This year, hop aboard and discover a new Fourth of July tradition! South Florida boaters can conveniently cruise past a beautiful slice of American history, located just around the bend at the Jupiter Inlet Light.

Read on as we explore this one-of-a-kind local landmark, and the surprising role it played in defending the United States during World War II. Take a look and cruise along with us!

The perfect location

The beautiful Jupiter Inlet Light was first constructed in 1860, after delays caused by the Third Seminole War—but its unique location, where the Indian River meets Jupiter Inlet, has been known as a strategic meeting spot for thousands of years by those who first called the area “home.” The U.S. Army surveyors who chose the location observed the strategic setting and chose it for their own benefit, a prediction that would prove especially wise over the course of the next century.

An essential Navy asset

During World War II, the Jupiter Inlet Light served as a strategic component in the United States’ Navy defenses. Because ships carrying essential fuel and war supplies would pass by the Jupiter area after departing from Texas and the Gulf, they were often targeted by German U-Boats obscured in the offshore waters—fortunately, the location of the Jupiter Inlet Light was perfectly positioned to help defend these ships from enemy attacks.

Under the nickname of “Station J,” the Light served as the Navy’s Radio Detection Finding Station and would intercept information from the German U-Boats before they could attack, allowing the United States to counter with their own defense and regain security in this region of the Atlantic. Who knew our quiet slice of South Florida played such an essential role in safeguarding the United States during some of its largest war efforts?

Cruising Jupiter Inlet today

Though it no longer serves a military role, the Jupiter Inlet Light and surrounding area are still a marine mainstay for those who cruise the area—a beautiful landmark whose red color, and surrounding bright blue H2O, feel especially worthy of a Fourth of July visit! Though the Light is closed this Fourth of July weekend, you can still cruise along its gorgeous shores and remember its important role in history as you go—plus, you can even experience the view from atop the Light online!

And of course, the fun extends far beyond the Light as well. Venture out through Jupiter Inlet and discover a world-class fishing scene where mangrove snappers, pompano and other favorite catches abound; even further, find a challenge in popular species like sailfish and mahi-mahi, too. The bottom line? You can’t go wrong with a Fourth of July weekend cruise along Jupiter’s lush shores, especially perfect for those craving a safe, socially distanced adventure out on the water.

Wherever you cruise this Fourth of July weekend, we hope you stay safe and enjoy the ride to the fullest!

Summer is here in South Florida—and if you don’t have a boat yet, you’re likely dreaming about one! The dream might just be closer than you think. Read on to discover three key questions to ask before buying your new boat, then be sure to participate in South Florida Yachts’ Summer Inventory Blowout to find your perfect ride.

What are my favorite on-the-water activities?

When you’re thinking about your dream boat, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the abundance of on-the-water activities you hope to enjoy. What does that ideal first day on the water look like? Are you fishing with friends, or wakeboarding off a quiet channel? Or perhaps enjoying a mix of relaxed cruising and fast-paced runs up the coast? Once you have the answer to this question, your South Florida Yachts sales team can help you find the perfect build for your unique goals, whether that’s a center console, dual console, bay boat or something else.

(Tip: Here at South Florida Yachts, we believe that every boat you own has the potential to be a “dream boat!” From streamlined bay boats to beautiful yachts, our boats offer endless cruising fun for wherever you are on your boat ownership journey.)

Who will be cruising with me?

Trouble deciding on the ideal size for your boat? Think about how many people you’d like to cruise with (or, if you already have a boat, whether your current space is too crowded or just right); this will help you find a boat that’s spacious and comfortable, without being overly large for your cruising needs.

How often do I plan to boat?

The frequency of your on-the-water adventures is another helpful figure that will help you, and our team, find a boat that meets your needs on a practical level—for example, will you want to park your boat in your garage or driveway? Do you want to spend as much time on your boat as possible? Or do you perhaps plan to leave your boat at the marina and take it out for trips only during certain times of year? Every boater is different, but knowing your on-the-water routine can help us choose a boat that satisfies your maintenance and convenience needs.

And of course, be sure to consider your ideal boat ownership experience—not just life on the water, but life in between outings, too. Do you have the resources for regular maintenance, or are you looking for a boat that is easy to maintain and ready to go whenever you are? These questions can help you better chart out the logistics of boat ownership so you know exactly what to expect with each and every option. We’re here to help with that step!

We hope that today’s guide helps you choose a boat that suits, your family and your on-the-water style! Browse our inventory or stop by to see our beautiful boats in person today. We look forward to working with you.