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Downtown Delray Beach

This self-styled “Village by the Sea’’ is one of the great redevelopment success stories of South Florida downtowns. The main drag from Interstate 95 to the ocean, Atlantic Avenue, has become trendy and there are plenty of excellent restaurants and art galleries. Delray Beach may be busier than ever, and its downtown no longer has an Old Florida feel, but it has not lost its charm.

There are plenty of gorgeous older homes and a beautiful public beach. Tasteful condos and other in-town living options are available for those who like to walk to the local coffee shop to read their paper in the morning. Singles can hang out at trendy places on the Beach, and there are plenty of cultural activities going on at Old School Square, a National Historic Site constructed from the restored 1913 Delray Elementary and 1925 Delray High School buildings. The Pineapple Grove Arts District is a delight with cafes, boutiques, and spas just off Atlantic Avenue at Northeast Second Avenue.

Delray Beach’s location near Interstate 95 makes it possible to commute to work in West Palm Beach to the north or in Boca Raton or Broward County to the south, and there is also the Tri-Rail commuter train west of downtown and a free downtown shuttle.