New Smyrna Beach, FL


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Placement on lists of the "top ten best beach towns in Florida," and "100 best small art towns in America," is just a few accolades this charming city has received. While most noted for its beach, New Smyrna Beach provides visitors with options beyond the surf and sand with golf, parks, historical sites and plenty of arts and cultural events. Most impressive is their abundance of festivals and special events.

Must See in New Smyrna Beach
Satisfy your need for speed at the New Smyrna Speedway, (part of the NASCAR Home Tracks program). Take in a show at The Little Theatre and enjoy the acting talents of the locals. You won't experience New Smyrna Beach, unless you spend some time in the Canal Street Historic District, with eateries, specialty shops, historic inns and much more.

Where to Stay in New Smyrna Beach
The Inns and Bed & Breakfasts in the Canal Street Historic district are family friendly and keep guests close to shopping, dining and entertainment. Visitors will find accommodations to suit every budget with an oceanfront or across-the-street stay, where hotels range from mom & pop to national chains. For a more luxurious or private stay, look for vacation rentals among privately owned houses or condominiums.

The Best and Worst times to go to New Smyrna Beach
The worst time to go to New Smyrna Beach is August to October; that tends to be peak time during hurricane season. If you have kids, June is the best time to go for activities and festivals. Every first Saturday of the month, there is an art/gallery stroll in the Canal Street Historic District.

Where to get Lost in New Smyrna Beach
Wander the Canal Street Historic District and be sure to stop at Little Drug Company to grab an old-fashioned milk shake and burger, and pick up your favorite nostalgic candies. Visit galleries in the arts district, or acquire some bling from the celebrity inspired jewelry at Filthy Rich.

The Best Deal in New Smyrna Beach
The Loop (about six miles) bridges the historic mainland with the sandy beaches and offers a varied array of shopping, dining and outdoor events.

Transportation in New Smyrna Beach
For the best experience, private transportation is recommended, but Votran also provides public transportation. Check out their Flex Service, a first-call, curb-to-curb service with limited stops.

Getting in from Daytona International Airport
Taxi, rental car and shuttle services are available at the airport. Votran public transportation also stops at Daytona International Airport with connection service to New Smyrna Beach.

Local Tip for Visitors to New Smyrna Beach
Dolphin View Seafood offers dining on the Halifax River plus river cruise options at very affordable rates. The flounder reuben is the best, and you're almost certain to see dolphins from the restaurant dock.

Author's bio: Edie Schmidt is an internally published freelance writer in Central Florida. She loves to relax and play in beautiful New Smyrna Beach. View her other interests here.