This week we’re bringing you a Jupiter, Florida travel guide to make your family vacation planning this summer a little easier. We’re going to be talking about the best beaches in Jupiter, Florida as well as a few other things you can do and the few places we ate.

If you haven’t been to Jupiter, Florida you should definitely add this to your list of places to visit with your family. Jupiter has beautiful beaches and the opportunity to snorkel or dive shipwrecks on the treasure coast.

dad with daughter playing on jupiter beach in jupiter floridaBecause we have felt a little burned out on eating out lately our Jupiter Florida travel guide isn’t going to focus as much on eating as some readers would like.

However, we were busy for the entire 2 weeks we were here doing something.

Let’s start out with where to stay. If you want to watch our Jupiter video you can do that too!

Jupiter, Florida Camping  

There is RV camping all over Jupiter if you’re wanting to stay in a resort that’s incredibly pricey. You get what you pay for but I suggest looking at another option.

The state parks near Jupiter, Florida are great options for those looking for more affordable camping.

We booked at Jonathan Dickinson State Park for the entire 2 weeks and it was wonderful. They had full hookups and their RV sites were giant.

We were really pleased overall with our experience there.

We stayed in site 47 and it had a gorgeous view of the sunset and sunrise every morning.

view of campsite at jonathan dickinson state park

Jonathan Dickinson RV Site 47


  • Large sites
  • Full hookups
  • Gravel pads
  • Picnic tables
  • Firepit
  • Grill
  • Poles for hanging a line to dry gear
  • Playgrounds
  • Shower houses

Cons: I didn’t have any dislikes about this place other than the bugs. Take your bug spray and make sure you’re stocked up on itch cream because you will be miserable if you don’t.

Price: RV or Tent Sites: $26/night

Book your stay by clicking here.

Things To Do in Jupiter, Florida

The great part about being in the Jupiter area is your proximity to bigger southern cities. If you jump on the interstate you can be in a neighboring city within 20-45 minutes.

We focused most of our time in and around Jupiter though. There are so many free and affordable things to do around this area for families.

And if you’re just looking for a beach vacation then you have more options than you could imagine.

This entire area is centered around the coast. You can book snorkeling tours, diving tours, boat charters and more.

jupiter florida coastline ocean view with sunsetSnorkeling in Jupiter is abundant. There are plenty of shops you can pick up quality snorkeling gear from. We went to a local shop and picked up gear including a dive flag for the whole family.

Where to Snorkel 

So if you’re not familiar with snorkeling I wouldn’t try to snorkel on the oceanfront. The waves break too close to the beaches making it hard to see anything and you may end up getting more water in your snorkel than you’d like.

We preferred bay snorkeling.

Phil Foster Park

This was our favorite place to snorkel. Within the swimming area is a boat on the bottom. Right near it is a bunch of sunken shopping carts as well.

The fish are beautiful in this area and there are some decent sized ones. You won’t need a dive flag snorkeling here because there is a designated swimming area with a lifeguard.

The swimming area slopes out nicely for the little ones to play by the shore.

This area gets busy on the weekends and please don’t make the same mistake we did and try to go on a holiday. It’s packed and you likely won’t find parking.

There are a few other places to snorkel listed below:

Carlin Park: this one was tough because the waves were breaking right on the shore. Maybe on a day when the water is flatter or before high tide.

Coral Cove: We didn’t snorkel here but I talked to a few people on the beaches and they said it was a great place for beginners to go.

DuBois Park: This area is situated on an inlet so the waves aren’t bad here. There is a great picnic area and plenty of shade. There’s also a bridge for you to take out to the oceanfront if you want.

Things To Do (that aren’t snorkeling):

Visit Blowing Rocks Preserve

This isn’t quite what I pictured when I was looking for things to do when I was researching the area. I honestly thought the rocks would be bigger & the water spray would be gigantic. Not so much when we were there.

But it’s still really neat to see. It’s a coastline made up of limestone where loggerheads and leatherback sea turtles can be found.

Learn more about Blowing Rocks Preserve.

Kayaking Trails 

There are so many places to kayak in this area that you’ll be hard-pressed to decide on where to go. We took 2 double kayaks out on the Loxahatchee River from Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

There are other kayaking trails around the area as well. Here’s a great resource for finding those. 


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Biking Trails 

If you’re already in Jonathan Dickinson State Park you can take advantage of their biking trails. They are vast and vary by experience level.

Honorable Mentions 

These are a few places we wanted to go or tried to go to but they were already closed for the day.

  • Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
    • Price: $12 for adults, $6 for kids over 5
      • Children must be 48 inches tall to climb to the top of the lighthouse! This is why we chose to not go here. Our toddler wanted to go to the top and we couldn’t force her to stay down on the ground when everyone else got to go up. Keep this in mind if you have little ones.
  • Loggerhead Marinelife Center
    • Free!
  • Visit Hobe Sound Nature Center
    • Free!
  • Loxahatchee River Center
    • Free!
  • Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Free!

So far our Jupiter, Florida travel guide has covered where to stay and things to do. Now I want to quickly cover the best beaches in Jupiter and around the area.

Best Beaches in Jupiter, Florida & Surrounding Areas

These will be super quick! You can look them up to see if they are near where you want to go.

  • Hobe Sound Beach on Jupiter Inlet
  • Carlin Park
  • Ocean Reef Park

These were the three beaches we continued to visit over and over again.

The ocean in this area is so beautiful. The color is so different than what I’m used to on the emerald coast.

If you choose this area for your family vacation you won’t be disappointed. So are you going to add Jupiter, Florida to your bucket list?

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