New Smyrna Beach Vacations

New Smyrna Beach Vacations offers the visitor so much more than just a beach.  Located on Florida’s Central Atlantic Coast, New Smyrna Beach is a charming beach town rooted in local culture, art and a beautiful, white sandy shoreline.

Known for its coastal architecture and personality, New Smyrna Beach is a prime location for surfers as well as visitors looking for a laidback community filled with hidden adventures.

The area is surrounded by intriguing history, artistic talents, one-of-a-kind boutiques, local eateries and more than enough outdoor activities to fill your vacation calendar.

Add the drivable beach, eco-tourism and pet-friendly amenities to the mix and you have the perfect blend of opportunities waiting to be explored.

No matter how simple or eclectic your taste, the New Smyrna Beach area has something for everyone.  Visit the beautiful beaches of Florida’s East Coast

New Smyrna Beach Weather – When to Visit

The warmest time of year is generally early to mid August where highs are regularly around 91.4°F with temperatures rarely dropping below 74.9°F at night.  The busiest month for tourism is February, March and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. November is the least busiest month to visit New Smyrna Beach.   So visiting during this time will get you the best vacation deals.

New Smyrna Beach Attractions

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Smyrna-Dunes-Park-300x225.jpgSmyrna Dunes Park

Waters from the Indian River flow through Ponce Inlet and into the Atlantic Ocean providing a variety of fishing or swimming venues for park goers.  The park also provides a unique opportunity for naturalists, ecologists, students and the general public to see a wide variety of animals, birds, reptiles, marine life and vegetation in their natural habitat. The surrounding waters provide excellent fishing, boating and swimming opportunities.

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Turtle-Mound-National-Historic-Site-300x225.jpgTurtle Mound National Historic Site

Turtle Mound is a prehistoric archaeological site located in the Canaveral National Seashore. Standing roughly 50 feet tall, Turtle Mound is one of the largest shell middens on the Florida coast. The turtle-shaped mound is made up predominantly of oyster shells – the remains from the prehistoric Timucuan people who existed five to six centuries before European contact. Visible seven miles out at sea, early sailors used Turtle Mound as a navigational device. Turtle Mound can be reached by hiking trails, which lead to the top of the ancient shell midden and provides an excellent view of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Tagged as the most biologically diverse estuary in North America, the Indian River Lagoon boasts more than 4,000 species and spans 156 miles down Florida’s east coast — providing countless ways to engage the public. Programs for all ages are designed to offer hands-on, feet-wet learning opportunities through classes, camps, lectures, boat and kayak eco-tours with certified naturalists and teachers.

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Lighthouse-Point-Park-300x225.jpgLighthouse Point Park

Lighthouse Point Park is located at the southern tip of Ponce Inlet. The natural beauty of the undisturbed land has been preserved for all to enjoy. Dolphins frequent the shoreline, gopher tortoises can be found in sandy areas, and other wildlife (including raccoons, possums, skunks, armadillos, shore birds and birds of prey) can be observed. The 52-acre park features fishing, nature trails, an observation deck and tower, swimming and pavilions.

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Canaveral-National-Seashore-300x169.jpgCanaveral National Seashore

Just south of New Smyrna Beach is the Canaveral National Seashore, a 57,000-acre national park nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River. The Canaveral National Seashore is one of the longest stretches of pristine coastline in the United States. Since ancient times, this barrier island has provided sanctuary to both people and wildlife. Many threatened and endangered species find refuge here, including sea turtles who nest on its shores. For a truly relaxing experience, the undeveloped Playalinda Beach was rated “Quietest Beach” by TripAdvisor in 2013 and one of USA Today’s Top Ten Florida Beaches in 2015.

Things to Do in New Smyrna Beach

Turtle Mound River Tours

Join Captain Bill Rostock, an Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon Wildlife and Eco Specialist, for a two-hour boat tour in New Smyrna Beach that will delight and inspire you! Dolphins, manatees, and numerous species of seabirds abound in Volusia County. They’ll ensure you have a comfortable and memorable experience.  Telephone:  386-957-1204  Web:  Turtle Mound River Tours.

East Coast Paddle

Their Paddle Board Eco-Tour includes the ECP Boat, Captain, Guide, and Gear. Dropping off up-wind and up-current for a relaxed paddle in the Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  Depending on your skill level and goals they will put you on a paddleboard that is best for you. You do not have to be stuck with a ‘one board fits all’ rental. All pricing includes drop off and pick up on the Beachside of New Smyrna Beach, Fl.  They also offer lessons.  Their beginner classes will teach you the techniques needed for confidence on the water. Flat-water or Surf, their instructors are the best on the island.  Telephone:  386-402-8585  Web:  East Coast Paddle.

Schooner Ondine

Take a step back in time when you come aboard the 53ft. schooner Ondine and discover a new way to enjoy the beauty that is New Smyrna Beach.  Ondine is a truly unique experience; a two masted, full keel schooner rigged with Chinese junk sails.  You can be a part of the crew on this working schooner.  Help hoist and trim the sails, take the helm and guide the Ondine as she silently glides through the water.  Do the bilges need cleaning?  Well, there are some things they won’t ask you to do!  Or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the sail.    Telephone:  386-847-9133  Web:  Schooner Ondine.

Fun Cat Sailing

Fun Cat Sailing is a sightseeing tour on a 50′ catamaran in Ponce Inlet, Florida. The boat is family-friendly with indoor/outdoor seating, restrooms & kitchen.  They offer a “Swim & Sail” during the day and “Sunset” cruise in the evening. You will likely see dolphins, manatees & sea turtles! Their sunset cruise includes soda, beer, wine & snacks.  Telephone:  386-871-7778  Web:  Fun Cat Sailing

Jimmy Lane Surfing Academy

The Surfing Academy is designed to help you enjoy learning about the ocean through surfing. You will not only learn to ride a surfboard, but will be educated in ocean safety as well. You will learn your limits in the ocean and how to respect those limits. If you can challenge the ocean, you can master the world!  Telephone:  386-314-1356  Web:  Jimmy Lane Surfing Academy.

Best New Smyrna Beach Restaurants

The Hideout  $11 – 30

Welcome to the Hideout.  They take pride in serving only the freshest available seafood and produce, provided by local fisherman and farmers, it is their way to help and support small businesses in the local community.  Chefs Creation Dinner Specials every Friday & Saturday.  Live Music every Friday & Saturday 6:30pm-9:30pm  Ladies Night Every Fiday 6:30pm-9:30pm  Telephone:  386-957-4979  Web:  The Hideout.

Yellow Dog Eats  $11 – 30

At Yellow Dog Eats they serve tasty, original chow with a light heart and a convivial smile.  Their menu of sandwiches, salads, barbeque and daily specials are all Yellow Dog originals conjured from the imaginative mind of your humble proprietor, Chef Fish Morgan. They start with the highest quality ingredients: lean, flavorful deli meats, our 15 varieties of locally-grown baby greens, homemade pastries, and multi-grain “Pioneer” bread. Their bacon, pork and other yummy things are smoked on the premises over apple and natural woods, Yellow Dog strives to create distinctive combinations of favors to delight the palette and raise the spirits.  Telephone:   386-410-4824  Web:  Yellow Dog Eats.

The Garlic  $11 – 30

They invite you to enjoy an authentic taste of the Tuscan countryside.  Walk down a vine covered arbor, surrounded by a walled Olde World fireplace and enter a garden lush with lit trees and flowering greenery.  The garlic offers one of the most beautiful settings for a delightful and memorable dining experience.  They offer great food, live music, fine wine, Italian beer and specialty martinis.  Experience the garlic and blu bar for yourself.  Whether you wish to dine indoors or out, delight in a relaxed, easy atmosphere filled with taste-tempting aromas and good music. The garlic features a comprehensive wine selection, innovative daily specials, and, if you wish, “lots of garlic”.  Telephone:   386-424-6660  Web:  The Garlic.

Third Wave Café  $11 – 30

Third Wave Café is an eclectic coffee shop serving local and exotic coffee and tea, sweet and savory crepes, Italian-style gelato, and beer and wine. In the evening it will transform into an upbeat patio wine bar, serving craft beers, wine and artisan pizzas!  Telephone:  386-402.7864  Web:   Third Wave Café.

SoNapa Grille  $11 – 30

SoNapa Grille is more than just a restaurant, SoNapa Grille is really about a Lifestyle – Besides the obvious namesake attributes of Sonoma County and Napa Valley, their restaurant signifies passion, enriched experiences, and simplicity.  Telephone:  386-402-8647  Web:  SoNapa Grill.

New Smyrna Beach Nightlife

The Courtyard Wine Bar & Cafe

It has a sophisticated yet warm atmosphere, with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. A perfect place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine, conversation and music. The Courtyard has a menu of delicious small plates to pair with a selection from over 60 wines, including 20 by-the-glass. Offerings also include port, sherry, coffees and desserts.  Telephone:  386-427-6666  Web:  The Courtyard Wine Bar & Café.

The Hideout

At The Hideout we pride on serving only the freshest available seafood and produce, provided by local fisherman and farmers, it is their way to help and support small business and the local community.  Chefs Creation Dinner Specials every Friday & Saturday.  Live Music every Friday & Saturday 6:30pm-9:30pm  Ladies Night Every Fiday 6:30pm-9:30pm  Telephone:  386-957-4979  Web:  The Hideout.

Casey’s Upper Deck

Casey’s NSB Bar is New Smyrna’s top spot to relax with friends near the beach and enjoy the best drinks in town. Featuring live music five nights a week!   Casey’s Upper Deck Restaurant boasts an authentic creole menu masterly prepared by a renown chef straight from New Orleans.  Telephone:  386-970-6792  Web:  Casey’s Upper Deck.

Tayton O’Brians

Visit an old styled Irish Pub with Great food, drinks, and large enough selection of bottled and draft beer to satisfy the most picky beer connoisseur.  It’s a great clean, comfortable, friendly environment that is well maintained for guests and staff.  Located just steps away from the sea in New Smyrna Beach.  Telephone:  386-957-3869  Web:  Tayton O’Brians.

The Half Wall Beer House

They are an upscale craft beer house founded by the McKenney family. The Half Wall features 108 craft beers on tap in Port Orange, 76 craft beers on tap in DeLand and New Smyrna Beach and over 100 bottled craft beers at each location! They boast a full bar too with wine, liquor and specialty martinis. They have quickly become the “go to” restaurant and bar in New Smyrna, DeLand, and Port Orange, Florida!  Telephone:  386-426-1133  Web:  The Half Wall Beer House.

Top New Smyrna Beach Hotels

Night Swan Intracoastal Bed and Breakfast


Night Swan Intracoastal Bed and Breakfast is located in New Smyrna Beach, 14 miles from Daytona Beach and 26 miles from Sanford. Free private parking is available on site.  Each room at this bed and breakfast is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and DVD player. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Inn on the Avenue


This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Located in New Smyrna Beach, Inn on the Avenue offers a daily home-made hot breakfast and a daily happy hour with sangria and hor d’oeuvres. Free Wi-Fi access is available.  Complimentary snacks and refreshments are available in the shared kitchen 24 hours a day. At Inn on the Avenue you will find barbecue facilities, a terrace, and luggage storage.  Guests can flip their own pancakes on built-in griddles. The prix fixe breakfast menu can be modified with gluten-free options with advanced notice. Seasonal specialty items may be available.

The Riverview Hotel – New Smyrna Beach


This property is a 10-minute walk from the beach. Guests at this New Smyrna Beach, Florida hotel can start every day with a continental breakfast and then spend the afternoon in the on-site spa. The beach is 9 minutes’ walk away.  Access to the outdoor pool and free bike hire are provided to all guests throughout their stay. On-site shops and free parking are available at this New Smyrna Beach Riverview Hotel for added convenience.  This Florida hotel offers a wine and cheese reception every Friday and Saturday evening. The Grille At Riverview serves American cuisine for lunch and dinner and a full-service bar.

Black Dolphin Inn


Located along the Indiana River, this Florida inn features a daily breakfast and individually designed rooms with vintage furniture.  A sitting area is included with each room at the Black Dolphin Inn. An iPod docking station and safe are also included. Select rooms have a private patio.  Free beach chairs and towels are provided seasonally to guests at Black Dolphin Inn. Daily housekeeping services and free parking are also available.


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40 Comments

  1. Chris

    Wow! That is one amazing guide. Now you got me: I totally want to go there, learn surfing and drink a bunch of cocktails 🙂 Tyton O’Brians Irish Pub and The Half Wall Beer House sound like totally awesome places to chill out in the evening!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Smyrna Beach. Awesome place!

    Cheers,
    chris

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Chris, for visiting my New Smyrna Beach vacation guide. Glad you enjoyed!

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  2. Riaz Shah

    Hey Leahrae,
    Its been a while since i’ve been to a beach and wow, this is really interesting for me, I feel like going to be beach already!

    Everyone needs a quite getaway from time to time, at least once a month and Smyrna sounds fantastic! Just a question though, are there any sharks we should be wary of in that area?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      There are sharks, but they are always vigilant of keeping a watch out for them and close the beach when there are sightings. I think you can feel 100% safe at the beach and in the waters of New Smyrna Beach.

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  3. David

    Wow looks amazing. Thanks for the In depth info.
    David

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You’re welcome!

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  4. Edwin P.

    Hi, great post, i enjoyed reading it, i have never been there but now i hope someday i can go, i think that i might need a week at least to try to visit every place taking the time to enjoy it, and the restaurants sound amazing as well so thay actually made me a bit hungry, thanks a lot for the review and keep up the good work, Greetings.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Edwin, and yes you need a good week to visit and enjoy New Smyrna Beach. Anything less, is well less. Thanks for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.

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  5. Steven Varley

    This looks fantastic, been looking for a destination that isn’t full of “young ens” is this more of a grown up destination.

    What would be your number one thing to do out there and is good for couples as me and the misses are looking for somewhere this summer she wants to go Greece

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Wow Greece is pretty amazing for sure. No, it’s not full of “young ens,” heck I am in my fifties and I go! You would have a lot of fun for a fraction of the cost to go to Greece.

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  6. Nathan Glick

    I can remember visiting New Smyrna when is was still a little tyke, beautiful area. I love how you list all the different things there are to do there. Especially when you break down some of the different places to eat, kind of puts my in the mood for some seafood! By the looks of things, The Hideout would have to be my top pick!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, The Hideout is a great pick! New Smyrna Beach is an awesome way to spend a vacation…especially if you love the beach and Florida beaches are the best in my opinion.

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  7. Phil

    Wow, you really did some good research in the Nightlife and places to eat departments! Well done. It looks like I’ll have to tell my New York friends of great new place to explore when they are in Florida.

    Are there any times you would recommend not going there? For example are there any big events that a family may not want to be there?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Summer months, June thru August, are going to be pretty busy as this is a more popular Florida beach.

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  8. Daniella

    Hi Lea,

    The beach looks beautiful in the picture. I am sure it looks the same in reality:) I love beaches, but my problem is that I don’t have the patience to lay down and suck up the sun the whole day. I need to do stuff, like visiting sites, or doing some shopping, drink or eat something at a restaurant and then when I get tired I am ready to enjoy the beach. Yes, I am a bit hipper active:)
    It seems that there are a lot to do around Smyrna beach and this would be perfect for a family vacation.
    Just a quick question, please. What is the best way to get to Florida from Europe?
    Thank you very much for this excellent post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I think the best (cheapest) is going to be Icelandair, depending on what part of Europe you are flying from. There is always KLM and Lufthansa as well. And there is LOTS to do at New Smyrna Beach 🙂

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  9. A Habil

    Hi, thank you for sharing this information.
    It seems like a very nice place.
    Do you have any idea what is the best airline route to travel from Kuala Lumpur to this place?

    Is it costly to book and stay at hotel near to the beach?
    and is it a place that is family friendly?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      No, it is not costly at all to stay at the beach and it is very family friendly. I’d have to say JAL or United are the best airlines. Thanks for reading!

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  10. Hailey

    Thanks for the lovely and very detailed post! I will definitely check out the SoNapa Grill it sounds delicious!! I’m excited to test my nettle surfing there too! Florida sounds amazing. I can’t wait to check it out! Thanks for another great post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome Hailey! You know my son is a surf instructor and you’d think that I would do it. I have got to get my rear in gear, because I don’t think anything else would be more fun!

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  11. Kevin Bulmer

    Ahh, New Smyrna. I’m familiar with it from my time in the motorsports industry. Every year, a whole host of Canadian race teams would come down to New Smyrna in the winter to get in some racing ahead of Speedweeks at Daytona. So anyone who is a race fan will love it there too!

    I really enjoyed the post, and love your site, especially right now, in a cold Canadian January!

    Best wishes,

    Kevin

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you for reading Kevin 🙂 Yes, this is a wonderful time to head to New Smyrna Beach!

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  12. Briana

    Hi Leahrae,
    This is a very thorough, informative post! Thank you so much for being so descriptive. I have never been to Florida but I would love to visit in the future. It looks like there is lots to do in New Smyrna Beach!
    I also checked out your Airfare tips and they are really great! I learned about finding flights for more than one person and how you can save by doing it separately. I also learned that booking sites track you and change the prices, as well as the cheapest days to fly.
    Thanks a lot!
    Briana

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Briana! There is always at least one way to get past the high prices 😀 Thanks for visit Beach Travel Destinations!

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  13. Kevin

    Hi Leahrae,this website is incredible,information everywhere and so professional you certainly have a passion for this field.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Keven and yes I do 🙂 Glad you enjoyed reading about New Smyrna Beach!

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  14. Dein

    Wow this looks amazing I never knew there were so many things to do and restaurants in that area. I will surely visit next time!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok, sounds great Dein! Thanks for visiting New Smyrna Beach Vacations!

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  15. Jed

    Hi Leahrae, from your description it seems that Smyrna beach is place to visit. The activities, places and food all would make this visit truly memorable. I need some time to complete my planning and then I will heading for this wonderful place. Thanking for making this so easy with your post.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Jed! If there is anything else you need, please let me know.

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  16. Sudhi

    Hi Leahrae,
    I am from Canada and I never visited this beach before.This blog post is very descriptive and well written with all links needed to plan a vacation.After reading this post I am very much excited to visit the Smyrna Beach.I am just curious how many hours it will take to reach this beach from Toronto, Canada?
    Thanks for sharing this very informative, useful blog post on a fun vacation beach.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks so much for visiting! It’s not too bad, its about a 2 hour 15 minute flight from Toronto to New Smyrna Beach. Let me know if you need any additional information.

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  17. Chris Roberts

    Hi Leahrae,
    After reading your post, I looked out my window at the foot of snow on the ground and the snow falling out of the cloudy sky. I’m tired of winter already and it’s just started. I could definitely use a vacation to New Smyrna. I love the fact that you have thought of everything from restaurants to even a local car rental business. Speaking of restaurants, I love trying new restaurants and everyone that you have listed sounds wonderful. Great job, I will definitely come back when I get ready to plan my vacation. Thanks!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed Chris 🙂 Yes, all the restaurants listed for New Smyrna Beach are WORTH going to 🙂 You will have to plan your trip!

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  18. Ed

    Leahrae,

    I am so mad, I didn’t see this infomation sooner! I’m going to Florida in May but I’ll be too far to go to New Smyrna Beach. It looks like an amazing destination. Now I have to make some money and plan another trip so I can check out the turtles, and maybe take a surf lesson!

    Thanks for the info,

    Ed

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sorry you got to this too late 🙁 What part of Florida are you going to? I have beach vacation guides for pretty much every part of Florida 🙂

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  19. Anis Chity

    Hi Leahrae I enjoy reading your beach vacations articles, you provide all the information we need to have a great beach vacation we expect.

    This blog is a must for beach vacations lovers.

    Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a great day! -Anis

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Anis and glad you are enjoyed reading about the amazing beaches of Florida. If I can get you any further information, just let me know!

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  20. Peter

    Is this on the Gulf side or the ocean side of the State?
    Sorry I didn’t look that up. What a great review of Smyrna Beach and a comprehensive list of things to see and do and places to eat. You have thought of everything to give your visitors. Really well done. Thanks for this.

    Peace!

    Peter

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is on the Atlantic Ocean side, Florida East Coast Beaches 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed!

      Reply

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