contrary to what its name implies, New Smyrna Beach isn’t new at all. It’s an old city steeped in history. Through the city, travelers can see foundations for a would-be palace from 1770 sitting alongside newly renovated hotels, with a flamingo-pink burger joint tucked in-between. Warm, salty breezes are almost a given, luring residents and visitors alike towards 17 miles of wide-open Florida shoreline.
There are plenty of things to do in New Smyrna Beach to fill a long weekend, especially if you’re keen on soaking up the vintage Florida vibes. It’s less than an hour from Orlando, making it a great place to visit if theme parks and family vacations aren’t your thing. Just don’t forget the important items to pack: flip-flops, sunscreen, and sunglasses, because the forecast doesn’t change too much: sunny, with a chance of dolphin spotting.