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Get to know Delray Beach

Delray Beach is an eventful city, and by that we mean there’s always something going on. It’s happy, it’s lively, it’s packed with the kind of people who clearly love the lives they’re living. The city stretches from its gorgeous (and surfer-worthy) Atlantic beaches, over the Intracoastal Waterway, and through a walkable downtown, all the way to a refuge on the edge of the Everglades. The 60,000 people who live in the city proper enjoy Florida at its best, spending lazy days at cafés and boutiques downtown and along the beach, fishing in the ocean and estuaries, biking and hiking, or kayaking and paddleboarding. It’s also a town mad for tennis and other outdoor sports. The lifestyle is laid-back tropical, the dress is casual, and the community is warm and always on the go — though sometimes that’s just going to find a nice spot of shade and a big patch of sand.
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History & Culture

The town began as humbly as you could imagine, when one tiny shack was built in 1876 to serve as a shelter for shipwrecked sailors. Called the Orange Grove House of Refuge, it was mysteriously situated among orange trees, though no one knows who would have planted them. It’s as if the spirit of Florida had always been there, ready to welcome visitors. The intersection of beach and railroad led to rapid expansion in the early 20th century, and a community of artists, writers, and poets helped sustain it through the lean years of the Depression. Because the town never went bust, there are remarkably preserved buildings in art deco, mission, colonial, and bungalow styles, as well as typical Florida cottages. The city is still influenced strongly by its arts community, with a thriving visual arts scene, live theater, a history museum, Japanese gardens, and festivals and concerts throughout the year.

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Dine & Shop

Delray Beach is an out-and-about kind of town, and that’s reflected in a vibrant dining scene. At every price point — from sidewalk cafés to fine dining at the waterside — deliciousness is at the ready. With ingredient-driven local restaurants, haute cuisine from Miami chefs looking for a less-hectic lifestyle, and beyond, the Delray Beach dining scene has become a destination for foodies from all over the world. An exciting retail scene spills out onto those same sidewalks — and along beachfront strips, in converted bungalows, and at upscale shopping centers. Shops and boutiques cater to every aspect of the perfect Florida lifestyle, from typical beachwear to elegant homewares to the kind of high fashion you’d find in Miami or New York or Paris.