Day Trip: Seashore Sunrise

(east-central region)

Day trip snap-shot: Watch the sunrise at Canaveral National Seashores, explore the park, kayak, and eat a seafood lunch at JB’s Fish Camp, walk Flagler Ave in New Smyrna for shopping, drinks, and food.

1st Stop- Canaveral National Seashore

About: Prepare yourself as you witness the sunrise on an untouched and undeveloped Florida beach. Referred to by locals as “red shell beach” it’s reddish hue comes from the coquina shells that blanket its shoreline.
Address: 7600 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Arrival time: 30 min before sunrise ($5 per car to get in)
Activity: Here you will find your spot and settle in to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic ocean, bring your thermos of coffee.
Local Tip: During warmer times of year the bugs can be vicious, so pack long sleeve shirts, pants, and bug repellant.
There are five main parking lots for beach access. The first one near the entrance has a freshwater shower.

2nd Stop-  JB’s Fish Camp (3 miles N of Canaveral National Seashores)

About: The old fish camp drips with Florida texture and attitude. Here you can score local seafood, rent a kayak and watch the guides come in to clean their catch.
Address: 859 Pompano Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Arrive: 10-11AM
Activity: Rent kayaks to explore the Indian River Lagoon. Cost is $10 per hour. No reservation needed, just drive up and walk toward the kayaks rental booth.
Local Tip:  You’ll see manatees, dolphins and a variety of birds but at a distance so bring a good camera with a long lens. Hang out long enough and you’ll witness fishing guides cleaning their catch. It’s also an epic spot to have a drink and watch the sun go to bed.

3rd Stop- Flagler Ave in NSB

About: Flagler Ave is 1.2 miles of shops, bars, restaurants set in the beachiest little beach town on Florida’s East coast.
Address: Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Arrive: 3-4PM
Activity: Walk, shop, people watch, buy, laugh, drink, and eat

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