As I begin to awake, I realize that I’m no longer home. I am staying a New Smyrna Beach’s exclusive, upscale vacation rental, The Inlet – the luxury ocean view condo framed by the Atlantic Ocean coastline and the pristine shoreline of Canaveral Seashore Park. 

I smile knowing I made the best vacation destination decision possible as I make my way out of my king-size bed and over to a floor-to-ceiling view of waves gently lapping the beach just outside my condo door. 

I nudge the sliding glass door open and I’m instantly engulfed in warm salt air. Mmm, smells just like vacation should. I step through and onto my own private patio as I contemplate my first move. Coffee right here, I think…while I take in the unparalleled scenery and plan my day.

Initially I considered a few laps in the pool or a little tennis because the pool deck is beautiful and those courts are so nice, but I think I’ll save that for tomorrow. Should I hike along the nearby walking trails of scenic Smyrna Dunes Park or take my virgin voyage to the beach and dip my toes in the sand? 

The beach won that match and after a quick shower, I head out to breakfast. I choose Wake Up Cafe because my mouth is watering for a yogurt parfait and a fresh baked muffin, while my travel companion chooses an omelet dripping with velvety cheese. 

We’re dying to check out the town, so our next stop is lively Flagler Avenue, and its beachy vibes and quaint outdoor cafes instantly win us over. We wander in and out of shops – including one entirely dedicated to flip flops and another called Dottie’s, which offers everything from bracelets and baubles to masterfully displayed driftwood art. 

Then we decide to head over to the second downtown in New Smyrna, its charming, tree-lined Historic District. There’s a surf museum, a local pub playing live music, and even though we just ate breakfast not that awfully long ago, we just can’t walk past its old fashioned creamery without stopping in for a root beer float. Then, with a day so full, all we have the energy for is heading back to our plush accommodations for a cozy night in including a late dinner we easily prepare in our condo’s state-of-the-art, fully-equipped kitchen. 


With a little more jump in my step the next morning, I opt for tennis with the on-site pro at my choice of four Har-Tru courts. Next on our agenda is a Turtle Mound River Tour, a two-hour pontoon boat ride along the Indian River, offering breathtaking views of Canaveral National Seashore, dolphin and bald eagle sightings and intriguing historic tidbits and funny quips from our hilarious guide.

We topped it off with fresh caught seafood at JB’s Fish Camp, a casual waterfront restaurant and bar brimming with both locals and visitors…all fully enjoying themselves over delicious fare. Feeling adventurous and in honor of our day at sea, my beverage of choice is a “Salted Sea Dog” made from citrus vodka, pineapple and grapefruit juices and rimmed with salt. My meal is the blackened seafood sampler with shrimp, mahi, alligator and a piece of corn on the cob. My date selected a frozen mudslide and steamed clams.


We decide to take it easy midweek and head over to the pool deck, where we get in a few laps in the large, heated pool, soak in the hot tub, comfortably lounge in the sun; and since The Inlet also has both men’s and women’s saunas, we enjoyed those too.

Then we took relaxation to the next level with an afternoon at the Riverview Spa. My mani-pedi ensures that my tootsies are beach-ready and I now sport an effervescent dayglow yellow on my fingernails to match my mood.


Since America’s most beloved theme-parks and attractions are only approximately an hour away in Orlando, Saturday was our Disney World day and you can just imagine what that entailed! We get there in a flash and take in all the sites, enjoy a concert at the House of Blues, check out EPCOT’s interactive space training lab, experience wild animal encounters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, see the flamingos on Discovery Island, get our game on at the Frontierland Arcade and even brave the water rides at Castaway Park. We’re definitely coming back soon because there is so much more to see and do!


Today we drive just 20 minutes north to Daytona Beach, “The World Center of Racing” where we relive the early days of racing through authentic memorabilia at the Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum. We dine on grouper fingers and crab cakes at Crabby Joes, a dynamic hotspot with delicious eats (including plenty of menu options for landlubbers) perched on the end of a pier extending over the ocean.

After being in Daytona, we catch race fever (which isn’t a bad thing) and decide to stop at the Little New Smyrna Speedway, where we watch the quarter midget races to round out our evening.


Ruthie’s Restaurant is a favorite among locals and famous for really good down home breakfast; and, of course, after learning all that, we pencil it in to see what all the fuss was about. We can now say from experience that Ruthie’s certainly lives up to its hype. The coffee and smiles flow and I order the “Hearty Breakfast” which comes with two eggs, country fried steak, grits or home fries and toast…maybe not the best choice before squeezing into my bathing suit, but definitely worth it!

We decide that since New Smyrna is famous for its beach which is located just outside our door, we would be remiss if we didn’t enjoy a beach day soon. So…we lather up with sunscreen and make that magic happen, complete with wiggling toes in the sand, a little shelling and a swim in the gentle surf.

Tonight is our date night. So, I make reservations at The Garlic, New Smyrna Beach’s gourmet Italian restaurant. Its atmosphere is reminiscent of an Italian garden with pizza ovens creating tantalizing aromas while strands of white tea lights sparkle overhead. I’m thinking of splurging on this meal…as if we haven’t already.

…and splurge we do! After a romantic meal consisting of the eggplant tower appetizer, garlic mussels for me (so much for date night) and pepper bacon wrapped filet for him, washed down with a nice chianti; we take off in search of some entertainment – which is never hard to find in New Smyrna Beach.

What we discover is “Dueling Pianos” at a local pub called Peanuts. This talented duo was playing tons of songs of every kind and putting on such a great show. I can’t remember when I had such a good time.


Today is reserved for exploring, so first things first. I visit one of the nearby New Smyrna Beach rental shops, which carry everything from golf carts, to surfboards and snorkeling gear, to rent a bicycle for a pleasurable morning ride through the adorable streets of New Smyrna Beach.

Since the weather was beautiful, I figure on a little outdoor dining and decide on brunch at Third Wave Café and Wine Bar – a fusion of southern coastal cooking and global inspiration. After being seated in the outdoor garden area, I sweeten things up even more with their “Dulce-de-Leche Crepe” filled with bananas, berries, almonds, caramelized milk, sugar jam and topped with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. How could that be bad, right?

Now it’s off to explore Sugar Mill Ruins and then hike through the two miles of elevated walkways within Smyrna Dunes Park, which neighbors The Inlet and rests on 73 gorgeous acres surrounded by water on three sides. It is so peaceful and relaxing that I decide to extend that feeling with a glass of wine on my private balcony while I watch the sun slowly set upon my gorgeous ocean view.

I could get used to this. Thank goodness we booked more than one week. I still want to climb the steps of famous Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and take in its panoramic view, paddleboard down the scenic Indian River, set sail on a Marine Discovery Center guided full moon kayak tour, enjoy a round of golf on one of the many challenging golf courses nearby, travel a little north of Daytona to meander through the historic streets of charming St. Augustine, our country’s oldest town, and take a short drive south toward Cocoa Beach so I can experience a Port Canaveral rocket launch firsthand. 

The Inlet at New Smyrna Beach

Call 386-409-9212 to book your dream vacation and head to The Inlet with dreams of tomorrow and the promises it holds. 


New Smyrna Beach is a coastal gem tucked away less than 20 miles south of Daytona Beach. Its laid back, beachy vibe; warm, welcoming locals; and historic and cultural appeal have long charmed visitors of every make and model. Peppered with old fashioned creameries, seaside shops and art galleries and surrounded by stately palm trees and crystal-clear water along unspoiled sugary sand beaches, New Smyrna Beach is a feast for the senses and an indulgence long past due.

Dining Options to Sink Your Teeth Into

Do you prefer your margarita in an outdoor cafe or beachside with a waterfront view? Either way, it really doesn’t matter because you can have all that and more in New Smyrna Beach. Like fresh seafood?

Get the melted butter ready! JB’s Fish Camp is a waterside gem perfect for steamers by the dozen or rock shrimp by the pound. Belly up to a streetside bistro table at The Corkscrew on historic Canal Street or take a stroll along Flagler Avenue where you can dive into everything from a “Retriever Roast Beef Sandwich” with Gouda cheese and caramelized onions at Yellow Dog Eats to a black and blue burger with blue cheese, bacon and an oceanfront view at Breakers. More in the mood for a romantic table for two? Try The Garlic, where you can immerse yourself in its Italian garden-like atmosphere and slather fresh bread with roasted garlic before your delicious meal.

You’ll Never Run Out of Things to Do in New Smyrna Beach

From watersports to unsurpassed scenery, New Smyrna Beach is always jam-packed with fun and adventure. Take a picturesque water tour by kayak along the scenic riverside, schedule a guided Canaveral Seashore excursion in search of our treasured manatees, playful dolphins and majestic bald eagles or opt for a fishing charter on a quest for Mahi Mahi. Climb the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, visit the Marine Discovery Center, explore Sugar Mill Ruins, cruise to Disappearing Island by boat, hike through one of the area’s numerous beautiful parks. If you’re more in the mood for practicing your putt or a relaxing round of golf, by all means, enjoy that too on one of the area’s challenging, meticulously maintained golf courses You can even drive right on the beach or opt for a more secluded no-drive section of New Smyrna’s beach while seeking some sun and fun. There is always something to do in New Smyrna Beach.

A Coastal Town Rich in History 

Architecture of days gone by line the historic streets of Canal and vibrant Flagler Avenue; and guests of this charming waterfront town can discover New Smyrna Beach’s richly woven history within numerous fascinating venues. New Smyrna History Museum preserves and protects the New Smyrna Beach historic artifacts and information via riveting exhibits and walking tours. The Museum of East Coast Surfing expertly memorializes the accomplishments of dozens of world-class surfers. Turtle Mound is a national park dedicated to some of the few remaining burial and shell mounds of the indigenous, long-gone Timucuan Indians. Sugar Mill Ruins, showcasing remnants of the second Seminole War, has earned acclaim as a site on the National Historic Register. Plus, don’t forget to take in the amazing panoramic ocean view from Ponce de Leon Lighthouse!

A Cultural Mecca 

Ah, but it’s not all just unparalleled scenery, pina coladas and suntans. Culture abounds in the charming little town of New Smyrna Beach. Take the Hub on Canal, for instance – an esteemed organization which infuses beauty and inspiration throughout New Smyrna through art. Atlantic Center for the Arts interacts with the community through its renowned interdisciplinary artist-in-residency program spanning the disciplines of visual, performing, composition and literary arts. Visitors can also browse through the artwork in New Smyrna’s various art galleries including the art gallery and workshop of America’s beloved television artist Bob Ross. There’s also The Little Theatre in NSB, providing community theater and acting classes. Additionally, Daytona Beach, aptly referred to as the Festival Capital of Florida, is home to over 60 cultural festivals and events; and New Smyrna Beach is a very close second with a calendar packed full of street art fairs, live music, Broadway-style theatrical performances and other cultural opportunities.

New Smyrna Beach Even Makes Rainy Days Better

Although most people come to Florida to enjoy our beautiful weather, even when it rains here, the showers tend to be short-lived; and if by chance they’re not, it’s not a problem. New Smyrna Beach has got it covered.

Meander through beachside shops for the perfect souvenirs or treat the family to a movie. There are 12 great shows from which to choose at the New Smyrna Beach AMC, which makes things ultra comfy with reclining seats. Better yet, how about pampering yourself with a hot stone massage, a pedicure to soothe those tired tootsies and ensure that they are beach-ready or go all-in and make the entire day of it at one of many day spas throughout New Smyrna Beach?

In Close Proximity to Everything!

Location, location, location! What’s a vacation destination without convenience? And New Smyrna Beach is an exceptionally convenient locale – nearby so much to see and do. The quaint, historic streets of St. Augustine, Florida’s oldest city; the out of this world rocket launches in Cape Canaveral; the iconic speedway in exciting Daytona Beach; and the world’s most popular theme parks in Orlando are just a convenient drive away.

From a romantic retreat to a girlfriends’ getaway, a family vacation or simply a respite away from the stresses of the world, New Smyrna Beach provides a magical haven in which you can unwind and enjoy the pleasures of life; and The Inlet Condominiums offers the perfect luxurious, ocean view accommodations to call homebase while you do! The Inlet at New Smyrna Beach, edged with over 13 miles of pristine beaches just steps away from each of its condo units and nestled within the 65 acres of the exclusive Minorca Community, is located at 1257 Minorca Way and can be reached for more information by calling 386-409-9212.

The sound of the waves gently lapping the shoreline, the sun’s warm caress upon your face and the feel of sugary sand between your toes. How does that sound? 

How about spending some quality time in a charming seaside town which is rich in culture and historic appeal, with art galleries, golfing, waterfront restaurants and shopping – all just a stone’s throw away from incredible attractions, several nearby airports and easy access to major routes…and what if, while you enjoyed it all, you stayed in ocean view accommodations along Florida’s scenic coastline? Sound even better?

You can have all of that and so much more when you choose The Inlet Condominiums at New Smyrna Beach as your vacation destination, and an easy-to-use tool has been developed to help you make those spectacular vacation plans…

Customize Your Vacation 

For an elevated vacation that is tailor-made for just you, simply visit at newsmyrnabeachinlet.com for the ultimate guide to fall and winter vacation rentals in New Smyrna Beach. It is a comprehensive collection of everything you need for an unsurpassed vacation experience. Newsmyrnabeachinlet.com is a place where you can view some of the area’s most impressive ocean view accommodations. Browse through a wide selection of well-appointed, oceanfront condo units at your leisure. You can search by number of bedrooms and baths, pricing and even the special vacation packages being offered at the time of your stay.

Desire upscale amenities such as a Bose stereo and wine bar? Prefer a view of Ponce Inlet Lighthouse? Would you like an end-unit providing over 3,000 square feet of ocean view patio space accessible through sliding glass doors from each room? You can have whatever you wish for at The Inlet.

On your visit to newsmyrnabeachinlet.com, you will also discover a “Things to Do” section, a helpful outline including items such as a sampling of local restaurants, walking and aerial tours, eco tours and sunset cruises, fishing excursions, scuba diving centers and charters, as well as rentals from bicycles, to surfboards, paddle boats and all sorts of boats. This in-depth vacation site even provides important information and telephone numbers that may come in handy during your stay, as well as a Q&A for commonly asked questions.

Luxurious Oceanfront Comfort

Nestled on 65 pristine acres between the Atlantic Ocean and the majestic Intracoastal Waterway, within the exclusive Minorca Community, you will discover a slice of vacation heaven and the most prestigious vacation rental address on Florida’s east coast – The Inlet Condominiums. 

Guests at The Inlet at New Smyrna Beach will enjoy…

All condo units at The Inlet at New Smyrna Beach provide a balcony or patio with a stunning ocean view; a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art kitchen; a washer and dryer; a spacious floor plan with a comfortable living area and as many bedrooms and bathrooms as you choose.

Close to Everything Could Want

The Inlet Condominiums are located in New Smyrna Beach where you can always find live music performed by talented entertainers and a delightful Broadway-style show at the Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach. There are street fairs with art displays and progressive wine and craft beer tastings, as well as historic walking tours and wildlife tours along its resplendent waterways. Stately oak trees, old fashioned ice creameries, art galleries and beachy shops line the streets; and when you work up an appetite, you can satisfy your cravings at one of its many casual outdoor cafes, popular waterfront establishments or restaurants offering gourmet fare.

If you tire of New Smyrna Beach (which you won’t), you can watch a rocket launch in nearby Cape Canaveral, take a trolley tour through the famous streets of historic St. Augustine or catch a race at Daytona’s iconic speedway. New Smyrna Beach is also the closest beach to Central Florida’s most popular theme parks and everything else Orlando has to offer.

Vacation Without a Care 

The Inlet at New Smyrna Beach furnishes carefree vacations by providing guests with the peace of mind that accompanies on-site management facilitated by a friendly, competent, knowledgeable staff to address and accommodate guests’ needs – a convenient point of contact for the vacation you deserve.

The Inlet at New Smyrna Beach…Exclusive Oceanfront Accommodations

The ocean is a powerful elixir that rejuvenates the spirit and soothes the soul. Its healing properties calm our nerves, reduce stress and even help us sleep more soundly. It replenishes us, relaxes us and renews our focus. It’s no wonder people have been flocking to the beach for centuries. Make the most of your vacation by the sea. Uplift and transform your spirit at The Inlet at New Smyrna Beach. Book your own, personal condo for a few weeks or the entire season – either way, we guarantee you won’t want to leave.

If you would like more information, please feel free to call our office at 386-409-9212. The Inlet at New Smyrna Beach is located at 257 Minorca Beach Way.