Carlin Beach and Playground, Jupiter
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Carlin Beach is a lovely beach with a thin ribbon of soft grey sand backed by high walls of dunes covered in sea oats. Because the beach isn't so wide, it has a cozy feel and you can sit right by the water in the late afternoon shade made by the high dunes. Happy people from the nearby condos take long walks along the shore. Slightly north along the beach from the parking lot is the Jupiter Beach Resort. The shoreline here has rock formations that are fun for kids to explore. The rocks are smooth under your feet when you're swimming. The water is perfectly clear and magical! Little shells line the shore. On summer mornings you can come here and see turtle hatchling tracks in the sand! Come for an early morning swim and then have breakfast outdoors at Jupiter Beach Resort beside sea grape trees and the pool, with a slight ocean view. It's relaxing and memorable (though the service is very slow).
Across the main road, Highway A1A, is a playground and large picnic pavilion among super tall coconut trees. There is fine, white sand to play in, swings, and baby swings. A playground with steep slides, binoculars that look to the trees above, and a captain's steering wheel make for some fun imaginative games. It looks like there's no shade but there is actually plenty, in corners of the sand by trees, and under the playground's shade cover.
There is another playground near the beach, across from Loggerhead Cafe. It is fenced in and very popular on the weekend- you're sure to find playmates for your kids there.
When there has been a tropical storm and flooding and the locks in the west are opened, then yucky water comes to Carlin Beach from Jupiter Inlet. These times are rare, but don't swim at these times (you will notice that the water is brownish and there is foam on the shore).
To the north of Carlin Beach is Jupiter Beach, a grubby-looking beach with a fisherman's jetty where the breeze is invigorating and the views of the swirling water in the inlet are fun to watch. From Jupiter Beach you can take a short walk to the nicest area of Jupiter, Dubois Lagoon. To the south is Juno Beach, which is pretty with its pier.
A great place to eat a very fresh bagel with cream cheese nearby is Brooklyn Water Bagels. It's a fun place with its modern blue interior where you can watch the bagels being made through large glass windows and see historic photos of Brooklyn. Skip on the egg sandwiches- too much egg and cheese! There is also nice outdoor seating where you can watch the 24 hour fitness people walking by.
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Carlin Park is located at 400 Highway A1A, Jupiter FL 33477.
Exit Highway 95 at Indiantown Rd and head toward the ocean. After the bridge, turn right on Ocean Blvd. Turn right into the parking lot for Carlin Park and park at the southern end near the beach crossing. Then you can go to the playground and afterwards, the beach. Parking is free.
If you want to go to the beach and not the playground, park in the large lot on the beach side of the road. There are rows of picnic huts above the parking lot, by the beach.
Jupiter Beach Resort (great for breakfast on patio with ocean breezes), 5 Hwy A1A, Jupiter FL 33477, call (866) 713-3780.
Brooklyn Water Bagels, 201 US Hwy 1, Jupiter FL 33477, call (561) 277-9757.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.