New Smyrna Beach Travel Guide

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Surfs Up for Fun in the Sun with Vacation Rentals in New Smyrna

Go Wild for One of Florida’s Best Beach Destinations

Recognized as one of the top 20 surf towns in the world by National Geographic, New Smyrna adds its own unique flair to the “Fun Coast” of Florida, which also includes the areas of Daytona and Halifax. With white sandy beaches that seem to stretch on forever, your family will hardly run out of things to do in New Smyrna, even if they tried. In addition to surfing, there’s scuba diving, kitesurfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Once you book one of our vacation rentals in New Smyrna, you’ll see how a trip to the beach can truly be the best fun in the sun for everyone.

Ready? Set! Go… On Your Dream Vacation!

Booking with Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels™ means you get to create a highly personalized travel experience. Our New Smyrna vacation rentals range from upscale townhomes and budget friendly beach houses to luxury condos and oceanfront bungalows. There’s something special for every discerning traveler, whether you want to be by the Indian River or soaking in the solitude with your toes in the sand. So get ready. You’re about to create the beach vacation of your dreams.

Top Sights in New Smyrna Beach

Ponce De Leon Inlet Light Station

Experience New Smyrna and its surrounding area from above with a visit to the Ponce De Leon Inlet Light Station. This national historic landmark takes 203 steps to scale its full length of 175 feet, giving you breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding geography when you get to the top. Once your visit to the lighthouse is complete, be sure to visit the Marine Science Center where you and your kids can learn all about their turtle and seabird rehabilitation programs.

Museum of East Coast Surfing

The Museum of East Coast Surfing is one of those downtown New Smyrna attractions you don’t want to miss—especially if you love to surf. Founded by a group of local surfers who helped put New Smyrna on the map for surfing back in the 1960s, this treasure trove of surf history displays memorabilia and films, all dedicated to the water sport. If you’re also interested in learning more about today’s local surf scene and where to catch the best waves, this is the place to visit.

Sugar Mill Ruins

Considering the United States is a young country with only a couple hundred years to its name, it’s rare to come across a historic ruin. But you’ll find a piece of history in New Smyrna called the Sugar Mill Ruins located just off Old Mission Road. Officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the steam sugar and sawmill were only in use for five years before a skirmish with local Native Americans left it in, well… ruins.

Top Experiences in New Smyrna Beach

Ride the River Lagoon

Take in a gorgeous sunset while learning everything there is to know about the Indian River Lagoon. Weather permitting, you can book a day tour or a special sunset tour that will give you the chance to see dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and the delicate birds of Ponce de Leon Inlet. A certified naturalist will guide you through the waterways, pointing out all the distinctions of this beautiful Florida ecosystem.

See Up and Coming Art

New Smyrna gives you the chance to say to your friends, “I saw their work before they became famous!” That’s because the Atlantic Center for the Arts on the shores of Turnbull Bay is the epicenter of groundbreaking visual, literary, composition and performing arts in Florida. Over the years, their alumni have gone on to showcase at some of the country’s most prestigious venues like the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Paddle Your Way Through New Smyrna

Rent a canoe and wind your way through one of the many paddle routes in New Smyrna. This is a great way to relax and enjoy Florida’s scenery and wildlife. For beginners, the Bird Rookery Paddling Trail is perfect for bird watching as you meander through the Salt Marsh Restoration Project and two rookery islands protected by President Theodore Roosevelt. For more advanced paddlers looking to get some quality time with nature, Callalisa Creek Trail is a longer 7-mile paddle with little traffic and a calm current.