Pelican Bay is a golfing community built around the Pelican Bay Golf Course on the western outskirts of Daytona. Sandpiper Lake at Hawks Landing is part of this gated community of over 1800 homes, condos, and townhomes. The entire subdivision covers approximately 900 acres and includes a number of lakes, ponds, and more.
Living out here puts you close to the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management area, but it's a bit of drive back into the center of town where the action is. Here, you will find fast food, fine dining in world-class restaurants like the Chart House, several chain pet supply stores like Petco and PetSmart to buy treats and supplies for Fido, and shopping. For those of you who worship the sun, the weather here is nothing short of amazing with summers in the 90s with endless blue skies and winters that tend to hover in the 50s and 60s, even in January.
The terrain here is carefully manicured and somewhat flat in nature. Thankfully, there are miles of sidewalks within the Pelican Bay community for you and Fido to take your walks on. By varying the directions you take, you can create enough "new" walks to make them interesting!
For these walks, your pup must remain on a leash and you'll need to carry bags with you, just in case you'll need to stop and clean up after them along the way. In addition to that, paved surfaces tend to be very hot during the summer months. Hold the back of your hand on the pavement before you ask your pup to walk on it. If you can't comfortably keep your hand on the sidewalk for at least ten seconds, you need to wait for late evening or early morning when it is not so hot to keep from burning the pads under your dog's paws.
Hawks Landing sits on the Pelican Bay golf course which is a vast green space complete with acres of groomed fairways, lakes, ponds, even trees. Alas, you and your pup are not likely to be welcomed here as no one wants to find their ball sitting in the middle of a pile of doggy doo-doo.
The good news is that you are only a very short drive from 30,000 acres of prime Florida forest in the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area. The WMA offers miles of trails for the whole family, including your dog, to explore. Not only are the forests teeming with wildlife, but over 15,000 acres of the WMA is still recovering from the wildfires in 1998 that destroyed virtually everything as they burned through the area. Today, most of it has regrown and is once again teeming with wildlife to be on the lookout for during your hikes with Fido.