While we still have a few weeks of summer I thought it was a good time to share how great it is to spend the summer in Florida! Other than a quick few day trip to visit family I spent this summer here and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Last week I met a recent year ’round transplant to Tequesta. We happened to be taking advantage of a beautiful afternoon on The Black Dog, an awesome half-day fishing charter right here in Jupiter. My new neighbor commented that this has been the most temperate summer he could remember.
While the northeast and the majority of the United States have been experiencing uncomfortably hot temperatures, the average temperatures here have been just under 82 degrees in June, July and August. Don’t get me wrong, we definitely have our hot days but that data coupled with the fact that we’ve got a gentle breeze most afternoons makes summer by the sea totally tolerable!
There are countless activities for staycationers in the Jupiter area. I wanted to highlight a few of mine that are definitely worth sharing:
Paddle Boarding on the Intracoastal. I am a regular paddle boarder and really enjoy paddling and encountering awesome fish and wildlife. The stretch of water between the Jupiter Inlet and the cell phone tower about a mile and a half north on US 1 host some of the clearest, bluest water in the area. Turtles, sting rays, manatees, and countless fish regularly reveal themselves on my excursions. For the uninitiated there are many places locally that rent boards.
Wylders Waterfront at Jupiter Pointe, wylderswaterfront.com has paddle board and kayak rental right at water’s edge.
Jupiter Kite Shop, jupiterkiteboarding.com is a great spot that is happy to rent as well.
In Juno Beach, Local’s Surf Shop, localssurfshop.com/ will rent boards and are generally super helpful with any water related questions.
Kayaks are generally available for rent as well. The top secret spot for free kayaking is John D. MaCarthur State Park on Singer Island,
Fishing off of Jupiter Inlet. I am not an avid fisherman but fishing trips are a natural staycation activity in this area. Depending on the month and what is running you can end up with mahi, grouper, cobia, multiple snapper types (mangrove, mutton, yellow tail), wahoo and more plus tons that you can’t or won’t want to keep. There are countless places to throw a line into the water if fishing is your thing but as a lazy novice fisherman on staycation I opt for a couple of different charter options:
a. The Black Dog, blackdogfishing.com it gets no easier than fishing on the Black Dog. Captain Bill and his mate will bait your hook and unhook your fish. This is a 10 guest vessel. You can reserve for one or up to ten. Make sure to call well in advance as this boat is busy all year ’round.
b. Tom Cat Charters , tomcatfishing.com. Captain Tom will go deep sea or inshore. His boat does not accept singles and is great for up to six serious fisherman!! A few years back I caught a 40 lb. Cobia with this Captain. That was really tasty!
I’m going to totally change gears with my next suggestions for the beautiful Jupiter and Tequesta areas..
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, morikami.org. This Delray Beach located facility transports you out of Florida and into a beautiful recreation of six formal Japanese gardens. The munlti acre property allows you to meander and enjoy. There is a Japanese restaurant with a veranda overlooking the gardens. This is a great half day adventure for your South Florida staycation!
Bike riding. There are many great options for bike riding in the area. Serious riders compete with space on the roads with cars and trucks. I tend to enjoy leisurely riding. My three favorite places to ride are:
a. Riverbend Park, pbcgov.com/parks/locations/river…. there are miles of trails in Riverbend. Great vegetation and wildlife abound. I am told that biking at dusk often includes deer sightings. Now, you have to bring your own bike to Riverbend but it is just past the Turnpike off of Indiantown Road. A great trip on the wooded paths of our area.
b. Jupiter Island, I ride right onto the Island over the bridge at the end of Alternate A1A. If driving one can park and unload at Coral Cove Beach a couple of miles past the bridge. There is a bike lane for most of the island. Cars generally go slowly on this beautiful drive. I’d say from one end of the island to the other is about 12 miles. You will drive by beautiful homes, beaches, and natural preserves.
c. There is a great walk/bike trail along the beach road in Jupiter down through Juno Beach. This is an area filled with walkers, runners, bikers, beach goers and anyone else who cares to hang out. Again, riding to this area requires some time on US1 and possibly over a bridge. This is not recommended for the faint of heart. Jupiter drivers span the ages and are not known for being considerate or even aware of others. If you drive to this are you can park on the beach road or in one of the many public parking areas (no fee)
As for bike rental I use J-Town Bikes, jtownbike.com. They have a location on Centre Street in Jupiter and another on US 1 in Juno Beach. These are really knowledgeable, fair people.
Local produce and seafood. What is a staycation, vacation or a day in our lives without food? Instead of writing up the wonderful restaurants of the Jupiter area I’m going to tell you about a great activity revolving around food:
Take a drive to Hobe Sound Produce, 9875 SE Federal Highway (Right next to the Suntrust Bank Sound or across from The Medalist Golf club). Chris and his crew have awesome local produce and spectacular local seafood. Gulf shrimp, scallops and Oysters are always a treat. Lane Snapper, Grouper and Triple Tail can also be found here. Always super fresh! Call Chris first to make sure he’s got fish for you before you ride. This is not a supermarket. Chris Peptione 772-341-8424
If you are coming from US 1 and Alt A1A area I recommend taking a leisurely drive along Jupiter Island. You come to a stop sign with a public beach directly on your right after about 10 miles. make a left here onto Bridge Road. Go slowly and make sure to notice the beautiful Banyon tree covered stretch as you exit the island. Continue to US 1 and Bridge Road and make a right onto US1 going north. The store is a few miles up on the right just past the post office and Suntrust Bank sign.
E-mail me directly if you need awesome fish recipes!
Golf is a big part of the Jupiter landscape. The beauty of golf during the summer months is that it is on sale! There are many golf deals within driving distance and golfnow.com will provide you with choices galore.
Two places close by that welcome all players and are really enjoyable are:
abacoagolfclub.com – This 18 hole beauty commands top dollar in season. It is located in the heart of Jupiter and is super affordable during the summer months. Bring your sunscreen!
jupiterdunesgolf.com/index.html – 18 par 3’s located seconds from the ocean and the Jupiter Beach Resort. You can walk or ride this deceptively challenging course. Fun for players of all skill levels.
Local Baked Goods. I could go on and on but I’ve decided to leave you with dessert. Two of my favorite local spots for fresh homemade treats are:
1. thecakekingdom.com– OK, we are talking cupcakes par excellence! Stopping in a buying a four pack or three of these delicious treats is a holiday in and of itself. A variety of flavors (peanut butter, orange, strawberry, oreo and of course chocolate and vanilla) are available. Call in advance if you have a specific desire. The cookies are outstanding as well. My favorite is the chocolate truffle. Not always available but super special!
2. Jupiter Donut Factory, facebook.com/pages/Jupiter-Donut… this is about as old school as they come. Fresh donuts daily in a variety of flavors. I’ve never had the maple bacon donut but I may have to go for it soon! Beware, they close sh0p when the baked goods are gone! Definitely worth a visit.
So there you have it! A few ideas to help you enjoy some time off in the North End Of Palm Beach County. Our climate, location, and proximity to activities make this a great place to enjoy all year round. As always, feel free to write me with questions, comments, or requests for further information.-Stefan