New Smyrna Beach Vacation Rentals

Call Us:  386-679-7930

Owner's Personal Profile

IMPORTANT NOTE:  You may use subscription sites such as VRBO.com, Vacationrentals.com,  and other popular sites to find a vacation rental.  I own this site, but I also advertise my best property on Vacationrentals.com and Vacationhomerentals.com.  But I do not use any on-line booking system.  I use Squareup.com to process Security Deposits, and I don't collect the rent until actual day of arrival, so my customers like that I trust them to show up and be happy with my rentals. I do my best to not misrepresent my properties to them.  My rates are very competitive for a clean affordable family friendly rental.  There has been a lot of discussion lately about a service fee applied directly to the customer by Homeaway owned sites that have many travelers upset and for good reason.  The service fee is only applied if you use the On-line booking feature, so look for properties with great reviews that do not use the book-on-line feature to avoid these extra service fees.


If you are able to contact the owner or property manager direct, you can avoid the web site's automatic service fee.  There are also several other sites that are not adding a service fee so look very carefully at any quotes from these subscription site to make sure they have not added the fee.  This fee does not go to the property owner and they have no control over it.  So be aware of this situation and try to work with property owners or property managers directly that have excellent reviews and are professional in their handling.  Use good instincts to recognize honest and trustworthy property owners.  


Here's a link to a good blog site that discusses this fee:  https://www.blogger.com/profile/04798422407123723200 



MORE ABOUT OUR SMALL VACATION RENTAL BUSINESS:

We own three condos at Point East and all are on the top 3rd floor just a few doors from each other so they are great for small weddings or family reunions. #312 Ocean Sunrise Suite 2BD/2BA condo is ocean front with an east facing balcony overlooking the courtyard, pool and ocean beyond. The minute you walk in the front door you see blue ocean.


This beautifully decorated condo is perfect for honeymooners or special occasions, but it's also equipped for family use. It has a king size pillow top bed in the master suite and two FULL SIZE beds in the guest room so it's very comfortable for families too! There is also a queen sleeper sofa in the living room for an additional sleeping arrangement. This decor is all ocean blue and sandy tan so it blends beautifully with the ocean view.


Our other two condos face south so they have warm southern exposure with an ocean view from the balcony looking east. Each of these condos is very unique and I gave them unique names based on their decor and color scheme. One is my Tranquility Suite #304 with dark Bahama wood and wicker furniture, and soothing colors for relaxation. My Tropical Suite #309 is invigorating and energizing with rich corals, greens, golds and blues, natural and stained wicker.


All three vacation condo properties have the same bed configuration with luxuriously comfortable king size pillowtop bed in the master suite, two full size beds in the guest bedroom, and queen sleeper in the living room, so they can all sleep up to six guests comfortably. Rent all three with room for 18 and have a big beach party.


We have lived in New Smyrna Beach for over 20 years and we love living in this beautiful island community. We lived on the beach for 14 years and now we have semi-retired and built a home in a private golf course community on the mainland near I-95.


We truly enjoy our small rental business so much, and have many repeat guests and referrals. My husband and I work together to insure our properties are well maintained.   Since we live just 20 minutes away, I personally meet and greet my guests and go over their check in procedures. Once all questions are answered, I collect the rent and provide a parking pass for their vehicle. I'm always available if they need further assistance.


We have a good staff of regular cleaning people and maintenance people, but we still like to pay close attention to the details of maintaining these properties in a professional manner. We constantly try to think of special things that our guests might request and make them available throughout the condo such as hair dryers, an umbrella for that occasional rainy day, guest book with lots of shopping tips, restaurant reviews, and links to web sites of other attractions and activities in and around New Smyrna Beach. We also have a front closet filled with beach chairs, beach toys, boogie boards, cooler, beach bag, beach umbrella and there is always other items that guests leave behind. We are "hands on" people so we keep our properties well maintained and constantly make improvements. We have well stocked kitchens with good quality cookware, and we offer upgraded linens and towels for total comfort and relaxation.


Why We Chose to purchase our condos at Point East

The main reason we decided to buy additional properties at Point East Ocean Front Condominium Resort is the management of the resort.  We are definitely happy with how this condominium resort is operated.  We just love the amenities of the resort and the on-site management team goes out of their way to be helpful to me and also to my guests. The resort is always making improvements and we have a wonderful BOD that carefully controls expenses while maximizing value. It's a family friendly property with the heated Olympic size pool, kiddie pool, and shuffleboard.  We like that the resort is in the preferred non-driving beach zone and there are no cars on the beach. We also like that there is a lifeguard on duty next door at the 27th Avenue Ocean Front Park. The park next door also offers basketball and handball courts, a small playground, covered picnic tables, charcoal grills, restrooms and outdoor showers so it can accommodate overflow if I rent all three condos for a wedding or family reunion.


The Unique Benefits of this Condo

In the off season (after Labor Day) we personally use and enjoy our condos on occasion, and share them with family when they visit from out of town. But the properties are fairly popular even in the off season and I stay busy with bookings throughout the year. Florida weather is perfect 12 months out of the year and even nicer in the fall after the crowds are gone and it's not so busy. I discount after Labor Day so I enjoy my little business all year long with couples needing a little beach break, and families arriving for Thanksgiving and Christmas to get out of the cold or visit friends or family living here. The average annual temperature is 72 degrees so it's perfect for snowbirds or early migrating "birds" to get a little sunshine and warm ocean breeze.


Be sure to go to our Visitor's Center web site and

check for calendar events during your stay at: http://www.NSBFLA.com


Ways to Protect Yourself Against Vacation Rental Scams

Vacation rental scam stories are all over the Internet. The scenario usually involves a fake listing, a request for payment by wire transfer and, after you've wired the money, an end to communication from the property "owner." When the dust settles, your money is gone and you have no place to stay.


No one wants to be scammed out of hundreds or even thousands of dollars, particularly for a vacation apartment or cottage rental. How can you protect yourself against vacation rental fraud?  Our tips will help you detect and avoid vacation rental scammers.


There's a fast-growing Craigslist vacation rental scam that you need to know about.   It's also happening on other free classified sites in Canada, and other parts of the world.  Avoid them!  The scam here involves crooks posting bogus listings on Craigslist or other free classified web sites. These listings may have tons of pictures and a lengthy description of a real house. But the poster doesn't own the property!

They simply copied and pasted an actual vacation rental ad over to their ad.


Unsuspecting vacationers are paying in advance, usually by check or Western Union wire. The supposed landlord takes the money, of course. Then they show up -- perhaps after traveling across the country -- and find that they can't stay there.



Good Deal, or Too Good to Be True?

"If it looks too good to be true, it is."  This old saying is applicable in many situations, and you should keep it in mind when researching vacation rentals.  While vacation rental prices vary based on number of rooms, amenities and location, you should be wary of any apartment or cottage that is offered at a deep discount.  Always check rental prices for several properties in the neighborhood you'd like to stay in, so that you have a good understanding of the going rates for that area.


Consider the Payment Method

The safest way to pay for your vacation rental is by credit card.  Regardless of where you live, credit cards offer more consumer protection than any other payment method.  If there is a problem with your rental, or if you are the victim of a vacation rental scam, you can dispute the charges with your credit card company and have them taken off your bill until the matter is investigated.


Never Pay full rental amounts by Cash, Check, Wire Transfer, Western Union or Similar Methods.  Tip: Scammers regularly ask for payment by wire transfer, Western Union, check or cash, then take off with the money. It is almost impossible to recover your money once this has happened.


If you are asked to pay the balance in full via cash, check, wire transfer, MoneyGram or Western Union before you arrive, and you are not working with a trusted travel agent, start looking for another place to rent.  Scammers typically request payment by wire transfer, move the funds to another bank account, close the first account and vanish with your money before you realize you are a fraud victim.  While it is true that wire transfer payments are commonplace in some countries, reputable vacation rental property owners will be willing to work with you and find a payment method acceptable to both parties.


Be especially wary of emails or telephone conversations with owners who don't seem to know anything about the local area or who use poor grammar in written communication.


Verify that the Property Exists

Use Google Maps or another mapping application to verify that the cottage or apartment you want to rent actually exists.  Scammers have been known to use false addresses or to use addresses of actual buildings that turned out to be warehouses, offices or vacant lots. If you know someone who lives near the apartment or cottage, ask them to look at the property for you.


Conduct Online Searches

Before paying a deposit, do some research on your chosen property and its owner.  Conduct an online search for the owner's name, the property address, images of the property and, if possible, who owns the rental website and who pays the property taxes.  If you notice any discrepancies, or if you find the same text or photos posted by two different owners, think twice about renting the property, especially if you have been asked to pay the rent in full by wire transfer or a similar method.


Investigate Owner Memberships

If the owner of the property you are considering is a member of a known renters' association, such as the Vacation Rental Managers Association, or advertises the property through a well-known vacation rental website, you can contact that association or website to find out whether the owner is in good standing.


Call the tourism office or Convention and Visitors Bureau of the area you plan to visit; ask if the property owner is known to them.   New Smyrna Beach has a Visitor's Center and can be reached at 386-428-1600.  Their web site is: NSBFLA.com.


Shopping Tips

Depending on your length of stay, you may want to stock your kitchen with condiments, snacks, or other necessities.  Or maybe you didn't  pack the right clothes or need additional clothing.  New Smyrna Beach has a good selection of stores for all your needs. 


If you are here on a Saturday, we have a "Farmer's Market" on Canal Street.  They are open until noon.  You will find the freshest local veggies and lots of other goodies there so try to support our local farmers and crafts.


But if you want a large mall for shopping, the Volusia Mall in Daytona is only 25 minutes away.  Just take I-95 north to Daytona Beach and get off at International Speedway Drive (U.S. 92).


Here in New Smyrna Beach we have plenty of places for fun shopping for all:

We have Wal-mart Supercenter out by I-95, as you are coming into town.  But some of the other stores listed below are good choices for tourist shopping.


For inexpensive clothing and tourist items we have a Bealls Outlet Store with lots of bargains. 1914 SR 44 (in the Wal-mart Plaza)

A new Wal-Mart Supercenter just opened up at the I-95 New Smyrna Beach Exit.  If you want a more gourmet food market, our new Publix Grocery Store is very upscale with a great deli and bakery.  It's in the Indian River Plaza at 709 3rd Avenue along with several restaurants and other shops.  The Plaza also has Natalius by the Sea if you feel the need to work-out at a great fitness center.  They have daily rates.


Our Food Lion Super Market on beachside closed but a new concept Dollar General Market just opened in it's place that offers fresh produce, dairy, and fresh meats.  Publics is also on beachside and a more upscale market if you are looking for specialties.  We also have a Winn Dixie (discount) grocery store just off SR 44 (take left at Well's Fargo Bank and it sits back about a block). They have a good reputation for meats, and their seafood isn't bad either.  Good prices and lots of "buy one, get one free" items every week.


If you want a walking area to browse, then Flagler Avenue is the place.  There are plenty of surf shops, souvenir shops, fashionable boutiques, and lots of restaurants and pubs along the way.  There will usually be live entertainment in some of them on the weekend.  We call it the Flagler Crawl. Flagler Avenue runs East and West from the North causeway to the ocean.


Our main business district is Canal Street on the mainland side.  It has many antique shops and several restaurants and furniture stores.  Canal Street also has a Farmers Market on Saturday morning with fresh produce.  The Deli Cafe has a good breakfast and lunch menu.


If you love thrift stores or have the need to buy some inexpensive items, then just check the yellow pages under Thrift Stores for listings.  We have quite a few and they all support wonderful charities, so you are helping the community while helping yourself.  We have a large Habitat for Humanity shop on U.S. 1 South just past Ace Hardware.  Our Hospice Thrift is next door to Ace Hardware.  There is our Drug Free Thrift Store in the Dixie Plaza (supports our youth).  There is also a great beach side thrift run by our Methodist Church at the corner of Flagler Ave. and Peninsula.


If you love French pastries, you must visit our very French Mon Delice Bakery on  3rd Avenue near CVS Drug Store.  It's ok to indulge a little.  You just need to walk a few extra miles on the beach to burn it off.


If you want the freshest seafood market, we have Oceans Seafood next to the CVS Drug Store on 3rd Avenue.  This market has the freshest seafood on the island.


Once you visit New Smyrna Beach, I promise you will want to return again and again.  It's the best little secret on the East Coast of Florida.


Activities in and around New Smyrna Beach

Here are Internet Links to help you plan activities during your visit:


Please note:  Use the links below at your discretion...Management is not responsible for their content and other 3rd party sites. Also note that links often change; if you suspect a site has been changed, or is inappropriate, please send an email  message to me at NewSmyrnaSuite@aol.comregarding your findings.   


We used to have a water taxi that  took you to several restaurants including Inlet Harbor Restaurant in South Daytona.  At the moment it's shut down, but we hope it will reopen soon.  But I believe there are boat rentals that can take you up the Inter-coastal Waterway to see all our beautiful homes.  It's a real treat so check into it.


New Smyrna Beach is the closest beach to Orlando and Central Florida's attraction. Day trips are an easy drive, with Orlando just one hour away.  You can visit Disney World, Sea World, EPCOT, Universal Studios, MGM Studios, Kennedy Space Center, Daytona International Speedway, St. Augustine (the oldest city in the USA), and much more! They are all easy "day trips" from New Smyrna Beach.  You can easily drive to Central Florida attractions for the whole day, and return to the beach in time to see the sun set.


You are within walking distance to shopping and restaurants from all of my vacation rentals. There's a ice cream parlor, several "pubs," large grocery store, convenience store, gift shops, and several restaurants, all within two blocks walking distance.


Volusia County offers natural beauty inland too.  Visit our favorite old fashion "swim hole" at Blue Springs State Park.  If you want a change from the beach scene, try this crystal clear and cool water natural wonder.  From November through March, the manatees leave the colder waters of the St. Johns River for the safety and comfort of the 72-degree spring.  Go tubing, snorkeling and swimming year around.  Take the nature trail to the boil and witness the mystery of this fresh water spring.  Visit other Florida State Parks nearby.


Another natural wonder attraction is a little further drive, but well worth it.  Silver Springs is just east of Ocala.  There are rides and exhibits for all ages in a natural setting of stunning beauty in this 360 acre theme park.


Treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon at a beautiful Day Spa at Riverview with a Swedish massage, facial, or other services.


New Smyrna Beach is also one of the top cities in the USA for art, with numerous galleries and art shows. New Smyrna, and other nearby cities offer live theater with productions throughout the year. There are Jazz Festivals and other outdoor concerts. Daytona Beach is just a half hour drive away and has live celebrity performances and trade shows throughout the year at the Peabody Auditorium and Ocean Center.


There are several golf courses in the area with 9 to 27 hole courses.  Many more courses are only minutes away, including a new LPGA course.  New Smyrna Beach has five new lighted clay tennis courts and several racketball courts.  Visit our Chamber of Commerce for more information about New Smyrna Beach and surrounding area.  If you are thinking about relocating or retiring to our area, they can provide a "relocation package" on line.  Learn more about our demographics.


New Smyrna Beach is world famous for its redfish.  With 22 miles of waterfront, there's always something to catch.  Fishing is never a problem with numerous rental shops and charter boats.


New Smyrna Beach is also a "Natural Destination" for anyone who wants to discover the real Florida.  The Marine Discovery Center offers ECHO boat tours on the Indian River Lagoon.  You can observe close views of dolphins, manatees, ospreys and an abundance of wildlife while being led by a marine biologist.  You will be enlightened with local history of Indians and early explorers. Learn more about ECHO tourism.


Canaveral National Seashore is on southern end of  New Smyrna Beach ch includes ocean, beach, dune, hammock, lagoon, salt marsh, and pine flatland habitats. Endangered species include, but are not limited to, loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles, West Indian Manatee, Southern bald eagle, wood stork, peregrine falcon, eastern indigo snake, and Florida scrub jay.


Smyrna Dunes Park is different from all the rest. Its 250 acres overlook Mosquito Lagoon, then border the south side of Ponce de Leon Inlet before sweeping around to follow the Atlantic Ocean. All kinds of shorebirds! Warblers and migrant songbirds in the woods! Atlantic Bottle-Nosed Dolphins, sometimes with their young, sometimes putting on an acrobatics show worthy of Sea World. The beach may have grown since your last visit. It receives the eroded sand lost by its neighbor across the inlet, Lighthouse Point Park, BY the action of the ocean waves.


Here are more links to our area:

http://volusia.com/nsb

http://volusia.org/beach/driving.htm

http://NewSmyrnaBeach.com