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Old 03-24-2013, 09:16 PM
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New Smyrna Beach. Stop at Mon Delice a French bakery on the way in for a few treats. Day at the beach. On the way out a stop at Norwood's Seafood or the early bird prim rib special at Blackbirds Inn.

Spent the month of December at NSB for about 15 years in an oceanfront condo so I know the three places mentioned above very well. All are great.

Mon Delice and Norwood's Seafood are on the south causeway just on the east side of the intercostal waterway. Norwood's is on the left and Mon Delice is a very small building about a quarter mile up the road on the right. A few buildings past PJ's.

Blackbirds Inn is on US 1 on the right side of the street as you head north to Daytona Beach. Never had a bad meal there in the 40 or 50 times I have been there.
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We like Fred Howard park beach in Tarpon Springs for a quick trip to the gulf. Nice beach, good parking, and not as crowded as some of the other beaches as it is cleverly hidden:-) New Smyrna is our fav on the Atlantic, and the Breakers is a fun place to have a cocktail and eat. A little farther on the gulf is Siesta Key beach, south of Sarasota, but parking is not always easy. Neat little Key West type downtown area.
Any concern about sharks at New Smyrna or is that a myth/rumor?
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They all sound lovely.
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We enjoy Ormond Beach which is a small town just north of Daytona Beach. Great beach and good restaurants.
We like Ormond Beach because it is close to TV. We like Flagler Beach (just north of Ormond), because it has a dog friendly beach!
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Any concern about sharks at New Smyrna or is that a myth/rumor?
Shark bite capital of the country! But I believe the annual migration is about over.
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Any concern about sharks at New Smyrna or is that a myth/rumor?
It has been given the name of the shark capital of the world.

I don't go in anymore. I think I might be delicious. I like New Smyrna beach for walking and hearing and seeing the ocean. And it isn't far.

We took grandson Colin last year to New Smyrna Beach and watched him in the water for hours and then came home to have several posters tell us that it is the Shark oasis.

I was weak in the knees over that, but his mother is still speaking to me, Thank heavens.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:49 AM
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Any concern about sharks at New Smyrna or is that a myth/rumor?
Here's a recent article. It's not a rumor.........

Shark bite Florida capital: Brevard County ties Volusia with eight bites each in 2012 - Orlando Sentinel

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For those of you who've been in TV for a bit, what is your favorite closest day trip beach?
Any beach EXCEPT for the one in Crystal River near the Power Plant.
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Our condo on St. Augustine Beach!
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I have surfed NSB for 40+ years and yep, it is the shark bite capital of the known and charted world ..... BUT, 97.675% of them are within 200 yards of the inlet (on the extreme northern end of the beach) and are just lil nips from Sand or Spinner Sharks. As for the remainder of the beach, you have no greater chance of an encounter than any other beach in Florida.

If you are reallllllly worried about near shore aquatic life ..... never, ever, never fly low enough to get a good look over any beach anywhere in the world.
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The Colonades on Tampa Bay for lunch, then the Lowery park zoo. A tall iced tea and
Snack at the Pavillion n. Clearwater Bch. St Pete pier and trolley ride or shops at Tarpon and Greek food at Mr. Souvlaki. So many choices for sunny days.
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We like Ormond Beach because it is close to TV. We like Flagler Beach (just north of Ormond), because it has a dog friendly beach!
New to TV and wondering when you say close........how long of a trip to Ormond Beach...time?.....miles?
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We like Ormond Beach because it is close to TV. We like Flagler Beach (just north of Ormond), because it has a dog friendly beach!
Bare, how dog-frienly is Flagler? Can they be off-leash? If not, can they go in the water on a leash?
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Manasota Key is a barrier island in Englewood. It is like old Florida, friendly, no high rises, shark's teeth, fossils, and no traffic! We have a condo there which is our home away from TV. You can go to Sunburst Condos.com to get a feel for the area. There are great public beaches and a state park on the island.
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