With the sea breeze blowing towards me, and the bicycle tires digging into the wet shoreline left by the receding tide, there was certainly no danger of exceeding the 10 mph speed limit. In fact some of the early morning walkers seemed to be going faster than me, but at least I had plenty of time to take in the expansive Atlantic seascape as I pedaled slowly onward. Driving and cycling along a five-mile stretch of compacted sand on New Smyrna’s 13-mile stretch of pristine beach is a popular pastime and not the sole preserve of its famous seaside cousin Daytona Beach, as I’d initially thought. Picking up a hire bike from one of the rental shops turned out to be among the novel and often unique attractions waiting to be discovered in this lesser-known corner of Florida.
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