Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

Today’s adventure was to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum located near the southern tip of Jupiter Island, Florida.

26°56’54.9″N 80°04’55.4″W

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

https://www.jupiterlighthouse.org/

After the 34 steps up a hill leading to the base of the tower, one must ascent another 105 steps to the top. It is not for the faint of heart or weak of knee! However, the view from the top is worth it.

I took a video from up there, but sadly it ended up very glitchy. I’m not sure if it was because of the wind or just what, but it was unusable. Instead, here is a screenshot from the video.

Lighthouse view

At the base of the lighthouse are various related buildings, museum exhibits and displays, but my favorite feature apart from the lighthouse was an AMAZING banyan grove.

It was a warm day, bright and sunny, HOT for a northerner, but in the grove was shady and very pleasant. There are benches around the perimeter and it was a nice place to rest after the climb and descent.

Banyan grove
Banyan grove

Flora

There were a number of interesting and, to me, unusual plants along the paths. Here are a few flowers that caught my eye.

Painted Leaf
Painted Leaf – Euphorbia cyathophora
Beautyberry
American Beautyberry – Callicarpa americana
Firebush
Firebush – Hamelia patens

Food!

Very near the lighthouse is Dune Dog Cafe which was today’s lunch. This was a very interesting restaurant that, contrary to its name, served much more than hotdogs. My lunch was a Big Kahuna burger with bleu cheese rather than the normal colby (I think). Delicious! Lunch was completed with a side of waffle fries.

Dune Dog Cafe
Dune Dog Cafe

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