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There's no denying that Jupiter is glam. After all, it is home to celebs like Tiger Woods and Alan Jackson, neighbor to PGA headquarters, and just a ninety-minute drive north of Miami. But despite all the hot fuss, Jupiter also happens to be one of Florida's most eco-friendly towns. Stay at the decadent but environmentally conscious Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa (jupiterbeachresort.com; starts at $449), which minimizes its carbon footprint with resort recycling policies, local partnerships, and a One Palm green lodging certification, awarded by Florida's Department of Environmental Protection. Green guests can revel guilt free in the 100 percent organic facial at the spa. Then, lunch nearby at Juno Beach hotspot Captain Charlie's Reef Grill (561-624-9924), where any leftover tuna is donated to the hungry sea turtles at Loggerhead Marinelife Center (marinelife.org).
Jupiter is an active sea turtle nesting area, especially for the threatened loggerheads. From March to October, a “lights out” policy is enforced for Jupiter residents and guests so turtles can lay eggs during the night without disorientation. Witness the birth yourself -- within feet of a nest -- by scheduling a Turtle Walk with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. For more adventurous outdoor action, travel an hour west to Lake Okeechobee and the Florida Everglades. With an Eagle Nest Airboat Tour (561-261-3655), Captain Mike Challancin gets you close (not too close) to dozens of gators in their natural habitat, plus hundreds of varieties of birds, plants, and flowers. (Keep your eyes peeled for wild pigs and marsh rabbits, too!)