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Saying goodbye to summer is always hard, but it is a little easier if you have a Labor Day beach vacation planned to end the season. Labor Day weekend in New Smyrna Beach is summer’s last hurrah allowing travelers to soak up sun one last time before fall begins. A long weekend vacation is exactly what families need to motivate them for autumn’s work/school routine. Secure a weekend of R&R by booking a NSB vacation rental and incorporating these Labor Day traditions on your trip!

Beachside Relaxation


Labor Day is a time to honor those in the workforce by simply taking a break! There is no better way to pay tribute than by kicking back in a beach chair on New Smyrna’s shore. Labor Day is one of the last weekends of summer and therefore one of the last times of the year to tan, live in a swimsuit, and swim all day.

In the spirit of taking it easy, we recommend staying in a direct oceanfront vacation rental for quick access to the beach. Ground-floor, oceanfront rentals like Sunrise 109 and Sea Coast Gardens III 101 are only a matter of feet from the sand. If you truly don’t want to lift a finger, purchase a beach set-up package with Beachfront Bellhop. This local company will set up a cabana, beach chairs, towels, and more so you don’t have to tote anything to the beach.

Grill Out by the Pool

Warm evenings and hotdogs sizzling on the barbeque are essential to the perfect Labor Day weekend in New Smyrna Beach. While complexes often provide charcoal and gas grills, our NSB vacation homes elevate guests’ BBQ by providing private backyards for a cookout.

If you are staying in Hill Street Hideaway or Villa Amelia, you can turn a barbeque into an entire afternoon spent poolside. These luxury NSB homes have private pools where everyone can swim and lay out. Bring a pitcher of margaritas and snacks to the outdoor tables to enjoy before dinner prep. With music playing, the kids swimming in the pool, and a spread of hamburgers, salad, and fruit, you’ll wish every weekend were Labor Day.

Grab Ice Cream at a Local NSB Shop

No beach vacation is complete without a trip to the local ice cream shop! New Smyrna Beach has several beloved ice cream shops that serve everything from double-scoops to banana splits. NSB locals swear by Frozen Gold which has been a dessert staple since the 1970’s. If you’re strolling down Flagler Ave, swing by Treats on the Beach for a scoop of Rocky Road or a chocolate dipped soft serve. Those traveling with a large group can spend Labor Day evening at Izzy’s Island Tacos and Ice Cream. This mom-and-pop shop has great outdoor seating and firepits should you want to roast s’mores.

Attend a New Smyrna Beach Event

Even though Labor Day is a relaxed weekend, it is still fun to celebrate! New Smyrna Beach is hosting a First Responders music festival from Thursday, September 1 to Monday, September 5th, 2022. Walk Flagler Avenue and catch one of the twenty free shows hosted at different restaurants and venues.

Nearby in Ponce Inlet, the historic lighthouse will be featuring special family activities from 10:30AM-2:30PM on Labor Day, September 5th. Join in on the fun and climb the 203 steps to the top of Florida’s tallest lighthouse. Trust us, the view is worth it!

End summer on a high note with a Labor Day weekend vacation in New Smyrna Beach. Search our available Labor Day vacation rentals and secure your spot on the sand. Don’t forget to ask for a complimentary 5PM Labor Day checkout (applicable only to properties with availability). Spend the weekend oceanfront, splurge on a vacation home, or save by booking ocean view. The Great Ocean Condos and Homes team is here to assist you; call us at 386.280.4537.