Best Time to Visit Jupiter


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High season is winter, from mid-December to mid-April. That said, palm-tree lined Jupiter, part of Palm Beach County in South Florida, has a sub-tropical climate, meaning that temperatures swing more extremely than they do on, say, the tropical Caribbean islands, so pack light sweaters to wear at night on the beach. In February and March, a couple of national baseball teams do their spring training at the local Roger Dean stadium. These months are also prime time for golf and tennis. Families should note that the town traditionally celebrates its anniversary with a fun fair on the first weekend in February at its community center, also the location for an annual outdoor Easter egg hunt—a favorite Floridian tradition.

Spring customarily runs from mid-March to May, a splendid time of year temperature-wise. Rain showers are frequent, but the summer's mosquitoes haven't arrived yet. The area's waterways team with fish, and the local orange and grapefruit groves burst with their first fruit of the year. This is also the best time to see competitive matches played on local tennis courts and golf courses. Autumn brings similar temperatures, in general. One note of warning: Hurricane season typically goes from July to November. While this coastline hasn't seen serious devastation in the living memory of any of its residents, consider trip insurance to avoid last-minute vacation washouts.

Arrive in South Florida in the summer, and the flaring, humid heat will feel like a blow drier in your face, forcing you inside, perhaps to one of the city's delightful seafood restaurants serving locally caught grouper and other delicacies, or to a Broadway show at the Maltz Jupiter Theater, built by the late actor Burt Reynolds near his home. If you’re looking to cut costs, lodging rates tend to be half their winter peak-season prices at this time of year. Thunderstorms break near daily, often in mid-afternoon, so it's best to plan outdoor activities for mornings or evenings.