New Smyrna Beach vs. Daytona Beach: Which city is right for you?

new smyrna beach vs. daytona beach

If you’re like most Floridians, chances are, there’s something about coastal living that appeals to you. Maybe it’s the relaxing that comes from a day in the sun or perhaps it’s memories of Spring Break. Either way, you’re ready to move to Volusia County and start your beachside life. But choosing which town to call home may be more difficult than deciding to move. New Smyrna Beach vs. Daytona Beach?

Both beachside towns are close to Orlando (so you can still take advantage of all that the bigger city has to offer). Both have oceanfront, riverfront (along the Intercoastal), and inland living options. Both allow beach driving (if that’s important to you). So how do you decide which one is right for you?

Daytona Beach

Daytona is known as the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” thanks to the 8 million Spring breakers, NASCAR fans, and beach lovers who visit each year. With big-time events year-round (Spring Break, Biketoberfest, and any race week), there is always something to see and do in Daytona.

During the rest of the year, the Volusia Mall, Daytona Boardwalk & Pier, Riverfront Shops, and the Flea & Farmer’s Market ensure that there’s somewhere to go when (make that “if”) you get sick of the shore. Much like living in Orlando, settling down in a tourist mecca like Daytona means there’s no shortage of things to do.


New Smyrna Beach

On the other hand, New Smyrna Beach has a quieter, more “local” feel. Fellow Central Floridians still love to head to the less-crowded beaches here, but the area is still relatively unknown among out-of-state tourists. But that doesn’t stop publications like Surfer Magazine or National Geographic from ranking New Smyrna Beach as one of the country’s best surfing towns. Move over, Ron Jon’s!

While there are still plenty of places to do some shopping or people watching, they tend to be quieter than the hustle and bustle of Daytona. Which—if you’ve had enough of I-4 traffic and I-drive tourists—may be exactly what you’re looking for.


So, Which One Is Right For You?decision

Still not sure which city appeals to you? After all, you’re not just picking a vacation spot, you’re picking a home! Take this quick quiz to see which city is best for you.

I consider myself an…
a) extrovert
b) introvert
Not sure? Take this quiz to find out.

Both are awful, but if I had to choose, I would rather…
a) get stuck in a traffic jam for an hour
b) have absolutely nothing to do on a Saturday night

My favorite hangout in Central Florida is…
a) Downtown or the theme parks. That’s where all the fun is!
b) Winter Park or Sanford. It’s quieter and quaint, but I love it!

I absolutely hate…
a) not having enough time to get everything done
b) having too much to do in the first place

A perfect day in Orlando looks like…
a) going to a theme park with friends followed by drinks Downtown
b) walking around Lake Eola followed by a trip to the Orlando Art Museum

Mostly a’s: You love nightlife, spending time with friends, and seeing the world. Daytona Beach sounds like a perfect fit for you!

Mostly b’s: You prefer calm and quiet (nothing wrong with that!) and appreciate life’s simple pleasures. Looks like New Smyrna Beach is calling your name!


One last question you can ask yourself is, “Why am I leaving Orlando?” If you are eager to get away from the hustle and bustle that tourists bring, New Smyrna Beach might be the best option for you. If you think you’ll miss all the events, attractions, and nightlife, Daytona Beach sounds like a perfect fit!

Regardless of which city you choose, Cento Family Moving & Storage can help you get there. (Hey, if we can orchestrate a move to Hawaii, Volusia County is no problem at all!) Call us today or get a free, instant quote on your move and find out why Cento Moving has been a top ranked local moving company year in and year out..


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