My Home Away
I consider New Smyrna Beach to be my home away from home. This is not to say it is the most famous or busiest tourist beach in Florida. However, it is like my second home. See, my parents bought a timeshare on the beach back when I was about 15 years old and I am 40 now, and so we have been going there annually for 25 years. I think we may have missed one or maybe two years in all that time. That is why I consider New Smyrna Beach to be my second home away from home.
I just recently had someone ask me why I go there every year when I could see somewhere new. Now, don’t get me wrong I love to travel and see new and exciting locations, however, there is something about New Smyrna Beach that causes me to be relaxed just like at home.
Our Favorite Restaurants – A Touch of Italy (wonderful Italian), Norwoods (Fine Dining with a Tree deck special seating), NSB Seashack (really good seafood with fire grill, my personal favorite is the fish tacos)
New Smyrna Beach is located on the Atlantic Ocean side of Florida. It is about 25 to 30 minutes south of Daytona Beach on I-95. I kind of liken New Smyrna Beach to Daytona as Sandestin is to Destin Beach on the Gulf side. It is less busy than Daytona, however, over the past 10 years or so it definitely has gotten more crowded on the beaches especially on the weekends. Then ofcourse, there is spring break for making the beach really busy, but don’t get me started about that. We try to not go down there the week of spring break.
New Smyrna Beach has about 17 miles of beach line compared to nearly 23 miles in Daytona beach.
I am not comparing New Smyrna Beach to Daytona to detract from Daytona beach at all, in fact, I have been to Daytona many times myself and really like it there as well. My brother and sister in law’s family own a condo right on the beach there. But that is another story for another time.
The New Smyrna Beach is not as touristy as Daytona Beach in the fact that there is not as many attractions, water activities, or amusement park or water park on New Smyrna. However, there is plenty enough beach and nice restaurants to make up the difference in my opinion. Then, there is the fact that Daytona is so close we often just travel up there for any additional activities or attractions. In addition, there are many a summer when we would take a day or two trip to Orlando to take in the Disney, Universal, and Sea World attractions.
- Is the New Smyrna Town Beach at Flagler Avenue– Enjoy the beach or some small fish restaurants. There are also many shops to walk to and enjoy some gift shops and art galleries as well.
- Smyrna Dunes Park– Enjoy the sand and beaches at the Dunes Park.
- Marine Discovery Center– We took one of these tours and it is neat to see the local marine wild life, birds, and dolphins.
- Turtle Mound National Site – Part of the Canaveral National Seashore, there is a boardwalk up to the Turtle Mound which is 50 feet tall made up mainly of oyster shells left by the Timucuan people. 50 feet is relatively high elevation in Florida. There is a very nice boardwalk that lead to 2 observation decks. Note, that there is a national park fee for entrance to the seashore areas.
- Apollo Beach– Supposedly New Smyrna’s very own Nude Beach!
- New Smyrna Museam of History
- Flagler Avenue Park– This park on the beach Is accessible by car for a small fee. The beach is clear of debris and the beach is clean. There is a lifeguard on duty during the summer season.
- Sugar Mill Ruins– The Coquina Sugar Factory ruins is a fun and historic place to go to learn about some history while near New Smyrna Beach. There are only a few ruins left to walk through. There are informative signs located around the site explaining the different historic aspects of the site. There are designated paths through the ruins that provide access for handicapped and strollers. There is also a small nature trail that leads you through a coastal hammock. It takes you in a semi-circle from one end of the ruins to the other.
- Canal Street Historic District – Canal street has shops, bars, restaurants and special events most weekends. The street has their “Arts and Crafts” fair which has a lot of crafted items, and the local “Farmer’s Market”.
- Our Lady Starof the Sea Catholic Church – Is a well-known Catholic church in New Smyrna Beach
- Mary McLead Bethune Beach Park – Mary McCloud Bethune Beach has free parking, not a drive on beach. There is a bath house and picnic area within a very short walk to the beach. Not as crowded as other beaches in the area.
- Eldora State House – There is a path leading back to the historic house nad rocking chairs to sit in while taking in the sites.
See the 12 Attractions on this Video
Site info from Trip Advisor
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