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to get to new smyrna beach, you can fly to orlando (60 miles) or daytona beach (20 miles).
if you are driving to or from ORLANDO, avoid I-4 at all costs. it is crowded, slow, and frustrating, despite its appearance of being direct according to a map.
the rental car places tell you that it takes only an hour to go between orlando and new smyrna beach, but because I-4 is under construction and congested ALL OF THE TIME, this is not accurate; it takes longer than an hour. it is far easier, and probably equivalent in time, to take a route that avoids I-4.
FROM the orlando airport, i had an easy drive going --
-- east about 5 miles on SR 528 (toll road)
-- north about 25 miles on SR 417 (toll road)
-- north about 1 mile on US 17/92
-- east about 3 miles on SR 46
-- north about 20 miles on SR 415
-- east about 11 miles on SR 44
SR 44 becomes the south causeway to the "island" side of new smyrna beach, then becomes 3rd avenue, then curves right to join south atlantic avenue.
the tolls are approx $3 total. this route is very easy to drive, and much easier to drive than it is to describe!
a second way, FROM the orlando airport, is to head east on SR 528 (toll road) and connect with I-95 north, to the SR 44 exit, then go east to new smyrna beach. i have NOT tried this route, but it looks simple on the map (however, i do not know anything about whether I-95 is crowded or under construction).
Updated Apr 23, 2005