Having always stayed at bed and breakfasts, we wanted a more iconic Florida place - one that was rustic, clean, quiet and close to the beach. We found the Aloha Motel Apartments online and immediately fell in love with the 60s décor style. This is a no frills and no fuss motel that you can establish as your base camp as you head out to the beach just across the street, visit the nearby park on the lagoon that boast dozens of manatees during each visit, jaunt to the nearby National Seashore just a mile drive (or bicycle ride) to the south, or kayak Mosquito Lagoon.
Located in Bethune Beach, south of New Smyrna Beach, you are surrounded by residences and less car traffic. The beach across A1A is a car-free beach and is great for shelling, running or water sports. There are no lifeguards here, so be watchful of the family. We arrived during the sea turtle nesting season (May to October) and found many nesting sites taped off from foot traffic. You are never far from places to eat or visit.
We stayed in Room G, which was on the second level and was a complete suite overlooking the water way. We had a porch on the front and back, and enjoyed a spacious kitchen (complete with new appliances, dishes, pots, silverware and glasses). The bedroom is separate from the living room and kitchen, and has an amazing skylight above the bed. We could see the moon the entire weekend. The bathroom is a nice size and was very clean. The stairs were tricky and could be difficult to navigate for unsteady folks or small children.
There is NO smoking in all the rooms, but you are invited to smoke outside on the porch. We are non-smokers and didn't find any evidence of smoke in the room at all, which was one of our concerns. Suzette, the manager, was incredibly friendly and answered all our questions and offered suggestions for places to visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small all suite motel, recently remodeled at beautiful Bethune Beach. Steps to ocean, river access for kayaks, etc., a few yards away. All rooms with full kitchen plus sitting/dining area. The Aloha is located within a mile of the north gate of the Canaveral National Seashore at historic Bethune Beach. With over six miles of undeveloped natural shoreline at the National Seashore, you can easily find a private spot to fish, surf, take great photographs, watch a rocket launch or simply relax in the sun. Steps away is the inviting Volusia County Beach Park which has a children's play area, tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts.The National Seashore, which features a 19th century settlement Eldora, shell turtlemounds and natural Apollo Beach, is also the home to bald eagles, manatees, alligators, pelicans and exotic shore birds. Stroll along the pristine beach, a refuge for endangered sea turtles. If you're in the mood for a hike, you can walk to within sight of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center. Eat at delightful JB's Fish Camp on the banks of Shipping Creek for fine food and refreshments, watch the sunset from their waterfront wrap around deck. Come relax and enjoy! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Aloha Motel Apartments New Smyrna Beach, Florida