Ready to relax? Head to Jupiter, Fla., located about 20 miles north of West Palm Beach in South Florida.
The community has a laid back vibe and is well-suited for a fun family vacation, offering outdoor attractions like the Jupiter Waterway Trail that encompasses more than 39 miles of paddling trails through the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River, Intracoastal Waterway and Jupiter Inlet. Visitors can also get their feet wet at DuBois Park and Jupiter Beach Park, both of which feature turquoise lagoons ideal for swimming, stand-up paddleboarding and snorkeling.
When it comes to golf, Jupiter lays claim to beautiful courses such as Abacoa Golf Club, a public facility with 14 of its 18 holes surrounded by water, and Jupiter Dunes Golf Club that’s situated by the ocean on one of Jupiter’s natural estuaries.
Baseball enthusiasts, you’ll want to visit Jupiter in the late winter and early spring months as that’s when two Major League Baseball teams, the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, complete spring training at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. The stadium is also notable because it’s the only stadium in the U.S. to host four minor league teams – the Jupiter Hammerheads, Palm Beach Cardinals, Gulf Coast Marlins and Gulf Coast Cardinals.
In addition, Jupiter has a variety of historical and cultural attractions, including the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the state’s largest award-winning regional theater. For more fun, check out the newly renovated Downtown Abacoa that offers shopping, dining, entertainment and special events.
“Jupiter is a nature and boat lover’s paradise,” says Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO for Discover The Palm Beaches. “The town has a relaxed, tropical feel, and it has an impressive list of amenities for any taste: a historical lighthouse, beautiful beaches and parks, scuba diving, live theater, spring training for baseball fans and cultural attractions, not to mention great accommodations.”