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New Smyrna Beach Life

There’s just something about the beach that makes you feel instantly refreshed, restored and rejuvenated. This is certainly true for the glorious waters of New Smyrna Beach in Florida, which are perfect for water sports enthusiasts as well as relaxed sunseekers, with 17-miles of stunning beaches to enjoy, from Bethune Beach to the Smyrna Dune Park. Given the variety of activities on offer down by the seaside in New Smyrna Beach, it’s no wonder Florida’s second oldest city is such a hit with visitors of all ages.

Here are some of the top ways to enjoy the gorgeous beaches in and around New Smyrna Beach.


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For surfers, New Smyrna Beach has almost legendary status – recently ranked as one of the top 20 surf beaches in the world. In fact, many of the city’s 23,000 permanent residents are surfing enthusiasts who just couldn’t leave excellent surf conditions and swells year-round. So, whether you’re an enthusiast looking to ride some fantastic waves or a total novice keen to try to stand up on a surfboard for the first time, you’re sure to love New Smyrna Beach.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

If you’d like to ride the waves but at a far calmer pace, you might like to try stand-up paddle boarding, a water sport that’s taken Smyrna Beach (like many seaside areas) by storm! A tranquil yet adventurous activity that is easy for even beginners to get the hang of, exploring Smyrna Beach’s seas on top of a steady paddle board is a wonderful way to enjoy the sun and surf.


It’s not just the surfers who love New Smyrna Beach – fishermen too will get a thrill out of dropping a line as the area is located on a barrier reef, meaning there are plenty of large fish for the keen angler. Many different fish can be caught in the area, including bluefish and whiting, but it is redfish that are particularly well-known. So, join a charter or head out on your own boat to try to reel in a big one, then finish off at one of the “catch and cook” restaurants that will cook your catch of the day to perfection.

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If you’d like to go that bit further out and discover the seas further afield, New Smyrna Beach also offers some fantastic dive spots. In particular, there are several excellent shipwrecks and reefs where you can see many different species of fish and coral, as well as other marine life such as dolphins, turtles and stingrays. If you can’t dive yet but want to learn, New Smyrna Beach is also a fantastic place to become PADI certified with experienced and friendly instructors.

Coastal Walks


If you’d rather keep your feet on solid ground, you can still enjoy the beauty of the beaches around New Smyrna Beach via the extensive networks of beautiful coastal walks. Canaveral National Seashore boasts dozens of beautiful trails, many which meander past the rugged coastline, whereas those with their four-legged friends in tow will love dog-friendly Smyrna Dunes Park.


Another option for exploring New Smyrna Beach’s waterways without getting in the water is to take a canoe either at one of the beaches or through the area’s creeks, canals and lagoons. Spending a few hours cruising atop the water and enjoying the tranquility of the area, keeping an eye out for local flora and fauna, is a great way to enjoy the region’s natural beauty.

Marine Life

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Due to the diversity of New Smyrna’s Beach ecosystem, it is home to an amazing variety of marine life, as well as many people who are passionate about conserving it for future generations. This makes New Smyrna Beach a great place to learn about the different flora and fauna in the area, either by experiencing it in its natural habitat at the beach or perhaps by paying a visit to the Marine Discovery Centre to learn more about these amazing creatures.

Overall, there are so many ways to enjoy the stunning beauty of New Smyrna Beach’s waters. Whether it’s simply spending a day with your toes in the sand and swimming amongst the cool, calm waters, or having a go at one of the exciting water activities listed here, you’re bound to have an amazing time amongst the ocean waves at New Smyrna Beach.