Elgin is another single street community with a selection of single-family homes on a street that ends with a small lake. Located in the Derbyshire Pines area, you have the advantage of being in an area where there are several small lakes and modest copses of woods.
Living out here means having to drive to just about anything you need such as pet supply stores, dog parks, and restaurants. The benefit to this region, however, is that it doesn't take long to drive back into town where you can find restaurants serving up an incredible variety of international cuisine for you and your family to sample.
Living in Daytona offers you the best of both worlds. Summers here include temperatures in the 90s and long days of blue skies. If this isn’t enough, how about winters that are mild enough for you to spend Christmas Day out on the World's Most Famous Beach? Warm weather lovers are bound to enjoy living in Elgin.
The terrain along Elgin is a pleasant blend of woods and suburban streets. It is flat here like the rest of Daytona Beach, but rather than seeing this as a roadblock, you should see it as a challenge. It'll put your creative mind to work creating hiking routes that will really wear you out during your daily walks.
There are a number of blocks around Elgin that are perfect for the two of you to include. The idea is to rotate through different blocks, go different directions, or go around the lake at the end of the street.
The one thing to keep in mind about taking Fido for walks during the summer months is that when the sun is out, the pavement is going to be too hot for your pup to walk on safely. To avoid this, you should take your walks during the early morning hours when things are still cool.
There are a few small areas of woods and the lake at the end of Elgin St., but these offer only limited space for you and your dog to get back to nature.
If you want something a little more challenging in terms of green space, it's only a short drive to the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area and the Tiger Bay State Forest. Together, these areas cover well over 30,000 acres of prime Florida wetlands, pine-palmetto, and cypress swamps. They also offer miles of trails for you to explore.
Back in 1998, over 15,000 acres of the Tiger Bay WMA were completely destroyed by the wildfires that ravaged Central Florida. Today, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and state employees along with Mother Nature, the entire area has regrown into a beautiful place for you and your pooch to see how much of the local wildlife you can spot.