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Introduction

Jupiter is a town located in Palm Beach County, Florida. The town had a total population of 55,000 in 2010.[1] It is one of the northernmost suburbs of the Miami metropolitan area.

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Sights and Activities

  • Jupiter Lighthouse - listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.
  • Palm Beach International Raceway - a racing facility built in 1965, and was remodeled in 2008 in and attempt to obtain an FIA Grade II Certification. The facility hosts several International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and NHRA sportsman events as well as an ARCA Remax Series event.
  • Roger Dean Stadium - a baseball stadium located in the Abacoa community.
  • Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum - home of the Florida Film & Theater Institute.
  • Busch Wildlife Sanctuary - a non-profit, educational based care facility for injured wild animals.

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Events and Festivals

  • Jupiter Jubilee - The Jupiter Jubilee is an annual community event put on by the Town of Jupiter for area residents. The Jubilee typically has entertainment, civic, educational, and cultural components. Each year, the Jubilee highlights Jupiter's unique character, history, community and natural treasures. Address: Jupiter Community Center, Hours: 11:00am - 05:00pm
  • Food Truck Fest - This event features live music from local bands. A herd of gourmet food trucks serve a wide selection of food and drinks for purchase, from your favorite comfort foods to exotic gourmet tidbits. Address: Riverwalk Events Plaza, Hours: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Price: Free admission
  • EcoFest - This event, to celebrate Earth Week, will be a family event with lots of fun things for kids to explore, and will focus on recycling and earth friendly food and crafts. Address: Riverwalk Events Plaza, Hours: 11:00am - 04:00pm, Price: Free admission
  • Harvest Festival (05 Oct 2013) - Fun for the whole family, this free event will have craft vendors, food vendors offering seasonal treats, kids crafts, and more. Address: Riverwalk Events Plaza, Hours: 12:00pm - 05:00pm, Price: Free admission
  • Holiday Boat Parade (01 Dec 2013) - The beautiful waterside Events Plaza along the Jupiter Riverwalk will host a FREE special parade viewing event, including food, music, and festivities. In addition to the Riverwalk Events plaza, the boat parade can be viewed from Sawfish Bay Park and Lighthouse Park. Address: Riverwalk Events Plaza, Hours: 05:00pm - 09:30pm, Price: Free admission

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.

Sport

  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.

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Weather

Jupiter, like the rest of South Florida, has a warm tropical climate with temperatures mostly around 30 °C during the day and 20 °C at night, though because of its relatively northern location it can get chilly at night during the cooler months from December to March. June to November is hot and humid with occassional chances of hurricanes.

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Getting There

By Plane

  • Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is a small, yet highly adequate airport. While both the Miami and the Fort Lauderdale airports are busy, PBI is easy to get in and out of, and is about five minutes from downtown West Palm Beach. Travellers flying into South Florida or the Bahamas should strongly consider PBI. The airport serves both air carriers (airlines) and general aviation aircraft. The airport has a 24 hour control tower and a U.S. Customs & Immigration port of entry facility. The general aviation traffic at PBI has a choice of three fixed base operators.
  • North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport (F45) is located in the north portion of the county and provides easy access to the Florida Research Park, Jupiter, and Palm Beach Gardens.

By Train

Amtrak has a stop in the downtown West Palm Beach (WPB) for its Silver Service / Palmetto route (New York - Washington, D.C. - Charleston - Savannah - Jacksonville - Orlando - Tampa/Miami).

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

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Eat

  • Sushi Jo - Best sushi around; always ask for market price! Address: 319 Belvedere Road #12, Phone: +1 561 868-7893
  • Rhythm Cafe - Outstanding food; the menu changes regularly, in an eclectic setting. Address: 3800 S Dixie Hwy # A, Phone: +1 561 833-3406
  • ER Bradley's Saloon - Decent bar food in sight of the Intracoastal. Address: 104 S Clematis St, Phone: +1 561 833-3520
  • The India Palace - Great Indian food, at a moderate price. Address: 4778 Okeechobee Blvd, Phone: +1 561 478-5606
  • Brewzzi - Local microbrewery cooks up excellent meals. Address: 700 S Rosemary Ave # 212, Phone: +1 561 366-9753
  • Havana - Authentic Cuban cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner, with an all-night take-out window. Address: 6803 S Dixie Hwy, Phone: +1 561 547-9799

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Drink

  • Jupiter Beach Resort - Upscale resort and spa right on the beach Address: 5 North A1A, Jupiter, Florida, Phone: 866-943-0950

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Sleep

Budget

  • Studio 6 West Palm Beach - 1535 Centrepark Dr. Very much a budget hotel; don't expect luxury or even much in the way of comfort, but if you're on a tight budget it's a private place to sleep. $75/night.
  • Holiday Inn Palm Beach - 1301 Belvedere Rd. Clean, comfortable rooms and bathrooms with free wireless internet. $105/night.

Mid-Range

  • Hotel Biba - +1 561-832-0094 (email: reservations@hotelbiba.com). A funky, sea-foam-colored hotel with colorful, ultra-modern decor. Located about 5 kilometres south of Clematis Street, Hotel Biba bills itself as "a 43-room historic landmark boutique hotel." The hotel features Biba Bar, a hip nightclub featuring live music on the weekends. $195/night
  • Homewood Suites - 2455 Metrocentre Boulevard, ☎ 561-682-9188. checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. Suites with full kitchens, free internet, flat screen TV. Guests have access to free parking, free hot breakfast, pool and fitness center. $130.
  • SpringHill Suites West Palm Beach I-95 - 2437 Metrocentre Boulevard (just off I-95 and 13 kilometres from the Palm Beach International airport), ☎ 561-689-6814. checkin: 3:00pm checkout: noon. Extended stay hotel. Suites include free Internet, microwave, mini-fridge, and flat screen TV. Also available to guests are free hot breakfast buffet, free parking, pool, and fitness center. $90.

Upscale

  • Embassy Suites West Palm Beach (former Crown Plaza), 1601 Belvedere, ☎ +1 888 689-6892. Located across the street from the Palm Beach Airport and minutes from the Palm Beach Convention Center, the Kravis Center and many of Palm Beach's famous golf courses. The property holds 219 rooms and 104 suites, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness center and shuttle buses which go downtown and to the airport. $250/night.
  • West Palm Beach Marriott Hotel, 1001 Okeechobee Boulevard, ☎ +1-561-833-1234 (fax: +1-561-833-4689). checkin: 4:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. Three-star hotel with all the usual amenities. $300/night.
  • Jupiter Beach Resort, 5 North A1A, ☎ 866-943-0950. Upscale resort and spa right on the beach.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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References

  1. 1 2010 census - FL - Jupiter. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2013-01-11.

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