Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach is a place where art gallerias and fashion boutiques coalesce and create a refined, cultured reflection of the area and its residents. It’s a place where local store owners go to work in flip flops and t-shirts and greet you with a smile and a firm handshake. This red brick strip, which leads directly to the beach, is even a great place for fine dining, or a quick bite.
If you’re visiting the area and don’t have all the necessities for a day at the beach, no problem. Nichols Surf Shop has everything you need. Here you can rent kayaks, surfboards, bikes, baby trailers, and even Hobie Cats, for fun on land and in the water. You can also visit Quiet Flight or Inlet Charley’s for anything from surf wear to sunscreen.
When the sunshine is too much for you, cool off by visiting some of the local shops and eateries that saturate Flagler Avenue; there are over 50 of them. Wow! Manzano Fine Foods is a great local place to get something quick. This deli serves up mouth watering sandwiches and subs in many shapes and sizes, and the best part is it won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Looking for a quick buzz, of caffeine? Chuckeyta’s Café serves up fresh brewed and unique flavors of coffee and tea, but nothing is cooler than their iced coffee, because the ice is, in fact, coffee too. Once you are comfortably sipping on your drink, you can either pick up a local newspaper and relax or simply enjoy the uniqueness of the shop’s knick-knacks. Chuckeyta’s even hosts a yoga class on occasion.
Flagler Avenue is also a great place for home furnishing and unique souvenirs that you can’t find anywhere else. Garden Arts, Seashells, and Friki Tiki are great places to check out if you’re looking to bring a piece of the beach home with you. These locally owned shops feature hand crafted items and art that truly capture the essence of the area.
To locals, New Smyrna Beach’s Flagler Avenue is a place where sophistication and tranquility fuse together, a place to shop, eat, and play all in the same location. There is character here in the sandy streets unlike anywhere else, and if you’re looking for something special, you may have stumbled on exactly what you’re searching for.