If you're looking for a classically Floridian blend of the coast and the city, New Smyrna Beach is a fantastic place to start. With a population of less than 25,000 spread over its 40 square miles, there is plenty of sand and sun for everyone. Home to the Atlantic Center for the Arts and dubbed one of the best small cities in America for the arts, New Smyrna Beach supports its local creatives with residency programs and gallery shows. With one high school, two middle schools, and four elementary schools operated by Volusia County Public Schools and Sacred Heart (a private institution), there is no shortage of educational options. And getting around the immediate area and the rest of the state is made easy by the I-95 freeway, which runs through New Smyrna Beach and connects it to other cities to the north, south, and west.

Situated along a pristine stretch of white sand on the Atlantic coast of Florida, New Smyrna Beach is a tropical paradise of everything you might imagine: beach condos, waterfront high-rises, and tropical vegetation. From modest, flat-roofed ranch homes to high-rise apartment dwellings, the small city has a lot of options in terms of housing. Much of the elegant downtown residential area lies on the West side of the lovely Indian river and lagoon system. Residences flanked on both sides with tall palm trees and backed by crystal clear backyard pools are plentiful.

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