Nick Polutchko
Posted by Nick Polutchko
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Welcome to the sun-kissed shores of Jupiter, Florida, where miles of picturesque sands meet the clearest waters on the East Coast. Join us as we explore the hidden gems and well-loved stretches of sand that make Jupiter's beaches so alluring. From the soothing sounds of crashing waves to the always-intriguing performances of seabirds, immerse yourself in the allure of Jupiter's coastal wonders, where every stretch of sand tells its own story. Let's dive into the natural beauty that awaits at the best beaches in Jupiter, where dreams of an idyllic escape come to life.

sunrise at Carlin Park, one of the many beaches in Jupiter Florida

  1. Jupiter Off-Leash Dog Beach
    Beginning just north of the Juno Beach Pier, Jupiter Off-Leash Dog Beach is the southernmost beach in town, but technically stretches for most of the length of the Jupiter coastline. I only say ‘technically’ because dogs are actually allowed on this entire stretch, but some call individual sections by different names. NOTE: this section of beach is unguarded, so if you’re looking to swim at a spot with lifeguards, then this is not for you. The dog-friendly beach starts basically at Marcinski Road and goes all the way to the Jupiter Reef Club, and then continues on the other side up to just shy of Carlin Park. If you’re driving, there’s plenty of free parking, with lots on both sides of Marcinski Road, two more lots across A1A from Ladder 27 (each public beach access point has a number), and free on-street parking the length of A1A until you hit Carlin Park (around ladder 59). If you’re ok with your dog playing with a bunch of friends (or just enjoy watching the dogs play) then try to arrive a little earlier in the day to secure a parking spot in one of the lots off Marcinski. The most populated (but usually still not overcrowded) section of the beach is the first quarter mile. Once you get north of the parking lots, the amount of people thins out due to the limited parking. If you’re looking for a quieter section of beach, then this is where you want to go. Even on the most popular, beautiful beach days, it’s much more relaxed. From the road, most of the beach access points take you down the bluff through the sea grape trees. Providing some great natural shade and tremendous views, setting up your chairs for a day under these trees is an experience unique to Jupiter.
  2. Carlin Park
    Carlin Park is probably the largest section of beach in Jupiter with lifeguards. Just south of Indiantown Road, Carlin Park also has tennis/pickleball courts, a lot of walking/jogging trails, volleyball courts, bocce ball courts, a softball field, the Seabreeze Amphitheater, the Civic Center, and an oceanfront restaurant coming soon! Plus, plenty of parking and a few shaded picnic tables with grills.
  3. Jupiter Beach Park
    Follow Jupiter Beach Road east from A1A and you’ll find a large public parking lot. This section of guarded beach runs from the parking lot up to the south jetty of Jupiter Inlet. If you’re interested in fishing, then you can cast into the inlet from the jetty. This area also is one of the best surf spots during the right conditions.
  4. Dubois Park
    Dubois Park is one of the most unique parks in all of Southeast Florida. Located just west of Jupiter Beach Park (they’re actually connected via a footbridge) the Loxahatchee River makes this area very friendly for younger kids. There are a few different sandy sections: there’s a guarded swimming area where the river meets the inlet, as well as a guarded area protected from the inlet by a few breakwaters (piles of rocks). On an incoming high tide, these waters are clear, blue, calm, and beautiful. It’s a great area for kids to learn to snorkel, and there are plenty of picnic tables to bring lunch. If you’re meeting up with a boat, there are a few public boat slips for quick pick-ups or drop-offs.
  5. Lighthouse Park/Cato’s Bridge
    Jupiter is known all over Southeast Florida for its lighthouse. It’s probably the most photographed structure in the area. But what many people don’t know is that the lighthouse has its own public park with a stretch of sand along the Intracoastal. Just over the Route 1 bridge (under repair until about 2025) lies Lighthouse Park, with a big open field (kids’ soccer games are usually here on weekends during the season) and some great trails that lead through the trees to some sandy spots along the Intracoastal. This stretch of shore runs up to Cato’s bridge, which is famous for having some of the clearest waters around, great for snorkeling. Oftentimes on a typically stunning South Florida day people will pull up their boats and spend a few hours swimming, exploring, or relaxing, but this beach is accessible from the trailheads near the parking lot by the lighthouse, or two smaller lots on either side of South Beach Road. 

Discover All of the Beaches in Jupiter

A stunning beach town, the best beaches in Jupiter are some of the best beaches in Florida, but it's still somewhat of a well-kept secret. The major magazine and newspaper rankings haven't caught on yet. Each of these beaches has something different to offer, and if you live in the area, all are worth exploring. If you're planning a trip to Jupiter, then you might only be able to visit one or two, so hopefully this guide helped a little. Jupiter is a very family-friendly town with excellent outdoor activities and a community that loves exploring. If you love Jupiter and want to know more about living here, then check out our Jupiter page!


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