New Smyrna Beach

Exploring the Islands of New Smyrna Beach

With literally miles and miles of parkland, beachside shopping and dining, a wide array of historical sites
to see, and marine life and activities out the wahzoo, New Smyrna Beach is one of the most desirable
vacation destinations in the country, but that is not all it offers.

The majestic beach town of New Smyrna also offers islands! Vacationers and residents alike
paddleboard, kayak, jet ski or boat out to any number of islands off the coast of New Smyrna Beach to
enjoy a fun day in the sun like no other.

You might try a trip to Disappearing Island. Plan your day based on the tides because this island did earn
its name honestly. Drop your anchor and worship the sun, swim along the shoreline, lazily float on a raft,
picnic to your heart’s content or start a raucous game of Frisbee. You may even spot a porpoise. Later in
the day, this particular island has been known to turn into a big party, so be ready with a cold beverage
or two!

If you like to fish, Chicken Island located between the North and South Causeways and Daggett and
Piddler Islands, which are a little over a mile off Ponce Inlet, offer some of the area’s best fishing. Rum
smugglers were known to have traveled through the islands of Ponce Inlet, so maybe you will get lucky
enough to find a doubloon. More likely, someone else on the island might offer you a shot of Captain
Morgan or a beer.

There are over 40 islands off Volusia County alone. If you would like to rent a boat to explore the islands
of New Smyrna Beach or perhaps purchase your own pontoon, center console or sport fisher, check out
Gerry’s Marina. Voted “Central Florida’s Best Boat Dealer” by Daytona Beach News Journal readers,
Gerry’s is a full-service marina that has been meeting the needs of boaters since 1989.