Delray Beach was recently named the “Most Fun Small Town in America.” The town’s residents and visitors can enjoy live music, arts, sports, tons of dining options, shopping and a vibrant social scene. Delray Beach is in south Florida and part of the Miami metropolitan area. It is located directly on the Atlantic Ocean and includes two miles of award-winning beaches.
Read on to find out how to get to Delray Beach and where to stay during your visit. Plus how to make the most of your trip by visiting the town’s main attractions.
Main Attractions in Delray Beach
Arguably the best part of Delray Beach is, of course, the beach. The options out on the water are endless.
Take a Yacht Cruise. Delray Yacht Cruises allow visitors to take a two-hour narrated tour to see beautiful mansions along the coast, view marine life up close and enjoy snacks and drinks. There are a variety of specialty cruises including Sunday brunch cruises and holiday cruises. Call to make a reservation.
Try a Watersport. There are multiple ways to experience the water. You can rent sailboats, surfboards, snorkeling gear, paddle boards or kayaks. Delray Beach Watersports is a convenient one-stop shop to get all of your activity needs. Not interested in getting in? You can also rent umbrellas and beach chairs if you prefer the sidelines. Someone will approach you on the beach to see if you’re interested.
Rent a Bicycle. There are a variety of types of bicycles available for rent or purchase from Richwagen’s Delray Bike and Sport. Get out on the beach on a tandem bike with your loved one or rent a child cart for your little ones. This activity is perfect for everyone. You can rent a bike for a couple hours or the entire week. What’s more, Richwagen’s will deliver the bikes to your hotel or rental home as an added convenience. Call them for rates and scheduling.
Other Things to Do in Delray Beach
Visit Downtown. When you are finished enjoying your favorite activities along the beach and in the water, downtown is the best way to cap off the night. There are so many places to visit along Atlantic Avenue and a scene for everyone.
Visit Old School Square or the Arts Garage for live music events or check out the surplus of eclectic art galleries. A majority of the clubs and bars have late night menus and specials. Plus, it’s easy to try out a few places by using the Downtowner. It’s a free service that allows you to get rides from the beach and around the downtown area. Simply download the app to schedule your pick-up. Don’t forget to tip your driver!
Make it a Family Event. Delray isn’t just for the 21+ crowd. There are plenty of fun things to do with the family. There are over 40 parks to enjoy during the day. You can also visit multiple places for horse riding, and lessons for beginners.
You can play a round of mini golf at Putt N Around Mini Golf, enjoy puppet and magic shows at Puppetry Arts Center or witness live shark, alligator and stingray feedings at Sandoway House Nature Center. Feeling extra adventurous? Check out the Scuba Center for scuba lessons and take the family for a dive.
The Perfect Places to Stay in Delray Beach
TripAdvisor ranks Wright by the Sea as the number one hotel to stay at in Delray Beach. The hotel is right by the ocean and has yard games set up for guests to enjoy. There’s also an oversized swimming pool when you want to stay close to home for a swim. There are a variety of room types available to accommodate different budgets. Each room has large refrigerators and stoves for days you want to eat in, plus living rooms for extra space. Perfect for extended stays.
Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel and Luxury Villas offers a unique stay close to downtown and the ocean. It has two tropical saline swimming pools with tiki bars to enjoy your favorite wine or tropical drink. There is also live music for guests’ entertainment on the weekends. There are one bedroom suites, two bedroom adjoining suites, studio rooms and luxury villas available for rent. The villas are in a tropical setting that ensures a one-of-a-kind stay.
The Hamilton House is a popular vacation rental that offers one or two bedroom condominiums for weekly, monthly or seasonal stays. Each unit has an oceanfront view and a private balcony. They have fully stocked kitchens, maid service, and all the amenities in each condo for your convenience. Outside enjoy the putting green or barbecue grill.
How to Get to Delray Beach
The nearest airports to Delray Beach are Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) in Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Fort Lauderdale. Rental cars, cabs, shared rides and luxury sedan rides are all available at the airports.
Palm Beach is approximately 15 miles from Delray Beach. You can get there by taking I-95 South to Miami and exit at FL-806/Atlantic Avenue. From Fort Lauderdale, you’ll want to take 1-95 North toward west Palm Beach to the FL-806/Atlantic Avenue exit. It is just over 30 miles away.
Delray Beach gives visitors a chance to take in the splendor of two miles of beautiful beaches by day and still enjoy a thrilling city nightlife each night. It’s a great opportunity for a romantic getaway for significant others or a fun-filled vacation for the entire family. Visit beautiful Delray Beach and experience it for yourself. Be sure to take lots of pictures while you’re there and tag Delray Beach on social media. Everyone should enjoy being at a place that’s both this fun and this beautiful.