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Located along Eastern Florida’s Fun Coast, just south of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach is easily accessible from five international airports and one regional airport. The closest major airport, Daytona Beach Airport (DAB), is 18 miles away and serves most major cities; the second-closest, Orlando International Airport (MCO), is a little over an hour’s drive and is equally connected to major hubs. New Smyrna Beach’s municipal airport (NSB) is just two miles from the heart of town, and offers connecting flights to various regional destinations as well as Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Most residents and visitors navigate New Smyrna Beach by car or rideshare, of which there are plenty. Walking and bicycling is popular along the beach and smaller retail and restaurant strips, too.
Like the rest of northeastern Florida, New Smyrna Beach experiences a predictably subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, and winters are mild and fairly dry. Due to the subtropical climate, there’s a long rainy season, from May through October. During those months, frequent thunderstorms break up the heat (averaging 90 degrees Fahrenheit) and keep New Smyrna Beach’s gloriously green plant and tree species hydrated. Winters are much drier and more predictably sunny. Temperatures typically hover in the 60s and 70s, though drop to the 50s after sunset. Hurricanes are common in the region, the season lasting from June through November. Direct hits are rare, but if you plan to visit during that time, pay close attention to local weather reports.
Anchoring downtown New Smyrna Beach to the Atlantic Ocean, Flagler Avenue Beachfront Park is a popular spot for people watching, or strolling the Flagler Avenue Boardwalk. To take in the colorful local culture, head west down Flagler Avenue, which is lined with shops, galleries, and restaurants and serves as the town’s Main Street.
Just north of town across the Ponce Inlet Jetty is the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Built of red brick in 1887 and standing 175 feet high, it’s the tallest lighthouse in the state, and one of the best preserved in the country.
On the mainland overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway sits one of New Smyrna Beach’s great mysteries: the Old Fort Park Archeological Site. A foundation of coquina (shell rock) seemingly outlines a fort-like structure, an abandoned mansion, or a colonial church. Speculation abounds, which makes it well worth a visit.