Jupiter Island was passed from the Spanish crown to several owners and finally to a British land development company, which went bankrupt in the late 1920s. At that time, the extensive land holdings of the company were acquired by a group of friends who were dedicated to conserving the natural beauty of the island. Their heirs and others who have purchased land and built homes here have kept the same philosophy. In fact, much of the island has been given to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy for wildlife refuges and preservation of the natural ecology. In addition to mandating large lots, the zoning laws also forbid high-rises or multiple family dwellings. Jupiter Island has a population of just over 500.
The Juno Beach Fishing Pier is a beautiful 990-foot pier which includes two shade structures, fish cleaning tables and food concessions. Whether you are fishing or just out for a stroll, it is perfect. Juno Beach is also home to Loggerhead Park, which features nature trails, a guarded beach and a children’s play area. The recently-completed Lake Walk is the most extensive and visible beautification project in the history of the town and features landscaping and lighting around Pelican Lake. From May to September each year, guides introduce newcomers to turtle watching as the sea turtles return to lay their eggs with 1000 nesting per mile.
Palm Beach County is famous throughout the country for its scenic beauty and wonderful weather. With an annual average temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit, it is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities, such as golf, tennis, water sports, eco-tours and just plain lounging in the sun. The county also features some great shopping with five regional malls as well as historical shopping districts with art, antiques and boutique shopping. If golf is your game, you will be overwhelmed by the options in the area. With more than 160 golf courses, Palm Beach County is Florida’s Golf Capital.
The coast is an ideal playground for water sports, with water temperatures that are comfortable year-round. Boating enthusiasts can enjoy the many marinas along the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean inlets which offer powerboat and sailboat rentals. For those seeking more active water sports, there is water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking and parasailing. Proximity to Gulf Stream waters offers a wide variety of deep-sea fishing. Charter boats are also available for those that want to give it a try.
The Loxahatchee River is Florida’s only “National Wild and Scenic River.” The river is famous for its large stand of Bald Cypress, its countless birds and diverse wildlife. Eco-tours on the river are a favorite pastime of tourists and residents alike. The Palm Beach Zoo is a well-known regional zoo in a picturesque setting. Also nearby is Knollwood Groves in Boynton Beach, where you can discover old Florida with a narrated tram ride through the county’s oldest working orange grove.
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