September 2, 2021

By  Mike Miller

Jupiter, Florida things to do, lodging, dining,  & real estate at end of article.

Jupiter, Florida is one of the most beautiful towns on Florida's east coast.  It has a population of about 62,000 and is situated on an inlet to the Atlantic Ocean.

Jupiter Lighthouse Vintage PostcardJupiter Lighthouse Vintage Postcard

Most people who live in Jupiter would rather not live anyplace else.  It's usually voted by travel authorities as one of the best beach towns in Florida.

It is the northernmost town in Palm Beach County and many travelers think of Jupiter as the line of demarcation between heavily urbanized south Florida and the quieter places to the north.

Those Floridians have been known to say "I'll live anywhere in Florida as long as it's north of Jupiter Inlet.

Jupiter Looking East To Inlet and Atlantic OceanJupiter Looking East To Inlet and Atlantic Ocean


The area was first settled by the Hobe tribe of Native Americans whose village was at the mouth of the Loxahatchee River.  This river flows into the ocean at Jupiter Inlet. 

The tribes's name is memorialized in Hobe Sound, the brackish lagoon that separates the barrier island from the mainland. 

Somewhere along the line of history somebody thought the word "Hobe" was spelled "Jobe" and it became further corrupted as "Jove". 

Then someone else thought that Jove was the Latin name for Jupiter, one of the ancient gods. 

Jupiter was known by the name of Zeus in ancient Greece, but at least that error wasn't made and early settlers stuck with the name Jupiter.

The name is appropriate, because the ancient Romans believed Jupiter to be the god of weather, light, and the sky.  The weather in Jupiter is superb. 

Just to cap off this story, a nearby town south of the inlet was named Juno after Jupiter's consort.

Jupiter, Juno, and Mars were connected by what became known as Florida's Celestial Railroad.

Jupiter Island Looking North From Jupiter InletJupiter Island Looking North From Jupiter Inlet


One of the most memorable things along this coast is the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.  It was built in 1860 and is made of brick. 

The lighthouse and adjacent museum are open to the public.  The view of Jupiter Inlet and Jupiter Island is magnificent.

Some of the wealthiest families in the United States live on Jupiter Island.  This barrier island stretches north from Jupiter inlet. 

A road along the ocean offers some views of the ocean, but most homesites are heavily landscaped and extremely private.

Perry ComoPerry Como

The community on the north side of the inlet is known as Jupiter Inlet Colony.  For many years one of it's best known and best loved residents was the singer Perry Como. 

He regularly attended church in the nearby town of Tequesta, and died in 2001 at the age of 87.

Home on Jupiter Island, FloridaHome on Jupiter Island, Florida

The mainland around Jupiter is also beautiful, with many upscale golfing and boating communities.  There are many fine shops and restaurants to keep you busy for a long time.

More About Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

1500 Captain Armour's Way
Jupiter, Fl 33469
Tel:  561-747-8380

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum has been open to the public since 1972. 

Jupiter Inlet LightJupiter Inlet Light

The tower was first lit in 1860 and has a wonderful view of Jupiter Inlet, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.

In World War Two the lighthouse property served as a U.S. Navy radio detection station.  

The station is credited with providing information that led to the sinking of more than 60 German submarines that had been torpedoing Allied ships along the Atlantic coast in 1943.


Tours of the lighthouse grounds and museum, including tower climbs, are available to the public.

The lighthouse is on a large property that also includes nature walks and various scenic events such as lighthouse sunset and moonrise tours.

The lighthouse property also serves as a park and community center for the area and has a busy event schedule.  

The museum is also open to the public and features many exhibits of Native American and early pioneer culture.


Access to the lighthouse is by paid guided tour only and tickets are purchased in the museum.  

The lighthouse and museum are open to the public on the following schedule:

May-December.  Open Tuesday - Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.
Closed Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

January-April.  Open 7 days a week 10 am to 5 pm.
Closed New Year's Day and Easter

Admission Fees: Adults $12.00 (Veterans and Seniors $10), Children (6-18) $6.00

Admission is free for children 5 and under and for active U.S. Military and their families (with I.D.)

More information about the lighthouse and its various events is at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.


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