The neighborhood of Bel-Air
incorporates the Halifax Health and Medical Center and Daytona State College, a
few apartment buildings, and a few single-family homes. The majority of the property
is given over to the college for the buildings, parking lots, and sports fields.
The area also puts you close to the Daytona Beach International Speedway, the Volusia Mall, and several excellent places to eat. You are also within a 10 to 15-minute drive from the beach, depending on traffic, where you can hang out or you hit the restaurants and nightclubs to be found all up and down A1A. There are so many places to go and so much to do that you and your pup should never get bored! The best part is that no matter what day of the year it happens to be, chances are good you and your dog will be able to get out for a walk.
With the college and hospital campuses, there is a lot of paved parking lot in the neighborhood, leaving little variation in the terrain. But with this type of ground comes the advantage of having enough blocks to make your walks different most days of the week or at least different enough for your pup to have different scents to enjoy frequently.
The trick when you have an area like this to walk in is to find ways to make your hikes with your dog different and challenging at the same time. When you don't have hills to help add challenge to your walks, your next best bet is to try going for distance.
Before walking in this area, remember that if your dog has not had a chance to let their paws toughen up, long walks could be uncomfortable. Take your time and help your pup build up their sensitive puppy paws to endure longer strolls.
Living here means coming up a bit short in terms of greenways you and your pup can enjoy. The college has a few sports fields and there is a cemetery, but neither is really the best place to take Fido out for walks.
The nearest spot of green where your dog can stretch their legs and have a bit of fun would be Tuscawilla Park, home of a 65-pin disc golf course and Daytona Beach Zipline Adventures. More importantly, there are plenty of shade trees and a few small walking trails for everyone to enjoy.
There are a few vacant lots you might also be able to use, but do remember that they are private property and may have rules or regulations about using them. However, if you do use these lots, be a good dog owner and take waste bags with you to clean up after your pooch before moving on to the next area.