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 laid back 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 drive able 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 here or visit us on Pinterest.
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.
Best New Smyrna Beach Area Beaches
Smyrna Dune Park
Smyrna Dune Park has 73 acres of pristine land at the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula, the area is surrounded by water on three sides. 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. This park is unique because pets are welcome. However, dogs must remain on a leash.
Flagler Avenue Beachfront Park
Flagler Avenue Beachfront Park is busy from sunrise and into the night. Amenities include a pavilion, a brick courtyard with new stainless steel railing, restrooms, showers and off-beach parking. The park is at the east end of Flagler Avenue.
Callalisa Beach Park
Callalisa Park is a popular launching spot for kayakers and canoers. Located on Callalisa Creek at the intersection of the South Causeway (Third Avenue) and Peninsula Drive, this small park is popular on the weekends. Fishing and picnicking are available.
Esther Street Beachfront Park
Esther Street Beachfront Park is one block north of Flagler Avenue on Atlantic Avenue, the park offers 45 spaces of off-beach parking. Amenities also include a playground, beach access, dune walkover, pavilions, restroom facilities and a volleyball area. Please note that the volleyball area is available only during the dry season.
Indian River Lagoon Park
This 90+ acre natural park is home to abundant wildlife. Park amenities include a pavilion with picnic tables and restroom facilities. There are two docks: one overlooks the estuaries to the Indian River and the other is a floating dock that overlooks Browns Bay. There also is a spot for canoes and kayaks to launch.
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 Friday 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.
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.
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.
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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!
Thank you Chris, for visiting my New Smyrna Beach vacation guide. Glad you enjoyed!
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?
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.
Wow looks amazing. Thanks for the In depth info.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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?
Summer months, June thru August, are going to be pretty busy as this is a more popular Florida beach.
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!
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 🙂
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!
Thank you for reading Kevin 🙂 Yes, this is a wonderful time to head to New Smyrna Beach!
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!
You are very welcome Briana! There is always at least one way to get past the high prices 😀 Thanks for visit Beach Travel Destinations!
Hi Leahrae,this website is incredible,information everywhere and so professional you certainly have a passion for this field.
Thanks Keven and yes I do 🙂 Glad you enjoyed reading about New Smyrna Beach!
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!
Ok, sounds great Dein! Thanks for visiting New Smyrna Beach Vacations!
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.
You are very welcome Jed! If there is anything else you need, please let me know.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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,
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 🙂
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
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!
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.
It is on the Atlantic Ocean side, Florida East Coast Beaches 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed!