New Smyrna Beach is a small Atlantic coastal town located just south of the Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach area and just east of central Florida and Walt Disney World. To the south of New Smyrna Beach by just a few miles is the world famous Mosquito Lagoon, north Indian River Lagoon system, Canaveral National Seashore, Turtle Mound, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Titusville. Southeast of this is the Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Cocoa Beach, Sebastian and the Port Canaveral cruise line area. This quiet beach town attracts surfers, art lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, golfers, boaters, kayaks as well as fisherman alike. It is a known destination for retirees and a great place to raise a family. With a great selection of restaurants and hotels, condos and shops there is plenty to do here. New Smyrna Beach is one of the most beautiful beach cities in Florida.
The area was originally settled in 1768 and today has over 1,000,000 plus visitors a year. This figure alone speaks volumes for this Atlantic beach town. It has a family oriented surrounding makeup and has a population roughly of about 24,000 residents. Along with the great beaches, awesome living conditions and great life styles, it offers outstanding saltwater fishing here that keeps you coming back for more. The fishing in New Smyrna Beach is probably considered to be the best there is in central Florida for saltwater species. Inshore, near shore and offshore. It is by far the closest fishing within an hours drive of Orlando Florida and its theme parks. The neighboring cities are Edgewater, Port Orange and Oak Hill, which borders New Smyrna Beach on the mainland side of the ICW(Intra Coastal Waterway).
Edgewater is roughly the same size as far as population, offers tidal backcountry fishing along mangrove creeks and shorelines and access to the northern end of the Canaveral National Seashore. Summertime Florida tarpon fishing can be a premium here in this area and on the Indian River. Oak Hill is a small town with a population of around 1400 residents and sits on the north end of Mosquito Lagoon and National Park itself. It is the gateway to the redfish capital of the world and leads directly to the best backcountry flats fishing in central Florida. You have Ponce Inlet to the north of New Smyrna Beach leading to the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of the city for offshore adventures that can lead to great spring, summer and fall fishing for tarpon, cobia, snook, kingfish, shark, grouper, triple tail, and dolphin.
It is here, on the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River and Ponce Inlet, where giant channel bass or bull redfish roam these pristine flats year around in the gin clear shallow back country waters. Making this area a sight fishing paradise. Fly fishing and spin fishing for trophy saltwater fish on light tackle either on the inshore waters or along the near shore Atlantic coast. Large Florida gator sea trout, Indian River black drum, Florida snook, Ponce Inlet tarpon, ladyfish, jacks, flounder, sharks and so on make these inshore waters home. It is the only place on the planet where red drum will live their entire life. The beauty of it is that you are surrounded by so many things for the whole family to do as well. With New Smyrna Beach less than an hours drive from Orlando, Walt Disney World, Kissimmee and Universal Studios it makes it one of the best places to stay here while in east central Florida.
If you are looking for the perfect vacation spot on some of the best beaches here in central Florida along with world class trophy saltwater fishing within minutes of you, than I highly recommend you look at the New Smyrna Beach area. Please visit our Mosquito Lagoon Lodging page for area lodging information. Hope to see you on the water.
Visit our "Contact & Email" page or call Captain Drew at: (cell-352-223-7897) today and book an inshore flats fishing trip to remember for a lifetime while here in New Smyrna Beach. This is the closest saltwater fishing near central Florida.
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