Smith's Memento is a large community of single-family homes, condos, and historic homes on the beachside peninsula next to the Ocean Center and the Halifax River. Living here puts you within a couple of blocks walking distance of the World's Most Famous Beach. You are also within a short walk of Main Street, the place to be during Bike Week as thousands of motorcycles take over the area.
For those who prefer to dine out, you are in the heart of foodie territory. A1A and the beachside are home to some of the finest restaurants in town while the nightlife provides a fantastic selection of clubs to choose from.
Along with all the fun things to do here, you just can’t beat the weather. Summers are in the 90s with long days filled with sunshine. Winters are moderate with January temperatures in the upper 40s and lower 50s during the day.
The terrain over on the beachside is a comfortable blend of pavement, large yards, and sand. More importantly, the area is pretty flat which, unless you get creative with your walks, could be pretty dull. The trick here is to make use of what you have to work with.
For example, there are plenty of sidewalks and blocks to walk around. Choose different blocks or go for a jog some days. The more you can vary the terrain you walk on, the happier your pup's nose will be.
Remember that during the hotter months of the year, the sidewalks and streets can reach temperatures of 135°F or more. Pavement this hot can cause discomfort and burns to sensitive paws. A quick test would be to place the back of your hand on the surface and if you can't keep it there for ten seconds or more, it's too hot for your dog to walk on.
Like most neighborhoods over on the beachside, there isn't much in the way of green space nearby with the exception of the beach itself.
The beach offers a couple of different types of walking terrain for you to enjoy. The soft sand offers a challenging walk as it sucks your feet in with every step. On the way back, you can use the wet sand to walk on as it is much firmer and easier to traverse.
If you prefer forests and trails, then you can head back over to the mainland side and drive up N Beach Street to the 2,000 acres that make up Tomoka State Park. Here, you and your dog can enjoy exploring a half-mile nature trail or you can take the mile-long paved walking trail. Either way, you are sure to enjoy your walks in the park and the chance to "get back to nature."