About Jupiter Inlet

Two sandbars, one inside, one way out back, parallel to each other between Jupiter Inlet and the Juno Beach Pier. When a good swell is running, many sections of these sandbars create good, long walls. Watch out for rocks, though. When conditions are right, a fun wave will break beyond the dunes at any given point, but the Jupiter Inlet's south side is one of the best big waves around. It's also one of the few good rights in South Florida.

While a decent left breaks off the main outside peak, the right is what makes the Inlet famous. Before the south jetty was extended in 1998-99, there was also a rippable left inside the cove and adjacent to the jetty. That wave is essentially gone now, but the outside right is still strong. At smaller sizes, it may seem like a weak A-frame, but when a big E-NE swell is running, the right comes to life and wraps in toward the jetty, bending like a pointbreak with hollow sections. The main peak is way outside between the jetty and the lifeguard tower. It's best to paddle out along the jetty, but mind the currents. A strong outgoing tide might be a one-way ticket to the Bahamas, and staying on the peak is like paddling upriver. It's advisable to catch a wave fast, walk back up the beach and paddle out by the Inlet again.

Source: Jupiter Inlet Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All levels but give the better surfers some space.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Used to be heavy but mellow now.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Gets crowded.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Usually pretty mellow surf suitable for all ability levels. Gets good here on the right swell.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Easy as it gets.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Clean for the most part but occasional dirty lagoon water mixes in.

Additional Information


Normal sea life - sharks, jellyfish, sea lice.


Park and paddle.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard



Best Season

Fall-Spring, Hurricane

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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