This is entirely too late but I’m still playing catch up. How is it that you take a vacation to take a break and then spend weeks catching up, and working harder than when you left? I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We had a fantastic time. It was MUCH needed. In my other post on how we were able to go on vacation on a whim (Find it here), I touched base on how we randomly found our little cottage from Airbnb.com. We had never heard of New Smyrna, and neither of us have ever been to Florida so we had no idea what we were going to! Little did we know, we found a little slice of heaven hidden on Florida’s Atlantic coast!
We don’t really have many beaches to compare it to, but our first beach experience was everything I could have dreamed it to be. New Smyrna Beach (NSB) is located a little south of Daytona. We ventured to Daytona during our stay and we weren’t impressed. But NSB is full of quaint shops, unique dining, and the most chill environment. I’m not going to lie, i’ll have a hard time picking just a few favorites to share but i’ll do my best!
We honestly spent most of our time either at the cottage relaxing, or on Flagler Ave. Flagler Avenue is home to many of New Smyrnas unique shops and boutiques! It’s the place to be if you’re traveling to NSB. There’s a parking lot you can park your car for $20 a day, and then you can spend the rest of your day walking around town or hanging out at the beach. It’s the best of both worlds. We’d go get in the water, lay out, go shop. Eat. And come back to the beach. All day.
The beach itself is gorgeous. And you can drive right up on the sand and park! The beach itself wasn’t crazy packed which was nice. And occasionally an ice cream truck would come up on the beach selling freshly made popsicles. (They are made locally by Pop Fusion! And they are fabulous!)
So food was the hardest to choose just one thing to write about. Because we didn’t eat at a single bad restaurant. But, if you visit NSB, you HAVE to dine at The Breakers. You just have to. The Breakers is a bright pink building, right on the beach. You can see it straight from Flagler Ave.
They’re known for their burgers and they were REALLY good. We loved this place so much that we went twice in the 4 day period of our stay. I got the fish & chips one day, and a burger the next and I honestly couldn’t choose a favorite. Best part, it sits right on the beach so you can literally sit at the bar and over look the water, with the salty breeze blowing through the large open windows. Put a pina colada in your hands, and just drift away. (And I definitely did! They make their drinks super strong! ha!)
A few foodie honorable mentions:
- Flagler Ave. Pizza – Pizza slices made fresh to order. SO good. Definitely a must try for a quick bite. The pizzas are made up, you choose a slice and they bake it to order so it’s always fresh and hot!
- Garden Fusion – They describe this as a “Vietnamese/Thai /Japanese fare”. And it’s just that. A little bit of a twist on some of your common oriental dishes. I got the lobster rangoons, and the salmon dish. lord. They nearly had to wheel me out of there. It is a pricier dining experience, but nothing astronomical! We dressed up and ate on the patio, sipping the sake and listening to the local pet chickens circle the parking lot. (Yes, actual chickens. They’re pets of one of the owners of a local shop apparently!)
- Wake Up Cafe – Our new favorite breakfast joint! They had unique dishes that I had never heard of before, or twists on old classics. Everything was hot and fresh and full of flavor.
Beach Side Candy Co.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, we’ve got a few recommendations for ya! I adore Beachside Candy Co.! They make beachy themed chocolates and other candies! We brought home the babies some chocolate sea shells and mermaids! But they had a variety of taffy, and a self serve candy bar!
Beachside Candy Co. is Also located on Flagler Ave. so you can walk straight from the beach and enjoy some delicious treats! While we’re talking about treats, next to Beach Side Candy Co. is the most adorable little Juice truck called Go Juice.
They offer fresh made smoothies and juice but I’d be lying if I told you that’s what we go there for. Because the real treat were these wonderful frozen Açaí bowls!
They’re as delicious as they are beautiful. And I’ve craved one ever since we got back!
Canal Street Historic District
We only spent a short time here so I don’t have any pictures of the town except for this umbrella mural next to the Posh Pineapple. (Blogging fail.) There were more shops and places to eat but we came early and everything but a few shops were closed. It was still a relaxing stroll! At the end of the road is the pier. If you’re into fishing, or looking for a place to take a boat, Canal Street would be a good start! This part of town reminded me of a mini Gatlinburg! It was very quiet, and had an “old time” feel to it!
We have been back about a month now, and I am already planning my trip for next year. We highly recommend this place, rather you’re taking a weekend getaway, or planning a low-key relaxing vacation for the whole family. You’re in a central area where you’re close to big towns like Orlando and Daytona if you want to venture out, but you’re also far enough away that you dodge crazy crowds, and the loud night life. Walk the beach at sunrise and collect sea shells that wash up on the shore! You’ll never want to come back! We will definitely be returning to New Smyrna Beach in the future!!!!
Until next time,