New Smyrna

History

New Smyrna is a beach town in East Central Florida featuring miles of sandy beaches, impressive historical and cultural landmarks – perfect drop back for a relaxing holiday.

Before Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon arrived in Florida’s east coast, Timucuan Indians inhabited New Smyrna. However, the Native American tribe vanished after suffering from sickness and drudge brought by Spanish rulers.

After years under Spanish governance, Florida was under English rule and divided Florida into two regions; West and East Florida. In 1768, Dr. Andre Turnball, a Scottish physician, founded the colony of “New Smyrna”, encompassing hundreds of acres of land. However, the colony encountered complications due to diseases and disputations causing the colonists to abandon the area and marched to St. Augustine.

With only 150 population, the small town was incorporated in 1887. New Smyrna’s population grew when Henry Flagler Florida East Coast Railway arrived in town. The railway also paved way for the little town’s economic rise focusing on tourism, commercial fishing and citrus production. Since then, New Smyrna continued to flourish, residential and commercial buildings were constructed.

In 1947, New Smyrna became City of New Smyrna Beach. Today, thousands of visitors flock to this coastal town to enjoy both worlds – history and nature.

Getting There

By Air

Daytona Beach International Airport is the closest airfield to reach New Smyrna. Other airstrips include Orlando International Airport and Jacksonville International Airport.

By Car

Driving to New Smyrna is accessible via I-95 or I-4.

From Daytona Beach International Airport

• take West onto US-92.
• South onto I-95 to Exit #249A.
• take State Road 44 East.

From Orlando International Airport

• take State Road 528 to I- 95 to Exit #249 North.
• turn East on State Road 44

• Via I-4 to Exit #118
• East on State Road 44

Weather

New Smyrna Beach features a humid subtropical climate with very hot summer and dry winter.

Summer season is extremely hot and humid with expected late afternoon thunderstorms. July is the hottest month of the year with average high temperature of 91°F while January is the coolest month with average low of 47°F.

Long warm summer starts from April to November and mild dry winter, from November until March.

On average, New Smyrna Beach’s annual precipitation is 49.29 inches.

What to Wear

What to wear when in New Smyrna depends on the area’s weather and season.

Essential pieces to wear during summer:

• Shorts
• Sandals or Thongs
• Cotton t-shirts
• Hat
• Sunglasses
• Swimwear

When strolling around New Smyrna, make sure to apply sunscreen and lip moisturizer. Also, bring an umbrella for late afternoon thunderstorms.

Essential pieces to wear during winter:

• Lightweight jacket or sweater
• Casual shoes
• Long pants
• Boots

Fishing

Surrounded by Atlantic Ocean, Mosquito Lagoon and Intra coastal waterway, New Smyrna boosts itself as one of the best fishing destinations in Florida. This quite beach city is filled with fishing piers, bridges, tidal creeks, mangrove covered shorelines and creeks, home to dozens of fish species drawing anglers worldwide.

The beaches of New Smyrna offers excellent saltwater fishing year round, both inshore and offshore. Whether you prefer fishing in robust deep sea or pristine back country waters, you are assured of easy and abundant fishing adventure.

New Smyrna fishing allows you to catch:

• Mangrove Snapper
• Snook
• Flounder
• Black Drum
• Tarpon
• Ladyfish
• Jacks
• Sheepshead
• Cobia
• Grouper
• Redfish
• Wahoo
• King Mackerel
• Kingfish
• Bluefish
New Smyrna types of fishing:

• Light tackle fishing
• Fly fishing
• Flats fishing
• Backcountry fishing
• Deep Sea fishing

New Smyrna fishing docks, piers & locations:

• 27th Avenue Park
• Flagler Avenue Park
• Lake Ashby Park
• Mary McLeod Beach Park
• Smyrna Dunes Park
• Riverside Park
• Buena Vista Park
• North Causeway Fishing Pier
• Mosquito Lagoon
• Indian River
• Ponce Inlet

BEST MONTHS TO FISH

See what’s biting in New Smyrna

January – Redfish, Sea Trout, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Flounder, Black Drum, Mackerel & Kingfish

February – Redfish, Sea Trout, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Flounder, Mackerel & Kingfish

March – Snook, Redfish, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Flounder, Mackerel & Kingfish

April – Redfish, Black Drum, Mackerel

May – Redfish, Tarpon & Black Drum

June – Redfish, Tarpon, Cobia & Black Drum

July – Redfish, Tarpon, Cobia & Kingfish

August – Redfish, Tarpon, Cobia & Kingfish

September – Redfish, Tarpon, Cobia, Mackerel & Kingfish

October – Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, Tarpon, Cobia, Snapper, Mackerel & Kingfish

November – Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, Jack Crevalle, Flounder, Black Drum, Snapper, Mackerel & Kingfish

December – Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, Jack Crevalle, Flounder, Black Drum, Snapper, Mackerel & Kingfish

WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR WHEN FISHING

• Appropriate clothing
• Boat shoes
• Food
• Snacks
• Beverages
• Polarized sunglasses
• Hat or visor
• Camera
• Sunscreen (apply before fishing trip)
• Insect repellant (apply before fishing trip)

Attractions and Activities

New Smyrna is a beautiful small town and home to turquoise ocean waters and sandy beaches, vigorous downtown lined with historical and cultural architecture and dotted with parks offering an array of recreational activities for kids and kids at heart.

The town’s vibrant history is reflected in its community and annual festivities. Museums, art gallery and studios comprise New Smyrna’s “old” beauty, showcasing unique pieces of art. New Smyrna’s must visit historical sites include:

• Eldora State House
• Atlantic Center of the Arts
• Harris House
• Art on Douglas
• Black Heritage Museum
• Clay Gallery
• Galleria Di Vetro
• Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
• Turnbull and Sugar Mill Ruins

With more than 13 miles of white sand beaches, you can enjoy strolling and people watching under the sunny blue sky . Savor the clean beach waters by swimming, sea kayaking, jet skiing or take on a cruise for a more relaxing way to appreciate the town’s nature and coastal beauty. Surf the waves and experience one of the best surfing location in Florida and feel the ocean breeze through sailing and wind surfing.

Where to Stay

Visitors in New Smyrna area can choose variety of accommodations to fit every lifestyle and budget. Families and large groups can stay in vacation rentals or cottages while beachfront properties are perfect for romantic holiday. Hotels, condominiums and motels provide excellent services and facilities for guests convenience and comfort. Bed & Breakfast are optimal choice for homey ambiance while on vacation.

Smyrna Beach Club
Address: 5205 S. Atlantic Avenue New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.smyrnabeachclub.com/

Night Swan Intracoastal Bed & Breakfast
Address: 512 South Riverside Drive and Anderson Stree New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.nightswan.com/

Coastal Waters Inn
Address: 3509 South Atlantic Avenue New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.coastalwatersinn.com/

Heaven at the Beach
Address: 1375 N. Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.heavenatthebeach.com/
Granstrom Real Estate
Address: 6941 S. Atlantic Avenue New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.granstrom.net/

Valdora Court Motel
Address: 1708 S Atlantic Avenue New Smyrna, FL 32169-3214
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.valdoracourtmotel.com/

Ocean Trillium Suites
Address: 3405 S. Atlantic Avenue New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
For more information, visit their website:

Home

Riverview Hotel
Address: 103 Flagler AV, New Smyrna Beach FL 32169
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.riverviewhotel.com/

Buena Vista Inn
Address: 500 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32169
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.buenavistainn.com/

Coconut Palms Beach Resort
Address: 611 South Atlantic Avenue New Smyrna Beach, Florida
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.coconutsuites.com/rent_cp.html

Where to Eat

Excellent restaurants surround New Smyrna serving an array of menus from local favorites to International cuisines. Grab a bite at any of these dining locations; taste the freshest seafood, homemade goodies and upscale menus in casual, intimate or fine dining setting.

Chases on the Beach
Address: 3401 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.chasesonthebeach.com/

Spanish River Grill
Address: 737 East 3rd Avenue, New Smyrna Beach Florida 32169
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.thespanishrivergrill.com/

The Garlic
Address: 556 East Third Avenue New Smyrna Beach, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.thegarlic.net/

Boston’s Fish House
Address: 1414 S. Atlantic New Smyrna Beach FL
For more information, visit this link:
http://www.bostonsfishhouse.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=1

Cafe Heavenly
Address: 115 Flagler Avenue New Smyrna Beach FL
For more information, visit this link:
http://www.cafeheavenly.com/Cafe_Heavenly_Sandwiches_%26_Smoothies/Cafe_Heavenly_-_New_Smyrna.html

Clancy’s Cantina
Address: 301 Flagler Avenue New Smyrna Beach FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.clancyscantina.com/

Dolphin View Seafood Restaurant
Address: 107 N. Riverside Drive New Smyrna Beach FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.dolphinviewseafood.com/

Flip Flops Chill & Grill
Address: 725 East Third Ave New Smyrna Beach FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://flipflopsgrillnchill.com/

Grammy K’s Desserts
Address: 215 Canal St. New Smyrna Beach,FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://grammykdesserts.com/

Jason’s Corner
Address: 135 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.jasonscorner.com/

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