Holiday Gifting with Beach FunShopped for enough gift ties and slippers? Consider giving fun experiences for your loved ones. Think ahead to your next family vacation at the beach - and give beach fun experiences the whole family will enjoy. New Smyrna Beach Florida is full of opportunities for holiday gifting with beach fun.
Binoculars - Endless Balcony EntertainmentDolphin cavorting in the ocean. Boats coming and going. Kitesurfers flying up and down the coast with amazing fitness and high leaps into the air. Surfers of all abilities. My favorites are the surfers doing tricks and the ones sitting on their boards riding the gentle swells enjoying the dream and waiting on the next big one. When the lifeguards blow their whistles and yell at swimmers, the binoculars come in handy to see what's happening. We've seen many rescues (and no injuries thankfully). Saturday morning fitness classes on the beach. Sunday morning congregation baptisms in the surf. Little kids finding new ways to fill their bathing suits with sand. And when the sun goes down, the fun keeps rolling. Bonfires on the beach. Groups walking out to dinner. Groups staggering back from bars. Flashing police car lights. A few links to retailers for binoculars: Bass ProShops, Amazon, BestBuy
Beach Buggy RentalsIt is so much fun driving beach buggies all over the island. Explore all up and down the beach. Many areas of NSB are driveable. Some people rent buggies in lieu of having a car at the beach. Great way to pile friends into a buggy and head down the island to a beach bar like Chase's or JB's Hunt and Fish Camp. A few beach buggy renters: Salty's (which is less than a block from our condo - see it from the balcony), Wildside, and PowerSports. Price: about $60 for 2 hours.
Beach Bike RentalsFun way to explore and exercise and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air! I ride north down to the inlet and south down to Chase's. There are good bike paths all over the island and mainland. Check out Salty's, Wildside, and Beachside Candy Company Price: About $15 for 2 hours, $60 a week.
These motorized one wheel skateboards are popular on the beach and all over town. They even have lights front and back for nighttime beach cruising. Uncertain as to the skill level required. Perhaps purchase these with elbow pads and helmets and first aid kits. (Actually, I have never seen anyone fall yet.) Available at: One Wheel, Amazon Price: $475 to $1500.
Marine Discovery CenterMDC is located on the right just after traveling west over the north causeway. Entrance to MDC is free, but they have many opportunities to explore and learn about the local habitat of the Indian River Lagoon and estuary. Learn about the local waters and marine life. Get hands wet at the interactive touch tank experience. The local nonprofit MDC is dedicated to exploration, education, and conservation of one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America The Indian River Lagoon boasts more than 4,000 species and spans 156 miles down Florida’s east coast — providing countless ways to engage the public. Programs at MDC for all ages are designed to offer hands-on, feet-wet learning opportunities through classes, camps, lectures, boat and kayak eco-tours with certified naturalists and teachers.
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum
Restaurant Gift CertificatesA gift certificate to a restaurant you haven't tried yet? Suggestions: JB's Hunt and Fish Camp, The Garlic. Norwoods. Blackbeards. Aunt Catfish's. Outriggers, Norwoods also curates and sells wines.
Paddle Board & Rental, Surfing Classes
Vacation at New Smyrna BeachNo list of ideas for holiday gifting with beach fun would be complete without an actual beach vacation! If you are unfamiliar with New Smyrna Beach, check out the video below. Quiet little beachtown just south of busy Daytona Beach on the mid Atlantic coast of Florida. Wide beaches. Laid back and eclectic lifestyle. Lots of nature and outdoor sports.
I encourage you to stay at our 2 BR 2BA beachfront condo in New Smyrna Beach. It is located just 2 blocks away from the restaurants, shops, and fun on Flagler Avenue. While renting on VRBO, I also rent direct - saving guests VRBO's service fees. Over the holidays, new guests can receive $50 off a week's rental, and repeat guests can receive discounts year round!