Point East is a large condominium complex on the beach only three blocks from the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve. On any given day, you can sit out on the deck and watch the sun come up over the horizon. With crystal clear morning skies, the color changes as the sun rises are nothing less than spectacular. It's also a great time to take your dog for a walk along the sand.
Not only is sunrise worth seeing while walking your dog, but at this time of day, there are very few people or vehicles on the beach. If you wait too long, you have to deal with people driving all over the place, tons of sunbathers, and people running back and forth between the dunes and the ocean, especially during peak tourist months. Shopping, restaurants, pubs, and taverns are all within a five-minute drive on E 3rd Avenue and a little further north on historic Flagler Avenue.
This is a bustling area of town with S Atlantic Avenue being the main thoroughfare all the way through town and south to the cape and beyond. Vehicular traffic is especially heavy during rush hours and peak tourist seasons. If you must take your dog walking along S Atlantic Avenue during the busy times, be sure to keep them on a short leash for protection.
You might think that the beach would be a less busy place to go walking with your dog and, as long as go for your walks early in the morning, it is. However, if you wait until later in the day, you are likely to deal with a lot of vehicular traffic as the beach is open to all forms of motorized traffic. Be sure you keep your dog on a leash at all times while you are on the dunes as this is required by law!
The beach is, of course, the nearest and largest green space running for many miles south from Ponce Inlet. The beach offers the two of you soft sand that will give your leg muscles a good workout. Once you have gone far enough, you can turn around and come back on the wet sand that is much easier to walk on. Plus, you can take time out to cool off in the waves!
Ten minutes to the north is Smyrna Dunes Park, an area of 73 acres covering five different ecosystems with a 1.5-mile-long elevated boardwalk that takes you over the sensitive dunes. There are trails to hike on and a dog-friendly beach for the two of you to play on as long as they remain on a leash. Plus, you can take your pooch out for a swim in the waters of the Ponce Inlet to cool off on a hot summer day.