Between the excitement of Orlando and the glitz of Miami is Florida’s Delray Beach, located about a half hour’s drive north of Fort Lauderdale. Shipwrecked sailors, Bahamians, Seminole Indians and African Americans all helped to shape the city’s history, and their cultures are still evident in the area’s many historic sites. Named “Most Fun Small Town” in 2012 by Rand McNally, USA Today and the Travel Channel, Delray Beach is also known for its art galleries, water sports, golf courses, tennis tournaments and 3.2 kilometres of public beachfront.
You can experience many of the city’s best sights and attractions via the Delray Downtowner—a white, shiny six-seater golf cart that offers free rides to anywhere downtown. It’s a safe, sustainable way to visit the busy main strip of Atlantic Avenue and its surrounding areas, and the service will even set you up with a reservation at a fabulous restaurant. The convenient golf cart fleet offers rides from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Flag one down, or call 561-702-8519 to arrange a pickup.
Here are some of the sights you can take in via the Downtowner.
Sure, you could laze about at one of Delray’s five beaches, or play on one of its more than 20 golf courses, but why not pick up a racket instead? The Tennis Center boasts some of Florida’s top tennis instructors and offers clinics for adults and kids, alike.
Even if you don’t stay at one of Sundy House’s 11 themed guest rooms and suites, you can visit this paradise on a free tour. Walk around its tropical Taru Gardens, looking for miracle fruit that makes everything taste sweet, and speak with owner Tom Worrell, who will casually name-drop everyone from Dave Matthews to President Barack Obama (the water filtration system at Sundy House, which Worrell created, is the same system used at the White House).
Located just off Atlantic Avenue, this art district is home to several galleries, vintage clothing shops, spas and more. Pick up some threads at Roxy Lulu, or take a piece of Florida home with some made-on-site custom jewelry from Spotted on 2nd.
Buddha Sky Bar
Peanut Butter & Jelly Wontons. If these delectable, deep-fried treats aren’t enough to get you to this Asian-fusion hotspot, maybe the dim sum, wok and sushi menus, third-storey views and sake tasting will.
Can’t afford designer duds? Feast on their cupcake counterparts instead. Enjoy flavours like Oscar de la Raspberry, Dolce & Banana and Red Valentino, without breaking the bank. Voted “Best Desserts” in Delray Beach, the store is a mix of old-fashioned ice cream shop and couture boutique.
The Blue Anchor
Originally stationed on Chancery Lane in London, England, this historic British pub was visited by Winston Churchill and two of Jack the Ripper’s victims. It has long been said to be haunted—even after its exterior was shipped piece by piece and reassembled in its current location in Delray.