North of Palm Beach, and located less than twenty miles from West Palm Beach Airport, off the Intracoastal Waterway and just off many major highways, lies the community of Jupiter, Florida, with its pristine beaches, parks, playgrounds and shops.
In Jupiter, you’ll find out-of-this-world resorts and many forms of affordable lodging, fine dining establishments and informal eateries and shopping for all tastes and budgets. And let's not forget about the beaches, which have served as retreats for surfers and beachgoers for decades.
Stop by Dubois Park, with more than 1,200 feet of tropical palm-lined beach, as well as playgrounds and picnic pavilions. Carlin Park offers an exercise trail and well-equipped picnic areas. Ocean Cay Park features a playground, showers, pavilions and restrooms. Just across the Intracoastal Waterway is Jupiter Island, a wealthy enclave in Martin County. Blowing Rocks Preserve, which protects the island's habitats, boasts the largest stretch of Anastasia limestone along the Atlantic.
The Early Years
The area where the town now sits was originally named for the Hobe Indian tribe which lived at the mouth of the Loxahatchee River, and whose name is also preserved in the name of nearby Hobe Sound. A mapmaker misunderstood the Spanish spelling "Jobe" of the Indian name "Hobe" and recorded it as "Jove." When the English arrived in 1763, subsequent mapmakers further thought this was the Latin translation of the god Jupiter, and they anglicized the name from Jove to "Jupiter." The Roman god Jupiter (or Zeus in Greek mythology) is the chief Roman god, husband of Juno, and god of light, of the sky and weather, and of the state and its welfare and laws. It inspired a neighboring town to name itself "Juno Beach."
The Spanish exploration of this area of Florida began with Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513. On March 3rd of that year after being removed as Governor of Puerto Rico he sailed to Florida with three ships on a mission seeking gold and, according to some, the rumored 'Fountain of Youth.' Based on several maps drawn years later, likely based on charts by Ponce de Leon, some surmise that one of his landings occurred at the Jupiter Inlet.