Famous for its tropical beauty and its miles upon miles of superb shorefront, Delray Beach is a sun worshiper’s paradise. Skirting the Atlantic Ocean, the city offers a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. East Delray Beach is a historic city, cordially combining the resort style architecture of Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age with a new, hip art-deco appeal to create a city threaded with cachet, glamour, charm, and elegance. Delray Beach real estate has no equal and exemplifies that coastal lifestyle.
Delray Beach is nestled between Boca Raton and Boynton Beach on the Atlantic coast of South Florida. The weather is consistently tropical, perfect for sandals and a bathing suit.
The city of Delray is located on what used to be a massive pineapple plantation, and to this day still retains much of that old-world agricultural charm that defined coastal South Florida in the early-20th century.
The sky opens up over the cultural hub of Atlantic Avenue, casting a brilliant South Florida sunshine over this seaside Eden. Along Atlantic Avenue, you can enjoy a world-class dining experience at one of the city’s many restaurants, visit the charming local boutiques and beach shops, or enjoy an afternoon stroll around the cultural arts center of Old School Square. You can sip cocktails and bump shoulders with South Florida’s most prestigious and affluent at the historic Colony Hotel, a veritable Spanish castle that towers majestically over the busy avenue, or at any other of East Delray’s many luxurious nightspots.
Tennis anyone? The Delray Beach Tennis Center has hosted both the Federation Cup and the Davis Cup international competitions. East Delray Beach is also home to a number of private country clubs and beautiful golf courses, ensuring you the privacy and premier services that come with resort-style recreation.
Whether you prefer an evening gown and heels or a bathing suit and sandals, Atlantic Avenue has something to offer for everyone. The cool sea breeze floats through the air at all hours of the day, constantly reminding residents that Delray is a premier seaside community.
Delray Beach has some of the most prestigious private and parochial schools, including American Heritage-the city’s awarding winning college preparatory school for grades pre-K through 12. The Delray Medical Center offers comprehensive medical care, and has also been voted “One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals.”East Delray Beach is also just a short trip from the West Palm Beach International Airport.
Some of the most beautiful homes in Palm Beach County are located along the intercostal waterways. Delray Beach properties, enjoy the added luxury of protected dockage space, so you can hop in your boat and speed off into the unending, glassy ellipse of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean at the drop of a hat. Delray Beach luxury homes are emblematic of Palm Beach in general in that they can enjoy private beach access, where it is only a few steps from your back door to the white sand beaches of Delray.
Paradisiacal, majestic, romantic, and pristine, Delray Beach is the seaside living experience that you have been dreaming of. We promise that once you step out of your back door and onto the silky smooth beaches of East Delray, you will know that you have made the right decision.
Delray Beach has experienced some market declines on a neighborhood by sub-division basis as one would expect, however, for the buyer looking for one of the many short sales or luxury homes for sale the opportunities abound. Short sales present a wonderful opportunity to purchase a home below market price and all of us at Palm Beach Premier Real Estate are here to help you every step of the way.
Morikami Park Elementary School
6201 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, FL 33484
Morikami Park is a National Blue Ribbon School, which is not an easy accolade to get and can also boast of a strong and very active PTA which keeps administrators, teachers and students accountable to the highest standards.
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Unity School combines academic excellence with fine arts and music, physical education and character development. This prepares students for competitive high school and college environments. Extra-curricular programs also focus on earth stewardship, community outreach and peace education. They currently have an enrollment of 320 students from toddlers through eighth grade in three schools: Montessori Preschool, Unity Elementary School & Unity Middle School.
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American Heritage School of Boca/Delray
Nestled among 40 acres, this top private school has the highest number of National Merit Scholars in the country as well as getting consistent rankings for math, science, and history nationwide. This rigorous private school starts at Pre-K all the way to 12th grade. The schools serve 4,200 students and the teacher-student ratio is 8 to 1. There was a 90% passing rate of all A.P exams (52% was the average pass rate for Florida schools.)
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The pedestrian-friendly, brick-paved and plan tree-lined Avenue is a hub of restaurants and boutiques with small-town curb appeal. The charming main drag is filled with an eclectic blend of unique shops and fabulous boutiques. Downtown Delray Beach offers a mix of stores not unlike New York's Madison Avenue and SoHo with a small town ambiance and friendly services. From Farmers Markets, Holiday Festivals, Free Concerts and mucho mucho mas.
See musical performances, cultural attractions, or experience family fun, activities and events, like Fashion Week, Restaurant Week and First Friday Art Walk where you can explore the art scene on the First Friday of every month. From the historic museums and the yacht cruises to the bike rentals, miniature golf, and eclectic eateries, there are choices for all palates and wallets. Atlantic Avenue is a treasure trove for the recreational shopper and showcases more than 150 different boutiques and galleries.
Delray Medical Center
Healthgrades designated Delray Medical Center as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals for the 11th year in a row and recognized them with a Distinguished Hospital Award - Clinical Excellence for 15 years in a row. HealthGrades also named them one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care for the 6th year in a row. The facility has a Level 1 Trauma Center, a nationally ranked heart center, and an acute care hospital with 523 licensed beds. Their Departments include Heart and Vascular, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Emergency & Trauma, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Behavioral Health, Women’s Health, Sleep Center and Diagnostic Imaging.
Delray Beach Center for the Arts is one of the showcase civic buildings in downtown Delray (that was formerly a high school) and which houses a museum and theatre as well as an outdoor entertainment pavilion. The Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it is the centerpiece of the historic downtown shopping district. Right nearby, is an emerging artists district dubbed Pineapple Grove. The area includes sculpture designed by local artists. The downtown is chock full of art galleries and artists' studios.
Delray Beach’s booming art scene has more than 20 galleries and public art pieces. They are located downtown and in the Pineapple Grove Arts District, home to Artists Alley, where you will find working artists in their studios. Gallery Walks draw visitors on Friday nights from October to April.
213 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444, USA
If you are a seafood snob (or any snob since it’s frequented by attractive young socialites), this is the place for you. With a sleek and sophisticated wood and brick interiors, seafood is the star here. If you want them shucked, grilled, sushi-ed fried or few, you will get them here. So fresh they are almost still moving on your plate. Their bakery located above the restaurant provides all of our house made desserts, pies, bread, crackers and pasta. Wine snobs will love the large selection of wines by the glass and bottle –their list is recognized by Wine Spectator as one of the premier wine selections in the country. Here are some noteworthy things to order: Petrossian Caviar Eggs Benedict, Maine Lobster Roll, Carpaccio of Tuna, One Dozen Oysters and Rock Shrimp & Blood Orange Ceviche. Wash it down with Endless Bloody Marys Unlimited Mimosas. Come sober and hungry. Leave tipsy and satiated!
201 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444, USA
Retro cowhide chairs, book-lined walls and a desk-inspired bar make this upscale hangout worth a look, especially with the creative sips and solid American eats. The Office is a place where whimsy and gastronomical delights go hand in hand. It’s a modern American gastropub where the food is as outstanding as the drink and you find yourself in a comfortable limbo between a bar and a restaurant. Some of the palate-pleasing options include burgers, mussels, mac and cheese balls, chicken and waffles or steak and eggs with chimichurri sauce. If you go for brunch, definitely get bottomless drinks because it is not your typical watered-down brunch drink. The prices are not the cheapest, but what can you expect for a place that is in a prime spot on Atlantic Ave. If you want to just chillax then go to the outside area and take in the sights and sounds.
52 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444
A hip younger crowd goes gaga over DADA (French for hobbyhorse) over this “laid-back,” late-night hangout Eclectic- menu and delicious drinks. You can enjoy the funky interior with revolving artwork or you can sit outside under their ginormous Banynan Tree on a cool night. This is a great date spot for the funkiness and art provide plenty of conversation fodder after you have just awkwardly met your match.com date and wondering what to talk about. Dish to nibble on include Jumbo Crab Cakes, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Filet Mignon, Grilled Brie and wash it down with a Passion Fruit Mojito. Reserve your stomach real estate for the delicioso Nutella Brulee and s’mores
840 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483
This place has a ridiculous amount of accolades which range from Best Bar, Best Brunch, Best Bartender, Best Bar Food, Best Happy Hour, Best Oceanfront Dining, Best Intracoastal Dining, Best Live Music, Best Burgers, Best Group Dining…… have you heard enough?
Plan on grabbing a taxi or designate a driver at this place since you want just to enjoy nursing your drinks as you enjoy the people-watching and maybe even fish-watching as you look out over the water here. Solid food choices include truffle fries, brisket sandwich, conch fritters, crab cakes and their burgers have gotten all kinds of accolades as well. Bring a sweatshirt it gets cold on the water!
Lake Ida Dog Park
If you do to a dog park, there is no guarantee that your dog won’t get in a fight. Even if your Fido is on his best behavior if another dog provokes him, then he will defend himself. That being said, this is an excellent park for your furry kids and bathrooms are a short walk away. It’s best to avoid the weekends here since this tends to fill up even more and there ends up being frequented with doggies that are not as well socialized, so there are the occasional dog fights which are typical at any dog park since there are no dog police or referees to prevent this. There is an area for small doggies and a one for medium and large dogs too. Plenty of gazebos and benches to just sit and relax on as well.
The Wakodahatchee Wetlands is a park, created on 50 acres of unused utility land and transformed into recreation wetlands open to the public with a boardwalk that crosses between open water pond areas, emergent marsh areas, shallow shelves, and islands with shrubs and snags to foster nesting and roosting. Don't forget your binoculars and if you have a big lens camera, then this is the time to bring it. Wakodahatchee is a destination for any bird lover and worthy of a trek to get here. Plenty of pavilions to get some shade as you spy on magical-winged creatures.
Wakodahatchee is like a mini Everglades park with it's diverse and abundant wildlife. This place is a delight for non-birders since there is so much to see such as blue egrets, wood storks, ibises, snowy egrets, cattle egrets, tri-color egrets, red-wing blackbirds, cormorants, moorhens, purple swamphen, stilt birds, grebes, grackles and even alligators and raccoons raise their young here. The boardwalk has gazebos with benches along the way.
See the reviews on Yelp here with plenty of pics of the enchanted little creatures.
With lush green rolling hills on a pretty flat landscape with ocean breezes nearby, there are 160 courses in Palm Beach County and quite a few in Delray Beach. Palm Beach County is the golfing capital of the world. Nearby towns such as Palm Beach, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton have quite a few courses, country clubs and resorts as well. The courses attract both amateurs and professionals and there are plenty of Professional Golf Tournaments year-round if you want to see some of your favorites swinging a nine iron.
Private Palm Beach Area Golf Courses & Country Clubs
Here are some notable clubs in Delray Beach.
DelAire Country Club
Gleneagles Country Club
Delray Dunes Golf & Country Club
Angelfish, Turtles, Dolphins, Parrotfish, Grouper, dolphins, soft and hard corals along with excellent visibility provide divers with great year-round conditions. South Florida's reef tract is linear and the warm Gulfstream current flows parallel to the shoreline creating perfect drift diving conditions.
Palm Beach County has some of the top dive sites in the country. Many of the sites are close to shore, so you don't have to spend hours traveling out on a boat to reach them. Palm Beach has a lot of deeper dives and nearby Pompano has more shallow dives.
The South East Florida Reef Tract extends from Miami northward to Palm Beach. Greater Ft. Lauderdale accounts for 23 miles in the middle of the tract and the largest number of dive sites, with over 100 reef and wreck sites. Hundreds of species of fish flourish along the coast.
Artificial reefs include sunken wrecks since marine life likes to hide out in protected spaces so you will get the eerie and mysterious beauty of exploring a wreck that has dozens of fish and corals that are on or near it.
Video of a Delray Dive
This one has a turtle and a pod of dolphins.
A Barrel O Monkeys
460 NE 5th Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33483
With a name like A Barrel O’ Monkeys, it is required to be fun. This indoor play space is perfect for those ultra hot Florida summer days or any day that you want a confined, safe and small space to let your shrunken human explore, play and roam. There are mommy and me classes for babies and more structured classes for toddlers and pre-school aged kids as well. There is a drop-off program (like a short daycare) for 18m to 7 years old if you need to run some errands or just need to have a latte without someone grabbing everything on the table and trying to break it. Great for birthday parties as well, no chance of rain ruining your event.
Sandoway House Nature Center
The Sandoway Discovery Center offers a glimpse into Florida’s fragile marine and freshwater environments through educational exhibits and programs that are ideal for little and big people. The nature center is a hands-on learning experience, which focuses on Florida’s fragile ecosystems and their inhabitants. It's mainly inside with AC which is great during the summer. The sharks and stingrays are outside. It's a pretty small place probably could only stay for maybe max 2 hours. It is right across from the beach.
You'll get a front row seat to Florida’s native and invasive reptile species, meet sharks and other fish at the coral reef pool and explore Southeast Florida’s largest private shell collection and be a part of special events such as Earth Day and beach clean-ups. The nature center’s activities include daily shark and stingray feedings, twice a week alligator feedings, Junior Naturalist programs for at-risk youth, group education programs, garden walks, live animal exhibits, fossil digs and more. Check the feeding schedule before you go.