Mr. R. and I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in a uniquely South Florida way. While my preference might have been to head down to O’Shea’s down on Clematis Street where they had a block party from 10:00am to 4:00am, we chose to go north instead, to Jupiter, where we still had a gift card for one of my most favorite Date Night destinations, Guanabanas. It’s a completely outdoor restaurant featuring lush tropical greenery, tiki huts, and huge sails rigged to shade guests from the sun, nestled between A1A and the river in Jupiter.
Truthfully, we tried to stop by Guanabanas on Sunday after the baseball game, but it was absolutely packed. They have complimentary valet parking but there’s a huge lot about a block up A1A that serves customers for Guanabanas, Square Grouper, and Schooner’s. On Sunday, that lot was full. Not wishing to deal with the frustration of not being able to get a table, we put off our visit until Tuesday, figuring we could celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We arrived just after Happy Hour began, which runs from 3:00 to 6:00, where they offer half price drinks and small plates in the bar area only. Which was perfect because I wanted a table in the bar area near the stage. Mr. R. made a beeline for what turned out to be the best table in that area. There was no one onstage but they played a nice variety of Irish music, including a rendition of I Wanna Be Sedated by The Mahones.
We made good use of the Happy Hour menu, ordering nachos, bang bang shrimp, and wings, along with a Diet Coke for Mr. R. and a couple of Cat 5s for me and we still have a few dollars left on the gift card. The food was delicious, the atmosphere top-notch, and we took our time enjoying the afternoon.
When we finally finished, we headed over to the beach which was equally uncrowded after five in the afternoon. The sun was behind us and the shadows were long.
There was no need for sunblock or an umbrella. We just sat and enjoyed the brisk breeze, watching the rough surf crashing onto the sand in front of us.
The local news has featured all kinds of warnings recently about Portuguese man of war jellyfish being washed up on the beaches, but we had to search around to find this one. It was kind of small but I still wouldn’t want to accidentally step on it.
It was windy enough that there were a handful of kiteboarders out zipping around in front of us. It was fun to watch them race back and forth, sometimes getting air as they jumped over the waves. At one point there were three out at the same time.
I took a bunch of pictures but alas, this clueless couple chose a spot directly in front of us to stand and watch the kiteboarders as well. The beach was practically empty and yet they had to stop right there. They ended up in most of my shots. So here you go, Clueless Duo, now you end up in my blog.
It was nearly 7:00 when we made our way back to the truck to head home. It was a different kind of St. Patrick’s celebration and we had an absolutely beautiful day.