Delray Beach Travel Guide

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Delray Beach Things to Do

  • Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens

    In 1904, Jo Sakai, a recent graduate of New York University, returned to his homeland of Miyazu, Japan, to organize a group of pioneering farmers and lead them to what is now northern Boca Raton. With the help of the Model Land Company, a subsidiary of Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railroad, they formed a farming colony they named Yamato, an ancient...

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  • American Orchid Society - Outside...

    The outside plantings occupy a 3 acre site with gravel paths, elevated wooden walkways, a pond, and a host of largely unidentified specimens. The website divides the garden into about 15 sections, with detailed descriptions of the residents of each. Sadly, one does not carry a computer with them while visiting here, significant limitation. There...

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  • American Orchid Society - Baumann...

    The indoor specimens in the 4000 sq foot greenhouse are comprised of both orchids and other plantings, some surrounding water features. Some specimens are draped over a small tree killed in the 2004 hurricane. Through windows at the back of the public area, one has visual access only to the workroom where plants not in bloom are kept. The displays...

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  • American Orchid Society

    The American Orchid Society was founded in 1921, with the goal of increasing importation of orchids from Europe, making their cultivation accessible to those not members of the privileged elite, and organizing exhibits, award systems, and publications. After spending 60 years at Harvard University in Boston, the headquarters moved to a former...

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  • Morikami - Featured Exhibits

    Scattered throughout the garden are varied wooden and stone exhibits, mostly reproductions and interpretations, of Japanese lore. Shishi Odoshi ( image 1 )- Deer Chaser - the sound made when bamboo strikes a rock is said to drive local pests, particularly deer, from the garden. Water flows into and fills a bamboo tube. When the weight is...

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  • Morikami - Turtle Island

    Kameshima, the Turtle Island, recalls East Asian tradition that the tortoise has a life span of 10000 years and appears in gardens as an emblem of longevity. These are generally constructed to resemble a turtle, although perhaps not very every vantage point. And of course, what turtle island would be complete without a living specimen ( image 2 ).

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Delray Beach Hotels

Delray Beach Restaurants

  • NYC Dining in Florida

    Hidden in country club row on Jog Road between Clintmore and Linton, Gotham relies on its sophisticated décor and delicious dishes to bring in premier patrons of Boca and Delray. Cushiony high-backed booths blanketed with designer fabrics, an intimate lighting concept with flickering candelabras and bulbous chandeliers, and a fabulous neo-classical...

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  • good choice for American cuisine

    Henry's provides very adequate portions of well-prepared American classics at reasonable prices for the area for upscale dining. The exotic martini list is of adequate length and the martinis are above average. The clientele includes both young and old. We have not had any bad meals here. Substitutions are allowed for side dishes on the menu items...

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  • back to the 50's

    doc's all american hamburger stand was established in 1951. this take out restaurant offers outdoor patio seating. the food is strictly american, hamburges, hot dogs, french fries etc. a fun cheap place to eat on the street in delray beach.

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Delray Beach Nightlife

  • florida style

    the bull bar is a fun florida style bar located in central delray beach. the bull bar gets a mixture of tourists and locals. casual.

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  • irish pub

    o'connor's is a nice replica irish pub located in downtown delray beach. good beer selection. the cleintelle is a mixture of tourists and locals. casual.

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  • british pub

    the blue anchor british pub is a fun place to eat and drink in delray beach. very good beer selection and excellent pub food. one of my favorite pubs in south florida. casual.

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Delray Beach Transportation

  • by S_J_Miller Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Take Yamato Rd to Powerline Rd. Turn left. Follow Powerline Rd which turns into Jog Rd.
    Morikami Museum is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road. Off of Jog Rd.
    The Morikami is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

    For more information on this exquisite museum visit them at: www.morikami.org

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Delray Beach Shopping

  • Downtown Delray Beach New Years Weekend...

    The inaugural Downtown Delray Beach New Years Weekend Craft Festival is the perfect location for an outdoor craft event. The area is filled with quaint shops, popular restaurants and the best views of the Atlantic Ocean. This venue always attracts a large crowd of locals and tourists!Venue: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 West Atlantic AvenuePublic...

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  • Vintage shopping in Delray Beach

    Unique little cottage vintage clothing store with amazing selection of casual clothes and evening gowns, as well as furs, purses, and jewelry. I finally got a chance to stop in here a month or two ago and was suprised! They specialize in 40's,50s, and 60s.Mon-Sat Noon-6PM Not out of line with your typical vintage shop, obviously more than thrift...

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  • Outlet Shopping in Delray

    This little known shop houses all the mark downs from the store on Atlantic. I got some wonderful bargains including a silk camisole by Trina Turk for $25 and a skirt for $115 that was originally over $300. They do not accept credit cards. There is an ATM across the street at the 711

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Delray Beach Local Customs

  • If you hear the phrase...

    If you hear the phrase 'snowbird' be warned that they are not referring to an unusual flying animal. A snowbird refers to a person from the New York/New Jersey area, usually Jewish, who lives in Florida during the winter and NY/NJ in the summer. Get it, they migrate 1,000 miles twice a year??? It's not considered a compliment, usually the most...

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  • Visiting the Morikami Museum...

    Visiting the Morikami Museum was a true cultural experience. The experience of seeing Japanese art, reading about its culture and taking in the exquisite scenary of its gardens was an unforgetable memory.This is awesome.

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Delray Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • Man O' War Jelly fish if its been windy

    Be warned that if the tide has been rough and or it has been extremely windy, the sea churns up the lovely man-o war. If you step on one you may get stung and if you encounter one in the water, you will not be happy. Remember the movie "Finding Nemo"? When the fish gets stung by the jelly fish and loses consciousness? I don't think you can lose...

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  • Man Of War Jellyfish

    Portuguese Man of War JellyfishBeware of the very dangerous jellyfish.We encountered them in the water andwashed up on shore on these Floridabeaches in December:Boca Raton Beach - Deerfield BeachDelray Beach - Lantana Beach~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ DO NOT TOUCH THEM IN WATERDO NOT PICK THEM UP ON THE BEACHThe sting of the Portuguese Man Of War is...

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  • Historically, NY and NJ...

    Historically, NY and NJ residents have the reputation as this country's worst drivers but this must have been decided before experiencing what happens when those NY/NJ drivers retire and move to FL, especially the Delray Beach/Boca Raton/West Palm Beach area. This area has some of the world's worst drivers that I have ever seen. Think careening...

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Delray Beach Tourist Traps

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    by panthur Written Mar 7, 2006

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    Boston's is ok for drinks but the food is bad, the service is slow and unconcerned, and the place smells like beer and ketchup. Don't bother eating here if you want good seafood, you won't find it, despite the fact that it dominates the menu. Calamari is a disgrace.

    Unique Suggestions: Boston's is an acceptable place to meet for drinks, hang out in the bar or upper deck to enjoy the people/sports watching and views. Have a tropical drink and enjoy the ocean breezes.

    Fun Alternatives: Instead eat at Blue Anchor, Puzza Rustica, Dada, or 32 East. Or try Splendid Blendeds, City Oyster, Sandwiches by the Sea, or Ziree Thai and Sushi. The Shore is an alternative on the beach but it is very expensive (hip too) and Cafe Luna Rosa is good but with not very good service and overcrowded tables.

    You'll have better luck farther from the ocean along Atlantic or taking a picnic with you to the beach.

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Delray Beach What to Pack

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    by panthur Written Mar 7, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Suprisingly, you'll probably need a cardigan type sweater regardless of time of year because most restaurants and stores and totally over air-conditioned.

    Photo Equipment: Bring a camera if you plan to go to nature preserves.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Comfortable flip flops or walking sandals, beach towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat with a brim, swimsuit! You won't need bug spray unless you are camping in the west, as the east cost is sprayed.

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Delray Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Drive to Ft. Lauderdale for lunch or...

    If you are looking for another great restaurant, head to the Greek Islands Taverna in Ft. Lauderdale.The lamb chops and rice pudding are "to die for"!

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  • Drive to Ft. Lauderdale for lunch or...

    If you are looking for another great restaurant, head to the Greek Islands Taverna in Ft. Lauderdale.The lamb chops and rice pudding are "to die for"!

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  • Delray Live Oaks Park

    This is a 25-acre site just near the Office Depot corporate campus (south of Linton on Congress). It has a short paved path and a dirt path, the paved path ending up at a wooden deck overlook. When I went here I didn't see any animals except a few lizards, dragonflies, and a few birds. The park ranger told me that some turtles nest here, and the...

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Delray Beach Favorites

  • Visit the Morikami Museum...

    Visit the Morikami Museum located at 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach FL Tel: 561-495-0233. One of the best museums/gardens I have been to in the world. This place has it all. Beautiful, tranquil Japanese gardens and extensive Japanese artwork. Very decent cafe as well. Check out http://morikami.org for more information.

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  • See:Kame Shima, Turtle...

    See:Kame Shima, Turtle IslandThe tortoise, or turtle, is believed to live 10,000 years, in part due to the beard-like sea grasses that grow on the shell of some of the animals.A common feature of some Japanese gardens, not all such islands bear as striking a resemblance to the creature as this.Watching these fish at feeding time was quite...

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  • S_J_Miller's General Tip

    Bonzai:The most outstanding public display of the living art of bonsai in the southeast emphasizes a variety of species that flourish in Florida but do not grow in more temperate climates.The term bonsai literally means 'cultivate in a tray;' but bonsai can better be defined as a tree or grouping of trees artistically shaped and cultivated in a...

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