It’s no surprise that many Northeasterners enjoy a respite from cold winters in the Sunshine State. But what may be surprising is that Delray Beach, Florida—not it’s higher profile neighbors West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale or Miami—has been catching the attention of many northeast snowbirds, retirees and investors of late. While Miami offers all of the glitz and glamour of a big city, from high-rise luxury hotels and condos to world-class restaurants, shopping, museums and theater, those looking for a more relaxed, small town, vacation feel with a thriving downtown are finding it in Delray Beach.
Shaking off its nickname from the 1980s, “Dull-ray Beach,” the town has come into its own as the “Village by the Sea.” Delray Beach prides itself on maintaining a local vibe and laid-back lifestyle while providing all of the comforts of a larger city. And, let’s not forget the main attraction: Delray’s pristine beaches. Just cross over the drawbridge that spans the Intracoastal Waterway and you’re there—about a 20-minute walk from downtown.
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