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World's Coolest Surf Towns: New Smyrna Beach

Ron Buskirk / Alamy

New Smyrna Beach, FL

With average temperatures of 75 degrees, family-friendly New Smyrna Beach is perfect for year-round outdoor living. The nearly six-mile waterfront loop follows the Intracoastal Waterway, Indian River, and Atlantic Ocean through varied neighborhoods. Pick an outdoor café along Third Avenue, called “Eat Street,” or stroll the palm-lined Flagler Avenue, whose history dates back to the 1920s. At New Smyrna Beach’s oldest surf shop, Nichols, you can rent a kayak to explore the waterways—or a bike, board, boat, or beach chair, if that’s more your speed.


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