Of all the towns along the Space Coast , New Smyrna Beach is the one that feels considerably less beholden to the presence of NASA. Still, the area’s preeminent natural site—the Canaveral National Seashore —would unlikely be in such a great state of pastoral preservation were it not for its role as a buffer zone for the activities farther south at Cape Canaveral.
The city of New Smyrna Beach—pronounced “New Suh-murna”—combines beach-town mellow with occasional flashes of classy savoir-faire, making it one of the most attractive towns on Florida ’s mid-Atlantic coast.
The coastal area of the town of New Smyrna Beach is located about seven miles (15 minutes’ drive) east of I-95 on State Road 44. Daytona Beach  is about 24 miles (30 minutes) north of New Smyrna. Public transportation exists in the form of the VOTRAN system, but visitors may find it somewhat inscrutable; this being Florida , it’s far more optimal to rent a car and make your way to all the nearby sights.