Surfing in New Smyrna Inlet, Daytona Beach, Florida USA

Skill level:
Intermediate and advanced
Swell size:
5ft/1.5m up to 6ft/2m
Daytona Beach is located in Volusia County and is famous world wide among the race fans for the Daytona International Speedway. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the city hosts an amazing coastline and beautiful sandy beaches, attracting visitors from all over the states. It is also known for the hard packed sand on which you can drive your vehicle and visit restricted areas.

With a humid subtropical climate, the average temperatures during summer are 90°F/33°C with brief tropical storms and the average temperatures during winter are 70°F/21°C with light freezes.

New Smyrna Inlet is a beautiful wide sandy beach, located on the north tip of New Smyrna Beach where surfing is one of the most popular activities. As it is an exposed beach break, it offers a regional classic wave quality with consistent frequency that works all year round. The size of the swell, starts working from 5 ft/1.5 m and holds up to 6 ft/2 m and more, while the best wind direction is when coming from Northwest, West.

The bottom of the sea is sandy and the waves are hollow and fun to ride, especially during high tide.  New Smyrna Inlet is suitable for indeterminate and advanced surfers and when the hurricane season is on (between August and December), surfers can find some super fun waves to ride. Note that during weekends the beach is ultra crowded. Surfers should be careful of  sharks, rip currents and jellyfish.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Daytona Beach
17.2mi/27.6km, 30mins
Head southeast on FL-5 S/U.S. 1 S/S Ridgewood Ave toward Magnolia Ave Continue to follow FL-5 S/U.S. 1 S, Turn left onto Washington St, Continue onto N Causeway, Continue onto Flagler Ave, Turn left onto N Peninsula Ave, Turn right onto Beachway Ave.
Daytona Beach International Airport,
23.4mi/37.6km from New Smyrna Inlet

Daytona Beach is served by Amtrak by way of a Thruway Motorcoach connection between the beach side and Amtrak’s DeLand Station, at 28 mi/45 km to the west.


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