Closest beach to Orlando


New Smyrna Beach - Volusia County

 New Smyrna Beach access ramp

Between the world-famous sands and non-stop party reputation of Daytona, and the “surfing and space” lure of Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna Beach has somehow remained lost to the outside world, or so it seems. An overall lack of hotel rooms and a preference for by-the-week-only condominium rentals has helped send weekend vacationers north to Daytona or south to Cocoa Beach.

But this beach-focused island has some really sweet beaches. Unlike beaches to the north and south, New Smyrna has white quartz sand on the northern beaches and some of the best surfing waves in Florida. New Smyrna strikes me as a town owned by the locals, not by the tourists. Hotels are limited; condominiums rule the coast.

The hotel I recommend is the Holiday Inn. All the rooms are suites. They are very clean, all have a view of the ocean, and the price is reasonable. I’ve stayed there twice and have always had good experiences in spite of some ongoing renovation projects. They have an excellent housekeeping staff. Good restaurants are nearby.

Like Daytona, driving on the beach at New Smyrna is a continuing tradition. Also, like Daytona, not all beaches allow driving. Signs clearly indicate which beaches allow driving.

The main public beach facilities in New Smyrna Beach are:

BeachHunter's Recommendations:

Flagler Park – This park has a beach ramp for beach driving, several restaurants, beach equipment sales and rentals, restrooms and shopping right on a great beach. Note that as of Nov 1, 2011 the parking area and restrooms are under renovation/reconstruction.

27th Avenue Park – Excellent beach and restroom facilities and free parking. No beach rentals equipment rentals or food/drink within walking distance.

Apollo Beach - If you want a remote beach, this is where you want to go.