El Pino Parque is a small community of single-family homes located
on Beachside Daytona. The neighborhood sits on the Halifax River
side of the peninsula along N. Halifax Ave. One of the wonderful things about living on the peninsula is the crazy number of restaurants
running all up and down A1A. From seafood to Italian and more, you will find it
here. Dog-friendly parks and pet supply
stores are going to take a bit of a drive to find.
There are a few small parks here and there along the beach, but beyond that, if you want a larger park, you have little choice but to go for a
drive with Rusty.
If you are moving here from up north, you are going to love the winters here. January daytime highs are in the upper 40s. The worst you are likely to experience is a little bit of frost on your windshield in the mornings.
The terrain here in El Pino Parque is what you might expect anywhere on the peninsula. In other words, you are looking at flat ground that is mostly sand. The good news is that most of the streets here have sidewalks for you to walk on. You can turn flat ground and sidewalks into a good source of exercise if you are willing to put your mind to work creating wonderful new places to walk.
Choose different blocks to walk around, go left out of the driveway one day and right the next. Get up early in the morning and go for a jog. Hit the beach and let the soft dry sand give you an incredible workout! Try using the sand on the way up the beach and then use the wet hard-packed sand as a way to cool down on the way back. Let Rusty play in the surf and have a great time!
When it comes to greenways of any size, you have to cross back over the Granada Bridge and head north on US 1 to your choice of Tomoka State Park or Bulow Creek State Park. Both of these parks cover thousands of acres of Florida swamp and wetlands. There are hundreds of different species of birds, reptiles, and many other animals for you and Rusty to look for as you hike the miles of trails running through these parks.
While taking your hikes through
these parks, be sure to cover any open skin with some form of bug repellent. For
those who are not familiar with the wetlands of Florida, they are
home to a never-ending supply of some of the biggest mosquitoes you are ever
likely to encounter. That is, unless you came from Minnesota or Wisconsin. But whether
those up north are bigger or not is a matter of opinion.