The Best Hotels and Places to Book Your Stay in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Youll be able to get your ocean and culture fix in New Smyrna Beach
You'll be able to get your ocean and culture fix in New Smyrna Beach | © Richard Ellis / Alamy Stock Photo
Nick Dauk

Who said that New Smyrna Beach should be skipped in favor of its more popular neighbors? Just south of Daytona Beach, this Space Coast city is a major surf hub that even Ron Jon approves of. And if wave riding isn’t your scene? The place is rich in arts and culture downtown, with enough to keep you stimulated from sunrise to sunset. This is your cue to explore a piece of Florida coastline worth every grain of sand – particularly when you stay at one (or more) of the best hotels in New Smyrna Beach. Book your break with Culture Trip, starting here.

1. The Black Dolphin Inn, for cozy nights around the fire

Hotel

The Black Dolphin Inn
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Save the beachside bungalow for another holiday and instead enjoy a rich B&B experience at The Black Dolphin Inn. Pamper yourself in the luxury bayfront suite, soaking in the free-floating tub under a sky-lit cupola. If you can tear yourself away from the glass-tiled, spa-inspired bathroom, you’ll find other guests gathered around the fire. Get fully into the vacation state of mind by taking advantage of the beach chairs, tote bags, fishing poles, coolers, and bicycles all available to rent.

2. Fairvilla by Ocean Properties, for some of the best golf in Florida

Homestay

Basic living room at Fairvilla by Ocean Properties with wooden dining table and cosy sofa and arm chair
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If you’re bringing your best buddies to New Smyrna Beach, this two-bedroom house is an ace of a place to stay. Right next door to the Hidden Lakes Golf Club and New Smyrna Beach Golf Course, you’ll be within putting distance from great Florida golf scene. Relax in the living room and catch the latest PGA round on the flat screen TV. When your own round is over, take the five-minute drive to Panheads Pizzeria for a 19th-hole hangout.

3. Take the whole family to stay at 15 Old Feger

Cabin

15 Old Feger
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Sitting on the shores of the Indian River just across from Chicken Island, this private home is a beauty. As bright yellow as the Florida sun and just as warm on the inside, this three-bedroom vacation rental is ready to host eight guests who desperately need some vitamin sea. The beach is a five-minute drive but don’t let the private pool rest all by its lonesome. Take a moonlit swim in the warm Florida night, savoring the privacy that hotel pools just don’t offer.

4. 1800 Hill Street, for privacy and sea views

Lodge, Villa

Cosy living room at 1800 Hill Street with yellow arm chairs and blue sofa and doors out to balcony
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So close to the beach that you can smell the salty ocean aroma from your balcony, this three-bedroom house is exactly what you envision when the words “beach getaway” come to mind. Its light blue and white exterior is so easy on the eyes that you’ll wonder how it stays so cool under the Florida sun. All rooms open to balconies or porches and there’s an additional outdoor entertaining space so everyone has their own private area to inhale the sea breeze in peace.

5. 836 Cooper by Ocean Properties, for easy access to local cafes and restaurants

Cottages

836 Cooper by Ocean Properties
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This two-bedroom house is only a 20-minute walk from New Smyrna Beach, which isn’t far at all when you realize you’ll be getting a head start on your tan. You’ll have the house to yourself, including private parking. Taverns and cafes are right across the street if you don’t want to fiddle with the full kitchen. Make sure you strap some fishing rods and kayaks to your roof – Callalisa Park is six minutes away and a perfect spot for an active afternoon.

6. Tradewinds 706, for some of the best surfing

Villa

White exterior of Tradewinds 706 with swimming pool and oceanviews
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Call Atlantic Avenue your address for a few days and have an unforgettable surf trip at this two-bedroom condo. With room for six, all of your favorite waveriders can join you in New Smyrna for the weekend. The ocean-view balcony is your own personal beach shack where you can scrub on the sex wax before the sun rises. Hit the surf until there are no more waves to ride then come back and kick it with a few hard earned beers.

7. Enjoy beach barbecues at Seacrest 602

Apartment

Two single black beds and wooden slatted blinds at Seacrest 602
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If a one-minute walk is all you need during your holiday, then we’ll stop talking right here. There’s no point in going on and on about this two-bedroom condo’s amenities. The proximity to 27th Avenue Beach seals the deal in ways that the outdoor pool and barbecue grills simply can’t. Two and a half bathrooms are an extra perk for you and your small crew, but you’ll spend enough time at the beach to hardly crack the commode.

8. Enjoy walks on the beach while staying Sun Beach Club

Apartment

Swimming pool and deck at Sun Beach Club
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What do you want on your waffle in the morning? Right down the street from C’s Waffles, it’s the toughest decision you’ll have to make when calling this two-bedroom condo home. The rest of the day is easy to plan. Post-breakfast dips in the pool, followed by mid-afternoon naps, and rounded out with a walk on the beach until the dinner bell rings. End it with a nightcap at Moe’s and repeat day after day until you check out.

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