For sunbathers and surfers, New Smyrna Beach is a hot spot for a warm weather getaway. With some of the best wave action on the U.S. east coast, it attracts seasoned surfers in wetsuits in January and everyone from novices to veterans in board shorts and bikinis during the summer months. Its close proximity to Daytona Beach and less than an hour’s drive to Disney World, Universal Studios and the Kennedy Space Center make this convenient location a popular choice for vacation home rentals on Florida’s central east coast.
Beach and boating activities to suit every visitor’s interests and abilities abound. Book a charter and go out for a day of successful fishing. Rent a jet ski or try to get high in the sky with a parasail. Boogie boards and sand volleyball games are common sights on the beach. But for those who just want to plug in some ear buds and relax in a lounge chair, the beach is big enough to find lots of personal space to enjoy some peaceful time and a pleasant breeze.
Golf? The possibilities are limitless. From seaside links dotted with palms and other lush, tropical foliage to mini golf courses that have whimsical features and fabulous views of the Atlantic and the intracoastal waterways, just grab a club and hit a birdie.
For ecotourists, the New Smyrna Beach area is a treasure trove of discovery and animal interaction. A visit to Smyrna Dunes Park at the tip of the peninsula, which is accessible both by land and by sea, is fascinating and educational. Nature trails fitted with raised boardwalks allow visitors to watch birds, reptiles, amphibians and other animals in their natural habitat. For travelers who never leave home without their best friend, the good news is that there is a section of the park that is pet-friendly.
Eco tours that everyone will enjoy are scenic cruises along the area’s waterways, home to those intriguing manatees. Among the possibilities are a guided tour of the Indian River Lagoon on a pontoon boat and a romantic Sunset Inlet tour that includes complimentary wine and cheese. The serious sea turtle follower will enjoy a visit to the Marine Science Center in nearby Ponce Inlet. Watching how injured and ill creatures are cared for in the onsite hospital’s ICU is heartwarming.
There are lots of shopping, dining and nightlife options in New Smyrna Beach. For those who are more adventurous, a short drive to Port Orange or Daytona Beach will broaden the possibilities immensely. The seafood throughout the area is fresh and fantastic. Volusia Mall and miles of restaurants and stores along Dunlawton Avenue will satisfy the pickiest person.
Since New Smyrna Beach is both a tourist attraction and an acclaimed residential community, it is a solid selection for a place to stay that is between Daytona Beach and Orlando. Condos, villas, beach cottages and majestic waterfront mansions are all available for vacation rental.