It couldn’t get much better.
I’m sipping coffee and listening to the ocean while I write, sitting on the private balcony of my hotel room. Besides listening to the ocean, I can also see it -- Delray Beach on a perfectly fine morning, stretching to the north and south. The sun sparkles on the waves; the sea breeze feels cool and smells rich. Joggers, some with babies, are already trotting out to the beach or up the palm-lined sidewalks.
My hotel is the Marriott Delray Beach, a gracious affair complete with a spa, restaurant, lounge, pools and gym. Besides the ocean view, my room boasts a comfy bed complete with no less than five pillows. In fact, my husband Paul is still asleep, which is why I’m outside, so I don’t bother him.
Nestled against the Atlantic, just a splash south of Palm Beach, Delray Beach has a small town feel. It’s upscale, with quirky shops, restaurants and art galleries lining Atlantic Avenue. Almost all the restaurants feature outdoor seating, and the nightlife is vibrant.
Check out my vacation video of this Palm Beach County paradise.
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