New Smyrna Beach Vacations

Vacations on the beach and you can easily visit Central Florida's Theme Parks from this location.

New Smyrna Beach is north-centrally located on the Atlantic Coast of Florida. South of the city of Daytona Beach by about 15 miles and directly north of the Canaveral National Seashore, the small beach town is bordered on the west by the Indian River, a component of the Intracoastal Waterway. It is about 30 miles north of Titusville and about 45 minutes away from the Nation's Space Center. It is one of the closest beach cities to the fantasy land surrounding Orlando, approximately 50 miles away. The population is about 20,000 year round residents and increases significantly during the tourist season, weekends and holidays.

As one of Florida's many east coast beach cities that remains mostly residential in nature, New Smyrna Beach is quiet and peaceful. Other than the beach, there are no major attractions or distractions. There is a nicely kept downtown area with small shops and eateries running parallel to the beach. A public beach (with parking) is central to the area and this makes for a wonderful place to spend the day or evening. Sheltered benches along the beach are great for young and old alike. 

The north end of New Smyrna Beach backs up to Smyrna Dunes Park. The beach area here is accessed by an elevated boardwalk built to protect the fragile ecosystem of this 250 acre natural area. Across Ponce Inlet, which establishes the northern boundary of the park, one can see the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse. 

The beaches are the big draw here, though. Covered in the same fine, white sand found along Florida's central Atlantic Coast, the deep beaches support a wide variety of beach activities. High dunes dominate the landscape and allow the shoreline structures to be built high and dry. For those who like the pleasure of driving on the beach or who have too much gear to unload in the parking lot, vehicles are allowed on the north side of the beach. The city supports and maintains a number of public beach access points allowing visitors good access in this area.

Visitors to New Smyrna Beach, FL can tour many local cities by car.  Daytona and Daytona Beach are about 15 minutes north and St. Augustine is a little over an hour away. You can get to the Space Center or the theme parks around Orlando in about an hour or less. The lighthouse at Ponce Inlet is just north but because there is no bridge over Ponce Inlet, access requires a mainland route. This area can be accessed best by aircraft from the Daytona Beach International Airport, a 30 minute drive.

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Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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