Destinations

New Smyrna Beach: A Quiet Oasis on Florida’s Central Coast

Tucked on Central Florida’s Atlantic Coast, New Smyrna Beach offers a quieter contrast to its neighboring coastal hub 30 minutes to the North, Daytona Beach. Also conveniently located just an hour from Orlando, New Smyrna is a lesser known beach community easy driving distance to the state’s famous theme parks. And though Daytona Beach and Orlando are worth a day trip while visiting, New Smyrna offers plenty for visitors to enjoy while on vacation.

When it comes to East Coast surfing, few places offer enthusiasts consistent and quality waves as New Smyrna. Experts will be pleased to get in some good practice without overrun waters and beginners can go and seek out some surfing lessons at one of the many area surf shops. You’ll also find all of the gear and swag you need to look and play the part.

If a good solid beach day is what you’re looking for on your vacation, there are three great parks to choose from to spend a day of fun in the sun. There is the Smyrna Dunes Park which does charge $10 per vehicle for entry, but features 73 acres of pristine land at the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula. The park consists of five ecosystems (ocean, river, dunes, scrub zone, saltwater marsh). The principal system is vast sand dunes. To protect the sensitive sand dunes from foot traffic, two miles of elevated walkways, picnic areas, pavilions and an observation tower were built, allowing visitors to travel through the park in a natural environment. There’s also the Flagler Avenue Beachfront Park in the heart of the New Smyrna beach district and the 27th Avenue Park where you’ll find a playground for kids and great shoreline for a day at the beach. Neither Flagler Avenue nor 27th Avenue charge a fee.

If spending a day in the Flagler Avenue area, you’ll find great art galleries, antiques and collectibles shops, retail shopping, excellent restaurants and bars and much more. Additionally, the newly renovated New Smyrna Museum of History gives visitors a glimpse into the long and storied history of the city and area.

If you’re seeking more dining, shopping, and entertainment options, Daytona Beach is just a short 30-minute drive to the north and offers a great deal for visitors to experience. It’s also known for the Daytona International Speedway, which hosts February’s iconic Daytona 500 NASCAR race. Make a day trip to Daytona and return to your quiet Oasis back in New Smyrna and you won’t be disappointed.