The sun on your skin, fresh salty air, and warm sand under your feet are reason enough to travel hours to New Smyrna Beach. Our East Coast beach town is popular with Florida natives as it boasts of the same beauty as Daytona and Cocoa just without the crowds. A day in New Smyrna Beach can be as simple or as elaborate as you make it. Below we have listed 6 beach day essentials you’ll need for a relaxing time by the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t limit yourself to only one day of beachside bliss, book a NSB vacation rental for a week (or more!) of R&R.
Never underestimate the Florida sun! Whether there is full sunshine or a sky engulfed in clouds, you will end up sunburnt without protection. Florida summers have very high UV indexes from 10AM – 6PM. It takes less than 30 minutes to burn if your skin is not protected.
Be smart and come prepared with sunscreen, hats and visors, and a beach umbrella. Trust us, you will thank yourself later! Find sunscreen recommendations and summer essentials for a hot day.
Beach Chair & Towel
You can’t have a beach day in NSB without a chair and towel. Guests who stay in our New Smyrna vacation rentals will often find ample beach chairs and plush towels provided for days on the shore. If you can’t be bothered hauling beach chairs to the sand, opt for a luxury set-up experience with Beachfront Bellhop. This local NSB company delivers and sets up cabanas, beach chairs, towels, a side table, and even a snack basket so all you have to do is show up. When you’re ready to return to your NSB rental, just text them that you’re leaving, and they’ll come clean up.
Beach Toys & Entertainment
Some can relax in a beach chair for hours just looking at the waves, and some can barely sit still for 10 minutes without getting bored. If you fall in the second camp, you’ll want to come armed with plenty of beach entertainment.
If you need distractions to keep you relaxed, throw a few easy books in your tote bag. There’s no place more conducive for reading than a beach chair and an ocean breeze. If reading is not your thing, download your favorite podcasts and lay out a towel on the sand. Whether you are binging true crime episodes or broadening your mind with the latest scientific research, podcasts transform tanning into an educational experience.
Beach toys are an absolute must if you plan on getting any beachside relaxation with kids. Instead of hauling toys from home or purchasing locally, you can rent a bundle of beach toys, cornhole, boogie boards, life jackets, and more with Sandy Andy’s. Sandy Andy’s is a NSB rental company that delivers items right to your vacation rental’s door.
Cooler with Snacks and Beverages
There’s something about the beach that gives everyone a hearty appetite! Even if your NSB vacation rental is only a short walk away, it is easier to cut the back and forth by simply bringing your snacks and drinks in a cooler. Most of our New Smyrna condos and homes provide coolers for your beach trips.
Remember that New Smyrna Beach does not permit alcohol on its shore. However, if you have been dreaming of a frozen margarita paired with an ocean view, you can easily do so on the patio or balcony of our direct oceanfront vacation rentals. These condos and homes provide a loophole so you can lawfully live out your Jimmy Buffet dreams.
One of the most overlooked beach day essentials is a trash bag. While New Smyrna Beach has trash cans stationed on the shore, you certainly don’t want to be making frequent trips. Throw a trash bag or two in your cooler so empty water bottles and chip bags have a place to go. It’s important that beachgoers do their part in keeping NSB trash-free as the beach is home to nesting sea turtles, a variety of birds, and an abundance of marine wildlife. Bonus points if you pick up any nearby litter!
NSB Vacation Rental as Your Home Base
While a day trip to New Smyrna Beach is fun, a vacation in NSB is idyllic. Don’t end the R&R prematurely but instead treat yourself to a week (or more!) full of relaxing beach days. Our New Smyrna Beach vacation rentals allow you to experience the area like a true local. Every condo and home is equipped with a kitchen, living space, bedrooms, and ample amenities.