Jupiter, Florida

Living in Jupiter

Iyna Bort Caruso

Water surrounds and defines Jupiter, Florida, so it’s no surprise the landmark Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, completed in 1860, is the town’s symbol.

Jupiter is the northernmost town in Palm Beach County, about a half hour from Palm Beach International Airport and 90 minutes from Miami.

A nearly 40-mile long network of waterways called the Jupiter Waterway Trail connects the Loxahatchee River, Intracoastal Waterway and Jupiter Inlet, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

The waters beckon boaters, scuba divers, anglers, snorkelers and surfers. The town’s long broad beaches are not only family-friendly but dog-friendly, a rarity in Florida. Coastal Living Magazine once named Jupiter one of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns describing it as “easygoing and low-key,” yet with plenty of access to luxury amenities.

The beach resort is loaded with culture, charm and recreational offerings, both on and off the water: live theater, sidewalk dining, outdoor concert series, shopping overlooking the Intracoastal, parks and baseball. The Roger Dean Stadium, in the master-planned community of Abacoa, is the spring training complex of the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins. Fairway fans can tee up at more than a dozen courses in Jupiter and dozens more within an easy drive.

Jupiter is home to high profile athletes, entertainers and business executives. It’s known for a range of luxury real estate options that includes equestrian properties, world-class gated communities for boaters, country clubs for links lovers, waterfront estates with private docks for yachts and large parcels with private beach access ready for new construction. Off the coast is affluent Jupiter Island, a barrier island of single-family residences and a population--less than 1,000 year-round and 2,000 in season--with one of the highest per capita incomes in the country.