New Smyrna Beach





Under the Radar

New Smyrna Beach is set along Florida’s east coast, about an hour’s drive from Orlando and 20 minutes from Daytona Beach. Sure, there are beach towns with higher profiles in the area, but travelers keep coming back to this down-to-earth destination not only for its hospitable feel, but because it’s a hive of recreational activity.

Something for Everyone

Like to swim, scuba dive or surf? This beach has that covered. In fact, New Smyrna has been called a top Florida surfing spot by both Surfer Magazine and National Geographic. Be careful, though. The city has garnered the unfortunate title of the shark bite capital of the world.

If your activity of choice is fishing, golfing, hiking or sailing, there are plenty of resources in town to help you have a blast. Fishers can try their luck at the fishing pier over the lagoon, or just set up on the beachfront, as many other fishing enthusiasts do.

Head to the Canaveral National Seashore, just south of New Smyrna Beach, for a stroll underneath a canopy of subtropical trees. Kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boarding are the most popular activities in this coastal stretch.

Local Color

With so many beach areas to choose from, it won’t be hard to find a stretch of sand that suits your tastes. There’s even Playalinda Beach, the area’s unofficial nude beach, where sunbathers take advantage of a loophole to flout the rules about clothing requirements.

In town, be sure to check out the sprinkling of art galleries hosting openings and performances throughout the year. Some standouts are Galleria di Vetro and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

New Smyrna Beach at a Glance

City:New Smyrna Beach

Country or State:Florida

Length of Beach:5 miles

Access:By car or bus

Best time to visit:March to May

High Season:December to May

Low Season:June to November


  • Chair, umbrella and water sports equipment rental
  • Shopping and dining in downtown New Smyrna Beach
  • Lifeguards on duty
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • Golden sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular