Delray Beach was recently featured as one of “Florida’s Unsung Beach Towns” in Southern Living Magazine’s Summer 2017 Edition. Along with famed New Smyrna Beach, Delray was named one of the two best coastal communities you probably never heard of. A pathway to paradise, as this celebrated southern magazine put it, Delray Beach really is Miami’s baby cousin. You’ll find a level of sophistication to the colorful boutiques, dining, and nightlife here. This coastal town, with a population of over 60,000, is roughly 50 miles north of Miami Beach on A1A. Delray’s main strip, Atlantic Avenue, offers water views, fresh food, shopping, art, culture, gaming, and beachfront accommodations for out of towners. Downtown is also nationally known for the Garlic Fest, Delray Affair, On The Ave, and during the holiday season, the famous 100 foot Christmas Tree with animated displays. Luckily, the heart of palm-lined downtown Delray Beach is compact enough to be relatively walkable. Also noted in Southern Living were some beaches to the north of Delray, including Juno Beach Park and John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, both offering pristine sands and seashell collecting! Plan your visit: visitdelraybeach.org.