Shred the Surf at New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach is practically synonymous with “surfing.” Named as one of the top 20 surf towns by National Geographic, our seaside paradise is time and time again praised for our  consistent waves and perfect surfing conditions. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie to the surf world, read along for some insider tips for catching waves at New Smyrna Beach!


Hang Ten at Our Hidden Gems    

Because of our prime location along Florida’s East Coast, surfing at New Smyrna Beach is always top notch!  Rock ledges four to five miles offshore create breaks that are plentiful and ideal for those craving an adrenaline rush. You’ll find the best swells coming from the south and east directions, and waves are best at high, incoming tide. Keep this in mind when scouting a place to Hang Ten!

Bethune Beach is one of many local favorites. It’s a southeast swell spot with lots of space for surfers to spread out. It’s beginner-friendly and a quieter alternative to some of the more publicized surf spots in the area.


Located at the intersection point between the Halifax River, Indian River North, and Intracoastal Waterway, Inlet is also recognized as one of the best surfing spots on the East Coast. Ponce Inlet sees its fair share of wave breaks, but also experiences smaller waves that are ideal for beginners. Inlet has a strong, tight-knit surfing community—that’s how you know it’s the real deal.  


Learn How To Shred From The Pros    

While surfing truly is a lifestyle, there are plenty of options for those of us who just want to learn for fun! New Smyrna’s excellent surfing conditions have produced more than eight world-class competitive surfers over the years, some of whom have returned to our pristine shoreline to teach newbies the tips and tricks of catching that perfect wave. New Smyrna Beach has numerous rental businesses and surf schools in the area.  Nichols Surf Shop, the oldest operating surf shop in New Smyrna Beach, has been offering surf lessons since the 1960’s.  They have perfected the craft of teaching new surfers with a half-land, half-water instruction method that will ease your nerves and have you riding the waves in no time! You can also take your pick between a group or solo lesson at Surfin’ NSB.  Known for offering individualized and flexible lessons for surfers of all ages, they’ll even teach in front of your vacation rental. Jimmy Lane Surfing Academy hosts summer camps, birthday parties, and individual lessons, too.  Just remember—it’s never too late to learn!

With crystal clear water, top notch surf shops, and a “hang loose” vibe, New Smyrna Beach is a surfer’s paradise. Don’t miss out on the cowabunga-worthy waves. Start planning your trip today at