Best scenic photo backdrops in Jupiter Florida
Now more than ever, tourists are flocking to Jupiter in droves to enjoy our perfect weather and take in all the area's attractions. If you're looking for the best spots to frame your vacation selfies or family photos, check out these great locations!
1. The Jupiter Lighthouse
Without being overly cliche, this is the number one photographed icon in Jupiter. But did you know that you can schedule tours of the lighthouse. Complete with a guide, you'll climb 105 stairs to reach the top. Beautiful panoramic views offer surreal colors at sunset. Overlooking the Jupiter Inlet and popular bars and restaurants, you'll have opportunities to capture images like no other.
DIRECTIONS: From I-95 take Indiantown Road east (cross RR tracks) and go north (left) on Alt. A1A. Follow Alt. A1A over the bridge and cross the intersection at US Highway One. The entrance to the Jupiter Lighthouse is immediately on your right. To south through the parking lot and past the soccer fields to the Jupiter Inlet Museum to gain access to the lighthouse.
2. Riverbend Park
Located about a mile west of I-95 off Indiantown Road, the Riverbend Park entrance is on the left and borders a tributary waterway which feeds into the infamous Loxahatchee River and Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Kayak & canoe rentals are available for those seeking a possible face to face encounter with a alligators, snapping turtles, deer and a variety of reptiles. Bike & equestrian trails run throughout the park with tropical foliage, birds and macro opportunity with tons of interesting spiders and insects. Picnic pavilions and shelters are available first come, first serve. Don't forget to bring your bug spray, waterproof cell case and underwater disposable camera (available at 60 Minutes Photo - 75 E. Indiantown Road) if you're heading out on the water.
DIRECTIONS: From I-95 head west on Indiantown Road for 1 mile. Turn left into the entrance of Riverbend Park. Open from sunrise to sunset.
3. Waterfront Restaurants
There are a select few scenic dining options that come to mind when I think of favorite places to take photos. Guanabanas is one of my favorites to take my visiting friends and family. Not only is it on a less traveled waterway, but the restaurant is entirely outside. At sunset the professionally lit landscaping come to life and the vibrant colored Adirondack chairs lining the front and dockside are a great place to snap a perfect print. U-Tiki, located on the Jupiter Inlet offers open air dining and a fabulous view of the Jupiter Lighthouse. Seating options are open air or under a shaded roof. Fishing boats and yachts are abundant and provide a colorful option for photographers. Square Grouper also located on the Jupiter inlet has the ultimate tropical vibe of the area. Casual, fun, toes in the sand with live entertainment capture the essence of this long standing drinking establishment.
DIRECTIONS: Take I-95 east to US Highway One and go left (north). Cross over the bridge and take your first right on N. Highway A1A. U-Tiki will be on your left - 1095 N. Highway A1A. Tucked in behind Schooner's is the Square Grouper - 1111 Love Street. Overflow parking for Square Grouper and Guanabanas is located at the intersection of N. Hwy A1A and Love Street. Guanabanas - 960 N. Hwy A1A offers valet parking and is located directly across from Schooners.
4. Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Spend a few hours or all day exploring nature in this huge preserve of pines flatwoods, mangroves and sand scrub pines. Tons of hiking trails and Trapper Nelson's camp which can be accessed through a guided tour or by way of the Riverbend Park kayak / canoe run. Guided horseback riding, river camping and equestrian camping sites are great options for anyone looking for an eco friendly adventure. Hours are 8:00am to sunset 365 days a year.
DIRECTIONS: From I-95 take Indiantown Road east (cross RR tracks) and go north (left) on Alt. A1A. Turn left on US Highway One and travel north approximately 6.5 miles, the entrance is on the left - 16450 SE Federal Highway (US Highway One).
5. Pine Glades Natural Area This natural haven is over 6,600 acres of Florida habitat. Located in the furthest western corridor of Jupiter on the south side of Indiantown Road, Pine Glades Natural Area is open from dawn to dusk and features a wide scope of wading birds including the roseate spoonbill, great blue heron, little blue heron and white ibis. Hiking, biking and kayaking are great ways to explore new photo ops in the park.
DIRECTIONS: From I-95 head west on Indiantown Road for approximately 7 miles. Turn left into the entrance of Pine Glades Natural Area. Open from sunrise to sunset.
JUPITER | 75 E. Indiantown Road #75 :: ph: 561.747.2002
WPB | 4275 Okeechobee Boulevard :: ph: 561.683.4163