Tour Gulf Stream, Florida, for its Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway — State Road A1A — to see breathtaking scenery and eye-popping mansions along the Atlantic Ocean.
Gulf Stream hugs the Atlantic Ocean between Ocean Ridge to the north and Delray Beach down south. Luckily, there’s little need to get out of your car to enjoy the grand beauty of this tiny town. The scenic drive through town along State Road A1A offers picturesque views of turquoise waters and Gulf Stream’s resplendent beachside homes. Drive it at sunset for a kaleidoscope of fiery colors that light up the sky.
Keep going along A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, an All-American Road, for 72 miles of gorgeous Florida scenery traversing state parks, prime fishing spots, and recreation opportunities. You’ll see extraordinary beaches as you pass through historical towns and luxury golf communities from point to point. Try this road-trip itinerary >>
Pause for some tranquility at Atlantic Dunes Park in Delray Beach — there’s a small stretch of sandy beach, plus a handy boardwalk and nature trail. Sandoway Discovery Center, also in Delray Beach, offers shark feedings and alligator encounters from the comfort of an oceanside historical home.
Gulf Stream got its start in the 1920s when the family of Henry Phipps, Jr. began buying parcels of land along the area’s Intercoastal Waterway for future development. Phipps, Jr. was co-founder of Carnegie Steel Company, along with Andrew Carnegie, that later became U.S. Steel. The balmy coastal area was earmarked as a wonderful place to construct a golf course and polo field, and so they did. Established in 1924, Gulf Stream Golf Club now operates as a private, invitation-only club whose course was designed by Donald Ross.