New Smyrna Beach
If you’re looking for a laid back beach experience in Florida, New Smyrna Beach is the perfect destination for you. An overlooked gem, this city has the feeling of a small surf town. However, it has everything you need on a Florida beach vacation.
Park, Surf, Relax
Surfing is a favorite pastime of the locals here at New Smyrna Beach. And for good reason, this is a great place to catch some waves. Or, if you’d rather be further out in the water, rent some jet skis or a boat. Of course, you can also relax on the strand itself and catch some rays. Don’t worry about lugging your beach gear around, either. You are allowed to drive on part of the beach. We highly recommend parking on the 27th street beach lot. Here you have immediate access to the beach, restrooms, the beach promenade, and playground. And, if it’s in season, the concession truck, which has hot dogs, ice cream, and ice-cold sodas. You can also usually find beach rentals, such as bikes and surfboards.
Indian River Lagoon Wildlife
If you’re looking for beautiful Florida wildlife, this is the place for you. Part of the Indian River Lagoon is found here. It is known as one of the northern hemisphere’s most diverse estuaries. You can find a wide array of flora and fauna, both in and out of the ocean. New Smyrna Beach is also a great location to see sea turtles, and if you’re lucky, dolphins.
New Smyrna Beach Shopping
The feeling of a charming beach town carries over to the shopping in the area. Next to the beachfront, Flagler Avenue is a happening shopping street. Get your shop on by visiting one of the local boutiques or surf shops. If you’re feeling hungry, you can enjoy a bite at one of the many restaurants or bars. Or perhaps you’d rather cool down with ice cream as you walk down the street. Whichever you choose, you’ll want to enjoy the quaint ambiance.