Downtown Delray Beach has become a fun, festive, and one-of-a-kind oceanfront town. The walkability, wide range of offerings, and proximity to the beach make Downtown Delray a resort town, and one of the only “downtowns” across the United States with a beach attached, allowing visitors and locals to soak up the sun on one of Florida's Top 14 Beaches of 2021!
Delray Beach is the perfect place to alternate between napping, swimming in the ocean, and people-watching. With a wide, sandy sprawl that's lined with grass and palm trees, you'll have plenty of space to relax. – Travel + Leisure
There is a beach to suit every taste in Florida, from powdery white sand to cosmopolitan, trendy beaches! Home and Garden featured Delray Beach in their Florida Best Beach Guide of February 2020.
Each year, nearly 1 million people visit family-friendly Delray Beach to enjoy the 2-mile-long beach that's ideal for fun beach activities, including sand castle-building. – HGTV
Delray Beach was also named as one of Florida's top 10 beaches by Travel Channel (in 2015 & 2016) and by PolicyGenius' Best Beaches in Every State (Florida). In 2023, Trips to Discover included Delray Beach in its list of “15 Best Beaches with the Clearest Water in Florida.” Delray Beach also placed third on the Top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns in America and was named “Best Weekend Destination” by Palm Springs Illustrated in 2015. This historic, vibrant downtown features a trendy arts community, home to many outdoor festivals and events and a bustling offering of shopping, dining and entertainment venues.
There are a total of two miles of public beachfront attractions that drive in approximately one million visitors each year. In 2013, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Delray Beach was presented with the “Best Restored Beach” award and has been designated as a Blue Wave Beach by the Clean Beached Council for it’s cleanliness and well-managed environment. The City of Delray Beach has contracted with a beach cleaning service and a cabana rental company to ensure year-round enjoyments for all residents and visitors.
For more information on beach conditions, call (561) 27-BEACH or click here to visit the City’s Beach Conditions page & view the live stream beach-cam.
Getting to the Beach
From Florida’s Turnpike:
Exit at Delray Beach/Atlantic Ave Eastbound
Proceed East on Atlantic Ave until you reach A1A (Locally S. Ocean Blvd) which runs parallel to the beach
Take Exit 52/Atlantic Ave Eastbound
Turn East onto Atlantic Ave and continue until you reach A1A (Locally S. Ocean Blvd) which runs parallel to the beach
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Beach Parking Information
The Municipal Beach has 5 metered parking areas as well as parallel parking along Ocean Blvd. Regular metered parking is $1.50/hour. Beach parking permits are available lasting one year, from October 1 – September 30. For more information on permits, click here. More parking and beach attractions can be found at the following parks:
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