Florida is full of wonderful stand up paddle boarding spots and Jupiter is one of the places in Florida that can provide you with a unique paddleboarding adventure. It has some calm, beautiful waterways for SUP riders to enjoy paddle boarding. In case you don’t know, Jupiter made it to the top 20 list of the Best Beach Town in America in 2018 and the top 10 Happiest Seaside Town in America in 2012. So it’s almost for sure you are going to have a great time paddle boarding here. It’s not bad for a small town. The town is rich in natural areas and natural waterways which creates beautiful natural scenery and a great environment for SUP adventure. From the Jupiter inlet, you will see the intracoastal waterway as well as the Loxahatchee River going through, creating a unique spot for SUP riders.
The inlet lets in tides which bring crystal clear seawater from the Atlantic Ocean. You can launch your paddle board near the Jupiter lighthouse and there are two directions you can go. Head north to hit the coast or go west to cruise down the Loxahatchee River.
You can easily spot people doing different things with their paddleboards here. There are people who enjoy simple recreational stand up paddle boarding, people who are fishing on their SUP board and those who are involved in a SUP racing game. You can even find people doing SUP surfing with their paddleboard. So no matter what kind of SUP activities you are into, you are likely to be able to meet other like-minded people like you. Meeting someone that has the same hobby as you is one of the best things about having a hobby.
Despite being a small seaside town, Jupiter actually has a lot of places you can go by paddle boarding and tons of spots for you to launch your SUP board. One highly recommended launch point is the Coral Cove with clear water. Other launch spots available include Sawfish Park, Burt Reynolds Park and Jupiter Inlet Park which can be found near Guanabanas restaurant. For a leisure session of paddleboarding, you can choose from any point you like. Restaurants can be found right by the waterfront if you want to stop to take a break and grab something to eat. After taking a break, there are several ways for you to continue your SUP trip. Go south and you will find the dive bar, and continue to take a left turn to get to the Jupiter Yacht Marina. Another route is head north and go past coral cove and you will see numerous boats anchored off the sandbar.
Another surprise you can expect for paddle boarding in Jupiter is sea life. Fish is the most common sea life you can see here. And if you are lucky enough, you can pretty much expect manatees, dolphins or sea turtles to company you on your SUP trip. There might be times when you will be going against a hard current. When it happens, try reaching to the sides and find something to pull yourself back to the land.
Here’s another big surprise for SUP enthusiasts in Jupiter, the SUP racing scene. It’s a popular event in South Florida which is held every Tuesday night by Blueline Surf Shop and starts in the back of Guanabanas restaurant. Rentals of race boards can be found in Jupiter Paddleboarding if you don’t have your own board.
If you are confident about your SUP skills, you may try SUP surfing in Jupiter as well. Jupiter is one of the best places for SUP lovers to try SUP surfing because it’s got mild waves most of the time which are perfect for the sport. If you are just trying SUP surfing for the first time, the ideal place to start is Loggerhead Park. If you have tried it before and are confident, you may go to Coral Cove where there are rocks, coral and bigger waves to make SUP surfing there more challenging.
If you want a real adventure when paddle boarding Jupiter does have two special spots which are usually not considered to be for recreational paddling. The first one is Jonathon Dickinson State Park where you can find a large amount of wildlife and a race held annually called the Loxahatchee River race. The second place is River Bend park. Loxahatchee River goes pass River Bend park so you can launch directly in the water of the river. Be mentally prepared because you are certain to see gators that are common in the park. And you might also spot water moccasin. They say the gators usually won’t bother you but if I were you, I’d stick to my board and leave them alone. So if you are just learning how to paddle board, think twice if you want to pay a visit to River Bend park.
Best time to visit Jupiter, Florida
The best time to visit Jupiter is probably Autumn heading into winter because during this time, it's not as hot and humid as the summer and more people are starting to come out for outdoor activities instead of staying in their house for the comfortable air conditioning. The most crowded month is July, followed by December and February. Hotel and flight expenses would be higher than in other months. The month with the least tourists is November, so if you don't want to spend too much money on the trip, you can consider coming in November.
The weather in springtime(Marth through May) is actually nicer than you'd expect. It feels warm generally but you can pretty much expect 4-8 days of precipitation in a month. There aren't many tourists so the hotel and flight expense is fairly low.
In the summertime(June through August) you will probably see the peak months of tourism. The temperature is higher than in Spring but still comfortable. The problems with visiting Jupiter this time of year are the higher-than-usual price of hotels and the 11 days of precipitation per month.
The temperatures in fall(September through November) generally range from 80.1degree Fahrenheit to 90.1-degree Fahrenheit, which makes it one of the most comfortable seasons for tourism. Tourism reaches a low point during this season so hotel prices are usually lower. But it also rains or snows a lot, about 5 to 12 days per month.
Winter(December through February) in Jupiter isn't particularly cold, usually between 80.7-degree Fahrenheit and 76.5-degree Fahrenheit. Also, it doesn't rain or snow as much as other seasons, usually 3 to 5 times per month. So it results in the busiest season of the whole year in Jupiter with the largest amount of tourists.
Whenever you want to go paddle boarding in Florida, make sure Jupiter is one of your destinations because it’s too good to be missed by a paddleboarding lover.
If you haven't purchased your own paddle board, go get one from Goosehill. The Goosehill Rainbow R inflatable SUP board is one of the best stand up paddle boards you can get for $600. Get the board and enjoy the fun of paddle boarding in Jupiter.