Hillside Ave, Daytona Beach is on what is referred to by locals as 'Beachside', meaning that it is not in mainland Daytona, but on the strip of land between the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean. The avenue runs between A1A and Peninsular Drive and consists of mostly older homes that are well-kept. Living on Hillside means being within walking distance of the beach where you and your pup can go walking alongside the ocean picking up shells or anything else you might happen to find. The street itself does have sidewalks on both sides and a few shade trees along the way.
Fall, winter, and early spring are the ideal time to take your pup out for a walk. However, if you plan to go for walks in the summer, you need to do so early in the morning before the sidewalks, streets, and sand reach temperatures hot enough to burn sensitive paws.
The land all throughout Daytona Beach is relatively flat and easy to go for walks on. While the terrain itself may not offer much in the way of a challenge for you and your dog, there are sidewalks on both sides of the street you can use to explore the neighborhood. The best way to make use of this type of terrain is to plan your walks carefully so that they take the two of you in different directions every day. Of course, if you really want to make your strolls more challenging, all you have to do is cross A1A and hit the beach. The alternating soft and hard wet sand will give both of you an excellent workout. With most of Daytona beachside in the hands of private owners, there are very few open places for you to walk or play in unless you are willing to drive to them.
You might think living this close to the ocean would come with plenty of green spaces for you and your pup to enjoy. Unfortunately, land here has been costly for a very long time and virtually every inch is privately owned, leaving little room for accessible green space for you and your pup to take advantage of. Most of the sidewalks at least have grassy dividers running along them, giving your dog a place to walk that might be cooler on their paws. The one saving grace is that no matter where you live on Hillside, you are only a block from the beach. Unlike California where many of the beaches are private, all beaches within Volusia County are open to the public. Remember that the earlier you get up in the morning, the cooler it will be and the less crowded you are likely to find the beaches!