With two charming downtowns, a bevy of unique boutiques and eateries, a vibrant arts scene, and 17 miles of white sand, New Smyrna Beach is the perfect spot for a getaway with your girlfriends. Here’s where to stay, where to dine, and what to do with your besties on our quaint barrier island.
What to Do
Spa Day: Indulge in a luxurious day of pampering with a visit to The Spa at Venetian Bay. Enjoy in a relaxing massage, rejuvenating facial, or body treatment. You’ll also get access to the Venetian Lounge which features a saltwater pool, heated stone loungers, and a Himalayan salt room. Groups of six or more receive 10% off the total (per person) for the day. Terms and conditions apply.
Cooking Class: Riverside Catering offers private cooking classes in your vacation rental’s kitchen. Previous classes have covered Italian recipes, spring time appetizers, comfort foods, cake decorating, and more.
Paddleboard Yoga: Om Sunshine Yoga offers a new take on traditional yoga. In this 90-minute class, you’ll practice your poses on a paddleboard in the beautiful Indian River Lagoon. Each class begins with basic safety and paddling instructions before transitioning to low and standing poses. All ages and experience levels are welcome. $35 per person.
Bike the Beach: Explore NSB by pedaling along its charming downtowns, area trails, and even its white sand. East Coast Bike Rentals will deliver and pick-up your cruiser—for free—right from your location. The company also provides complimentary locks and baskets.
Where to Stay
The Salty Mermaid Boutique offers five oceanfront rooms, each one fully remodeled with modern furnishings. An immaculately maintained courtyard is filled with outdoor sofas and lounge chairs and provides guests a perfect ocean view. It’s also just steps from Flagler Avenue, so you and the girls can walk to restaurants and shops.
Inn on the Avenue is a quaint bed and breakfast located right on Flagler Avenue. Its six guest rooms are uniquely decorated and sport names like the “Starfish Room” and the “Flamingo Room.” A gourmet breakfast is served daily, and pancakes can be cooked on the in-table griddles.
Great Ocean Condos offers a wide variety of rentals, perfect for all size groups. Book a luxury oceanfront home so that the entire gang can enjoy quality time together. Choose from oceanfront rentals, pet-friendly rentals, luxury rentals and more.
Where to Dine
Third Wave Café, located in the heart of Flagler Avenue, is the perfect spot for a bite to eat. Choose from lighter fare (refreshing watermelon salad, anyone?) or inventive pizzas like the Purple Wizard, a white base with mozzarella, bacon, blue cheese, dried plums and pomegranate. Seating is available in the verdant garden, trimmed with Edison-style lights.
The Grille at Riverview boasts a spectacular waterfront setting, perfect for watching frolicking dolphins at sunset. Start with a signature cocktail while you browse the extensive dinner menu. It’s stacked with fine favorites like the Caribbean Mahi-Mahi and the Bourbon Glazed Pork Loin. Top it all off with a slice of mango key lime pie or a velvety chocolate pots de crème.
The Baker’s Table is known for its fresh ingredients and bold flavors. Husband-and-wife chefs Jaime and Jeannette Quintana dish up delectable entrees like braised duck leg, day boat sea scallops, and wiener schnitzel for lunch and dinner. Locals adore their brunch options, especially the homemade donuts and stuffed challah French toast.