When you think of the shark bite capital of the world, you’d think of a exotic beach in a far away land, right? But no, it’s right here in the U.S. in the adorably quaint town of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. With thirteen miles of gorgeous beaches, New Smyrna Beach features great eats, coffee shops, and most importantly an up close and personal look at some of the world’s most incredible creatures – sharks.
So how do you get the most out of your trip to the shark bite capital of the world? Look no further, I’ve got the perfect local digs for you to check out. The first place you’ll want to check out is Flagler Avenue. It’s the hub for food, coffee, gift shops, and anything else you might need. While you’re on Flagler Avenue, don’t forget to check out our favorite gift shop FRIKI TIKI and grab yourself a Shark OFF before hitting the beach.
Starting with food, you have to check out Cafe Verde. It’s an amazing local restaurant with great options for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free diets. They offer fresh and locally grown food, a deliciously diverse menu, and a fun atmosphere perfect for relaxing after a long day at the beach. I also love that they take care of their staff and community by enforcing social distancing, masks, and creating an overall inclusive environment.
After your belly is full of kick-ass food, make sure you head to the best coffee shop in New Smyrna Beach – Island Roasters Coffee Company. Locally owned and roasted, this little shop cultivates community while providing delicious coffee as well as a deli (we’re looking at you, the one who thinks they can drink coffee on an empty stomach). Scott Clawson, owner and head roaster, says "We love sharing our passion for roasting organic coffee, while growing within our community". You can find a list of partners on their website with more awesome small businesses to patronize while you’re in the shark bite capital of the world!
Looking for a way to enjoy the beach, but uneasy about being close to the sharp toothed swimmers? Even though you’re in great hands while wearing our Shark OFF Proven Shark Repellent, you can always enjoy a drive on the sand to watch the sunset from the safety of your car! Beach driving is permitted at the following locations:
Flagler Avenue (most popular)
For $20, you can drive on the beach for the day until sunset or 7pm from May 1 to October 31. Annual passes are available for $45 for Volusia County residents and $100 for non-residents. If you are local, I highly suggest you opt for the $45 annual pass
because you will have access to Smyrna Dunes Park, Lighthouse Point Park and beach driving.
Let us know what you love about the shark bite capital of the world and as always, don’t forget your proven shark repellent! Now, go on and lose the fear and love the ocean!