VIBE: Active, Busy
14775 US-1, Juno Beach, FL 33408
It's not easy to find a beach that has free parking, places for shelling and fantastic sunsets. But Juno Beach Park combines all three in one place! Even better, it offers the blue water of the Gulf stream that is warm even in winter. Let's explore Juno Beach.
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Everywhere you turn there is activity in Juno Beach Park. We experienced an incredible sunset view from the pier and were taking pictures non-stop. There were so many interesting people, especially the surfing crowd. This beach park even offers a dog beach area. Located near US Highway 1, it's only 30 minutes north of West Palm Beach and lovely Peanut Island.
We visited Juno Beach Park in February for a weekend getaway. Driving the pickup truck down south is always relaxing for us. There is a 24-hour rest stop on the way down to Juno Beach Park (and Vero Beach) on I-95 South. It is very clean, not busy and has vending machines. If you pack a lunch or other goodies, you can take a break from your road trip under one of the picnic tables.
Juno Beach Park Sand
The sand on Juno Beach is quite interesting and actually a little sticky. It is dark, grainy and filled with shells. It is thick and when it gets wet it resembles mud. But this northern part of Palm Beach offers so many great amenities, it's hard to complain. If you love white sand beaches like Fort Myers, this shoreline may disappoint you. However, Juno Beach Park makes up for this sandy shortcoming in many other areas. Read on!
Juno Beach Ocean Water
One of the ways Juno Beach shines is with it's incredible ocean water. The turquoise water is simply stunning and is warm from the nearby Gulf stream current. Venture onto the pier, which only costs $1 (2022) for non-fishing visitors, because the view of the ocean is breathtaking.
You might make a few pelican friends on the pier since they love fly overhead and get fed. If you don't have any food...watch out! They can be aggressive. They have a pointy spike on the end of their beaks.
June Beach Parking and Amenities
There are a couple of ways to get into the Juno Beach Park free parking lot. Route 1 or Ocean Blvd. will both get you there. There is a crosswalk from the parking lot over to the beach walkway. You will have to go down a flight of stairs to the beach. If you prefer, there is seating at street level in the shade to hang out. Or choose to walk the pier (no stairs) for a small fee (you can go fishing there too). Bathrooms and showers are available before you leave the parking area. The facilities are quite small but clean.
Juno Beach Activities
Swimming is popular at Juno Beach Park and there are tons of surfers. Just like close-by Jensen Beach, the water can be quite rough. So check the sign upon entering the beach for any warnings regarding riptides or other issues. Swim near a lifeguard. Even in February the water was a comfortable 76 degrees. It is great for just walking and wading along the shore too.
With a strong ocean breeze, kite and wind surfing are popular activities here for those fit enough to undertake them! The rest of us can enjoy the view. East coast beaches are often a little windy so make sure you have your umbrella firmly anchored. Walk north on the beach to reach the dog beach zone and watch the dogs having a great time in the sea. We recommend a stroll along the Juno Beach Pier at sunset. It is spectacular!
Look Out! This Could Happen...
One issue to warn you about at Juno Beach Park is the amount of shells in the sand. How can that be a problem, you ask? After all, good shelling can be hard to find. However, it can be painful to walk in some areas along the shore due to sharp shells. We definitely suggest using water shoes at this beach if you have sensitive feet.
The other issue is to avoid exiting I-95 at PGA Boulevard in West Palm Beach if you can. It is very busy near the Trump International Golf Course. You will also encounter a lift bridge and may get stuck waiting awhile. Check the draw bridge opening schedule using this handy resource. Try Donald Ross Rd. as an alternative. Just remember all routes to the beach are busy almost all the time. Plan your time accordingly.
Trucks At This Beach
While a standard pickup is good enough for most people, commercial users and hardcore recreationalists (like us beach folks) need something tougher. This black Ford F250 Super Duty Platinum, 6.7 L pickup meets that need head on. This truck stands out even more with its lift and those gleaming Gear 726 Big Block rims. They are equipped with Toyo Open Country M/T tires. Whether it's riding to or driving onto the beach, hauling a load or taking friends to dinner, this F250 Super Duty will grab attention. It has great looks, a big powertrain, and smooth ride. The problem is that once you make the climb into the cab, you may not want to come back down!
What We Really Think About Juno Beach Park
Juno Beach Park was a wonderful experience for us. The weather was perfect and tropical-feeling without being too hot. But it was a difficult beach to walk on and swimming can be tricky if the waves are large. Walking on the pier at sunset was heavenly. We could see the sun going down in the west and the soft orange light on the ocean waves. You can't put a price on that! North Palm Beach is a beautiful area with gorgeous palms and parks. It has lots of shopping and restaurants. It is expensive though.
Juno Beach Hotels
We stayed at the nearby Hampton Inn and even that was more expensive than what the chain usually charges. Would we go back? You bet we would. We hope you will consider checking out Juno Beach Park yourself on your next Florida beach road trip.
Hampton Inn Juno Beach
Holiday Inn Express
Hilton Inn Express Palm Beach Gardens
Best Western Intracoastal Inn Jupiter
Jupiter Beach Resort
Juno Beach Restaurants
Juno Beach Cafe
Ke'e Grill Juno Beach
Captain Charlie's Reef Grill
Nick and Johnny's Osteria
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