Take a Miami Day Trip to Laid-Back Delray Beach

Paradise is just a short trip north of Miami.

Make it part of your bucket list to travel just over 50 miles north of Miami to experience the laid-back beach lifestyle of Delray Beach, a top place to live, work and retire. April Kuath, a distinguished Clefs D’Or concierge at Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach, gives valuable tips on some of the best attractions and activities the area has to offer.

What do you love most about Delray Beach?

Delray Beach is a small town with the amenities of a big city. Delray is quite the dining and shopping destination, with many “mom-and-pop” shops and restaurants in place of chain stores.

Where are your favorite spots for the quintessential Delray Beach selfie?

Seabreeze Avenue, located steps from the hotel, is a street flanked by palm trees, which makes a fantastic tropical paradise setting.

For a guest looking for a night on the town, what would you recommend?

Dinner along “The Ave,” as Atlantic Avenue is referred to by locals. Atlantic Avenue is the hub of Downtown Delray, where you can dine al fresco at any of the many restaurants lining the streets. Follow up with dancing at Jellies Lounge, which offers live entertainment Tuesday-Sunday.

What is your favorite “live like a local” secret you share with your guests?

A great spot is the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, where you walk along the 1.5-mile elevated boardwalk to view a wide variety of birds, alligators, marsh rabbits, river otters, turtles and other wildlife.

What are some of your top places to send guests to grab a bite to eat?

The Atlantic Grille, in front of the 2,500-gallon shark tank, features many local seafood dishes, and the historic Sundy House is another wonderful option.

What are some off-the-beaten path places visitors should see?

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is 16 acres of meticulously manicured Japanese gardens, and the museum houses a 9,000-piece permanent collection. Arts Garage is an innovative performance center.