KAYAKING IN JUPITER – 4 PADDLE ADVENTURES
Kayaking in Jupiter
Port St. Lucie Preserve – Paddle to Paradise
(Video/photos: Bill DiPaolo)
LOVE STREET OUTDOOR CENTER guides will take you on an hourlong boat ride from Jupiter Inlet waterways on the pristine Intracoastal Waterway to the Preserve on the northern tip of Jupiter Island, where the St. Lucie River enters the Atlantic Ocean.
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After docking at the Preserve, you’ll walk a tree-lined, shady boardwalk through lush mangrove forests and hammocks of live oaks, cabbage palms, paradise trees and wild limes to a neatly preserved Atlantic Ocean beach, a first stop on your kayaking in Jupiter excursion.
Along the 3/4-mile boardwalk, you’ll likely see lots of wildlife. There’s long-legged ibises, colorful butterflies, spindly spiders, wide-winged ospreys hunting for fish and raccoons roustabouting through thick mangroves.
Loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles come ashore at night to dig holes in the beach sand where they lay their eggs.
You’ll know you are reaching the end of the trail when you hear the waves from the Atlantic Ocean through the thick mangroves.
Step out onto the beach, and you are in your own private paradise.
PADDLE PAST HISTORY
You and up to six passengers will enjoy a leisurely 3-hour round trip sightseeing cruise past the Historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and the estates of the rich and famous on Jupiter Island on your way to Pecks Lake.
Upon arrival at halfway point your guide will lead an easy paddle board adventure from the mother ship.
All ages and skill levels are welcome. Possible viewing of dolphins, manatees and shore birds on this kayaking in Jupiter cruise.
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PADDLERS ONLY AT FULLERTON ISLAND
Fullerton Island — no power boats allowed — has lush mangroves and winding waterways perfect for bird watching. Manatees and sea turtles make the place their hangout. Mangroves are nurseries for tropical fish.
Paddle a one-person kayak, two-person-kayak, canoe or stand-up paddle board. All skill levels and ages are welcome. Your kayaking in Jupiter guide will provide safety instruction.
LOVE STREET OUTDOOR CENTER supplies the watercraft, life vests and equipment. You and your friends just show up and have fun at the 12-acre island just a short paddle from Sawfish Bay Park.
Paddle into one the serpentine water lanes inside Fullerton Island, and you’ll quickly forget civilization. Juvenile snook, tarpon and grouper and hiding in the spindly-fingered lush mangroves. Manatees are lazily lounging in the smooth waters. Owls, ospreys and pelicans are looking for meals.
Listen for the low grunts from roseatte spoonbills. Great blue herons make roh-roh-roh squawk.
Take a tour with a LOVE STREET OUTDOOR CENTER expert guide or head out on your own tour. Either way, your kayaking in Jupiter tour adventure is an unforgettable experience for all ages.
MANGROVE MYSTERY TOUR
Explore the local mangrove-lined waterways of the Loxahatchee River and Indian River Lagoon with our expert kayaking in Jupiter guides trained in safety. Spot sea turtles, manatees, and other wildlife. Choose a one-person kayak, two-person-kayak, canoe or paddle board.
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Depending on the tide and weather, your trip may pass by the Jupiter Lighthouse, meander to Sawfish Bay which holds two beautiful mangrove islands perfect for bird watching, or take you on an adventure to the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most bio-diverse estuaries in the United States.
All skill levels and ages welcome. Your guide will provide basic paddle and safety instruction.
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