Pelican Circle sits on the east bank of the Halifax River on the beachside of Daytona Beach and is a tiny neighborhood of larger homes. Living over on the beachside has many advantages, especially if you are someone who likes to eat out or enjoys the nightlife.
There are multiple restaurants all up and down the coast serving every type of cuisine, especially seafood. Along the beachside, you will also find a number of nightclubs, many of which have beachside decks. From pop to hip-hop to reggae, you will find it all playing here in at least one club. As for dog parks and pet supply stores, you will have to go back over on the mainland side.
Summer and living on the beach just go together, especially when the temperatures are routinely in the 90s. Winters are very pleasant in Daytona Beach with temperatures in the 40s and 50s and no sign of snow in the forecast.
The terrain here is a beach on one side and pavement on the other. If this doesn’t sound exciting, you obviously haven't given the beach much consideration!
The beach offers its own unique blend of terrain. Along the western edge of the beach, the sand is soft and difficult to walk in. With every step you take, the sand tries to suck your foot in rather than release it. Walking for a mile or so in this sand will work your leg muscles. In fact, you should probably work your way up slowly to longer distances.
The other option on the beach is the wet sand closer to the water's edge. This sand is quite firm and much easier to walk in. Plus, you can walk back in the surf and cool your feet and legs off on your way back home! It sure beats walking on pavement that can be hot enough to cause burns to sensitive puppy paws.
Beyond the beach itself, there isn't much in the way of green space in the area. Thankfully, it's only a short drive over the bridge and north on Beach Street to Tomoka State Park. You and your dog can spend countless hours wandering through the hardwood hammocks.
To date, birdwatchers have spotted more than 160 species making the park their home. Deep in the park is the ancient Timucuan Indian village from 1,500 years ago when the excellent supply of fish at the headwaters of the Tomoka River provided plenty of food.
The park offers overnight camping and a boat ramp providing access to the river for boaters and canoeists. There is a half-mile long nature trail and a one-mile long paved trail for the two of you to hike along and see how many birds you can spot. You can also look for black bears, bald eagles, and even the occasional alligator sunning itself on a log.