Located on a twisty part of the ICW just south o f the Ponce de Leon Inlet and Daytona Beach, the Coronado Beach Bascule Bridge ferries vehicular traffic to and from North New Smyrna Beach toward the beach communities on the Atlantic Ocean side.
The bridge has a closed vertical clearance of 24 feet with 90 feet of horizontal clearance in the center span, as most Florida draw bridges do. Navigation is simple and straightforward, but currents can be tricky. Maintain a slow-speed and cautious approach when nearing the bridge.
This bridge operates on a restricted opening schedule. Year-round from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the bridge opens on the hour and at 20 and forty minutes past the hour. The bridge opens on demand at all other times.
Depending on schedule, the bridge can be opened by horn signal (one long, one short) or by hailing the bridge tender on VHF Channel 09. (All bridges in the state of Florida must be hailed on VHF Channel 09.)