant and Tiki Bar.  Enjoy the lush, open air restaurant and bar with woven tiki huts and towering banyan trees overhead.  Indulge in some fresh Florida sea along with other Floribbean offerings.  Also, keep your eyes peeled for celebrities who have also been known to also enjoy this unique atmosphere.