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Delray Beach

Delray Beach
Living in Delray Beach

Located between Palm Beach and Boca Raton, the seaside community of Delray Beach has charm to spare. A leader in Florida's historic preservation movement, the city works hard to protect its illustrious past. Yet this town is still very much of the present with a host of trendy restaurants and galleries, and home to one of the prettiest stretches of beach in South Florida.

Delray Beach is the perfect place for people who want to enjoy the outdoor life. Here there's room to golf, surf and run or simply relax on the beach, all in an atmosphere of relaxed charm. Not that Delray Beach is lacking in culture. Some far-sighted folk have worked hard to preserve the city's history and character while making sure there's plenty to do in areas like Atlantic Avenue. This is a place to banish the northern winter blues for good.

Delray Beach Real Estate


Delray Beach apartments to buy or rent offer you the very best in gracious living. There are modernist masterpieces that seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor spaces, beachfront beauties that afford spectacular unobstructed ocean views, Mediterranean revival mansions with lush tropical landscaping or Delray Beach condos for sale with easy access to the ocean. Rest assured that whatever your style of beach town living, Delray Beach has what you're looking for.

Delray Beach History


The first recorded settlers in Delray Beach were Seminole Indians in 1849.

The first non–indigenous group were African Americans from the Florida Panhandle who settled the area in 1884 and were large enough number by 1894 to establish a school in the area.

Also arriving in 1894 was William S. Linton, a US congressman, who bought land in the area and began selling plots in the hope it would become a farming center. Initially, this community was named after Linton himself and found some success farming winter vegetables for the northern market, but a hard winter saw crops fail and farmers leave. So to have a fresh start the community renamed itself.

In 1901 the settlement's name changed to Delray, an Anglicized spelling of Del Rey, meaning 'of the King' in Spanish.

Settlers from The Bahamas, sometimes referred to as 'Nassaws', began arriving in the early 1900s and were joined by Japanese settlers from the nearby Yamamoto Farming Colony. Together they began to successfully grow pineapples and soon they became the primary crop of the area.

However this was quickly superseded by the Florida land boom of the 1920's that led to tourism and land speculation being a more important part of the community.

Throughout the 1930's and 40's an artist's and writer's colony began to thrive in the area as Delray Beach's reputation as a resort town grew.

It was in this area that Delray's golden age of architecture occurred with Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, Monterey Colonial and Key West style cottages built throughout the town.

By the early sixties, Delray became renowned as a Florida surfing mecca, an association that continues to this day.

More recently the city's historic buildings and historic districts were revitalized. The Colony Hotel and the Old School Square were among those restored to their former glory.

Delray Beach Attractions


A visit to Delray Beach is incomplete without a trip to the 50-acre Wakodahatchee Wetlands, home to some 151 species of bird and a wide variety of flora. It features a three-quarter mile boardwalk with gazebos that have benches along the way.

Those of a sportier disposition will enjoy a day at Delray Beach Golf club, which offers golf in a decidedly tropical setting.

Alternatively 'Delray Beach Tennis Center' is a great place to watch world-class tennis, as it has been the host for both Davis Cup and Federation Cup in recent years.

If you're looking for something more cultural, 'The Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden is a place that celebrates the hundred-year association between the Japanese and Delray Beach. The campus includes two museum buildings in which rotating exhibitions are held, and a Japanese restaurant called the Cornell Café that has been featured on the Food Network.

'Old Town Square' offers of the many historical attractions of Delray Beach. This former high school built in 1913 includes 'The Pavilion,' a perfect place to watch outdoor concerts and the 'Cornell Art Museum.'

Artists have had a strong association with the town over the years. For instance, 'Pineapple Grove Arts District' is an area that teems with small galleries promoting the work of local artists.

If drama is more your style, then Delray Beach Playhouse is worth a visit. Founded in 1948, it offers a variety of shows and musicals.

Of course, let's not forget the beach. Named one of Florida's top ten beaches, Delray Beach on the edge of Downtown Delray is a perfect place to soak up the sun by day, while by night its proximity to Atlantic Avenue gives you access to some of the town's best restaurants and bars.

Finally to get a better view of scenic Delray Beach what could be better than a Delray Yacht cruise? This excursion lets you experience the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway while enjoying a narrated tour past some of the area's most beautiful mansions.

Delray Beach Shopping


Downtown Delray Beach is home to one of the city's premier shopping locations, Atlantic Avenue. It's a street filled with unique stores and boutiques like House of Zen, a clothing retailer that features hand-painted batik silks and Spice a lifestyle and accessory boutique that is perfect for all things home and entertainment.

Book lovers will enjoy a visit to the 'Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore,' which specializes in mystery, thrillers, and suspense and has regular book signings by nationally known authors.

Delray Beach Restaurants


'City Oyster' features fresh seafood delivered and prepared daily in the kitchen. As its name would suggest, it has a rotating selection of oysters from the east and west coast and also an onsite bakery that provides desserts, pies and bread.

Alternatively 'Atlantic Grille' offers inventive seafood dishes and a chance to dine with aquatic life. The restaurant is home to a 2,500-gallon shark tank featuring a variety of sharks and other marine animals.

Those who prefer a sea view with their seafood could do no better than '50 Ocean'. With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic, it offers an elevated American menu featuring many locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.

'Cut 432' is an elegant and contemporary restaurant known for its steak but also has American classics like rack of lamb and pork chops, along with a raw bar. Their award-winning drinks menu includes 300 wines from around the world; small batch spirits and craft beer.

If you'd like to spice up your life, take a little take a trip to the 'Cabana' restaurant on Atlantic Avenue. It offers a large selection of Latin-American fare and brings a touch of Miami to downtown Delray.

For the artistic there is Dada. Located in a historic house, its rooms have art by local artists lining the walls, while an intimate outdoor garden area is a perfect to listen to the live music played there.

Delray Beach Nightlife


With over 80 bottled beers to choose from and wide selection of wines, 'Tryst' is a great spot to kick back and relax.

That said, 'Beer Trade Company' is so relaxed you can serve yourself from one of their refrigerators. Just pay when you bring your beer bottles up to the counter before you leave.

If you're looking for something a little fancier, 'Salt7' is a high-end restaurant and bar that serves great cocktails in a fun atmosphere, while '3rd and 3rd' has a relaxed vibe and offers New American fare and drinks.

Finally, live music lovers will enjoy the 'Arts Garage,' which offers Jazz, blues, Latin, and soul from nationally renowned artists.

Delray Beach Events


From world-class tennis at the Delray Beach Tennis Center to Delray Beach Green Market, there is always something going on in town. The Delray Beach Surf festival continues the city's long association with the surfing community while Old School Square hosts many live music events throughout the year.

Art walks are also a favorite activity letting you stroll through the studios and galleries of practicing local artists.

Living in Delray Beach
Located between Palm Beach and Boca Raton, the seaside community of Delray Beach has charm to spare. A leader in Florida's historic preservation movement, the city works hard to protect its illustrious past. Yet this town is still very much of the present with a host of trendy restaurants and galleries, and home to one of the prettiest stretches of beach in South Florida.

Delray Beach is the perfect place for people who want to enjoy the outdoor life. Here there's room to golf, surf and run or simply relax on the beach, all in an atmosphere of relaxed charm. Not that Delray Beach is lacking in culture. Some far-sighted folk have worked hard to preserve the city's history and character while making sure there's plenty to do in areas like Atlantic Avenue. This is a place to banish the northern winter blues for good.

Delray Beach Real Estate


Delray Beach apartments to buy or rent offer you the very best in gracious living. There are modernist masterpieces that seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor spaces, beachfront beauties that afford spectacular unobstructed ocean views, Mediterranean revival mansions with lush tropical landscaping or Delray Beach condos for sale with easy access to the ocean. Rest assured that whatever your style of beach town living, Delray Beach has what you're looking for.

Delray Beach History


The first recorded settlers in Delray Beach were Seminole Indians in 1849.

The first non–indigenous group were African Americans from the Florida Panhandle who settled the area in 1884 and were large enough number by 1894 to establish a school in the area.

Also arriving in 1894 was William S. Linton, a US congressman, who bought land in the area and began selling plots in the hope it would become a farming center. Initially, this community was named after Linton himself and found some success farming winter vegetables for the northern market, but a hard winter saw crops fail and farmers leave. So to have a fresh start the community renamed itself.

In 1901 the settlement's name changed to Delray, an Anglicized spelling of Del Rey, meaning 'of the King' in Spanish.

Settlers from The Bahamas, sometimes referred to as 'Nassaws', began arriving in the early 1900s and were joined by Japanese settlers from the nearby Yamamoto Farming Colony. Together they began to successfully grow pineapples and soon they became the primary crop of the area.

However this was quickly superseded by the Florida land boom of the 1920's that led to tourism and land speculation being a more important part of the community.

Throughout the 1930's and 40's an artist's and writer's colony began to thrive in the area as Delray Beach's reputation as a resort town grew.

It was in this area that Delray's golden age of architecture occurred with Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, Monterey Colonial and Key West style cottages built throughout the town.

By the early sixties, Delray became renowned as a Florida surfing mecca, an association that continues to this day.

More recently the city's historic buildings and historic districts were revitalized. The Colony Hotel and the Old School Square were among those restored to their former glory.

Delray Beach Attractions


A visit to Delray Beach is incomplete without a trip to the 50-acre Wakodahatchee Wetlands, home to some 151 species of bird and a wide variety of flora. It features a three-quarter mile boardwalk with gazebos that have benches along the way.

Those of a sportier disposition will enjoy a day at Delray Beach Golf club, which offers golf in a decidedly tropical setting.

Alternatively 'Delray Beach Tennis Center' is a great place to watch world-class tennis, as it has been the host for both Davis Cup and Federation Cup in recent years.

If you're looking for something more cultural, 'The Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden is a place that celebrates the hundred-year association between the Japanese and Delray Beach. The campus includes two museum buildings in which rotating exhibitions are held, and a Japanese restaurant called the Cornell Café that has been featured on the Food Network.

'Old Town Square' offers of the many historical attractions of Delray Beach. This former high school built in 1913 includes 'The Pavilion,' a perfect place to watch outdoor concerts and the 'Cornell Art Museum.'

Artists have had a strong association with the town over the years. For instance, 'Pineapple Grove Arts District' is an area that teems with small galleries promoting the work of local artists.

If drama is more your style, then Delray Beach Playhouse is worth a visit. Founded in 1948, it offers a variety of shows and musicals.

Of course, let's not forget the beach. Named one of Florida's top ten beaches, Delray Beach on the edge of Downtown Delray is a perfect place to soak up the sun by day, while by night its proximity to Atlantic Avenue gives you access to some of the town's best restaurants and bars.

Finally to get a better view of scenic Delray Beach what could be better than a Delray Yacht cruise? This excursion lets you experience the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway while enjoying a narrated tour past some of the area's most beautiful mansions.

Delray Beach Shopping


Downtown Delray Beach is home to one of the city's premier shopping locations, Atlantic Avenue. It's a street filled with unique stores and boutiques like House of Zen, a clothing retailer that features hand-painted batik silks and Spice a lifestyle and accessory boutique that is perfect for all things home and entertainment.

Book lovers will enjoy a visit to the 'Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore,' which specializes in mystery, thrillers, and suspense and has regular book signings by nationally known authors.

Delray Beach Restaurants


'City Oyster' features fresh seafood delivered and prepared daily in the kitchen. As its name would suggest, it has a rotating selection of oysters from the east and west coast and also an onsite bakery that provides desserts, pies and bread.

Alternatively 'Atlantic Grille' offers inventive seafood dishes and a chance to dine with aquatic life. The restaurant is home to a 2,500-gallon shark tank featuring a variety of sharks and other marine animals.

Those who prefer a sea view with their seafood could do no better than '50 Ocean'. With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic, it offers an elevated American menu featuring many locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.

'Cut 432' is an elegant and contemporary restaurant known for its steak but also has American classics like rack of lamb and pork chops, along with a raw bar. Their award-winning drinks menu includes 300 wines from around the world; small batch spirits and craft beer.

If you'd like to spice up your life, take a little take a trip to the 'Cabana' restaurant on Atlantic Avenue. It offers a large selection of Latin-American fare and brings a touch of Miami to downtown Delray.

For the artistic there is Dada. Located in a historic house, its rooms have art by local artists lining the walls, while an intimate outdoor garden area is a perfect to listen to the live music played there.

Delray Beach Nightlife


With over 80 bottled beers to choose from and wide selection of wines, 'Tryst' is a great spot to kick back and relax.

That said, 'Beer Trade Company' is so relaxed you can serve yourself from one of their refrigerators. Just pay when you bring your beer bottles up to the counter before you leave.

If you're looking for something a little fancier, 'Salt7' is a high-end restaurant and bar that serves great cocktails in a fun atmosphere, while '3rd and 3rd' has a relaxed vibe and offers New American fare and drinks.

Finally, live music lovers will enjoy the 'Arts Garage,' which offers Jazz, blues, Latin, and soul from nationally renowned artists.

Delray Beach Events


From world-class tennis at the Delray Beach Tennis Center to Delray Beach Green Market, there is always something going on in town. The Delray Beach Surf festival continues the city's long association with the surfing community while Old School Square hosts many live music events throughout the year.

Art walks are also a favorite activity letting you stroll through the studios and galleries of practicing local artists.

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