Welcome to Delray
An inside look into Florida’s Village by the Sea.
The city of Delray is located in Southeastern Palm Beach County and is home to just over 68,000 individuals. Situated between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, Delray is an intimate beach town with a big heart. The town is on both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway that separates the Atlantic Ocean barrier island from the mainland.
Known for its ample historic charm, the history of the town stretches back to its origins in 1841. In 1896, the Florida East Coast Railway Settlers built train tracks, bringing more residents to the area. This also helped established farms to grow crops, including fruits and vegetables, to be sent north on the railroad. The town has continued to grow and flourish, with many of the neighborhoods today being designated as historic districts.
What to Love
- Two miles of coast located just steps from downtown
- Shopping and dining on Atlantic Avenue
- Laid-back and friendly atmosphere
Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, the city of Delray is spread over 16 square miles and has gained a reputation for being a world-class resort destination. Like many beach towns, it’s known for its laid-back and idyllic lifestyle. It has a family-friendly feel and boasts a diverse, vibrant community. The town is home to a varied mix of individuals, including working professionals, families with young children, and retirees. Regardless of which category you fall in, you’ll be united by the strong sense of community and small-town charm that exist here.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Known for its chef-driven culinary scene, Delray is home to everything from refined restaurants to hole-in-the-wall cafes. Enjoy an upscale dining experience at Salt7, a renowned steak restaurant that masterfully combines seven types of salt to season their steaks. For a more casual evening, head over to 50 Ocean, situated on Ocean Boulevard. This restaurant specializes in an upscale American menu and boasts 360-degree ocean views.
Whether you’re looking to shop or enjoy an evening out on the town with friends, Atlantic Avenue is the place to go. Referred to as “The Ave” among locals, this vibrant district is packed with restaurants, bars, shops, galleries, music venues, and coffee shops. The idyllic brick sidewalks and charming gaslit-style street lamps create a homey environment. Atlantic Avenue was recently named one of the best ten urban shopping centers in America by USA Today, featuring everything from high-end designer shops to local gems.
Things to Do
Enjoy two miles of pristine coast just steps from Downtown Delray, which is one of the only downtowns in the United States located right on the ocean. Delray Beach Municipal Beach features chair and cabana rentals, a large covered gazebo, and wide, sandy shores that are perfect for relaxing or a game of volleyball.
Spend the day strolling through Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore six authentic gardens – each inspired by a different period and style of Japanese gardening. From the tranquil ponds to the luscious plants, an afternoon spent at the gardens will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
If you’re new to town, be sure to check out the city’s calendar of community events and festivals that take place throughout the year. No matter the season, there’s always something exciting taking place in Delray. Some of the most popular events include the Delray Beach Fashion Week, Savor the Avenue, and July Fourth Independence Day Celebrations.
Delray is served by The School District of Palm Beach County and offers its students access to a number of explementary educational institutions. View notable schools below:
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