New Smyrna Beach Travel Guide

New Smyrna Beach is a charming little surf town in Central Florida. It is located about an hour and a half from Orlando but it feels so much farther away from the hustle and bustle. This New Smyrna Beach travel guide will detail what to do, where to stay and the best restaurants in New Smyrna Beach. 


Where to Stay

New Smyrna Beach has a range of quaint bed and breakfasts, beachfront hotels and condos. 

  • Springhill Suites New Smyrna Beach on Flagler Avenue
  • Hampton Inn New Smyrna Beach
  • Night Swan Inn
  • Black Dolphin Inn
  • Riverview Hotel on Flagler Avenue
  • Ocean Walk Condo Rentals

You can also find beachfront Florida vacation home rentals in New Smyrna Beach for larger groups or more privacy. 

New Smyrna Beach Photography of Bethune Beach at high tide
kayaking new smyrna beach
NSB Kayaking Tips
Flagler avenue vehical access ramp in New Smyrna Beach. FL that is taken by Hinson Photography

Where to Eat

New Smyrna Beach dining offers anything from local caught seafood to award winning italian dinners. 

  • The Garlic
  • Norwood’s Eatery and Treehouse Bar
  • Yellow Dog Eats
  • Jason’s Corner
  • Halfwall 
  • The Corkscrew

What to Do

New Smyrna Beach has 13 miles of white sand beaches near Orlando. One of the top surfing destinations in the country, New Smyrna Beach has a small surf town vibe. There is plenty to do and explore beyond surfing and lounging on the beach:

  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Shopping Canal Street
  • Flagler Avenue
  • The Hub & local art festivals
  • New Smyrna Beach Museum
  • Smyrna Dunes Park 
  • Old Fort Park 
  • Sugarmill Ruins

New Smyrna Beach is commonly referred to as the second oldest city in the country, behind St. Augustine. The historic roots make New Smyrna Beach the perfect destination for history buffs. New Smyrna Beach has also been voted one of the top art towns in the country and the art appreciation epicenter of NSB is at The Hub – an artist gallery and studio space that offers workshops, classes and special events.