Travel Destinations

Explore New Smyrna Beach

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum

Where fields of sugarcane and crops once thrived is now a sweet escape to sandy shorelines and serene destinations along Florida’s East Coast.

The quaint beach town of New Smyrna is situated south of the Ponce Inlet where the Indian River meets the Atlantic. The Timucua Indians once dwelled on these lands and built the 50-foot high Turtle Mound out of oyster shells, which is now a fascinating historic site. After colonization by a mix of immi- grant groups, Scottish physician Dr. Andrew Turnbull named the region New Smyrna as an ode to his wife’s Greek heritage.

Just upstream where Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon claimed the inlet, visitors can climb the 175-foot Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum for a gorgeous birds-eye view of the area. Guiding sailors since 1887, it’s the tallest lighthouse in Florida and one of the tallest in the entire United States.

New Smyrna Beach

Just south of the Ponce Inlet shoreline, stroll the boardwalk along Smyrna Dunes Park to find picnic pavilions, dog-friendly beaches and a fishing pier. Head south down the coast to a surfers’ paradise along the endless strip of oceanfront.

In addition to sand, surf and fish, explore New Smyrna’s many attractions. For a blend of historic sites, parks, shopping and dining, check out the Canal Street Historic District. Stop by the New Smyrna Beach Museum of History, Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum and green spaces such as Pettis Park, Old Fort Park and Manatee All Children’s Playground at Riverside Park.

A few miles away, visit the historic Sugar Mill Ruins, once part of the 19th century Cruger-dePeyster Plantation, and explore the Coquina Sugar Factory ruins that span the 17-acre site.

For watersports and marine wildlife galore, book a boat tour through local rentals such as New Smyrna Dolphin and Manatee Adventure Tour, Sea Dogs Dive Center, Ponce Inlet Watersports, Turtle Mound River Tours and Sand Dollar Boat Rentals.

Across the north causeway, the lively scene along Flagler Avenue boasts dining, shopping and beachy activities. The popular boulevard hosts wine walks, festivals and a vibrant nightlife.


New Smyrna Marina


Adjacent to Chicken Island, this full-service marina offers 31 transient slips and amenities including in-slip fueling, a fish cleaning station and a heated swimming pool. Be sure to check out the gorgeous villa rentals and event venue.

New Smyrna Beach City Marina


Situated near the Canal Street Historic District, this marina welcomes transients on a first-come, first-served basis, accommodating vessels up to 28 feet.

River Deck Marina


Just south of New Smyrna Beach City Marina near the River Deck Tiki Bar & Restaurant, this facility offers daily wet slips and overnight storage. Boat and pontoon rentals are available, as well as a marina store and bait shop on-site.


The Breakers Restaurant on Flagler Avenue | Credit Jan Lagergren

The Breakers Restaurant


At the tip of Flagler Avenue, The Breakers is located directly on the beach, serving fresh seafood with a side of oceanfront views. Try a mouth-watering burger or fresh mahi while sipping on icy cocktails.

Third Wave Café & Wine Bar


Also located along Flagler Avenue, this enchanted garden setting offers a mix of global and Southern coastal traditions. Wood-fired pizza and fresh seafood are served alfresco under trees wrapped in twinkling lights.

The Garlic & Blu Bar


Another gorgeous setting under light-strung trees, this Italian restaurant lets you step into what feels like the Tuscan countryside. Menus offer an incredible wine selection and spins on pastas, steaks and seafood.

The Mermaid Café | Source Alexa Zizzi

The Mermaid Café


For a tasty breakfast or lunch, this adorable little cottage along Flagler Avenue is a waffle bar and home of New Orleans-style beignets. Feast on chicken and waffles, omelets, salads and more at this family-owned café.

Yellow Dog Eats


On the other side of the North Causeway across Indian River, this restaurant offers everything from delicious southern BBQ and pulled pork to tacos and seafood nachos to vegetarian and vegan options.

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