Day On, Day Off: Delray Sands Resort & Delray Beach
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What to do in Delray Beach? We’ve got the lowdown on how to spend two days here – one spent exclusively on-property at Delray Sands Resort, and another, entirely in the town of Delray Beach.
Day On at Delray Sands Resort
Breakfast of Champions at Latitudes
Sleep in, then start your day at Latitudes, serving one of the best breakfast menus available on the coast beside a gorgeous ocean view, courtesy of the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Order creative spins on breakfast staples like french toast, scrambled eggs, omelets, fruit blintzes, and more while the barista handcrafts your perfect morning beverage.
Hit the Beach
Forget the hassle of parking, then trying to stake a spot on the sand at the nearby public beaches. Delray Sands is set on its own private stretch of sand for a day spent enjoying the ocean away from the crowds. Not to mention, the resort provides the beach chairs and umbrellas, so you don’t have to lug any gear, and friendly beach attendants deliver drinks or light bites from the Wave Pool Bar.
When you’ve had enough of the sand and salt water, head over to the swimming pool. With lounge chairs and umbrellas, it’s the perfect spot to work on that book and drift in and out of naps. There’s also a separate pool for children, leaving the larger pool (and the whirlpool) to adults who want to take it easy. If you need a snack to tide you over or want a libation or two, Wave Pool Bar has you covered.
Latitudes for Dinner
Finish the day with dinner back at Latitudes, which offers a refreshing twist on nautically infused decor. Don’t expect salt-encrusted ropes, lobster traps, or weather-worn wooden signs that hang above tables – just pristine white sand views of the Atlantic and an unconventional theme of “bubbles.” Yes, bubbles, which are conveyed in the form of glass chandeliers and a wave wall. As for the dinner menu, guest favorites include tuna poke, mini ahi tuna tacos, Alaskan king crab, as well as the restaurant’s signature iced shellfish towers.
Day Off in Delray Beach
Breakfast at The French Bakery and Cafe
Start your day with a light breakfast at The French Bakery and Cafe. Rest assured, they live up to their name, with breads and pastries made fresh in-house by French-trained professionals. Almond croissants, tarts with baked fruits, walnut-raisin bread, and plain and chocolate croissants are among the choices. Consider grabbing a warm baguette for the road.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
You may not expect a lesson in Japanese arts and culture during your visit to South Florida, but that’s what you get at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. For more than four decades, Morikami has educated and delighted visitors via their museum and gardens. Take the peaceful mile-long stroll through the gardens – in a way, it’ll feel like a walk through time, as each garden represents the ninth through twentieth centuries. After, grab a bite at Cornell Cafe before exploring the museum’s current exhibitions. Admission is $15 for adults ($13 for seniors) and $9 for children.
Sandoway Discovery Center
What’s Florida without getting up close and personal with marine life? Sandoway Discovery Center is based in an almost-century-old beachfront home and opened its doors as a discovery center in 1998, offering guests a peek behind the curtain of Florida’s delicate ecosystem. Visitors can explore the turtle pond and seashell gallery, as well as take in the ever-popular shark, stingray, and occasional alligator feedings. At only a $5 admission, it’s well worth the stop.
Dinner at 50 Ocean
Phenomenal views of the ocean from the deck mix with an inventive menu at 50 Ocean, located right on Ocean Boulevard overlooking the white sands of Delray Beach. While you can expect fancy (and sustainable raised) beef cuts, like a 14-ounce New York strip and eight-ounce center-cut filet, seafood might just be the signature, with entrees highlighting grouper, snapper, branzino, crab, and salmon. Top the evening off with one of their four sipping rums from the Facundo Rum Collection, each crafted from a blend of private reserves.
Where to Stay Delray Sands Resort