Located less than an hour drive north of Miami, Delray Beach has become a destination for those who want a first class beach resort experience. Voted “America’s Most Fun Small Town” by Rand McNally, with plenty of activities for couples, families, or groups of friends looking to getaway, Delray Beach is a certainly a premier destination. I love to visit one of my friends from high school in Delray Beach. He owns an oriental rug cleaning service there and it is always enjoyable to get time with him. Grab your bikini and sunglasses, because we’re going to see how to make your Delray Beach vacation stand out.
Where To Stay
For a first class experience, the Seagate Hotel and Spa provides an experience unlike any other. Located near the beach, this boutique hotel offers visitors a free shuttle to the hotels private beach club, or anywhere that is within three miles of the hotel. Guests can take in a relaxing spa experience, or get their heart rate up with one of their fitness classes. The hip decor, near restaurants and shops, make the Seagate Hotel and Spa perfect for a relaxing stay in Delray Beach. Want to be even closer to the beach? Berkshire on the Ocean, just steps away from its own private beach, houses just 23 single rooms with full kitchens, perfect for a romantic getaway away from the crowds. For a bit of old world charm right off the beach, the Colony Hotel and Cabana Club has enough fun for everyone. With a saltwater pool, complimentary WiFi, parking, and breakfast, what more could you ask for?
Where to Eat
Start your day off right with brunch at Deck 84, located right on the Intracoastal Waterway, or opt for a casual lunch instead. Guests to this restaurant love the laid back atmosphere, and bloody mary bar, where you can concoct your own drink to your liking. For a more unique lunch experience, Brule Bistro may be right up your alley. It’s French inspired menu, with a variety of tapas and healthy options, make for a relaxing detour on your way back from the beach. Looking for a romantic dinner? Caffe Luna Rosa, offering oceanfront seating, and beautiful Italian dishes, and a waitstaff with personality, is a perfect place for date night. For a fresh seafood option, Patio Delray provides diners with an upscale dining experience, and a white chocolate chip brownie to die for. If dining with friends, the Park Tavern, located in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, holds a happy hour from 5-7pm and a dinner menu to please even the pickiest palate. One of the best places for your group to socialize, the Park Tavern should definitely be on your list of places to eat.
Places to Visit
Delray Beach has a variety of activities, from enjoying nature to shopping, there’s something for everyone. With plenty of art galleries, unique boutiques, and even bicycle rental shops, Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach offers plenty of shopping and dining. Forget your sunglasses at home? Nows your excuse to head downtown to find a new beach outfit. Once your bikini game is on point, book a reservation for Delray Yacht Cruises, which serves drinks and lunch and takes you on a two hour tour of the Intracoastal Waterway. To escape to a whole other world, a visit to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a must see while in Delray Beach. Stroll through the tranquil gardens while sipping cold sake and munching on sushi during the second Fridays of each month, where visitors can take in a rousing drum performance. Delray Beach is home to hundreds of birds, turtles, alligators, and frogs, and they can all be seen at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. A wonderful destination for families, the mile long boardwalk takes you through different habitats, and admission is free.