Channel View is a small neighborhood on the northern end of the beachside peninsula facing the Indian River North and situated close to Smyrna Dunes Park. Living this far north means living with the fact that you will have to drive to the amenities you are most likely to need. This includes things like grocery stores, bars, gas stations, places to buy pet supplies, and fabulous restaurants to eat in.
However, by living this far to the north, you gain the advantage of being away from the hustle and bustle of the central part of the city. To the east, you also have miles of beach to play and hike on, the west is the Indian River that flows down the coast of Florida under several names, also nearby is the Ponce Inlet that takes you right out into the Atlantic if you have an sea-worthy boat. If surfing is your thing, then you will love the waves as they are among the best in the state.
One reason for living this far north on the peninsula is the relative lack of traffic on any given day. There will be some traffic to the condos and homes along with Smyrna Dunes Park, but in comparison to many other areas of the beachside part of town, the traffic, even during rush hours, is relatively small. North Peninsula Avenue is the one busy street as it leads all the way to the park and, if you go south, all the way back into town.
You might also encounter a fair amount of pedestrian traffic as those who live here head to the beach to go swimming, surfing, walking the dog, or simply kick back on the sand and catch a few rays. Unlike most of the beach in New Smyrna, you and your pup will have to walk through a wide band of scrub zone before you actually reach the sand and water.
There are two large green spaces in the nearby vicinity. The first is, of course, the beach running uninterrupted from the tip of the peninsula all the way down to Port Canaveral. The dry, soft sand near the scrub tends to be hard to walk in. It grabs at feet and paws, making both of you work for each step you take. What a fantastic way to build stamina and leg muscles! On the way back, use the wet, firm sand at the water's edge for a nice relaxing stroll back to your starting point.
At the very tip of the peninsula is Smyrna Dunes Park. This 73 acres of parkland is home to five separate ecosystems including the ocean, the beach, riverfront, scrub zone, and saltwater marsh. Along with this, there is a 1.5-mile-long boardwalk to cross the sensitive dunes and hit the dog-friendly beach at the other end.