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Jupiter Lighthouse Natural Area

Palm Beach, FL
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Jupiter Lighthouse Natural Area, Palm Beach FL

Description

Across Beach Rd (Highway 707) from the Jupiter lighthouse is a little driveway that leads into a parking lot. This is the Jupiter Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area. A paved nature walk takes you through scrubland (no shade) to a raised wooden boardwalk through tropical shady trees. At the end you come to a huge wooden lookout, like a large shaded verandah with a bench. You can imagine that this is your own back verandah and you are leisurely taking in your views! You can see the intracoastal waterway and the bushland around you. Red mangroves rise up from the water where manatees sometimes seek refuge. What a joy! Give your lover a kiss and take in the scenery. The funnest part of this walk is that there are animal prints in the concrete on the walkway! While the concrete was drying, a bunch of different animals must have walked over it. And the prints are so unique and cute! Come with your kids and check it out.
My daughter was so inspired by the otherworldly landscape and funny prickly bushes here that she said "Do you think the green pants with nobody inside them are going to ride past?" (Dr. Seuss).
This walk only takes about fifteen minutes so combine it with a blissful swim at Dubois Lagoon.
If you're hungry, head over to Guanabanas Restaurant, with great atmosphere on a waterway or Jetty's Restaurant, with a gorgeous view of Jupiter Lighthouse and the waterways.

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The trail, and high-rises on Jupiter Island in the background.
The trail, and high-rises on Jupiter Island in the background.
An otter?
An otter?
The fine white sand beside the trail.
The fine white sand beside the trail.
Rabbit tracks!
Rabbit tracks!
A big bird was here!
A big bird was here!
Boardwalk through jungle to the lookout.
Boardwalk through jungle to the lookout.
Gorgeous view of intracoastal waterway at the end of the short walk.
Gorgeous view of intracoastal waterway at the end of the short walk.
A place to relax and enjoy the breeze off the water.
A place to relax and enjoy the breeze off the water.
The large lookout gazebo is wonderful!
The large lookout gazebo is wonderful!
Opossum tracks?
Opossum tracks?
Coyote tracks?
Coyote tracks?
It's cute how the tracks go across the path!
It's cute how the tracks go across the path!
Bobcat tracks?
Bobcat tracks?
   

Directions

From Highway 1, turn toward the ocean on Beach Rd (Hwy 707). After you pass the driveway for the Jupiter lighthouse immediately on your right, you will see a small driveway on your left (opposite a more obvious one on the right). Pull in there and park in the small parking lot. If you come to the bridge you have gone too far.
Guanabanas Restaurant, 960 North Highway A1a, Jupiter, FL, call (561) 747-8878.

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jen
11/20/2013 11:18
I didn't know about this hike before I read about it here. It is great! My friends from out of town loved it and it gave them a taste of Old Florida.

Last Updated Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:29:37 GMT