Just up the coast from Boca Raton lies Delray Beach with its four mile long beach along the Atlantic Ocean, often rated among Florida’s Best Beaches, the sandy beaches in Delray are perfect for relaxing during the day. Delray is also home to one of the most fun downtown areas in Palm Beach County: the always festive Atlantic Avenue.
The historic Atlantic Avenue offers pedestrians the opportunity to browse several boutiques, galleries, shops and enjoy some of the best culinary experiences in South Florida. Delray nightlife is hard to beat! The Arts District features all types of art and cultural organizations. Art & Jazz on the Avenue events are big favorites for locals and visitors.
Also downtown are the historic Old School Square, Spady Museum, and an outdoor entertainment pavillion. Also near Old-School Square is Pineapple Grove, an area known for its many public pieces of artwork and working artists. A few blocks west on Atlantic Avenue is the Delray Beach Tennis Center, home to tournaments from international competitions like the Davis Cup to fun pro-ams. A favorite is the Chris Evert Celebrity Tennis Classic.
Also located in Delray is the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, where visitors can explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. The Gardens offer varied educational programs, daily Japanese tea ceremonies, and a Japanese restaurant.
Delray is also home to the Crest Theatre, the Cornell Museum, the Palm Beach Photographic Center, and the American Orchid Society’s World headquarters.
Notable Residents of Delray Beach include singer-songwriter Rod MacDonald, professional football player Brandon Flowers, and humanitarian activist Gabriel Schillinger.