Jupiter, Florida, Is The Perfect Spring Break Destination That No One Ever Talks About

Drive a little farther south to avoid crowded shores.

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When you think of spring break in Florida, you probably picture crowded sands teeming with vacationers. That’s the modus operandi of many destinations once spring break arrives, but there are certain pockets of shoreline in the Sunshine State where you can find less-crowded beaches and lots of fun. One of these places is Jupiter, Florida, a laid-back destination with a classic old-beach-town atmosphere. There is as much fun to be had here as there is in spring-break standbys like Daytona Beach and Panama City, so let us introduce you.

Where To Stay In Jupiter

Spring breakers flock to hubs on the coast when the weather warms up, so if you want to avoid the crowds, you’ll have to drive a little farther south. Jupiter is located on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, sandwiched between Daytona Beach and The Palm Beaches, and it’s a less-frequented spot during spring’s busy season. You’re in for a relaxed trip here, where accommodations include the newly renovated Jupiter Beach Resort and Spa, which comes with sea views and easy access to the sands; the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, which is situated on the picturesque bank of Jupiter’s Intracoastal Waterway; and The Pointe Hotel, a breezy new boutique hotel with a private beach.  

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Jupiter's Beaches

You can find public-access white sand beaches in many locations along the shore, including at Jupiter Beach Park, Carlin Park, and Dubois Park. Nearby, Juno Beach Pier at Juno Beach Park is a popular spot for soaking up the sun as well as casting a line. However, if you’re bringing canine companions along on the trip, Jupiter Off-Leash Dog Beach is the place for you. No matter where you stay in Jupiter, you're always only a short drive away from the water.

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Jupiter's Natural Wonders

There’s outdoor adventure to be had beyond the sands too. You can usually find an easily-bookable boat tour available; popular ones take to the water along the Loxahatchee River to see local wildlife in their coastal habitats. Just across Jupiter Sound is The Nature Conservancy Blowing Rocks Preserve, where you can embark on meanders along the boardwalks and hiking trails to glimpse rare and endangered plant, animal, and bird species or swim and snorkel along the beach. Nearby Jupiter Ridge Natural Area and Cypress Creek Natural Area are also popular places to explore in the outdoors.

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What To Do, Eat, And See In Jupiter

As for entertainment, one of Jupiter’s most recognizable sights is the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, a historic lighthouse that you can visit, tour, and climb (it’s a strenuous journey). The connected museum has rotating exhibits exploring the town’s maritime history. If you’d like to spend a day on the links, there are several golf clubs and courses in the area (it’s a favorite town pastime). Or, if you’d like to take in a show, you can catch the museums in town or browse the events happening at the Seabreeze Amphitheater or the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. For fresh seafood (and what is spring break without some fresh seafood?), check out Little Moir’s, 1000 North, The Parisian Restaurant and Wine Bar, Casa Cana, and The Bistro

When it comes to spring break, you might have to drive a little farther south to avoid crowded shores, but once you reach Jupiter, Florida, the extra miles will have been worth it. Beat the crowds and try a trip to an old-school beach town with a relaxed vibe...it just might have you planning a return trip for future spring breaks.

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