New Smyrna – strange name, but a cool place

Clouds finally gave way to another clear, beautiful and warm day by mid-morning. This is a nice section of the ICW with interesting scenery and wider channels in which to navigate.

Canal St. is the place for good restaurants, special activities and entertainment. There's also a great art center featuring local artists.

Canal St. is the place for good restaurants, special activities and entertainment. There’s also a great art center featuring local artists.

We pulled into New Smyrna City Marina a little after noon. It’s a small facility with perhaps 40 or slips. No clubhouse or tennis courts, but that’s OK. The staff is very helpful and friendly.

Our stay will be for 10 days to allow us to explore the area (and be in a sports bar for the national NCAA championship on Jan. 12).

Smyrna is more than another beach town. It has a cool historic district with nice restaurants, an outstanding art center and a drug store right out of the 1950s, complete with a lunch counter and soda fountain. We met several northerners who have settled here and understand why. People are friendly,  there’s an interesting culture and lots to do.

New Symrna Beach City Marina

New Symrna Beach City Marina

 

The beach is nice too. Many are either way upscale, rundown or tacky. This one is none of those — plus you can drive on the beach, which we did in our rental car. In fact, you can drive all of the way to Ponce Inlet to the north. Great way to see the ocean, especially if you do it in rain as we did on our second-to-last day here.

The only downside of our stay was both of us got sick. Julia with bronchitis and me with the flu and a cold. Nonetheless, we enjoyed our stay and will be back.

Our slip at Symrna Beach City Marina

Our slip at Symrna Beach City Marina.

 

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