Delray Beach

Delray Beach

Located in southern Palm Beach County, directly on the Atlantic Ocean, Delray Beach.

Welcome to Delray Beach

Located in Southern Palm Beach County, directly on the Atlantic Ocean, Delray Beach encompasses 15.37 square miles of land area and has over 60,000 residents.
 
Delray Beach, the little village by the sea that once was home to pineapple fields and a coastal jungle, has transformed into one of South Florida’s most vibrant communities.
 
Delray Beach is characterized by a wonderful mix of oceanfront homes, and the panache of charming downtown’s Atlantic Avenue – a picturesque scene of quaint shops, galleries, and casual-to-chic restaurants. Art and jazz nights attract many to the streets. Beautiful residential communities are tucked away along Delray’s Intracoastal waterway. Delray has become quite the food scene with outstanding and varied restaurants.
 
 
Delray Beach is “hot and vibrant” and offers residents a full range of amenities and the incomparable beauty of nearly two miles of pristine white beach. It has been named an All-American City twice in the past decade though most think of Delray Beach as a resort-style, laid-back beach community with panache.
 
Delray Beach has emerged as a leading figure in Florida’s growing historic preservation movement. The city has designated several neighborhoods as historic districts places where residents are encouraged to preserve old homes as a living link to Delray’s illustrious past.
 
But a growing number of neighborhoods also speak to the emergence of Delray Beach as home to some of South Florida’s grandest estates. A number of magnificent mansions are located along the southern part of the town’s two-mile stretch of oceanfront, and other premier properties overlook the Intracoastal Waterway.

On the western side of town, private gated communities like Stone Creek Ranch, and Mizner Country Club are being built.
 
Only minutes away from Delray Beach is the Boca Raton Airport, a base of operations for more private jets than any similar facility elsewhere in the country. Palm Beach International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport are just 30 minutes away and offer the best options for those seeking commercial flights to virtually any city in the United States.
 
Delray Beach today is known for its “Bahamas style” architecture and exuberant downtown. Taking a stroll down Atlantic Avenue you will see the upscale restaurants and boutiques, all part of a great economic development plan. Efforts have been underfoot in recent years to bring attention to Delray’s cultural and historical heritage. In Delray, you have some great visitor sites that bring proper attention to the city’s history and cultural richness:
 
 
 

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is named after George Morikami, a pineapple farmer who donated his 200 acres for use as a park after his death. A 32,000-square-foot museum was built on site and it is said to be the only Japanese culture museum in the United States. The museum has interactive exhibits and is surrounded by gardens, pine forests, and a waterfall. Typically, the museum hosts four major festivals a year. 
 

American Orchid Society

The American Orchid Society, the international headquarters, is next door to The Morikami. Everything orchid may be found here, orchid books and orchids. The grounds abound with all kinds of orchids, palms, cycads, and exotic plants. 
 

Cason Cottage Museum

The Delray Beach Historical Society and the City of Delray Beach restored Cason Cottage House in 1988. It is now a museum. It is a craftsman cottage that is constructed with pine. Reverend John R. Cason, a Methodist minister, constructed this home in 1915. This house museum is open to the public and shows the early pioneer spirit in the city.
 

The Delray Beach Playhouse

This playhouse is located on Lake Ida and for 47 years has offered great theatre to audiences. It is one of the oldest community theatres in the nation.
 

Cornell Museum of Art & History

This museum is named in honor of Harriet and George Cornell, who were Delray Beach residents. The museum is located in the old Delray Elementary School building dating back to 1913. There are 4 galleries and a huge atrium in the museum, a tea room, a gift shop, and an exhibit space, which showcases artists and hosts special lectures. Historial Delray Beach archives are on the second floor in the Cornell Archives Room which is managed by the Delray Beach Historical Society.


City Events / Entertainment

The city of Delray Beach offers an incredible variety of events including art exhibits; music festivals (Arts and Jazz on the Ave); tennis tournaments; holiday light and Christmas tree illumination on Old Church Square… orchid exhibits; a farmer’s market; wellness programs….yoga on the beach There is no lack of things to do. With a bustling downtown district, vibrant nightlife and rich cultural heritage all you have to do is find what is fun for you. Delray Beach … The Village By the Sea………


Parks / Nature / Beach

There are so many beautiful parks in Delray Beach – children’s parks, those with nature walks and beach parks like Delray Municipal Park with its 1.5 miles of pristine sand and tropical aqua colored waters. A perfect spot for “Yoga on the Beach” programs.


The Ocean Rescue Division designates specific use areas on the Municipal Beach for swimming, surfing, volleyball, sailing, wind surfing, snorkeling, with two recreational areas for kite flying, Frisbees, paddleball, etc.


Beach Chair Rental Services are available and Oceanside Beach Service provides all of your beach equipment needs, including umbrellas, chairs and cabanas for rental use.


​​​​​​​Sailboat Storage? Oh yes! There is space for sixty non-motorized sailboats to be stored on the north end of the beach. The boats cannot exceed twenty feet in length and an annual permit available for everyone is required.


Savor The Avenue

Savor the Avenue The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) oversees this incredible annual event. This event is cherished and tickets quickly sell out. The restaurants are “center stage” showcasing their fine food and drink. 


Each year the food, drink, décor vary and everyone lives with great anticipation of what they will experience. A beautifully orchestrated event by DDA


Restaurant Guide

Delray Beach
Rave reviews for this “foodie” hub.

Diverse indoor/outdoor dining and novel cuisines. Atlantic Avenue & Pineapple Grove. Saltwater Beer – a Microbrewery
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DELRAY BEACH RESTAURANTS HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE – JUST A FEW OF THE RESTAURANTS ARE PROFILED BELOW

Delray Beach is establishing itself as a “foodie” hub. New spins on dining offer a wonderful blend of eclectic and fusion-focused restaurants. This excellence in dining plays itself out with Delray’s Restaurant Week; Garlic Festival and more. Yes, Delray is hot and happening with its tapas bars, oyster bars, lobster on the oceanfront, Thai, sushi coupled with some wine bars and boutique breweries like Saltwater Brewery. The open table and farm to table concepts are alive here. Stroll down Atlantic Avenue and you will see vibrant color in the restaurant designs, chic shops and in the people who come from all over the United States and abroad to experience Delray.

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15084 Lyons Road Delray Beach, FL 33446

Located in West Delray on Lyons Road, this restaurant is exciting with diverse offerings. It is already receiving 5 Star reviews. The Hibiscus Paloma with Corazon Reposado Tequila, Aperol, fresh pressed lime juice, house made hibiscus syrup and pomegranate cordial is outstanding! They offer a whiskey tasting and this is just so unique and special. Service is absolutely outstanding.
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NEW The Ray – New Hotel in Pineapple Grove​​​​​​​

233 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444

​​​​​​​The setting is stunning and has captured such attention from the public. A very novel and vibrant setting and home to several noteworthy restaurants.

Akira Back – a Modern Japanese Restaurant

Chef Akira, a Michelin Star Chef sets the stage with creative fare. His menu blends modern Japanese cuisine with authentic Korean flavours. Menu Video

Offers a 360-degree views of Delray - downtown to the beach. The menu features global street cuisine featuring the best of world dining trends. The unique global cuisine offerings are paired with a creative mixology and craft cocktail program. Three menus: All Day Golden Hour Dinner

Ember Grill

Neighborhood grill with reimagined land and sea classics and special craft cocktails, The dining room is open to the kitchen and there is a beautiful terrace.

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52 N Swinton Ave

Located in one of the oldest historic homes (the Tarrimore house circa 1924) is just off of Atlantic Avenue on Swinton Ave offers an eclectic menu and fine menu. Dine inside or outside underneath a huge strangler fig tree. The menu’s unique and offbeat offerings include: watermelon salad, grilled brie with sliced apples and truffle honey butter; duck fried farro with a 5 spiced duck breast and ginger. Diners also enjoy the jalepeno-agave glazed salmon with Mexican quinoa, grilled asparagus, cilantro crema, lime, chipotle aioli and fresh catch of the day

200 NE Second Avenue

Located in the Pineapple Grove Arts District, just off of Atlantic Ave, Brule Bistro is a favorite. They offer a brunch menu with tapas and salads including: Crispy Broccoli with Hummus, Curry, Smoked Sea Salt, Chipotle Aioli; Tuna Poke with Cilantro, Serrano, Soy, Ginger, Avocado, Cashew; The Brulé Burger with a Short Rib & Brisket Blend, Aged Cheddar, Portobello, Arugula, Tomato, Tarragon Aioli, House Brioche, Fries. Try their smoked fish dip & chicken and cornbread waffles topped with Tucked away just a few blocks off Atlantic Avenue in the Pineapple Grove Arts District, Brulé Bistro is one of the first meals I eat after landing. I always order their crispy broccoli with hummus and smoked fish dip, but my absolute favorite is the chicken and waffles (cornbread waffles, to be specific), served with cheddar, bacon, a chipotle aioli, and plenty of maple syrup.
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259 NE 2nd Avenue

A wonderful restaurant on 2nd Avenue in the Pineapple Grove District. They are famous for their refreshing red sangria, ham croquets and garbanzo beans in a very peppery pisto sauce. Their Valenciana Paella is delicious and has mussels, shrimp, scallops and clams. Do visit them for Happy Hour!
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15 NE 2nd Ave

In the heart of Pineapple Grove. Everything including sauces and tortillas is made from scratch. Excellent & complex dishes like: Chile relleno Calabacitas with tomato, corn, salsa, colorada & crema; tamales with braised pork & red sauce and cream; crispy fish tacos; carne asada; shrimp burritos. Lots of beer and cocktail choices…
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1701 W Atlantic Ave

Saltwater Brewery is Delray’s first microbrewery and the owners are friends of my two sons. They offer special-release beers and seasonal beers and people very much enjoy the tasting room. Their flagship beer is an IPA called Screamin Reels. Other offerings include: The Statement - a dark-fleshed cherry which originated in Hungary; Passion Pit, a light and refreshing golden ale brewed with passion fruit. Saltwater gives back through ocean based charities (CCA, Surfrider, Ocean Foundation, MOTE Marine Labs). They further use eco sixpack rings which are compostable & degrade naturally when left in water.
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32 E. Atlantic Ave

This wonderful Italian restaurant opened July 24, 2019. It’s located on Atlantic Ave. All of Elisabetta's pasta, bread, gelati, pastries & cookies are made in house daily The chef is Lisabet Summa, its namesake and she is very particular about her pastas and offerings. For her it is the meticulous care put into each dish which is most important like the Mafaldine Pasta ribbons which old a hearty amatriciana sauce or the Puttanesca Pasta which features a rich herbed sauce deepened with Sicilian ingredients including pistachios and mild white anchovies. Begin your dinner with Sicilian Olives and Provolone with orange, thyme, peppercorn, chilis. Delicious!

There are both short and long pasta dishes with creative plays on ingredients like Linguine Nere with shrimp, yellow tomatoes, calabrian chilis and mint.The restaurant has a selection of housecured meats which make their salumi boards outrageously delicious.

City Oyster & Sushi Bar

213 E. Atlantic Ave

City Oyster is a favorite Delray spot for seafood and just drinks. Outdoor dining and striking black and white interior décor. Fresh seafood is delivered and prepared daily. Diners will find a full sushi bar and a rotating selection of fresh oysters from the East and West Coast. Dishes include Lobster Bisque, Smoked Fish Dip, Maine lobster rolls, fish tacos, Thai noodles, chilled lobster with remoulade, cold seafood platters, yellowtail snapper with salsa verde and more.
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201 E Ocean Ave, Lantana, FL 33462

Oceano Kitchen is a very casual neighborhood restaurant run by husband and wife team, Jeremy & Cindy Bearman. Oceano receives accolades from all who have discovered it. Both Jeremy and Cindy and their chefs have incredible restaurant backgrounds. Jeremy was part of the opening of Daniel Boulud’s Bistro Moderne in NYC where he worked his way up to the position of Executive Sous Chef. Cindy Bearman’ background is equally spectacular having worked at the Gothem Bar & Grill, DB Bistro Moderne, Café Boulud and Le Cirque. She worked with Chef Bradley Ogden, a pioneer of the “farm to table” movement in Las Vegas where she cultivated the skills of using well-sourced and sustainable ingredients. Upon returning to NYC, she was the pastry chef at Jean-Georges’ ABC Kitchen and was the food editor for Martha Stewart Living and Weddings.

Each morning a new dinner menu is created inspired by what local farmers, fishermen and food purveyors have available. This is a very small restaurant and it is a cash only restaurant. It is worth the adventure and they have an ATM machine.

DECK 84

840 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483

Whether you arrive by boat, car or bike, you will love this casual restaurant on the intracoastal waterway. The Baja Fish Tacos, Signature Mahi-Mahi, and Special Blend Deck Burgers are delishous and so are the cocktails. T

Cultural/The Arts​​​​​​​

Spady Cultural Heritage Museum

Located in the home of the late Solomon D. Spady, at 170 NW Fifth Ave in the historic West Settlers District of Delray Beach, the Spady Museum is dedicated to discovering, collecting, and sharing the African-American history and heritage of Florida. It is the only African American Cultural Heritage museum of its kind in Palm Beach County and has become a destination for people of all cultures seeking information about Florida’s early black communities and culture. The museum has rotating exhibits, highlighting the talents and influences of African-Americans, Caribbean Americans, and Haitian Americans.


Delray Beach Center for the Arts


The Delray Beach Center for the Arts (formerly known as Old School Square) sits in the heart of downtown Delray Beach at 51 N. Swinton Ave. It houses a museum and theatre and has an outdoor entertainment pavilion. Place on the National Register of Historic Places, it serves as a gathering place for all Delray Beach residents. It is considered the centerpiece of the historic downtown shopping district.


Next to the Delray Beach Center for the Arts is an up-and-coming “artists district” called Pineapple Grove. The area includes sculptures designed by local artists. Downtown Delray has lots of art galleries and artists’ studios. 


Crest Theatre


This theatre is in the old Delray High School. It contains a 323-seat performing arts theatre and hosts professional music, theatre, and dance performances as well as national tours in these different cultural genres.


American Orchid Society


The American Orchid Society, the international headquarters, is next door to The Morikami. Everything orchid may be found here, orchid books and orchids. The grounds abound with all kinds of orchids, palms, cycads, and exotic plants. 

City Events & Entertainment
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The following schools are within or nearby Delray Beach. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
S. D. Spady Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Chrch Of Del Ray Bch
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Orchard View Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Village Academy On The Art & Sara Jo Kobacker Campus
PUBLIC
PreK - 12th
1/5
Pine Grove Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Daughter Of Zion Junior Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Trinity Lutheran School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Banyan Creek Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Plumosa School Of The Arts
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5

Around Delray Beach, FL

There's plenty to do around Delray Beach, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including I Cut the Cheese Charcuterie, Delray Beach Boxing & Fitness, and Boca Boxing District.

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