An Introduction to Delray Beach
“The Village by the sea” is located in southern Palm Beach County just below where Florida becomes tropical on the east coast of the state. It is bordered by Gulfstream and Boynton Beach to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Highland Beach and Boca Raton to the south, and the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National wildlife refuge to the west. It encompasses 15.4 square miles and has a population of approximately 68,749 residents in 2017 of which more than 75% are below the age of 65.
Delray Beach boasts an impressive and eclectic number of restaurant options, as well as an ever growing number of shops, spas, salons and art galleries. In 2019 a new IPIC theater opened downtown with full bar, plush reclining seats, and in-theater dining, as well as garage parking and valet options. In season and out, the downtown Atlantic Avenue scene has a youthful vibe which continues well into the late evening hours.
“Delray Beach is not a place to grow old, but rather one in which to stay young.” Peggy Doepper
Delray Beach Happenings
Holiday celebrations abound in Delray, including New Year’s Eve First Night, a St. Patrick’s Day Parade which draws huge crowds from neighboring communities and a sea of green attire, Irish music and festivities, July 4th celebrations complete with fireworks best viewed from the beach and Christmas festivities at Old School Square around the famous 100 foot Christmas tree, holiday carousel and ice skating rink.
Additionally, there are numerous annual arts and craft events along Atlantic Avenue, as well as smaller weekend art shows at Veteran’s Park along the intracoastal. Or, take a boat tour of some of Delray’s fine homes on the Lady Atlantic which includes special evening tours during the holiday season. The holiday boat show in December offers a view of many boats of all shapes and sizes decorated in festive holiday splendor.
Take a stroll through the Pineapple Grove Arts District, enjoy a show at the Crest Theater, or one of the many art, music and food themed events in Old School Square, often with an ethnic flair. A wonderfully unique event is the annual “Savor the Avenue” which features the nation’s longest dining table as the restaurants on and around Atlantic Avenue join to create one incredible outdoor dining experience where one long table after another are beautifully decorated, with each restaurant offering its own special menu and wine selection for the evening. Go to www.mydelraybeach.com to view the most up-to-date schedule of events.
For the Active Lifestyle
Of course, our Beach extends the entire eastern border of the city. It is wide, well maintained and life guard protected. Beach chair and umbrella service is available as well as a variety of private beach and pool clubs. You can relax and catch the sunshine or surf, wind surf, paddle board, kayak, sail, or play volleyball. And of course, the shoreline always beckons for that nice long walk or run along the water’s edge.
Delray Beach is home to the Delray Beach Tennis Center and Swim Club, an 8200 seat stadium with 14 clay courts and 7 hard courts. Golfers can enjoy the Delray Beach Golf Club a 6907 yard par 72 Donald Ross designed course or the Lakeview Golf Club, a par 60 executive course, to work on the short game. Additionally, there are 36 public tennis courts and more than 40 private courts and clubs in Delray.
Leagues include soccer, little league and basketball, and you can learn more on http://www.mydelraybeach.com/parks-and-recreations/locations.
Hospitals & Medical Centers
Delray Medical Center
Established in 1982, 493 Licensed Beds, 1600 employees. Delray’s Medical Center is located on 42 acres and has over 600 physicians. It serves as both a community hospital and a Level 1 Trauma Center. A leading healthcare ratings expert, Healthgrades, has awarded this medical center with numerous distinctions over the past years, which include naming it one of America’s Best Hospitals for the last five years. Delray Medical Center has also received the honor of The Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for nine consecutive years. Located at 5352 Linton Blvd, Delray Beach 33483, 561-498-4440.
Bethesda Memorial Hospital
Located in Boynton Beach, close to the Delray border, this hospital has been recognized for heart, maternity and stroke care, in addition to being above the national average on Hospital Compare. It has 401 beds and 550 physicians and 2,350 employees. In 2011, Bethesda was recognized in US News and World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals”, one of 569 out of 6,000 hospitals in the U.S. Bethesda’s Rapid Response Team for patient emergencies has been saving lives since 2005. Patient perception ratings of the hospital are in the top quartile of Palm Beach County, rating Bethesda a consistent 9 or 10. Located at 2815 S. Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach, 561-737-7733.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Established in 1967, this hospital has also ranked in “America’s Top 50 Hospitals” and is well known for it’s Cardiovascular Care, Oncology, Women’s Health, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and Neuroscience departments. Founded originally as a community hospital, it has evolved into one of Florida’s premiere medical centers and known for cardiovascular care, oncology, women’s health, orthopedics, emergency medicine and neurosciences. It has 400 licensed beds, over 800 physicians, nursing and support staff of over 2,000 and over 1,200 volunteers. Located at 800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton, 561-955-7100.
In Addition: JFK Medical Center, Private facilities and clinics
Points of Interest
Morikami Museum and Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Road, 561-495-0233
Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Morikami Museum and Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida. In addition to the spectacular gardens, offerings include rotating exhibitions in the galleries, monthly tea ceremonies in its Seishin-an tea house, educational outreach with local schools and traditional Japanese festivals celebrated for the public at various times throughout the year.
Pineapple Grove Arts District
NE 2nd Avenue
Located just off Atlantic Avenue in downtown East Delray, this area is well known for an eclectic mix of cafes, boutiques, galleries, entertainment and spas catering to health, beauty and well being.
Additionally, Delray’s Green Market is now taking place here on Saturdays, beginning in mid October through season. Pineapple Grove features exciting public artwork and working artists throughout the district. The addition of The Arts Garage lends a new energy and a myriad of entertainment for all ages.
51 N. Swinton Avenue, 561-243-7922
The Crest Theatre is housed in the restored 1925 Delray High School building and was dedicated in 1993 as the performing arts center. It was originally the high school auditorium and its renovation transformed it into a 323-seat state of the art facility. The Main Stage Series (November-April) offers professional theatre, music and dance as well as national tours and local variety shows. The Broadway Cabaret Series (January-April) features Broadway selections, and The Lecture Series (January-April) features national and notable speakers on a variety of topics.
Spady Cultural Heritage Museum
170 NW 5th Avenue, 561-279-8883
This museum is located in the historic West Settlers District of Delray Beach. It is dedicated to discovering, collecting and sharing the African-American history of Florida.
It is located in the former home of the late Solomon Spady, a most prominent African-American educator. Spady was also a community leader in Delray from 1922-1957. It is the only museum of it’s kind in Palm Beach County and home to exhibits of shows which highlight the influences and talents of African-Americans, Caribbean-Americans and Haitian-Americans. Also featured here: Kid’s Cultural Club, Trolley Tours and special events.
Delray Beach Historical Society
3 NE 1st Street, 561-274-9578
With a mission of “the conservation, promotion and teaching of local and state history, the historical society looks to establishing a sense of place, a sense of community and an appreciation of the past for the next generation.” The Cason Cottage Museum has been facilitating the teaching of Delray Beach and Florida history since 1989. There is also a gift cottage which is a wonderful source of reading materials and unique gift items which represent Delray’s Beach’s history.
Sandoway House Nature Center
142 S. Ocean Boulevard, 561-274-7263
This nature center is located in a historic 1936 beachfront home along A1A, and provides the community with an opportunity to view a living history experience with a focus on preserving our coastal and marine habitats. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now home to native plants, live animals and a renowned collection of sea shells. Some of the educational programs include: shark feedings, guided historic tours, nature walks, astronomy nights, summer camp and special events such as Earth Day.
Delray Beach Yacht Cruises
801 East Atlantic Avenue (Veteran’s Park), 561-243-0686
For a different way to view Delray Beach, particularly some of the loveliest homes and gardens along the intracoastal, this is the way to go. Delray Yacht Cruises has been named the number one sightseeing and charter company in South Florida. Reservations are strongly suggested and free parking is available adjacent Veteran’s Park.