Delray Beach is one of the most quiet beaches in South Florida. My husband and I visited it recently.We arrived and got free parking only 150 feet from the entrance of the beach. There was plenty of parking, which was great because it was about 12pm. When we arrived there were just a few older people, who were either lounging in their chairs or jogging by the beach. The lifeguard was close by and knowledgeable about the conditions.
The beach is not overly touristy, which makes visitors feel right at home. If you are looking for a quiet beach, where the whole family would feel welcome, this is probably it. And if you're worried getting sunburnt, there's also a local business that rents out shaded lounge chairs for about $7/hr or $27/day.
A few miles down the road and a few hours later, Atlantic Ave lights up. This is what is known as Downtown Delray. It is made up of two strips (each side of the road). Downtown Delray is the spot for the social crowd and visitors of Delray. There are many trendy restaurants and most allow you to eat right out on the street. But it's still on more of the quiet side of South Florida and is no where near as loud as Miami or Ft Lauderdale.
Of course, quiet has it's downside. Last time I was there at around around 9pm, a lot of the stores were closing - so you might find yourself window shopping a bit. And as trendy as the restaurants may appear, the seating can feel almost like being in a cattle car because they jam the tables close. Loud music may also make talking difficult.
Delray Beach, Florida is a very quiet community and if you are visiting friends in the area, it may be one of the safest places to stay. Sure, it's not the highlight of South Florida but if you are only staying for a short time, you may find it well worth your time to check out.