Quick Facts

11 Fast Fun Facts 

  1. New Smyrna Beach was the largest attempt of British colonization in the New World. Three times larger than the first settlement of Jamestown in 1607! It is known as the second oldest city in Florida and will be celebrating its 250th birthday in 2018.
  2. New Smyrna’s excellent surfing conditions have produced more than eight world-class competitive surfers over the years.
  3. New Smyrna Beach has the most biologically diverse estuary in North America. It is home to more than 400 species of birds, dolphins, manatees, alligators, turtles, and more.
  4. There are no chain restaurants on New Smyrna’s beachside. Everything is locally owned with only mom-and-pop style restaurants.
  5. New Smyrna Beach is the “Redfish Capital of the World.” Anglers can participate in world-class fishing offshore and in the backwaters of Mosquito Lagoon.
  6. New Smyrna Beach is one of three locations in Florida where beach driving is allowed. But there are traffic-free zones as well!
  7. Ponce de Leon Inlet is home to the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, which is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest masonry lighthouse in the country.
  8. New Smyrna Beach is set on a barrier island. There is no access to A1A North or South out of New Smyrna Beach.
  9. Winter, the dolphin known for its prosthetic tail and star of the Hollywood film, Dolphin Tale, was actually found and rescued in the Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach. She now calls the Clearwater Marine Aquarium home.
  10. New Smyrna Beach is a great location to spot rocket launches organized by the Kennedy Space Center. Many people even drive down to the southernmost point of the Canaveral National Seashore where they can see the skyline of the Kennedy Space Center facility with an up-close view of the launches. You don't need to drive all the way to the space center to get a great view!

Accolades 

  • Rated one of “Florida’s Top 10 Beach Towns” by “Dr. Beach” USA Today
  • “World’s Top 20 Surf Towns” – National Geographic Magazine
  • “10 Best Beach Towns in Florida”– Huffington Post
  • “Top 10 Beach Towns in Florida” – SmarterTravel.com
  • Voted “Best Beach” by the readers of – Orlando Sentinel 2007-2017
  • One of “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America” – John Villani
  • “The 10 Best Beaches in Florida” 2016 is Canaveral – National Seashore, NSB – Coastal Living magazine
  • NSB ranked in the top “10 Beach Towns That Are So Much – More Than You’d Expect” by Buzzfeed in June 2016
  • CNN Travel has named New Smyrna Beach as one of the top “7 Waterfront Towns Worth a Closer Look” in July 2016
  • New Smyrna Beach was selected as one of the top beach vacation destinations in “Canadian Traveller’s Top American Trips” for 2017
  • New Smyrna Beach was on the cover of the June/July 2016 issue of Garden & Gun magazine
  • New Smyrna Beach received a five-page spread in Southern Living magazine’s June 2017 issue