New Smyrna Beach

We left Cocoa Village, Florida this morning with a beautiful sunrise and a temperatures of 45 degrees.  This is a change but with all the windows shut at the helm we stayed warm.  We have 51 miles to navigate until we reach New Smyrna City Marina were we will stay for three days.  We are still traveling on the Indian River (AICW) it’s wide and was pretty calm for a change.

IMG_6388This is a boat that just passed us, we see all different kinds of boats on our travel.

IMG_6373This is the NASA Railway Draw Bridge built-in 1963 by Florida East Coast Railway.  With a span of 7.5 miles connecting Kennedy Space Center from its mainline just north of Titusville, Florida.  NASA purchased the Florida East Coast portion of the railroad line in June 1983.  The draw bridge was rebuilt and upgraded, because of hazardous commodities hauled over the railroad, particularly the solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle.

IMG_6362This bridge is called a Bascule bridge (sometime referred to as a draw bridge) a movable bridge with a counterweight that continuously balances a span or leaf throughout its upward swing, to provide clearance for boat traffic.

The Haulover Canal is a waterway north of Merritt Island, Florida that connects Mosquito Lagoon with the Indian River and is part of the Intercostal Waterway.  In 1852 Contractor G.E Hawes dug the first canal using slave labor.  Steamboats and cargo ships used the passage until the railroad arrived in 1885. In 1887 Florida coast line dug a deeper canal the one we are traveling on.

The intercostal  waterway incorporated the Haulover Canal in 1927 and has been dug wider and deeper, and a basin was added for launching boat.  The Canal was beautiful.  I was out on front taking pictures.  I saw dolphins swimming and many people on the shore line fishing so beautiful.

IMG_6458When we left the Haulover Canal we entered into Mosquito Lagoon, a big bay of water with these small islands off the navigational channel.   They looked so beautiful all by them selves I had to take some pictures.  This is the view on the opposite side of the channel it looks beautiful but shallow.

This is what it looked like after we left Mosquito Lagoon and now navigating on the Indian River North.  There were many homes and camping grounds in this stretch.  We had to ideal for six miles until we cleared all the homes.  We saw several sailboats pushed up on the shore opposite from these homes, due to hurricane Matthew and some of the docks are still in need of repairs .


We are now at New Smyrna City Marina we arrived Friday afternoon and the wind has picked up.  This marina has floating docks but they are only 15 feet long which means backing in.  This will be our second time backing in Kent did a great job backing in.  My job was to put the front lines over the pole as Kent was backing in.  I had one end of the line already tied to the boat with my loop ready to put over the pole.   Sound so easy doesn’t it ?  Well it may sound easy but getting it over the pole was another story.  Starboard line went around the pole perfect but port side was more difficult as the line was to stiff and hard to loop over.  I’ll make sure not to use that line again when backing in as we navigate up the east coast.  I guess practice will make perfect.  I was very glad to have Ned, the dock hand, helping us tie up the back of the boat.

New Smyrna Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida.  The area was first settled by Europeans in 1768 when Dr. Andrew Turnbull established the colony of New Smyrna.  It was named after the home town of his father in law.  In 1887 when New Smyrna was incorporated it had 150 residents, then in 1892 Henry Flagler provided service to the town via his Florida East Coast Railway.  This led to increased population and its economy grew along with tourism.  During prohibition in the 1920’s the city and its river island were popular sites for moonshine stills and hideout for rum runners.

Kent and I walked down town and stopped at Yellow dog Eats for a late lunch.  We walked down to the end of the street and found several other bars, lots of massage places and small shops which were all closed.

We stopped and had a drink at the Cork Screw a unique restaurant with a southern twist and great decor.  I thought their oil lamps were very unique.

New Smyrna Museum of History building was constructed 1923 as the local post office and later administration office of New Smyrna utilities.  The city gave the building to the Historical Society and it opened as a museum in 2003.  The museum contains exhibits depicting the history of New Smyrna Beach. The museum was not open during our stay so all I could do was look through the windows and take pictures of the beautiful building.

We found Little Drug Co.  established in 1922 with a soda fountain, breakfast and lunch counter.  This is an old-fashioned soda fountain pharmacy store.  The soda fountain was  not open on Friday night but we planned to go back for some ice cream on Sunday.  I just found out they are not open at all on Sunday what a bummer.


They had a farmers market Saturday morning just across the street from the marina.  We took advantage of the fresh produces. We sure miss the farmers market at Fort Myers.  The one here at New Smyrna had more vendors and less produce.  They did have the orchid lady all dressed in purple with beautiful orchids.

Saturday Ned, the dock hand, was so nice and gave us a ride across the bridge to the beach and Flagler street.  We stopped and watched the cars drive on the beach, which you can do in Volusia County.  Kent and I took off our shoes and went for a walk on the beach.  The tide was rising so people had to keep moving their chairs back.

Flagler Avenue is the main drag a true seaside beach street lined with quaint boutiques, galleries, surf shops, restaurants, and inns.  These charming small business made for an unforgettable visit as we walked the five blocks from the ocean until we crossed the Indian River.

We stopped for lunch at Flagler Bar and Grill established in 1928 and known for its festive nightlife and laid back atmosphere.   In 2014 Flagler Bar under went a major renovation project. They now have an upper and lower outside deck, with the lower called Pilar Bar.  We eat on the upper deck they call The Bounty at Flagler Tavern.  They have amazing food and unique atmosphere inspired by their 1920 ear nautical roots.

We stopped at Traders Bar not much going on inside the bar but they had live music out side.  We enjoyed the music along with a beer. If you look at the picture you will see our view.  I thinks some of the people were still partying from last night St. Patrick’s day.

IMG_6501This store was next to Traders Bar and their back court-yard was like something out of a book, so inviting.  I enjoy walking around just looking at how they have preserved the history of the old buildings.

We found this old-fashioned candy shop on Flagler Avenue called Beach Side Candy local owned.  They had a wide selection of homemade chocolates and fudge as well as different types of nostalgic candy, taffy and ice-cream.  They have an old fashion setting where you can enjoy your candy or in Kent’s case, ice cream.  I purchased some fudge and chocolate it was expensive but so worth it.

Kent and I had a two-mile walk across the bridge and north causeway back to the marina.  When we were back at the boat Dan (Time Out) invited us to join them for dock tails.  We had a nice visit with Dan & Jean (Time Out) and Jim & Cindy (the Journey) who we meet the first time at Fort Myers.  Dan & Jean will be leaving Sunday morning.  Jim & Cindy and Kent and I will be leaving Monday morning with our next stop St. Augustine, Florida.

We watched the U.S. Air Force launched WGS-9 Delta IV  from the Space Launch Complex Saturday night.  We have now watched two of them.


A beautiful sunset to a wonderful three days at New Smyrna City marina.




















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