Delray Municipal Beach
Delray Municipal Beach is one of the most accessible and beautiful beaches in South Florida and was selected by Travel Holiday magazine as the top public beach in the southeastern United States for swimming and one of the top 35 beaches in the country. Sand quality, water warmed by the gulf stream current, and safe waves were all cited as factors contributing to their choice of Delray Municipal Beach.
The history of the Municipal Beach began before the beginning of the last century. Click on this link to read a 1922 newspaper article with historical information about Sarah Gleason and a narrative about her provision of land for the Municipal Beach.
The City of Delray Beach contracts with a beach cleaning service and a cabana rental company to insure year round enjoyment of the Municipal Beach for our residents and visitors.
The Municipal Beach has five parks with parking areas for automobiles in addition to parallel parking along Ocean Blvd. Sarah Gleason Park is named for a visionary local landowner, who in 1871, sold the land along the ocean with deed restrictions identifying what is now the municipal beach. Sandoway Park and the Ingraham residents parking lot, Anchor Park, and municipal parking just north of Atlantic Ave. adjacent to the Marriott Hotel provide 400 parking spaces. The Ocean Rescue Division Headquarters is also located in Anchor Park. Atlantic Dunes Park provides an additional 114 parking spaces for beach-goers. Reasonably priced Beach Parking Permits are available that cover a one year period from October 1 through September 30.
The Ocean Rescue Division designates specific use areas on the Municipal Beach for swimming, surfing, volleyball, sailing, wind surfing, snorkeling, with two recreational areas for kite flying, Frisbees, paddleball, etc.
The City of Delray Beach has boat storage spaces available on the municipal beach. The cost of the annual permit is $265.00. Permits can be purchased at Ocean Rescue Headquarters (340 South Ocean Blvd. Delray Beach, FL 33483) between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. Current permit holders can renew their permits for one (1) year starting October 1st.
Boats must pass an inspection before a permit can be issued. All boats must be kept in good repair and seaworthy condition. To schedule your inspection or for further information please contact Dianne Gaffney at (561)243-7352 or Gaffney@mydelraybeach.com.
All boats must exhibit a properly attached and valid City permit by November 30th or the boat will be removed from the beach at the boat owner’s expense.
At the North end of the Beach, at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and A-1-A, the City maintains an elevated covered pavilion as well as a wooden walkway and observation platform that extends out onto the beach. The observation platform provides a view of both the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Handicap parking is located on A-1-A next to these facilities and across Atlantic Avenue, a newly constructed accessible restroom facility was opened at Sarah Gleason Park.
Two Surf Chairs are available for the physically challenged to enjoy the beach. The chairs allow for mobility on the sand and are available from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at the following lifeguard towers: South 1, located at A1A and Atlantic Avenue and Atlantic Dunes Park, located on A1A just one block north of Linton Blvd. The use of the surf chair is free of charge but there is a two (2) hour time limitation. Use of the chair is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and be accompanied by a companion who is able to assist the user. The lifeguards on duty can assist in getting the chair to you, but you must have someone in your party assist in getting in and out of the chair and using the chair on the sand.
Please Note: To ensure safety, Ocean Rescue Staff are not allowed to assist in the transfer of users from wheelchairs or walkers to the surf chair, nor are they allowed to push the user in the surf chair. Therefore, a companion must accompany the user or else the use of the surf chair will be denied.
"No person shall bring into, have or keep in any park, recreation or municipal beach site, any cat, dog or other animal without a specific permit from the Parks and Recreation Department. However, any cat, dog or other animal shall be allowed on the sidewalk and grassy area of the municipal beach between the eastern curb of A-1-A and western base of the dune for the entire length of the municipal beach and shall be on a leash. For purposes of this ordinance, the western base of the dune encompasses all vegetative growth that is found on the dune. All animal owners shall be responsible for the cleanup and disposal of their animal waste in this area." - Ordinance No. 57-01, Section 101.27 (B).
For a full version of this ordinance, please contact the City Clerk's office at (561) 243-7051.
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation opened a 2.5 acre fenced-in section of Lake Ida Park, made especially for your K-9 buddies to socialize, exercise and just plain have fun. There's a large Fido section and small Fido section complete with drinking areas. Don't forget your pooch and people manners, though. Basic rules of etiquette will apply.
For more information, or for your copy of the Pooch and People Rules of Etiquette, please contact Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation at (561) 966-6664.