Uncategorized October 26, 2022

New Smyrna’s Beaches

There are four distinct areas of beach in New Smyrna consisting of over 17 miles of beautiful beaches. They each have something unique to offer.


Smyrna Dunes

At the north end of the peninsula, you will find Smyrna Dunes Park which is the only beach where you can bring your pets (dogs must be leashed at all times.). This section of beach is along Ponce Inlet from the Coast Guard Station down to the jetty by the mouth of the Inlet. There is an amazing walkway which loops through the dunes as well and can be used for beach access or recreation. It is a popular early morning spot for walkers and joggers and the loop is just over 1-1/2 miles.

The Beach at Smyrna Dunes
Smyrna Dunes at Twilight
The elevated decking takes you through the dunes where you might see one of the many Gopher Tortoises who call this spot home. Many surfers and fisherman use this Park to access the North End’s great surf spots and fishing along the jetty. It costs $10.00 per day to access the park, or you can buy an annual pass as outlined in the next section. 🔗 2995 N. Peninsula Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

Drive Beach

Heading south, the next section is the drive section which is over 5 miles in length and is hard packed white sand. There are five beach ramps where you can access the drive on section of the beach. The one-day price to access the drive beach is $20.00 and $10.00 for Smyrna Dunes Park; the price of the annual Beach Pass for Volusia County residents is $25.00, or $45.00 if you’d also like to have access to the Smyrna Dunes Park. Residents can also purchase a Smyrna Dunes only pass for $25.00 annually.  Non-residents can purchase a beach pass for $100.00 or $120.00 for the combo pass. For additional info regarding beach passes, please visit the Volusia Beach Pass website
Walking along the sea shore at Drive Beach

No-Drive Beach

The car free No-Drive Beach

Another five plus mile stretch of car-free beautiful white sand begins at 27th Avenue and continues past Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park. The beach becomes more natural the further south one travels where the white hard pack sand gives way to a soft golden beach. Many of our New Smyrna vacation rentals are along this end of the beach, so you can walk out the door and onto the beach.

Canaveral National Seashore

At the southern end of the peninsula, the Canaveral National Seashore is a barrier island which comprises almost 58,000 acres stretching all the way to Cape Canaveral. With 24 miles of pristine beach, it is home to many threatened and endangered species. The western border is Mosquito Lagoon which is one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America. There is evidence of human presence here dating back 4,000 years, as well as an early 20th century settlement. This Park is run by the National Park Service. Daily access fee by car is $20.00, or you can find additional entry information at this website. There are five beach entry points on the Atlantic within the six plus mile stretch of paved roadway. In addition, there are two boat ramps and a picnic area. The beaches here are wild, and in a short walk you will be the only people within sight. There are no guard stations and basic toilets at each parking lot. Worth the visit! 🔗 7611 S. Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, 32169
A Panorama of the Canaveral National Seashore