Dubois Lagoon, Beach, and Playground
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Dubois lagoon is a pretty area with clear, sheltered water where kids can swim. There is a playground beside the lagoon in the sand. Coconut trees and Australian pines provide a ton of shade in the morning. It's lovely to come here and relax with your kids while they play and you enjoy the views around you!
In March and later, when the water warms up, it's blissful to swim! You can swim all the way to the south where a wide lagoon opens up. Wind your way around mangroves in the perfectly clear water! A slight current pushes you along like a lazy river. What an amazing place! It is calm like the intracoastal beaches but with 100% clear water and clean sand (unlike the goopy intracoastal beaches). It's very important to come right before high tide, when the water is crystal clear and less likely to harbor bacteria. You can check the tide here.
Note: the water here can turn terribly brown and polluted for months after a summer tropical storm, when the locks to the west are opened to let out excess floodwater- avoid swimming at these times! Any time of year, the lagoon is uninviting at low tide when the water is always brown. May-Oct is the time of year when water in Florida gets so warm that it can harbor Vitrio bacteria so it's best to swim in winter and at high tide. Vitrio bacteria likes water that is part salt part fresh such as in the lagoon.
Be careful where you step. Last time we swam we saw a puffer fish, sea urchin, and sting ray. It was an absolutely beautiful spotted sting ray, but nerve-wracking nevertheless.
Across the parking lot from the lagoon area is a beach area that is like a little cove on the inlet with great views of Jupiter Lighthouse. Here kids can swim in shallow, not-as-clear water. Watch out for occasional small pink jellyfish in the sand or water- they sting. There are plenty of picnic areas and shady spots under coconut trees on the grass. The views of Jupiter Lighthouse are lovely. You can walk to the northern tip of the park and check out the boats roaring by (they shouldn't actually be going so fast because of the manatees).
You can also walk across the curved pedestrian bridge over the lagoon and past a parking lot to Jupiter Beach to watch the surfers or the fishermen on the pier. If you look below you from the bridge you can often see lime-green parrotfish swimming in the perfectly clear water of the lagoon by the rocks.
At the entrance road to Dubois Lagoon is a mini-golf place called Lighthouse Cove where you can putt around under coconut trees and past cute water features, and enjoy an ice cream cone.
After, check out the places to eat in Jupiter, many with great atmosphere by the water.
An attractive nature center nearby where kids enjoy the touch tank is the River Center.
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Dubois Lagoon is located at 19075 Dubois Rd, Jupiter FL 33477.
Exit Highway 95 at Indiantown Rd and turn toward the ocean. When the road ends, turn left on Ocean Blvd and follow the signs to Dubois Park. You will turn right on Beach Dr and left on Dubois Rd. Follow Dubois Rd to the end where you will find the parking lot. The lagoon is on the far southeast side of the parking lot, and the inlet beach and picnic areas are on the northwest side of the parking lot.
Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf, 617 N. A1A, Jupiter FL 33477, call (561) 203-7965. $12 for 18 holes. Kids 5 and under play for $6. Seniors play for $10.
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