By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com Staff October 14, 2015
Delray Beach is one of the most vibrant beach towns of southern Florida, and is a popular tourist spot that overlooks the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. However, it’s not just the beach that lures visitors to this town. Delray Beach’s energetic downtown also plays a major role in its popularity.
America’s Most Fun Small Town
Both Rand McNally and USA Today ranked Delray Beach as "America’s Most Fun Small Town", and for good reasons. It's an ideal place for family vacations and a couple's retreat, as it boasts an impressive list of intriguing places to eat, shop, or pamper yourself.
Things To Do
Besides visiting local businesses in Delray Beach, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is highly recommended, since it's among the top Japanese-influenced gardens outside Japan. And if you love nature and the water, taking a cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway, or exploring the Wakodahatchee Wetlands should be on your list of things to do.
If you appreciate landscape architecture, you have to visit Downtown Delray Beach, which received the Centennial Medallion Award. And while visiting downtown, you'll love the award winning restaurants, galleries, shops, antique boutiques, spas, resorts, and hotels, especially on Atlantic Avenue.
Delray’s main attraction is the stunning public beach, which rests at the end of Atlantic Avenue, and voted by the public in the Kids Crown Awards as the best beach in Palm Beach County in 2004 and 2005. This beautiful beach stretches for more than two miles, and boasts an enticing list of activities, including volleyball at the southern end, umbrella rentals near Atlantic Avenue, and a recreational area.
For swimmers, you'll feel safe with more than half a dozen lifeguard stands along the beach. And if you enjoy diving or snorkeling, check out the Delray Wreck, which is actually the sunken steamship, Inchulva.
Delray Beach is just 20 miles south of the Palm Beach International Airport, which is one of the main gateways to southern Florida. And I-95 passes west of Delray Beach, with two convenient exits at Linton Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue providing easy access to this beach community.
Driving is the best way to explore Delray Beach, although areas like the public beach and Atlantic Avenue can be comfortably explored on foot. A1A runs parallel to the beach and the Intracoastal Waterway, so driving close to the beach is remarkably easy, with roadside metered parking and spacious parking lots to access the beach.
If you want to escape the cold of winter, Delray Beach is a perfect spot. The temperatures stay mild between November and February, making the town a popular spot for winter visitors.
If you want to avoid winter vacationers, just visit Delray Beach anytime during warmer months, and you'll love the year-round beauty of the beach while enjoying downtown activities.