New Smyrna Beach Makes National Geo’s List of World’s 20 Best Surf Towns

Getting ready to ride some waves at New Smyrna Beach

I’ve spent most of my entire life surfing. The rest I wasted. ~ Unknown

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New Smyrna Beach just splashed onto National Geographic’s list of the World's 20 Best Surf Towns. The folks at National Geographic were looking for destinations with “consistent waves, inviting accommodations, friendly locals, fun nightlife, delicious food and plenty of activities should the ocean go flat.” They cited the town’s 13 miles of beach, 300 surfable days a year, warm water and great fishing.

Although I am not a skilled surfer (an epic understatement if there ever was one) I couldn’t agree more. New Smyrna Beach has loads of little shops and cafes, a thriving arts community and its beaches are wide and flat with golden-hued sands. You can drive on the beach – which is great if you have surfing gear – or opt for their beach that doesn’t allow cars. And parking is free.

Yes, you should visit!

Insider’s tip: For a great burger smack-dab on the beach, eat at Breakers (518 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 32169, 386- 428-2019).

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