Abacoa is a new urban planned community in Jupiter. Although it has residents of all ages (including many college students), it definitely appeals to boomers for retirement living. The design philosophy was to have smaller neighborhoods, stronger feeling of community, sense of place, and respect for the environment. It is “a new urbanist community”.
Main Street is the center of the community. That is where the festivals, shops, movies, restaurants, galleries, outdoor concerts, and ballgames take place. It is a dynamic and vibrant host to the community's events and celebrations.
Abacoa offers multiple activities for active seniors, starting with a university campus – the John D. MacArthur campus of Florida Atlantic University. The Theater Green, the focal point to Abacoa Town Center, and Abacoa Town Center stage host scheduled and impromptu performances as well as a variety of town events. Roger Dean Stadium, which is home to spring training for 2 teams, the Marlins and the Cardinals, is another big draw. On a recent visit by your Topretirements editor there was a group of women playing mahjong in front of the Cuban restaurant, while other boomer aged people finished up a late lunch or had an early drink in one of the many bars and restaurants downtown.
Abacoa's master plan has a proper place for every type of function. There are neighborhoods, two college campuses, three public schools, the spring training stadium, a golf course, a Main Street-style Town Center, community commercial centers and a business campus. Greenways and tracts of multifunctional open spaces for conservation purposes are interspersed. Tree-lined streets, with sidewalks on both sides, are another feature worth noting.