I have lived here since 1975. My aim is to give you the info and links that I would provide to a friend who wanted to get familiar with our beautiful area of Florida. I hope it is truly helpful!
We represent Orlando’s Beach! From Flagler Beach to the southern tip of New Smyrna Beach, where the Canaveral National Seashore begins you are never more than 45 minutes from the world’ number one vacation spot and vibrant business community of Orlando, Florida. Along this stretch of beach you can choose from the laid back, the luxurious, and pristine natural beauty. In February and fourth of July, you might dine with a Nascar driver. In March and October the roar of the Harleys and the colorful folks who ride them is there to entertain you. The entire east side of Volusia County is divided by the wide, beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, (Halifax River). As you’ll notice on our MLS search, we refer to the narrow island bordered by the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean as the “beachside”. The land west of the Intracoastal, we refer to as the “mainland”.
Inlet Harbor Realty’s office is in Ponce Inlet is at our little marina, Inlet Cove. Ponce Inlet is the southern tip of the Daytona Beach area island. The Ponce de Leon Inlet separates Ponce Inlet from New Smyrna Beach.
Ponce Inlet has been on the list of the world’s top ten beaches. I visited many beaches around the world and for BEACH, there is no question in my mind.... it is Number One! Sugar sand, hard packed on a deep, wide beach. You can ride your bike or walk forever. The ocean is clear. The waves on both side of the inlet, in Ponce and New Smyrna, are the best surfing waves in the state. (By the way, that is my son, Dusty, surfing on the slideshow on the home page! Photo by Trey Edwards)
The Town of Ponce Inlet is a place where the old and new blend to create an eclectic mix of the true old Florida. Homes include gracious Southern style ranches on wooded lots, upscale Mediterranean mansions, the nostalgic 50's and 60's Florida boom cement block houses, modern oceanfront condominiums and a riverfront Caribbean style multi-family, luxury planned unit development. This blend exists comfortably and along with commercial marinas, charter boats, critterfleet.com seafood restaurants like the laid back Boondocks and open air taverns where residents can meet and enjoy good company, food and music. Large acreage in Town is dedicated to preservation and conservation. The crowning jewel of Ponce Inlet is the Ponce de leon Inlet Lighthouse. (Yes, I am a big bragger. I have been on the Lighthouse Board since 1984 and the President for the last decade!) This National Historic Landmark is one of the few remaining complete Light Stations in the country. Travelers from around the globe make their way to our seaside village to climb the 175 foot structure that has shown it's beacon to seafarers since 1887. Lighthouse Point Park houses the spectacular fishing jetty and the Marine Science Center providing an innovative learning experience where visitors can discover, enjoy and appreciated the many wonders that embody the extensive and varied marine world that exists in Volusia County. Ponce Inlet is a Boater's Paradise. The weekends are for Disappearing Island, named for what happens to it at high tide! Families relax the day away in the cool, clear water while enjoying the ocean breezes rushing in the inlet.
Life in Ponce Inlet provides all of the service of the 21st century but the flavor and history of the old fishing village that once was Ponce Inlet is the prevalent theme never to be forgotten or set aside. Ponce’s history includes the days of racing on the beach, celebrated at our North Turn restaurant. (My Dad, Bob, used to drive up from the Navy Base in Melbourne to watch the beach races!) So many people who have contacted us over the years tell the same story. They have traveled the state of Florida looking for the perfect environment in which to build or buy their dream home. They find it here! For more info and statistics on Ponce Inlet visit www.ponce-inlet.org.
The Daytona Beach area offers a wide array of activities and interests for everyone: The most famous race track in the world, Daytona International Speedway; Dozens of the most beautiful and reasonably priced professional golf courses in the country; several small airports, including the Fly In, former home of John Travolta and home of Mark Martin, a unique gated runway/golf community; the Deland Airport hosting a nationally noted skydiving operation SkyDive Deland; Enjoy minor league baseball every summer with Daytona Tortugas at the famous Jackie Robinson Ballpark; museums; great shopping; great food; state of the art movie theatres; public and private tennis. We have a lot to offer in Daytona Beach!