Let's just state the obvious: New Smyrna Beach is, in fact, a beach town, with all the natural enticements that term implies: 17 miles of sandy coastline, a laidback and friendly atmosphere, and surfing, fishing, and boating opportunities galore. But New Smyrna Beach is also a town that defies easy categorization. Though parks and water recreation might draw you here initially, this is a place where culture and the arts are woven into the fabric of everyday life. It's also where you'll find a culinary scene marked both by internationally recognized chefs and seafood shacks that have been favored by locals for decades.
So, yes, come for the beaches, and the surf, and the easy welcomes that greet your return, but stay a while to explore everything else New Smyrna Beach has to offer. New Smyrna Beach lays claim to the best Florida offers: Excellent backwater and offshore fishing, golf, historical sites, cultural events and eclectic shopping and dining experiences along historical Flagler Avenue and Canal Street. The business community is thriving, with companies including Epic Aviation and specialty manufacturers that call New Smyrna Beach home. The current population is 25,796.
Just south of New Smyrna lies the Canaveral National Seashore, which offers excellent swimming, bird watching, hiking and more. Anglers at nearby Mosquito Lagoon have set international records with giant redfish catches. Deep-sea charters leave New Smyrna Beach daily, giving offshore fishers an easy way to wet a line in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Many historical and cultural sites also make New Smyrna Beach noteworthy. From the Turnbull and Sugar Mill Ruins, to the Eldora State House and the Ponce Inlet lighthouse, the area is rich in history. Named one of “America’s Top Small Cities for the Arts,” New Smyrna is home to the Atlantic Center for the Arts, an artists-in-residence community and educational facility, the Harris House, The Hub on Canal, the Little Theatre and Arts on Douglas. Frequent art shows featuring visual and performing arts take place throughout the year. Enjoy culinary delights from fresh seafood to steaks and pasta on the waterfront, or under an umbrella at a sidewalk café. At the end of the day, retire to a charming bed and breakfast inn, family-size condominium or oceanfront hotel.
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