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New Smyrna Beach


New Smyrna Beach is a small beach city located on the Atlantic coast. It is home to some of the best beaches, surfing, and outdoor activities on the East Coast

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New Smyrna Beach


New Smyrna Beach is a small beach city located on the Atlantic coast. It is home to some of the best beaches, surfing, and outdoor activities on the East Coast


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New Smyrna Beach is a small beach town located on the Atlantic coast. It is home to some of the best beaches, surfing, and outdoor activities on the East Coast, with access to the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west.  It’s a laid-back beach town with an old school feel. Imagine Malibu in the 1960s. This is part of its attraction. Chef Henry Salgado sums up New Smyrna Beach in three words, "local, unspoiled, and growing." But don't ignore the food here, as Henry says, "There is a budding food scene happening here with fresh seafood coming from right offshore."


THE SUNRISE

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Early morning in the summer is the perfect time of day to appreciate the beach and you might be surprised at how many people you'll come across. From fishing to surfing to sunrise photo snapping to running to sea turtles hatching it all happens during sunrise. The temperature is cool and the vibe is calm. And if you feel up to it, join in with the Tai Chi on the beach.


MORNING | Coffee

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Third Wave

This is a cafe, wine bar, and coffee spot. Whether your are looking for morning coffee, lunch, a snack, or an evening glass of wine, Third Wave has you covered.

"For coffee and a bite, it's a great spot with a beautiful courtyard in the back and nice seating indoors. They have great breakfasts and crêpes in the morning. Sit outside, have a nice cup of coffee, and they'll make a crêpe to order for you. They serve Island Roasters cold brew coffee on tap and they have wood-fired pizzas."
FED Pro  >  Coffee Roaster Scott Clawson (Island Roasters Coffee Company)

204 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
T: 386.402.7864 | www.thirdwavensb.com

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Island Roasters Coffee Company

Coffee roaster Scott Clawson is roasting 20 different organic, fair-trade, single-origin beans. In addition to buying the beans, you can get brewed coffee, espresso drinks, and cold brew iced coffee. If you get hungry, snack on Max's muffins, baked daily by Max, who works behind the counter.

394 N Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
T: 386.847.2920 | www.islandroasterscoffeecompany.com


MORNING | Breakfast

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Golden Biscuit

Step back in time at this old school breakfast and lunch spot.

"For breakfast, one of my old standbys is the Golden Biscuit. It is on Canal Street and actually in the back of the little strip mall. It is a simple, small place with counter service and is cash only. It's a local mainstay that has been here forever."
FED Pro  >  Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)

223 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
T: 386.409.0880


SURFING

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"What makes New Smyrna Beach great is the waves. It is way cool and why I moved here. It has some of the most consistent surfing on the East Coast and the surfing is good all year round. I surf pretty much every day -- I've only missed five of six days of surfing this year."
- Surfer Gnarly Charley (Gnarly Charley Surf Series)


FED FILMS | Surfers, Sharks & Seafood


FARMERS MARKET

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New Smyrna Beach Farmers Market

There are dueling farmers markets on Saturdays mornings in New Smyrna Beach. The original one is located downtown and the beachside one is located in the Norwood's parking lot. The original has a larger array of vendors, but both sell local Florida produce.

"Just west of New Smyrna Beach is the breadbasket of Central Florida which is Samsular. You get a lot of farmers that come and sell the produce that they grow. In both of our restaurants, we use a lot of local produce and seafood and a lot of the guys we deal with are at both markets. A couple of the farmers we work with are Green Flamingo Farms (she is very dedicated to her organic produce) and Barefoot Farmer (they all farm barefooted)."
FED Pro  >  Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)

The Original | 210 Sams Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 | www.nsbfarmersmarket.com
Beachside | Norwood's Parking Lot, 400 E 2nd Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 | www.newsmyrnabeachfarmersmarket.com


LUNCH

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Breakers

Casual beachside restaurant overlooking the water. You can come in wearing flip flops, order a burger, some peel-and-eat shrimp and a cold beer. Sit at the window and watch the waves. They also have a full bar.

"This is a local institution right on the beach. You can sit, have a Bloody Mary or Rum Runner, and look at the beach. You really feel like you are at the beach having a vacation day."
FED Pro  >  Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)

518 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
T: 386.428.2019 | breakersnsb.com

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Mon Delice

Grab a sandwich made on a fresh baked baguette from Mon Delice and head to the beach for a picnic. They've been baking fresh breads in New Smyrna Beach since 1976. Acquired in 1992, by pastry chef Serge Sorese, who grew up in Provence.

"A true French bakery and Serge Sorese is a real French baker. They make really great breads, pastries, desserts, and cakes. One of my favorite things to do in New Smyrna Beach is to get subs from Mon Delice, take them on the boat, and then get lost."
FED Pro  >  Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)

557 E 3rd Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
T: 386.427.6555 | www.mondelicebakery.net


THE BEACH

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While New Smyrna Beach might be a small town, there are 13 miles of beach to play on, which means you can find the perfect spot to drive, park, bike, surf, fish, and swim. If you don't want to worry about getting run over by a car on the beach, the traffic free zones are north of the jetty of Smyrna Dunes Park and below 27th Avenue South.


ICE CREAM

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Treats on the Beach

Hand-scooped and soft serve ice cream just steps from the beach. They also have sundaes, shakes, floats, smoothies, slush puppies and ices.

"One of the best places for ice cream in town. It's close to the water, right on Flagler, and it's been here forever. It is a walk up window right next to the surf shops and there is often a line. You can walk right up off the beach, get ice cream, and walk right back down."
FED Pro  >  Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)

504 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
T: 386.409.3456 | www.treatsonthebeach.com


The local delicacy is the seafood: the clams and the rock shrimp. Mosquito Lagoon has one of the highest salinity contents of any body of water in Florida. You have this delicious briny seafood. We have been getting some local Triple Tail, which is kind of a fisherman’s fish. It is delicious, white and flakey and sells like hot cakes.
— Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)
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PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO

Beyond the 13 miles of beach, there are a number of local sights to visit. At the north end of the island is Smyrna Dunes Park with 73 acres surrounded by water on three sides. You'll find dog beach, the Atlantic Ocean, the inlet with a view of Lighthouse Point, a dunes walkway, and guided nature walks. At the southern end is the Canaveral National Seashore, which isn't really in New Smyrna Beach, but you can only get there through it. It includes the beach, Mosquito Lagoon, and dunes. It is one of the longest expanses of undeveloped land along Florida's East Coast. Eldora State House is a historic site in the Canaveral National Seashore and is one of the best examples of earlier life along the Mosquito Lagoon.

"If you want to see really old school, go down and visit the Eldora State House, which is where the original settlement was. I come down here often. It is really cool to see the old pictures and the actual house which is still standing. You can imagine what is must have been like without air conditioning. And what the bugs must have been like. But I bet the fishing was really good."
FED Pro  >  Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)


SHOPPING

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Ocean's Seafood Market

Both a store and a restaurant offering a range of locally-caught seafood, as well as dips and seafood salads. Take home the blue crab salad, it's delicious.

"Come here to buy fresh fish and dips. They also do a great lunch business."
FED Pro  >  Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)

601 E 3rd Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
T: 386.423.5511


AFTERNOON DRINKS

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Toni & Joe's Patio

Overlooking New Smyrna Beach, you can roll up in your swim suit and grab a drink or a snack.

"If you really want to feel like you are at the beach, this is the place. It’s an iconic beach spot that is a local institution and it has been here forever. They usually have live music and for food, they have a light menu with sandwiches and pizza. The owner Joe has been in New Smyrna Beach for a very, very long time; his dad opened the place.

It is a good time to see a lot of the of the locals, to see the local flavor, get a good cold drink, soak up the breeze, and soak up the sun."
FED Pro  >  Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)

309 Buenos Aires Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
T: 386.427.6850 | toniandjoes.com


SUNSET

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Some of the best places to see the sunset in New Smyrna Beach are facing the Intercoastal Waterway, not on the easter-facing beach. If you are out on the beach near the inlet, just keep walking round past the jetty and watch the sunset over the mainland from the west side of Smyrna Dunes Park.

For the combination of seafood, beer, and sunset, head to JB's Fish Camp.

Rock Shrimp at JBs | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Rock Shrimp at JBs | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

JB's Fish Camp

Sit dockside overlooking Mosquito Lagoon. Full seafood menu includes oysters, clams, rock shrimp, scallops and local fish.

"I love the clams and they actually have the clam farm behind the restaurant. They are also the only clams I purchase for my restaurants. Anyone can buy them on-site to take home."
FED Pro  >  Chef Brandon McGlamery (Prato, Luma on Park)

"This is definitely a destination worth checking out and it’s been here since the late 1970s. Come here to watch the sunset and have a few cocktails before the bugs start coming out. I love the rock shrimp, steamed shrimp, steamed clams, corn on the cob, and cole slaw. These are my favorites. I don’t venture too far into the menu, because what they do best is the shrimp and the clams."
FED Pro  >  Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)

859 Pompano Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
T: 386.427.5747 | jbsfishcamp.com


DINNER

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Spanish River Grill

Chef Henry Salgado combines Spanish and Latin American cuisine with Florida ingredients. You'll find Whole Snapper fried with saffron rice, Fish Tacos, Mojo-roasted Pork Shoulder, as well as Spanish influenced tapas. For drinks, don't miss their G&T on tap, the Spanish Gin Tonics, and the wine list.

"I like to come here for brunch. Usually Sunday is my day off, so we flat fish in the morning then come here afterwards. They have live acoustic music and the food’s really good. Their breakfast flatbreads are delicious. I usually get the Crab and Avocado Benedict, which is a pretty traditional benedict with local blue crab, avocado and poached egg with hollandaise. After a morning of fishing it’s really good."
FED Pro  >  Chef James Petrakis (Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder)

737 E 3rd Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
T: 386.424.6991 | www.thespanishrivergrill.com

Beef wrapped in wild betel leaf | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Beef wrapped in wild betel leaf | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

AA Garden Fusion

Serving Vietnamese food with influences from the Caribbean, Thailand, Hawaii, and Japan, such as salads, appetizers, Pho noodles, rice, vermicelli, Poke bowls, seafood, and vegetarian specials.

"This is one of my favorite places on Flagler Avenue. It is owned by a Vietnamese family and they do a really good job. I love the mango salad and the cool lettuce wraps with beef wrapped in wild betel leaf."
FED Pro  >  Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)

206 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
T: 386.410.4772

Panheads Pizza

Chef Eric Ross makes deep-dish pizzas, which are all named after songs. And yes, "Panheads" is a Harley-Davidson reference.

"This is the local go-to place for pizza. Eric, the chef and owner, is a culinary grad and a really good cook. He uses his grandmother’s recipe for the dough and he is so particular about the water, the flour, and ingredients. The pizza is out of this world."
FED Pro  >  Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)

113 S Orange St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
T: 386.428.8738 | www.panheadspizzeria.com

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LATE NIGHT

Traders

Music, bands, crowds of locals, a dance floor and a open backyard where you can escape the madness inside.

"If you feel like tying one on late night this is the place. It has been here forever and it can get a little crazy. They have a dance floor, bands, and a nice outdoor bar in the back where you can escape the madness inside."
FED Pro  >  Chef Henry Salgado (Spanish River Grill)

317 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
T: 386.428.9141

Souvenirs


Souvenirs


Island Roasters Coffee

Get a bag of their coffee beans to bring home or a growler of their cold-brew coffee. Master Roaster and owner Scott Clawson only roasts organic beans at the shop. 

Website | Buy

NSB Inlet T-Shirt

NSB Inlet is a community-driven project curated by locals Jeremy Johnston and Dylan Hutchinson.

Website | Buy

 

Tropical Blossom Honey

Central Florida honey located in Edgewater, FL, just over the bridge from New Smyrna Beach. In the 1940s, the Tropic Bee Honey Store was a stop for tourists traveling up and down Florida's East Coast. Buy Orange Blossom, Wild, Tropical Blossoms, and Palmetto honey.

Website | Buy | Buy on Amazon

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INSPIRATION

MUSIC | Surfer Today Magazine's best surf music bands ever.

SURF & WEATHEr REPORTS

WEATHER | 5 day weather report.
SURF REPORT | Weather, waves, and surf cam.
BEACH CAM | NSB Beach via Volusia County website.

Stay

LAST MINUTE HOTELS | Hotel Tonight -- book a room.
APARTMENTS | Airbnb -- rent an apartment.

Getting THERE

AIRPORTS | Orlando International AirportDaytona Beach International Airport.
TRAIN | Amtrak to Winter Park and Orlando.
BUS  | Greyhound bus.

Shopping& CRUSIN'

MUSEUMS | New Smyrna Museum of History.
LIGHTHOUSE | Ponce de Leon Inlet.
BEACH DRIVING | Drive along beach.

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The Pros


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Henry Salgado

Chef / co-owner of Spanish River Grill in New Smyrna Beach and Txokos Basque Kitchen in Orlando.

Brandon McGlamery

Executive chef of Prato and Luma on Park in Winter Park.

James Petrakis

Chef and co-owner at The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder in Winter Park.

Scott Clawson

Master roaster and owner of Island Roasters Coffee Company in New Smyrna Beach.


GNARLY CHARLEY

Surfer and surfer instructor in New Smyrna Beach.

 
 
 

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