A Little History
Ocean Pines Motel has been in its current location for over 50 years, but hasn't always been a motel. During the second world war, it served as a coastal watch station. At that time, Florida residents and the U.S. military were on high alert for enemy activity in the Atlantic, as noted by the Palm Beach County Historical Society:
"The Germans sank 24 ships in Florida waters during the war, eight of them off Palm Beach County between February and May of 1942. Half of those went down near Jupiter Inlet." So the threat was very real.
Today, it's easy to tell the motel was once a barracks to the men who kept vigil on the waters.
Owners Bob and Lena Braun acquired the property 18 years ago, and it has become a favorite destination for both locals and snowbirds, who praise its great beach-front location and pet-friendly policies. The motel plays host to a number of yearly "regulars" who book rooms several months at a time.