The Southern Comfort Condominium Complex is an off-beach condo, meaning that it sits on the opposite side of S Atlantic Ave from the coast. However, it's only a five-minute walk from the front door to the water.
For those of you who enjoy dining out rather than making your own meals, there is a nice variety of excellent restaurants within a five to ten-minute drive to the south. If you don't mind preparing your own meals or need dog food, there is a Publix grocery store in the same area. However, if you want a pet store, your best bet is to go back over on the mainland side of town where you will find several.
No matter what time of the year you come to New Smyrna Beach, you will find the weather excellent with summers in the low 90s and winters in the low 70s.
Living this close to the beach offers you a choice of terrain including the dunes of the beach and the flat pavement that surrounds the adjacent neighborhoods. Each offers its own unique challenges. While these flat sidewalks may be fantastic places to stroll for young puppies, older dogs, or dogs with mobility issues, they can also be a bit repetitive and quiet for those who enjoy being moderately social. Still, it may be preferential for dog walkers who would rather not venture across the main road to get to the water's edge.
If you're primarily interested in the sandy terrain, however, the beach itself is likely your best avenue. While it can be crowded and hot on some days, it can also provide you with plenty of space for your pup to wander and roam. Some travelers enjoy driving their cars right up to the beach, however, so keep an eye out for vehicles as you wander.
When it comes to greenways, the nearest and largest one is the beach. After all, it runs many miles to the south, providing plenty of space to get in some exercise. It's also a wonderful place to take the whole family for a gentle stroll in the evening!
The next green space of any significant size is a short drive to the north where the peninsula comes to an end at Ponce de Leon Inlet. Smyrna Dunes Park is a dog-friendly park managed by the county and has a lot to offer! There are nature trails and boardwalks for the two of you to hike along and a pet-friendly beach for you to play on. If you get too hot, the two of you can hop in the water and cool off. While dogs are welcome, you'll need to keep your pooch securely on a leash throughout your visit.