The day started out a bit cloudy with a chance of rain but it turned out to be a perfect beach day and we were already there early this morning. This time we checked out the dog-friendly part of Juno Beach which is about half a mile further north of the fishing pier. A great place to set up folding beach chairs (we brought ours), perhaps pick up some coffee on the way, watch the kite surfers and dogs playing. And today we met Sam who was walking along the beach playing his ukelele.
Juno Beach is a small beach town with a very big beach. Parking is free and there is a lovely fishing pier that is wheelchair friendly. Fishing is great here and the pier itself is beautiful and quite long. A good place to fish or just hang out and catch some rays and D’s.
some of the many bikers have parked here on Clematis
local cab on Clematis Street
on the side of the gelato store on Clematis
On our way back from the Green Market which is at the end of Clematis Street near the waterfront, we walked slowly so I could get a few more pictures of our beautiful Downtown. Still early, some of the restaurants had not yet opened for lunch but the chairs and tables were out under the colorful awnings and flowers that are everywhere at this time. Sometimes we stick around after the market and have lunch in one of the restaurants before we come home. We left earlier today to do a some gardening, watch a movie, and later… a barbeque dinner.
While driving around town, we also noticed lots of newly planted palms, especially around the new mall due to open on Valentines Day. Can’t wait to see it.
After lunch, we stopped at Lantana’s public beach which is about five minutes from the restaurant driving straight over the inter-coastal. The bridge is beautiful too but since I was the one driving there are no pictures :). It looks very Florida and unlike other bridges I’ve seen. If you drive straight across, over the bridge and the traffic lights, you’ll find yourself in a parking lot with metered parking spaces (25 cents for every 10 minutes). A good idea to carry quarters when you drive around Florida. Fortunately my husband has a nice stack in the car at all times.
From the parking lot there is a nicely graded accessible path up to the top of the beach where you have beautiful views and benches to sit and another wonderful place to eat, the Dune Deck Cafe (cash only). More pictures of that when we don’t visit there on a full tummy. A link to their site: http://www.dunedeckcafe.com.
We spent an hour gazing out over the beautiful calm blue waters. There is a shallow reef that protects the shore. Next time we bring bathing suits.