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Living a Beach Lifestyle in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

New Smyrna Beach is a peaceful beach community of 23,000 located in the northern portion of Florida’s east coast. The city incorporates the city of Coronado Beach. New Smyrna Beach was the center of intense real estate speculation during the 1920’s; about 800 buildings from that era survive. After the boom a severe depression lasted until after WW II, from which time the area has steadily grown. New Smyrna Beach is located in Volusia County

Where to Retire in New Smyrna Beach and Home Prices

New Smyrna Beach gives retirees an alternative to living in the big city or in a very affluent community. Active adults can choose from beachfront living on the barrier island, or more traditional housing and adult communities on the mainland, and across the intracoastal Waterway. There are some condos and homes on the market, as well as many high rise apartments overlooking the ocean at much higher prices. Zillow reports the median home value to be $465,185, in early 2023.

What Is Special about New Smyrna Beach

• Marineland • Marine Discovery Center • Wonderful Atlantic beaches on the barrier island • Many residential options for retirees • The Casements – former home of John D. Rockefeller  • Atlantic Center for the Arts • Canaveral National Seashore

What Is Not Special about New Smyrna Beach

• Volusia County Florida had more confirmed shark bites than any other region in the world in 2007  • Hurricane season • Not for those looking for hustle and bustle

Climate and Physical Environment

New Smyrna Beach is in the northern portion of the east coast of Florida. It features a barrier island with beaches that are connected to the mainland. Winters are temperate and summers hot.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Atlantic Center for the Arts is a community arts education center that includes the Harris House, the Little Theatre and Arts on Douglas. It has frequent arts shows and an active artists-in-residence program that works with students in music, literary arts, performance, and visual arts. Nearby Deland and Daytona Beach also offer many cultural opportunities.


Crime in New Smyrna beach is just under the national average.

Medical Facilities

Bert Fish Medical Center is here, with other hospitals in nearby Daytona Beach (about 15 miles away).


Daytona Beach International Airport is 13 miles away.

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