Jensen Beach the “Pineapple Capital of the World”
Jensen Beach is more than just one of the most charming places to vacation in Florida, with its quaint community it is also one of the best places to live, and one of the top places to retire in the nation. This unique riverfront town radiates “Old Florida” charm. Jensen Beach is captivating with its perfect climate, natural beauty and its warm hospitality. It has a lot to offer, from great fishing spots and popular events to challenging golf courses and wonderful dining and lodging facilities. Don’t forget about the shopping though! With the regional mall, unique boutiques and art galleries, the shopping opportunities are unlimited.
From Pineapples to People
In the mid-1800s settlers began moving into the area, including John Laurence Jensen around 1881. He along with other newcomers began planting pineapples and by 1895 they were named the “Pineapple Capital of the world”. They shipped out on average 1 MILLION boxes of pineapples during the summer. Eventually a pineapple canning factory was opened and then “pineapple digestives”, business was booming. Commercial fishing was big as well around the 1890s. Eventually by the 1900s people began making Jensen Beach their winter homes. They had falling in love with the town’s quiet atmosphere, amazing fishing and long stretch of pristine beaches.
Jensen Beach has grown over the years but it still maintains its charming atmosphere and picturesque beauty, check out some of the other attributes that make this town so great!
•Pineapple Festival: this is an annual event that comes around in November and is located in downtown Jensen Beach. This is one of the largest festivals in the region. It is also one of the few true street festivals that still remains in South Florida. This festival has been around for 27 years and is still growing. It’s a weekend long salute to the community’s rich pineapple heritage. Featuring events for the entire family to enjoy. From world class concerts to art, crafts and street performers. There are also local bands and midway rides. A major component of the festival is the Bahamian Market. There is an authentic Bahamian Market showcasing island music, crafts and the intense sounds of Junkanoo.
•Jammin Jensen: every Thursday night from 6 to 9pm in Downtown Jensen Beach. Come out and enjoy the booths, food and music.
•3rd Annual BBQ & Blues Festival & Marathon of the Treasure Coast: good food, good music and great booths! Indian Riverside Park, Jensen Beach
•Mardi Gras Celebration: http://crawdaddysjensenbeach.com/ from February 12 – February 17, 2015 come out to Crawdaddy’s N’awlins Café & Raw Bar. Celebrate Mardi Gras with drinks and beads! 1949 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard
•St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Parade: bring the whole family out for a day of fun at: Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill & Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 11am – 7pm; Parade 3pm. Downtown Jensen Beach, 2019 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center: 57 acres of adventures filled with the marine and nature. The nature center contains a vast array of costal reef aquariums. Sea star touch tank and a stingray touch tank. Plus a 750,000 gallon game fish lagoon, native plant butterfly garden, children’s activity pavilion, guided nature walks, and eco-boat tours. There is a ton of fun here just waiting for your and the family. www.floridaoceanographic.org
The Elliott Museum: showcasing both revolving exhibits and permanent exhibits, this museum also includes the finest displ