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Outdoor Adventure Awaits in New Smyrna Beach
Find Action-Packed Fun from Surf to Turf on Our Beautiful Barrier Island
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Nestled between the Indian River Lagoon and 17 miles of white sand beaches, New Smyrna Beach is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Wet and dry trails pepper the area, making it prime for cycling, kayaking, and other sporting adventures. Beachside, you’ll find ample opportunities for fishing, surfing, and scuba diving. You can even go for a spin in the clouds in a vintage plane! Whether you want to dive deep or go sky high, you can make it happen in New Smyrna Beach.
Surfing reigns supreme, with NSB named one of the top surf towns in the world by National Geographic. Get on board with our friendly locals for the experience of a lifetime. Book a lesson with a popular instructor, like Lindsey Baldwin of Surfin’ NSB, who has competed professionally all over the globe. Surfin’ NSB offers private and group lessons and will drive to the beach location of your choice. They’ll also outfit you with a board, so all you need to bring is a willingness to learn. Or, sign up your little thrill-seeker for a summer vacation camp they’ll never forget. Jimmy Lane Surfing Academy has offered surf camps since 1985—just look for the blue school bus, an iconic sight in New Smyrna Beach.
NSB is even more heavenly when you’re soaring above it all. Board BiPlane FunFlight’s classic open cockpit aircraft and glide through the air, reveling in the sparkling blue water and white sand beaches below. Choose from 10, 20, 30, and 70-minute tours. Feeling fearless? Upgrade your flight to include heart-pumping performance maneuvers like steep turns, lazy eights, steep climbs, and chandelles. You can also select sunrise and sunset tours for added romance.
Lights, boards, action! Glide across the Indian River Lagoon, North America’s most biologically diverse estuary, at sunset, guided by the glow of your LED-lit paddleboard. A handy personal remote lets you shuffle between 16 colorful options. Offered by Pure Island Tours, this excursion gets you up close to dolphins, manatees, and birds. Tours are led by an experienced guide and include an introductory lesson to paddle boarding, making this perfect for beginners.
Go below the surface for a peek at New Smyrna Beach’s artificial reefs and abundant sea life. Created out of sunken ships and concrete culverts, these vessels are now home to species like marlin, amberjack and more. Get certified at Sea Dogs Dive Center in NSB, offering a variety of courses. For those with some experience, Sea Dogs’ local boat trips will take you right out to the action.
New Smyrna Beach is home to some of the best saltwater and freshwater fishing in the area. The city is ideally located on a barrier island between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, so it truly is an angler’s paradise. Snook, redfish, flounder and black drum can be found in the lagoon, while redfish, Pompano and flounder are common closer to NSB’s inlet. Offshore fishing is also plentiful, thanks to the artificial reefs. The area produces sizable catches of triggerfish, snapper, grouper and lobster. Bring your own boat and put in at one of the numerous ramps or hire a fishing charter for an expertly guided adventure on the water.
Roll or walk along the East Coast Regional Trail, a paved 12-foot wide path that will one day span 52 miles. This wooded trail is a great place to spot area wildlife, like deer and birds. Pack a lunch to enjoy along the way or make a slight detour for some down-home cooking at Osteen’s Diner. If you prefer water over dry land, rent a kayak and explore the Mosquito Lagoon paddling trail. Perfect for first-time paddlers, this blueway is just over 2 miles long. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you weave around the mangrove wetlands—manatees and dolphins call this area home. No matter if you’re on water or dry land, you’re always on the right path with an outdoor adventure in NSB.
About the New Smyrna Beach Area
The New Smyrna Beach area includes the communities of New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Oak Hill, Osteen and Port Orange in east Central Florida. New Smyrna Beach is an eclectic mix of old and new; of subtle sophistication and bohemian soul that is as “real” as Florida gets. It occupies a notable place in history as the second oldest city in Florida, site of the largest single attempt at British colonization in the new world. In 2018, New Smyrna Beach celebrated its 250th birthday. The city’s barrier island is recognized worldwide for its incredible surf with Surfer magazine recently touting it one of the “Best Surf Towns in America” and National Geographic magazine including it in its “World’s Top 20 Surf Towns”. Accommodations range from charming bed and breakfast inns to family-size condominium units and oceanfront hotels. Natural attractions include 17 miles of sandy beaches from Ponce de Leon Inlet to Canaveral National Seashore and North America’s most diverse estuary – the Indian River Lagoon. Two distinct downtowns along Flagler Avenue and Canal Street and connected via the Waterfront Loop welcome visitors with independent restaurants, unique shops, artisanal coffee shops and art galleries.
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Media Contact: Courtnee Brokaw, Communications Manager
New Smyrna Beach Area Visitors Bureau