Holly Bluff River Resort sits on the St. John's River, close to where you catch the ferry over to Hontoon Island. While the resort here may only be for short stays, there are a number of homes on this spit of land, all of which have a fabulous view of the river and Hontoon State Park. Many of those who live out here love the peace and quiet almost as much as the fact they can dock their boat at the end of the backyard!
Even though you might think you live miles from anywhere, it's only an illusion. The center of town is no more than fifteen minutes from your home! In town, you will find a Winn Dixie Supermarket, a Walmart Supercenter, a Pet Supermarket, and numerous small stores. In fact, the small stores in the center of town are part of what gives Deland some of its charm along with the spectacular buildings of Stetson University.
Having a home near the Holly Bluff Resort Marina means having to deal with a certain amount of tourist traffic most of the year. This and the usual rush hour and school bus traffic can create some hustle and bustle, but it is, for the most part, manageable. A little extra care is needed when walking your dog as there are no sidewalks, leaving you to walk on one of the two main roads.
The best way to stay safe on your walks is to avoid the busiest times during the day. Even then, you'll need to keep a close eye on traffic as most of the tourists may be trying to find the resort and are not looking out for pedestrians. The best time of day to avoid this is in the early morning hours before rush hour starts. Not only is there very little traffic, but the temperature is a lot cooler in the summer!
The area around you is fully developed, yet still has plenty of shade trees to help keep the sun at bay. However, if you are looking for a park to take your dog for walks in, the only thing within walking distance is Hontoon Island State Park. The ferry to the island is free and there are miles of trails for you and your dog to hike and places to go camping. This is a very popular destination for both locals and tourists.
Lake Beresford Park on the east side of Lake George is another option worth considering. The park offers hiking trails, plenty of peace and quiet, and access to the lake via a short trail. The trails offer small knolls that add a little more challenge to your hikes. On top of this, the lengths of the trails are being extended and new trails are being opened up all the time.