Jupiter Outdoor Center is Celebrating 20 Years of Eco-Friendly Fun

In honor of Jupiter Outdoor Center’s 20th anniversary, the center will be celebrating this milestone by offering a free 3 month individual membership to the person that submits a story and picture that best illustrates the many reasons why JOC is the ultimate choice for outdoor adventure and fun! Here is our story about why friends and customers call JOC “ the real JUPITER experience”. From the day back in 97 when JOC opened at what is now known as Guanabanas it has been the place to go for all things “ OUTDOORS”. In fact ,if you like Guanabanas you might be interested to know that it started out in 1999 as The Kayak Cafe inside the JOC outfitters store where the bar is now located. In Other Words, if there was no JOC, there would be no Guanabanas! Since moving to the Inlet on Love St in 2014 paddlers and campers have raved about the crystal clear blue water , Its serenity and abundance of amenities. We are the perfect place to experience a 360 degree view of all the beauty Jupiter has to offer. And we have a Hammock!!

1) Location: We are the only paddle center on Blue Water in Jupiter!

2) The views: Who doesn’t love The Jupiter Inlet  lighthouse and Museum? Our beach has a 360 degree view of all things Jupiter.

3) Famous Hammock: Our beach is home to the iconic JOC hammock where you can relax and snap a picture perfect memory.

3) JOC has many ways to explore  the beautiful Indian and Loxahatchee Rivers and the Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve: Kayaks/sups/water taxi are just some of the ways you can explore these waters.

4) Love St. Beach: Our beach is the perfect spot to take a seat, relax and enjoy one of our many adirondack chairs.

5) Our staff: JOC’s staff is an eclectic blend of water loving, paddle loving people ready and willing to share their passion with everyone.

6) JOC shares the love: We are paddle and pet  friendly even if you don’t rent from us you can launch here and we will create a free trip plan that factors in your experience, interests, tides and weather.

7) JOC is surrounded by local bars and eateries to satisfy any taste after your paddle adventure

8) JOC has the KNOWLEDGE of this area. We have been in business for 20 years and we know our stuff.

9) Passion: JOC is passionate about everything around us and we want to share that with you

10) Diversity: We have many ways for you to enjoy the waterways here. Rentals/tours/camps/parties/water taxi/beach/bikes.

11) Community: JOC has always been a leader in the community and has given back in many ways such as beach cleanups, youth education , supporting the sprint flatwater Olympic Teams and events with local charities and more.

12) ECO FRIENDLY: No motors here!

13) JOC is the clear choice: With our crystal blue water as the backdrop to your adventure you just can’t go wrong.

14) SEA LIFE: so many to list but just a few ranging from tiny crabs to manatees and turtles. You may even see a leatherback turtle one day

15) Fitness: Paddling is a LIFE SPORT! All ages can benefit from paddling on a regular basis.

16) We are OUTSIDE! Nature is the best way to de stress and get away from the over technological world we live in today.

17) 363 days a year we are open! Spend your holidays with us or book a party!

19) Lifestyle: JOC helps you keep your Florida lifestyle in check. We make it easy for you with memberships and guided tours and you can even bring your furry friends, as we are pet friendly.

20) Last but not least LOVE. We are on LOVE Street. We LOVE what we do. We LOVE being there for you. We LOVE Jupiter.

 

“As a tour guide here I am asked if my job ever gets boring. Doing the same thing in the same spot every day. I DO NOT! The water changes every minute, of every day, of every season. I relish the subtle and abrupt fluctuations… the ebb and flow of my daily tour route. The manatees I’ve encountered (and named) are in constant flux. It is a virtual who’s who of Mother Nature’s aquatic best. The flora and fauna of the area are limitless. Sometimes you just have to stop, look and listen and things you never knew, were there all around you. I personally enjoy the billions of tiny fish schools you may find yourself surrounded by. The amazing array of birds is sure to please any ornithologist. JOC’s waterways can offer any kind of day you might be looking for, from a serene early Monday morning to a chaotic party on the sandbar with the boater’s kind of day. Zen to Zestful adventure awaits at JOC.”
-Max Park, JOC Tour Guide/Camp Director

While our views and activities are the best part of our immersive experience, Jupiter’s marine life is an extraordinary sight for everyone. A paddle adventure is the perfect place to see the amazing marine life our waterways have to offer. Here are some of the animals you may come across on your next visit:

1) First and foremost MANATEES
2) Turtles running a close second
3) Hermit crabs: every camper’s favorite
4) Stingrays: From stingrays to spotted eagle rays big and small
5) Needlefish: One of my personal favorites
5) Puffer fish
6) Sea urchins
7) Star fish
8) Conch
9) Sea Cucumbers
10) Seahorses: you have to look hard but they are there
11) Eels
12) Really big Turtles. On a rare occasion you can see leatherback and loggerheads
13) Sharks: Yes, sharks big and small
14) Mullet Fish…tons of them
15) Jellyfish: A turtle’s favorite lunch
16) Clams o plenty
17) Parrot fish…the color of the ocean
18) Blue Crabs
19) Porpoise
20) The locals on the sandbars and beaches enjoying the water and some tunes from their boats. Wink…wink.

School’s Out Day Camps Still Rockin’ Strong

Jupiter Outdoor Center has had a few School’s Out Day Camps since my last blog from Camp #2. Most of those camps were a combination of wind and more wind plus the added bonus of one camp on a full moon. Never the less, fun and adventure were had by the kids.

Speaking of the kids…I just adore my job as counselor. Each child is treasure in their own Kids Day Camps Jupiterway. They never cease to amaze me. So, I thought I would just blog about a few things that I have learned from hanging out with the campers.

I sometimes just sit back a bit and watch. Kids from every walk of life have joined us here at Jupiter Outdoor Center and there is no prejudice, no questions..just pure innocence with the expectation of fun ahead. As adults I feel we become jaded by society …thus…watching these kids, who are total strangers for the most part, just instantly bond the way they do is a fantastic thing to see? The joyous innocence of youth. I’ve seen the connection of siblings in a way that warms my heart. Fears have been overcome and memories of a lifetime have been made.Spending the day with these kids makes me happy. One day in particular after a great afternoon with the campers…I went home and turned on the news. What a buzz kill!!! After such a day of wonderment and fun with the children… I was disturbed and saddened by the real world. I turned off the television. All in all, I think there is a point when all of us as adults and /or  parents would like to be a kid at Jupiter Outdoor Center’s School’s Out Day Camp. Young is a state of mind. Come visit us at JOC and let your kids show you.

Epic V5 Surfski

The Epic V5 surfski opens up a whole new world to performance paddling. Excellent stability makes it easy for anybody to jump in and go. Sleek lines and Epic’s comfortable surfski cockpit make it fun for paddlers of all sizes and skill level. Our proprietary foam core construction creates stiffness unmatched in typical plastic kayaks.
The Epic V5 comes standard with under hull rudder, adjustable foot brace (including pedals that automatically adjust line length), rear storage compartment, bow, stern, and center carry handles, water bottle holder and Epic’s patented bailer. An optional overstern kick up rudder can be added (no modifications needed) to allow the V5 to be paddled in shallow or rocky areas.

SPECIFICATIONS:
V5 Length 14’ • Width 23.6” • Depth 12.6” • Weight 46 lbs. • Storage 10.5 gal.
• Also compatible with all 3 Epic carbon rudders (Weedless, Universal, Surf) • Optional SmartTrackTM kick up rudder • Fits range of paddlers 4’10” – 6’7

Want one? The Jupiter Outdoor Center is an authorized dealer for Epic Kayaks and Surfskis, and we can get you anything in the Epic product line!  Give us a call today and schedule your demo @ 561-747-0063.

An Intern in the Everglades

There is no place quite like the Florida everglades.  Growing up in Rockland County NY I got to experience a wide variety of natural areas and have paddled in some pretty cool spots but none have lived up to paddling through the Florida Everglades.  The diverse amount of wildlife from birds to fish and even pythons I have never seen more wildlife then my trip to Shark Pointe.  In April of 2014 during my internship experience for SUNY Cortland, Ryan Sullivan and myself paddled from West Lake through the Lungs down to Alligator Creek where a potential campsite is located.  We were informed by the ranger at Flamingo that we could camp there but we may hear gators at night due to it being nesting season.  This being said we decided to extend our trip a few miles and paddle out to a two story chickee  in the middle of the bay right off the coast of Shark Pointe.  Within seconds of getting out of our kayaks after a 15 mile paddle we had a black tip shark swim right up.  Throughout the rest of the overnight we saw countless horseshoe crabs and a wide variety of birds.  At night as we shined our flashlights into the water the shrimp would come out and along the beaches of surrounding areas you could see the sea crocodile  eyes staring back at you.  This has been one of the few places I have ever been to where there is almost no light pollution  and the stars and sky are truly unbelievable.  The next morning I have never seen more mosquitoes  in my entire life, packing up camp and getting ready to head home was pretty brutal but one of the highlights of my trip would easily make me forget about the bug filled morning I had earlier experienced.  During my first trip to the everglades I was really pumped to see a gator have only seen a few throughout my life in the wild and no really big ones.  After paddling through the mangrove lakes for a few miles we finally think we have spotted a decent sized gator head in the water and decide to get a closer look.  However as we inch closer and closer we soon discover that this is no gator and in fact is a pretty large python. By far this was the highlight of my trip and my childhood excitement gave me energy throughout the res of our journey home.  After we packed up the kayaks and got ready for our ride home we ended our trip with gator tacos, so while I didn’t see a gator during my trip a I did get to eat one.  This is a great one night two day trip that I would recommend for anybody to take, one of the most unique experiences of my life.