About Delray Beach, Florida
Situated on the edge of the Gold Coast of South Florida lies a little gem-replete with
sparkling blue waters and crystal white sand beaches. This is Delray Beach, where a
year-round average temperature is 75 degrees, where close proximity to cultural and
amusement meccas like Miami (50 miles South) and Orlando-home of Walt Disney World (150
miles North), and where a vast selection of places to go, do and see make it a first-class
resort town and a favorite of visitors, artists, retirees, and businesses for years.
Looking around Delray, you can't help but notice a wonderful sense of community pride.
Recent revitalization and restoration projects have attracted many upscale shops,
restaurants and art galleries to the historic downtown district. So many, in fact, that
Delray is now considered a trendy, hip, happening vacation spot, not unlike South Beach in
Delray Beach Activities
Speaking of beaches, a day spent at one point along Delray's 2-mile stretch of clean,
easily accessible white sand public beach truly is a day at the beach. Parking is easy,
should you decide to drive (although most accommodations are within easy walking distance
of not only the beach, but the historic downtown as well). There are outside showers to
hose you off at the end of the day, and excellent facilities also within reach.
Delray's beaches are manned by a well-trained and award-winning lifeguard staff
year-round. The lifeguards pride themselves on their awards in national competitions and
are extremely thorough when it comes to protecting you and warning of any conditions (such
as unusual currents or man-o-war) as needed. At one end of the public beach is a haven for
windsurfers and the sort. Colorful sails flutter in the breeze as guests to this corner
prepare for a ride on the waves. Surfers report excellent conditions at Delray Beach and
often travel even from the West Coast to catch the perfect ride.
Delray Beach Offers Volleyball, Sailing, Fishing and Snorkeling
Of course, there are other sports played up at this end of the beach. Volleyball is
immensely popular, and nets are scattered along the beach. Stop by and try to join a game,
or get your whole group together and start your own! If you are a daredevil of sorts-
Delray is famous for it's SS Inchulva wreck, only a few hundred yards offshore. Divers
from all around flock to explore the wreck, so scuba and snorkeling also abound.
Also up by the "surfer beach" is Atlantic Dunes Park, which is a public park with
beautiful views. Unique nature and paved walking trails run throughout the park. Try a
picnic in the pavilion at sunset-Delightful!
Should you prefer to be out on the water instead of in it, there are excellent fishing
opportunities in Delray Beach. Saltwater fishermen often cast out right at the beach. The
more industrious can either charter a boat privately or join a large group out of a marina
(Try the Delray Marina-(561) 243-7252 for info) for a day of Sailfish and Marlin fishing
in the deep seas of the Atlantic.
If you prefer fresh water fishing, Lake Ida Park has some of the best around. Lake Ida is
home to a wonderful stock of bass and the like. And while the fisherman in your group is
busy catching dinner, the rest can jetski, water-ski, sail or set up a picnic or barbecue.
If you haven't had enough watersports during your stay, try heading out west of Delray
Beach to the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Here you can ride
airboats and do a little alligator watching and learn a little more about the native flora
and fauna of this beautiful area.
Ride a Riverboat from Delray Beach
After spending a day at the beach, try a stroll along the brick walkways of Atlantic
Avenue. Do a little window shopping the variety of stores should cater to all tastes.
After crossing the Intracoastal Waterway, wander through Veterans' Park-maybe take a ride
on a riverboat! Here in Veteran's Park, there are many festivals held though out the year.
The Jazz and Art Festival draws large crowds annually. During the first weekend in April,
the Delray Affair (a haven for craftsmen, artists, and shoppers) is visited by some
250,000 visitors! During the Holiday season, the annual Christmas Flotilla is a sight to
behold as hundreds of boats decorated with lights sail up and down the Intracoastal
Stroll to Delray Beach's Downtown Restaurants and Art Galleries
Heading west on Atlantic Avenue, you can't help but notice the wonderful outdoor cafes and
hear the music floating around. Meander through an art gallery, or be adventurous and try
some sushi! As you continue on Atlantic, on the corner of Swinton Avenue, you will come to
a renovated old Schoolhouse (Old School Square). Old School Square hosts the Green Market
weekly where anyone can buy some of the freshest vegetables around. At Christmastime, the
Square lights up a 100ft. Christmas Tree. The School's Crest Theater is also host to many
unique concerts, galas, photo exhibits (Photofusion), and speakers.
As you leave the Old School, you may see a bright light. Actually, it's a bunch of bright
lights surrounding the new nationally renowned Delray Tennis Center which plays host to
many professional tournaments (Virginia Slims, for instance) and players. Further out
Atlantic Avenue lies a bargain shopper's paradise- many, many stores, giant flea markets,
malls and outlets, along with movie theaters, and places to visit should it rain.
Other sites to take in while you're visiting include the beautiful Morikami Museum and
Japanese Gardens. This enchanting place can give you a real sense of peace you may need
while on vacation. There are also wonderful places to read a great book besides the beach.
The Delray Library has a wonderful selection of the newest reads and is very accessible.
Take you book back to one of those sidewalk cafes or venture out to one of Delray's many
municipal public parks. The Sandoway House Nature Center and The Marine Nature Center are
intriguing, educational spots to take inquisitive minds. Guides there can teach you or
your youngsters about the rite of spring that Delray is famous for- the birthing of
thousands of baby sea turtles along the beach each year.
If you love golf, you can't beat the public courses in Delray. They are accessible, well
maintained and reasonable. The levels of challenge are also varied so the seasoned pro can
have just as much fun as the first-time bucket-o'-balls golfer.
It's easy to get around in Delray. The flat roads provide skaters, bikers and walkers with
a welcome path. Busses and trains can get you around town or out to one of the other
nearby towns and cities. The Palm Beach International Airport is only 20 minutes away, and
Delray Beach is an easy exit off of Interstate 95. And just in case, the hospitals and
medical facilities in Delray are excellent.
Delray is obviously doing something right and it has been for many years. Visitors
continue to flock to it's sites and beaches each year, and often make it a habit of
returning every year thereafter. Whether you're young, old, single or with a family, you
can find a place to call your home away from home in Delray Beach. Welcome!