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Whether you’re one with the great outdoors or a city-lover just starting to explore, there’s something about the beach that instantly captures the heart. The combination of salty air, warm sand, and a horizon swelling with waves makes one feel as if a minute indoors would be a minute wasted. While the ultimate guide to spending an NSB vacation outdoors could simply start and end with the beach, New Smyrna offers so many activities, rentals, and places that are too exciting to miss. View our guide below and add these to your itinerary when you stay in one of our beach condos or homes.


Relaxing on the shore may be your activity of choice, but you’ll quickly reconsider when you discover the once-in-a-lifetime activities our beach town holds. From swimming amongst dolphins to boating past manatees, New Smyrna Beach teems with opportunities that you and yours will love.

Dive Deep into NSB’s Wildlife

Catch a glimpse into the world beneath the Atlantic’s waves when you schedule an underwater tour with Sea Dogs Dive Center. With gear available for rent and an experienced staff ready to help you every step of the way, you’ll feel both safe and eager to take the plunge. Sea Dog’s local boat trips visit all the best spots along the coast where you’ll have the chance of swimming with turtles, gliding with rays, and experiencing life below sea level.

Take a Cruise Down the River

If you’re not a fan of snorkel and fins, you can still experience New Smyrna Beach’s stunning wildlife with Turtlemound River Tours. This charter boat company is ranked number one in the area as it provides two hours of outdoor fun that’s enjoyable for any age. Cruise alongside dolphins and manatees as the boat takes you down the Indian River Lagoon. Sunset, private, and fishing tours are all available options- discover more here.

Simple Beachside Fun

Don’t forget that some of the best memories come from little planning or effort! From bocce ball tournaments to skim boarding sessions, the beach holds endless opportunity for fun. While select vacation rentals provide sand toys, boogie and skim boards, etc., you can find inexpensive outdoor toys sold at the local grocery store, Publix, Alvin’s Island, and most local shops. Need games to spice up your beach time? Try the ones below!

Watersport & Outdoor Rentals

What’s a vacation without trying something new? Treat yourself to one-of-a-kind experiences that turn the outdoors into your playground. New Smyrna Beach offers nearly every watersport and outdoor rental your heart could dream of; discover our favorites below!

Take a Joyride on the Shore

Grab your camera (and the best driver in the family!) for a joyride down NSB’s shore in a “fun car” rental. These scooter-like vehicles allow for two people to sail down Flagler Ave and the driving section of the beach. Aside from being a unique excursion, they make for a great photo op! View rates and details here.

Bike the Coast

A yellow beach cruiser paired with a fresh, salty breeze is iconic for a reason. Bike rides along the shore are a classic activity that seamlessly combine exercise with relaxation. Whether you enjoy a sunrise ride with your partner or a merry race with family, you can’t help but love the fun simplicity of this pastime. Instead of hauling bicycles from home, you can rent from New Smyrna Beach’s local companies such as Sandy Andy’s, Salty Rentals NSB, and Nichols Surf Shop.

Paddle Around Paradise

Surf, skim, and paddle boards, oh my! Get your fill of H20 when you spend your days playing in the salt and fresh waters of NSB. Shredding waves doesn’t have to be your forte as New Smyrna Beach is the perfect environment for a host of water activities. The Indian River runs parallel to the ocean and is a favorite amongst locals for canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding – Check out JB’s Fish Camp for affordable rentals. If you’re looking for something more exciting and less serene, jet skis and boats are available to rent at Sand Dollar Boat rentals.

Vacation Homes with Top Outdoor Amenities

If you plan on spending every second in the Florida sunshine, you’ll need a vacation rental with the top amenities outside its door! Our NSB vacation homes boast of luxury features such as direct ocean access, resort-like pools, high-end furniture sets, and more. Enjoy the best New Smyrna Beach has to offer from the privacy of your backyard.

Hill Street Hideaway

Hill Street Hideaway

Enjoy your own mini resort when you stay in the decadent Hill Street Hideaway. The backyard is beautifully landscaped and pampers guests with everything from pool loungers to a full grill to an outdoor fire pit. Spend your days going between the private pool and the golden shore that’s only a walk away. Cushioned lounge furniture and a full dining set reside on the shaded patio so you can enjoy meals and rest in the warm weather.

Beachwood Bungalow

Beachwood Bungalow

This townhome has just undergone a complete backyard transformation! With palm trees lining the perimeter and colorful beach chairs peppering the deck, Beachwood Bungalow is truly a personal oasis. As the kids splash in the salt-water pool, enjoy time with friends with snacks by the outdoor kitchen and conversations around the fire pit. You’ll appreciate the custom-made, surfboard shower for rinsing off at the end of the perfect, water-filled day.

Coastal Villa

Coastal Villa seamlessly bridges the gap between indoor and outdoor living spaces. This luxury home rental combines beautiful landscaping with plenty of furniture to relax and soak up sunshine. From an umbrella-shaded deck with cushioned seating to a fire place and fire pit, the entire yard is full of amenities that are exclusive to you and yours.

Still searching for the perfect beach home? View more of our stunning houses here.

Maximize every moment you have in paradise by filling your NSB vacation with outdoor activities and fun. Give yourself the chance to experience everything our beach town has to offer by booking a stay in a beach vacation rental. Browse our properties online or call us at 386.478.7863 and a professional vacation planner will help you book the condo or home of your dreams.