Living in Florida means we get to enjoy many things: miles of beaches, no state income tax, close proximity to Disney World… and constant visits from friends and family members who are looking to “get away from it all.”
Whether your visitors hail from up north, out west or halfway around the world, chances are they’ll be anxious to get out there and enjoy all the amenities of their vacation destination. Wondering where to take them? The beach is an obvious choice, but if you want to show off all the unique things Jupiter has to offer, consider grabbing your guests and heading to these four places of interest:
1. Abacoa Golf Club: If your cousin or old college roommate is a golf enthusiast, chances are they’re just visiting you to be close to the over 1,000 golf courses in the state (nearly 150 of which are located in Palm Beach County). Even if you’re not a fan of golf, you’ll be glad to know that this local public course also has a beautiful bar and restaurant.
Why they’ll love it: With greens that are challenging, yet accessible to golfers of all skill levels, Abacoa is a good place to bring both beginners and seasoned pros. Before or after tee time, your guests can spend time honing their skills at the putting green and natural grass driving range or browse the fully-stocked pro shop.
After you’re done golfing or if you if you just want to stop by and have an outstanding meal and cocktail overlooking the beautiful golf course. They have an excellent menu and service made perfect for relaxing in the beautiful Florida weather.
2. Guanabanas: As long as you’re not trying to snag a table at 7 p.m. on Saturday night during the height of snowbird season, going to Guanabanas and lounging in the open air never gets old.
Why they’ll love it: Your friends probably think you sit around all day, admiring the lush tropical scenery. Instead of proving them wrong, why not let them experience it, too? They’ll love Guanabanas for the water view, the laid-back atmosphere, live music, tiki roofs, excellent cocktails, fresh seafood and other top-notch cuisine.
3. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum: This one might be obvious, too — but you’d be surprised at how many locals have never actually visited the museum and its fascinating exhibits!
Why they’ll love it: Who doesn’t love lighthouses? You and your visitors can follow the info-packed guided tour and climb the steep steps to the top of the tower for a bird’s eye view of the inlet (note – this activity is not appropriate for small children or those with physical conditions or fear of heights). There’s plenty to do on the ground, too – check out the exhibits both inside and outside, where you can learn about local history, lighthouse keeping and more.
4. Manatee Queen Cruise: Sure, you’ll feel like a tourist as you travel up the Intracoastal on this 42′ pontoon boat – but thanks to the knowledge of Captain Mark, you might learn a few new facts about your own town!
Why they’ll love it: Not only will your out-of-town guests get a great view of the local scenery and a glimpse at the marine wildlife, they’ll also be able to gawk at all the incredible mansions on Jupiter Island. Daytime and sunset cruises are available, and you’re always welcome to pack a picnic.