New Smyrna Beach
Beautiful New Smyrna Beach (NSB), located just an hour’s drive from Orlando, is an accolade-winning, family-friendly beach. Ranked at number 5 on their “Best Surf Towns in America” list by Surfer Magazine in 2017, NSB was also named by Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of the top 15 “World’s Coolest Surf Towns.” Not bad for a small coastal community.
Coastal Living Magazine had this to say when they voted New Smyrna Beach into the Number 5 slot on their “10 Best Little Surf Towns in America” list and placed it at Number 1 on their list of “Top 13 Places to Surf in Florida”: “This 13-mile stretch of beach on Florida’s Atlantic coast harbors major breaks. Walk your board down to the beach, or load up the car and drive right onto the shore. New Smyrna’s waves are known to be some of the most consistent in the entire state, and if you’re looking for an ideal spot for trick riding, well, it’s a match made in surfing heaven.”
Soaked and Stoked
New Smyrna Beach features a tan, slightly coarse mixture of shell and sand that sometimes squeaks when you walk on it. Depending on the time of the year, you’ll find swells as warm as bath water and totally tubular waves you can ride back to shore. And while there are parts of this sandy stretch that are bustling with activity, you can also find areas of seclusion and tropical relaxation.
Driving on New Smyrna Beach
Sometimes parking is difficult to find but, as Coastal Living Magazine mentioned above, there are five miles of New Smyrna’s beaches where you can drive and park. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea to see cars parked along the strand but it certainly is handy when you have your umbrellas, chairs, coolers, boogie boards, strollers, etc. and don’t have to lug it all the way from a street parking space. Beachgoers have enjoyed cruising on its wide, hard-packed sands for years and it does lend a certain party atmosphere to the seashore.
While dogs are not allowed on the actual beach, Smyrna Dunes Park, a beautiful coastal park that boasts 73 acres of picturesque, sandy beaches and is situated at the northern section of New Smyrna Beach, is nearby and welcomes pooches. It’s open from sunrise to sunset and features picnic areas, pavilions, a fishing pier, and an observation tower.
When you are done surfing, sunbathing and frolicking, head to Canal Street in historic downtown NSB. Here you can refresh yourself at one of many bars and restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines. You haven’t had the full beach experience until you’ve sipped an icy cocktail overlooking the beautiful shoreline. Then head out to shop. Canal Street is teeming with stores selling clothes, gifts, jewelry, home decor, and collectibles as well as fun and interesting art galleries and antique shops.