You might want to consider New Smyrna Beach, on the east coast of Florida, just south of Daytona Beach, and just north of the Space Center.
New Smyrna Beach offers a wide, white sandy beach that feels like talcum powder, People in Central Florida call New Smyrna Beach "Orlando's Beach", because the drive from Orlando takes just a little over an hour.
In addition to our gorgeous beach, we also have the Intracoastal Waterway (Indian River) flowing through our town. Boaters can gain easy access to the Atlantic Ocean here by means of Ponce Inlet. New Smyrna Beach is popular with boaters and fishermen alike. And the Indian River Lagoon is a wonderful place for kayaking and canoeing as well.
We have several parks, including a new skateboard park on the mainland, the Smyrna Dunes boardwalk oceanfront park at Ponce Inlet, and the wildly beautiful Canaveral National Seashore at the south end of our peninsula. The jetty at the Inlet is known for its surfing as well.
Those who enjoy horseback riding can follow the trails in the Doris Leeper Nature Preserve at the north end of New Smyrna Beach, bordering the peaceful Spruce Creek. If you love the outdoors, there's always something to do in this "quaint little town by the sea."
The whole family can enjoy the many art shows and festivals, including Seaside Fiesta, Images Festival of the Arts, Art Fiesta, New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival, as well as Cruise Night car shows on the mainland, and Wine Walks on the Beachside.
As far as housing goes, it's possible to buy a home between the Ocean and the River here for $200,000 or less. If you want to learn more about New Smyrna Beach, or do a property search, please refer to the website referenced below. And thanks for your question.
Maggie Hawk, REALTOR
Watson Realty Corp.