Ortona is a neighborhood of older homes located on the beachside peninsula of Daytona Beach. The community spans the width of the peninsula from the beach to the Halifax River. One of the many benefits of living here is your proximity to the white sands of the coast. Life on the peninsula is perfect for those who love the beach and surf.
While the surf tends to be pretty mild here, the water is tepid all summer long and the weather is spectacular year round with summer temperatures in the nineties. Even the winters are mild with temperatures hanging out in the 60s and low 50s. Beachside is also home to many of the best restaurants and nightclubs in the area.
While there is some shopping on the beachside, you need to drive over to the mainland side for most of your shopping as there are plenty of stores, the Volusia Mall, and numerous dog-friendly parks to check out.
Like most of the beachside, the terrain here is flat and sandy. You and your dog can still get in relatively decent walks, you just have to be prepared to put some effort into it.
The entire Ortona area is a very large residential space with a few businesses like Steve's Famous Diner, a few condos, and a hotel. The bulk of the area is laid out in symmetrical blocks that you and Fido can make use of for your daily walks. Be sure you try to cover different blocks each day to avoid having your strolls become routine and dull. The more variety you can add to your daily outings, the happier your pup is going to be.
Finally, keep a close eye on the temperature of the pavement. During the hotter months of the year, it can become hot enough to cause discomfort and burns. Prepare your pup with dog boots or go out for walks earlier in the day.
Ortona sadly lacks green space in the form of parks for you to play on. There is, of course, the beach, but it is more of a "sandy" color than green. However, when you stop to consider the endless miles of coastline the two of you can use, there is literally no end to the amount of exercise you can get in between the soft sand and the wet sand which provide various walking opportunities.
However, if you want somewhere green to play and hike, you are only a short drive to the north on the mainland side and along N Beach Street to Tomoka and Bulow State Parks. Between the two parks, there are over 7,000 acres of Florida forest and wetlands to explore along the many trails running through these incredible parks. You and your energetic puppy pal are sure to enjoy all of the space that is provided in these amazing natural greenways.