Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in southern Palm Beach County, Delray Beach is rich in history and cultural diversity. This Village by the Sea, which began as an agricultural community in the 1890s, welcomes families who are seeking a place to call home and invites visitors to experience the ultimate vacation.
Within 16 square miles, Delray Beach embraces a permanent population of approximately 65,000. Well-known for its bustling downtown and vibrant arts district, the City features gourmet restaurants, unique shops and trendy galleries. Scenic vistas complement its charming neighborhoods, making this a desirable bike-pedestrian friendly community.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department maintains over 40 parks and recreational facilities including the award-winning Municipal Beach, a popular destination for both residents and out-of-towners. In addition to fun activities and fitness programs, this department provides out-of-school camps, a skate park, community pools, a splash park and state-of-the-art athletic fields. Delray Beach is also home to some of the area’s best tennis facilities and golf courses. The Delray Beach Tennis Center, located in the heart of downtown, is a full service public facility with lighted clay and hard courts. The Delray Beach Golf Club, a City-owned 18 hole par 72 course designed by legendary architect Donald Ross, was recently designated by the Florida Department of State as a historic golf course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail.
The City of Delray Beach takes an active role in education. Partnering with private citizens, local businesses, organizations and non-profits, the City promotes academic programs and grade level reading initiatives. In 2014, Delray Beach was one of just 30 communities across the nation to be honored with the Pacesetter Award by the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. This award recognized the City for its "measurable progress" in summer learning and its commitment to increase the number of children who are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
Renewal and redevelopment efforts in Delray Beach have resulted in numerous accolades including All-America City (1993 and 2001) and USA Today/Rand McNally’s Best of the Road Most Fun Small Town in America (2012). In 2014, the City received the John Nolan Award for outstanding achievements in urban growth and development.
Access to public transportation is available throughout the City and international airports are just minutes away. Public parking garages and surface lots are conveniently located in the downtown area, and the City provides free electric-vehicle charging stations in one of its public parking lots. In addition, free trolley service is available along Atlantic Avenue throughout downtown Delray Beach.
Delray Beach is host to a variety of events throughout the year, including world-renowned tennis tournaments, fabulous Fourth of July celebrations and festive holiday events.