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Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park

6656 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169-4901
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Good family spot

FREE parking! As opposed to the New Smyrna public beach where it's $10 for the day. This beach was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Carrie S
Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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Manatee hidden gem.

Manatees, BBQ pits, playground and picnic area great for a family area. Perfect spot for paddle... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Orlando, Florida
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6656 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169-4901
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

FREE parking! As opposed to the New Smyrna public beach where it's $10 for the day. This beach was complete with a lifeguard, public restroom and outdoor showers. The surf is a bit rough, but the kids had a great time and were able to...More

Thank Carrie S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Manatees, BBQ pits, playground and picnic area great for a family area. Perfect spot for paddle boarding etc. Nice pier area for fishing or crabbing. Quiet but get there early before crowds come. Even the outside of the restroom building looks fun. Definitely coming back...More

Thank gsbeverly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little park. We did see several manatees in the cove and a dolphin in the river. Sunset was beautiful!! Park is not at the address listed but across the street on the river side. There is a play area for kids. Fun place to...More

1  Thank martin5634
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right there south of New Smyrna Beach is a hidden little park right on the ocean. It has parking, although it gets real crowded on holiday weekends. It also has cleanish bathrooms and showers as well. Popular with local surfers, but it is not too...More

Thank mkings12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have nice, big, clean, bathrooms and two outdoor refreshing showers to use to cool down and rinse off.

Thank Gina G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We usually stay about 2 miles up at Shoreham. We love the walk down the beach past the private homes and then a stop in the beach park to use the public rest rooms. Nice wild flowers along the street as well.

Thank RandiFayeC
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The park is nice and goes to the beach, but the hidden gem the walkway that goes over to the Intracoastal waterway. We saw manatees playing in the water and dolphins chasing fish and jumping in the water. It was so exciting! But bug spray...More

1  Thank Teresa K
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Been coming to this beach since I was like 8 years old! I am 31 now and have my own kids (10 & 4) and we love it so much. The only downfall is that fishermen will fish off shore and I'm always paranoid its...More

Thank Stephie C
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

We were thrilled to find manatees in the cove by the playground on this sunny, breezy day. We will be back with more family for sure! The other park visitors told us about the manatees. On a warm day they will come in the cove...More

Thank jcliffeg
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

I had read a little history about this place and was surprised when I over heard a friend suggest to my wife this would be a good location to watch dolphin. After her description I thought it may offer a great vantage point to watch...More

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Josh C
19 May 2016|
Response from N H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I can't help you with that answer but I did go back to TripAdvisor and found another traveler who talked being there in October. This is what another reviewer stated..... Awesome spot for manatee watching at Bethune... More
Lynette C
28 December 2015|
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Response from JRPATTE | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are not allowed at Bethune Beach, which is at the southernmost end of A1A before your reach Canaveral National Seashore. The only place that dogs are allowed on the beach is at Dunes Park, which is on the northernmost... More