Have you heard about New Smyrna Beach, but you aren't sure if it lives up to its hype? Well, rest assured, it does! To convince you NSB deserves a visit, let's talk about the variety of places to stay, signature events, the good eats, and much more!

From the pet friendly condo options to gorgeous Black Dolphin Inn bed and breakfast, there is a place for you here! There are campgrounds, too, for those who want to bring their home with them to the beach. A stay at the Springhill Suites, or Hampton Inn, if you want to stay in the action on beautiful Flagler Avenue, might be the ticket, as well. Whatever you decide, the locals will make you feel like you are one of them!

There are many special events held in NSB every year. Here, I will mention three. Images, a Fine Arts Festival, is held each January in various venues across the city. Look for the details on the Visitors Bureau website. The link is attached to this blog post. In May, come enjoy the Jazz Festival, also in various venues. This one brings people from across the Southeast, so make your reservations early! And, in October, the Plein Air Paint Out promises to be amazing! It feature 25 renowned artists and you won't want to miss it.

Don't get me started on where to eat! Check out Guy Fieri's recommendations on his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives website as a beginning. I will mention my favorite appetizers are at The Spott on Canal Street, and my favorite dessert is the "Fire" at Avanu on Flagler.

And now for the water...plenty of watersports, fishing, marine life, drive on and no-drive beaches to explore! The dog friendly beach is at the north end of Peninsula near the Coast Guard station, and bioluminescence kayaking at the Canaveral National Seashore at the southernmost end of Atlantic Avenue are two experiences you might want to try. And don't leave out a visit to the Marine Discovery Center on the North Causeway and maybe even take a dolphin cruise with them!

Whatever you are looking for in a beach town, New Smyrna Beach has it to offer! For more, check out the information on the Visitors Bureau website!