MM 846.1 Sea Harvest Restaurant Free Dock
This prominant blue building is a landmark in New Smyrna Beach. Their sign says they have free docks. Previously I've seen shrimp boats on their docks. This time I actually saw a sailboat there. I do not know what depth there is at these docks.
new england (!) fish house
they serve seafood "flown in daily from new england," "the freshest seafood available in the traditional new england style." apparently many locals eat here.
focus is on clams, lobster, haddock, gulf shrimp, salmon, mahi mahi (similar to swordfish but not endangered), sea scallops, gray sole flounder, catfish, oysters; chicken is also available. they have fried dinners, broiled dinners, sandwiches, salads. beer and wine are available.
you get in line; server brings drinks to you in line; you order at a counter, pay, and wait for a table (dining area is relatively small); server seats you when table is ready; meal arrives shortly thereafter.
dress is casual. lunch ranges from $6-$8, dinner from $7-$16; kids' menu items are approx $4. open tues-sat, 11 am to 8:30 pm, BUT closed 3:30-4 pm for "oil filtering." i had a dinner of fish and chips and a soft drink, the total was approx $11.
the fish (cod) serving was generous, at least 20 one-or-two-bite pieces. it was not as crispy as some i have had, but it was good. the fries were good. the cole slaw had a sweet undertaste but was good also.
My quaint beachside town ....New Smyrna Beach
The New Smyrna Beach Resort Area, located on the central east coast of Florida, is surrounded by bodies of water; the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Intra coastal Waterway to the west and Mosquito Lagoon in between the two. New Smyrna prides itself on being a laid-back coastal town, free of the crowds, pollution and noise that plague other Florida beaches. It is the ideal location to go wild with water sports.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA
(city) Population (1990): 16543
Location: 29.03365 N, 080.91870 W
Zip Code(s): 32168 32169 32170
"Adventure in New Smyrna Beach"
The New Smyrna Beach Resort Area, located on the central east coast of Florida, is surrounded by bodies of water; the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Intracoastal Waterway to the west and Mosquito Lagoon in between the two. New Smyrna prides itself on being a laid-back coastal town, free of the crowds, pollution and noise that plague other Florida beaches. It is the ideal location to go wild with water sports.
It's a little known fact that the strip of ocean off the coast of New Smyrna is one of the best surfing spots in Florida. Rock ledges 4-5 miles off shore cause excellent wave breaks and protect swimmers from dangerous undertoes. Not only can accomplished surfers rip up New Smyrna's waves, but beginners can learn the sport in safe waters. No matter your level of expertise, surfing gives you a rush like no other.
Every summer, the American Professional Surfing Association holds one of its premier contests in New Smyrna. Rookies and veterans from all over the country compete for the titles being given in several categories. A number of locals have gone on to make names for themselves in the surfing world.
Going sailing for a day on the ocean in a catamaran is sure to challenge the most avid thrill seeker. There is almost always a brisk wind off the water to get you cruising along the waves at a fair speed. You are the "cruise director," so to speak, depending on how you adjust the sails. Be prepared for salt water spray, windblown hair, bands of porpoises and other sea life. You'll love every minute of it.
The Intracoastal Waterway (Indian River), which is approximately a mile west of the ocean, is frequented by wind surfers. The calmer waters and closer borders of the river are ideal for novices, but jumping the wakes of passing power boats could prove to be tricky and a lot of fun. With the inlet leading to the ocean close by, don't be surprised to see porpoises in the river too.
Only experienced wind surfers should attempt to sail the rougher waters of the ocean, which is an exhilarating ride. With only a sailboard and sail separating you from the depths of the ocean, sailors must rely on their prowess to keep them from being lost at sea.
If you need a motor to get you "revved" up, jet skiing is the thing for you. Let your wild side loose by jumping waves or boat wakes, doing spins and pushing the throttle to the max. Several vendors along the beach and by the river rent the powered machines on an hourly or daily basis.
What about a day cruising along the river, water skiing and hyrdo-sliding? It's wide enough and usually calm enough to spend the day practicing your tricky maneuvers. Don't worry about packing a lunch, just dock at one of the several riverside seafood restaurants. But if you do bring a picnic, anchor off one of the many little islands in the river and eat there.
After a few therapeutic days in the water, wind and sun, visitors will be ready to hit Central Florida's man-made attractions. New Smyrna Beach is the closest beach to these attractions, so visitors can return the same evening. The Space Coast and St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, are also only a short drive away.
The laughter will be yours and your friends' as you recount the day's activities in a quaint fresh seafood restaurant or in one of the casual seaside bars. The relaxed, easy-going atmosphere of the entire town will prepare you for another day of New Smyrna Beach adventure.
"Beachside Manner of New Smyrna Beach"
For decades, Florida's beaches have had a magnetic effect on people all over the world, drawing them to the coastlines in droves. Sadly, this tremendous influx has tainted and spoiled many of these once pristine seashores. However, New Smyrna Beach remains to be almost untouched, free of the heavy traffic, large crowds and pollution that plague most Florida beaches.
New Smyrna Beach, naturally buffered on every side from the hectic daily grind, is the ideal refuge for those who truly need to get away from it all. What can be more healing than basking in the warm rays of the sun on the silky soft sands of New Smyrna Beach and splashing around in the blue-green waters of the Atlantic Ocean? The average air and water temperature of 70 degrees lets everyone take advantage of the soothing powers of the beach year round.
New Smyrna's beach stretches for 13.2 miles, protected to the north by an imposing rock jetty and to the south by the Canaveral National Seashore Park, a designated wildlife preserve. Dubbed the "World's Safest Bathing Beach," New Smyrna Beach is also protected by rock ledges 25 - 40 miles offshore which eliminate dangerous undercurrents.
Nature has safeguarded New Smyrna Beach to the north, south and east, and conscientious New Smyrna citizens have preserved the land to the west by taking precautions against erosion. (EXCEPT THE HURRICANES SEVERELY DAMAGED THEM AND THEY ARE IN BAD SHAPE ) Unlike many Florida beaches which are lined with towering condominiums and hotels that significantly reduce the beaches' protective barrier of sand dunes, New Smyrna Beach's tasteful, low-rise condominiums are strategically placed along the beach.
Visitors can also participate in many refreshing activities. Long, peaceful strolls along the water's edge are sure to clear the minds and most guests don't leave New Smyrna Beach without a varied collection of shells, the most sought after being undamaged sand dollars. Visitors of any age will have fun building sandcastles and other sand sculptures.
Surfing is especially popular because of New Smyrna's excellent wave breaks, the best in Florida. Every summer, the best surfers in the country head to New Smyrna to compete in the ASP Surfing Competition. Even if you're not a pro, New Smyrna's safe waters make it the perfect surfing spot for beginners.
Wind surfing, sailing and jet skiing are also fun ocean sports. To go water skiing and hydro sliding, the Indian River (Intracoastal Waterway) is only a hop, skip and a jump away. Fish enthusiasts can charter boats that leave from Ponce Inlet for deep sea fishing. One of the best parts of vacationing is bringing home lots of souvenirs and gifts. There are numerous novelty shops and boutiques along the charming streets on the oceanside and mainland to satisfy the most avid shopper.
All of these activities build up appetites, and New Smyrna boasts the best fresh seafood restaurants around, where "Catch of the Day" means exactly that. There are also restaurants for lovers of traditional, Italian, Mexican and Chinese fare.
The tranquility, beauty and recreation of New Smyrna Beach make it unquestionably the perfect getaway