Best Places to Park in New Smyrna Beach

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New Smyrna Beach parking does not have to be a nightmare if ever you visit it. As long as you know what to expect, then you should not have trouble finding parking.

The key is to prepare ahead of time.

With the summer in full swing and the popularity of summer crowds caving in, there is no better time to start planning.

Of course, parking is one of those stressful things you sometimes have to think about.

Arrive early and you might get lucky. Arrive late, and you are likely to get nothing.

There’s plenty to do in New Smyrna Beach as a family. Check out some of their shops or check out the New Smyrna Dunes with your pet!

So, if you ever do check out New Smyrna Beach these are 6 parking places you can park while visiting.

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New Smyrna Beach Parking Lot Places 

In order to park at New Smyrna Beach, there are a couple of places you can check out. Parking at the beach has a cover charge.

It can range anywhere from $10- $20 depending on which parking lot you tend to choose.

There are even certain areas that offer you free parking, but they are scarce. Here is a breakdown of some known parking lots in New Smyrna Beach worth parking in:


New Smyrna Dunes Parking Lot

This place is perfect, especially if you bring your dog since it is a pet-friendly beach area. Here you can enjoy the waves along with your furry friend.

Parking is limited so be sure to arrive early.

The parking lot only carries less than 100 parking spots. The price is $10 a day. If you do decide to come more than once a year then look into buying the annual permit.

For $20 a year you will be able to come all summer long. The neat thing about this beach is that there is a boardwalk for you to walk on.

Check out why New Smyrna Dunes is a perfect place to bring your dog here.                                                                                                                                                                   

Marianne Clancy Park

This is a new park, but it also has beachfront access for $20. It offers a few parking spaces. You can find a few amenities here as well: restrooms and picnic tables.

You can’t park overnight here. One thing we found out when living in Florida was that residents who had the New Smyrna Beach Parking Pass were allowed to park here for free.

Not a bad deal.


Flagler Avenue Beach Access

If you decide to drive on the actual beach, then the main parking lot on the beach is $10 per vehicle.

If you choose to park in the parking lot right outside the beach then it is $20 per vehicle.

It is also very conveniently close to the bathrooms and Flagler Avenue. The parking lot is very close to some of the shops, restaurants, and bars.

This is the more popular place most visitors park in.

So, I highly recommend you to come early. For during summer times this parking lot place is always the first one to be full.

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Esther Street

This parking lot is a hidden park since it is a lot smaller than the others.

With less than 50 spots available, it is recommended you arrive here extra early since parking can be difficult to find later in the day.

Not only is it smaller, but it still offers the same amenities such as public restrooms, picnic tables, and even beach access.

The parking lot is $20 but nice for an all-day trip.                                                                                            

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Hiles Boulevard

This is a growing parking lot and there is more to come. It is an off-beach parking lot so there is no traffic on the beach.

You do not have to worry about cars on the beach. Definitely a great place to bring your family.

Currently, There is no charge for this parking, but be wary that it may have changed since there are new things being added this summer.                                                                                                                     

Photo by Serenethos

Bethune Park

Park here for perfect off-beach access since there is no traffic allowed. It is the perfect place for children.

There is currently no charge to park here, but as always be sure you arrive early to get parking.

The nice thing about this park is that there are restroom facilities, picnic tables, and a playground area for children.


Helpful Tips to Remember about Parking

Arrive early.

One of the hardest and probably most obvious things you may think of is to arrive early.

Of course, most people do know this and sometimes it’s hard to wake up and arrive extra early, but it can be done.

Preferably anywhere between 6-8 am will get you the best parking. On the weekends always be sure to get there early.

Peak time is usually anywhere from 9-12 noon you will definitely save a lot of heartaches that way. 

If you do have plans to check out New Smyrna Beach more than once, then definitely buy an annual parking pass.

The annual pass cost about $20 which will allow you to come as many times as you want during your stay.

It is recommended even if you plan on coming two times or more.

The pass practically pays for itself in the long run 😉                    

Sometimes you may be able to find street parking, but you may have to walk a bit depending on how close you find parking from the beach.

Just be wary of signs and residential areas, you do not want to get your car unexpectedly towed by mistake.                                                                                               

Volusia County Residents of Florida- If you do live in the area and are a resident then you may qualify for an annual pass.

You will need to fill out additional paperwork and double-check certain things.

But you can definitely look into it here. It’s $20 if you can prove you are a resident of Volusia County.

For non-residents, you can also purchase an annual pass for $100.

If you intend to visit the beaches at least 5 times or more then you can definitely reap the benefits.

The annual parking pass will definitely pay for itself the more times you go.



So, there you have 6 places in which you can park in New Smyrna Beach while visiting.

If you are a current resident then chances are you already have your annual parking pass if you are a current resident and don’t have we recommend you get one.

Especially, if you go to the beach often because you will be saving money. From experience, our favorite place to park was in Hiles Boulevard!

Why? You might ask. Well, for the tranquility of not having to deal with tourists.

During summertime and weekends, you can see many people driving around and around for parking along with people arguing in trying to get a spot.

It’s just the norm of what happens when a beach becomes popular many tourists will come. We like to avoid most peak tourist times if possible.


The other reason why we prefer to park in Hiles Boulevard is that it offers free parking.

It is however farther than Flagler Avenue street which is the main shopping street of New Smyrna Beach.

But, if you don’t mind walking then this place isn’t as bad.

Let us know below what are some of your favorite parking places to park while visiting New Smyrna Beach or if you park in another place not mentioned.

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