Discover the Area
An unspoiled jewel located between Daytona Beach and Kennedy Space Center, Greater New Smyrna Beach (Southeast Volusia County) still tends to fly under the radar. Here, you’ll find a laid-back blend of history, culture, the arts, shopping, dining, nature and 13 miles of white sand beaches.
Greater New Smyrna Beach is an eclectic mix of old and new; of subtle sophistication and bohemian soul that is as “real” as Florida gets. New Smyrna occupies a place in history as the second oldest city in Florida. It is also recognized as one of the “Top 100 Small Art Towns” in the US, home to numerous galleries and the internationally renowned Atlantic Center for the Arts. Other local attractions include 1830’s-era Sugar Mill Ruins; Florida’ tallest lighthouse; Marine Science Centers featuring discovery tours; and a host of palate-pleasing local dining options.
The surrounding areas of Port Orange, Edgewater, Oak Hill and Osteen are perhaps best known for outdoor recreation. Whether your idea of fun is relaxed or adventurous, it’s here. The area’s beaches are perfect for sunbathing, bicycling, swimming, fishing and building sand castles. National Geographic Magazine named New Smyrna Beach as one of the “World’s Top 20 Surf Towns“.
New Smyrna Beach and Surrounding Areas
Three waterfront communities comprised Southeast Volusia County, each with its own special flavor to a unique lifestyle. The pace of life is quite relaxed, but the area is rich in culture and history, and nature comes alive at its many natural parks.
New Smyrna Beach
Located at the mouth of the Ponce de Leon Inlet, New Smyrna Beach serves as the gateway to the historic and picturesque Indian River Intracoastal Waterway and 13 miles of Atlantic beachfront. Water sports abound, with some of the best surfing in the area and fishing that is absolutely first-class. Palm trees border Flagler Avenue, a true seaside bench street lined with quaint boutiques, surf shops and restaurants. Historic Canal Street, downtown, has become a boutique shopper’s delight. Third Avenue and South Atlantic Avenue offer wonderful restaurants and shopping. The area is 38 square miles and its population is 22, 464*.
Edgewater is an intracoastal waterfront village that offers all the charm you would expect to find small-town Florida. This is a place where one can enjoy all the comforts of home within a stone’s throw of the best boating and fishing in the state, yet engage in spirited business and commercial activity. Located just south of New Smyrna Beach and at the north end of the renowned Mosquito Lagoon – home of the best Redfish fishing in the world – Edgewater encompasses 22 square miles with 20,750* residents.
The City of Oak Hill is the southern-most city in Southeast Volusia County, comprising 10.5 square miles and a population of 1,792*. Named for its abundance of trees, the city lies along the beautiful Indian River. The town is rich in history, bird life and subtropical flora. Citrus groves were planted beginning in 1865, and commercial fishing began in 1908. The beauty and charm of the Oak Hill Community is enhanced by lovely 19th Century homes and rustic fish-camps.