Leisure Villas is a small pocket community located just off Spruce Creek Rd and Leisure Circle. Most of the homes here may be older, but the majority of them are well-kept. For those who love to go for walks with their puppy, there are sidewalks running throughout the neighborhood. There are dog parks, pet stores, and numerous restaurants all within easy driving distance, and don't forget that the beach is only a short drive over the Dunlawton Ave Bridge.
Port Orange enjoys spectacular weather all year long with winter days in the mid-40s and summer temperatures hitting the high 80s to mid-90s. While it may never snow here, you can expect up to 51 inches of rain, much of which tends to fall in the summer months in the form of sudden thunderstorms. With approximately 227 days of sunshine, there aren't many days when you won't be able to go out for a nice hike with your pooch.
The terrain here is flat and unimpressive, but there are plenty of sidewalks with grass berms to walk along. During the summer months, keep in mind that pavement temperatures can increase exponentially and the pads on your dog's paws don't stand a chance. It only takes a few seconds to burn through the toughened outer layers of their paws, so you'll want to exercise proper caution. The best time of day to go walking with your pooch during these months is to go out early in the morning before the sun has had a chance to heat everything up again. An easy way to determine if the pavement is too hot is to hold the back of your hand on the sidewalk. If after 11 seconds, your hand starts to feel uncomfortably warm, you need to leave your pup at home or take them somewhere to run around on the grass!
Like many small neighborhoods, the balance of asphalt and green is a decent mix with very little for the two of you to play around on. Directly to the east, however, lies Spruce Creek Park that covers over 1,600 acres. The park offers over 3 miles of trails that start out with a 536-foot boardwalk. At the end of the trail is a 15-foot high observation tower that allows you to look out over the marshes. From the observation tower, the trail carries on to Rose Bay.
To the south, the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve adds even more green space for you and your hound to go exploring in. On your hikes, you never know what you might see from the hundreds of birds that call the area home to wild boars and alligators. Just don't try to feed the 'gators as they can be aggressive and you might find yourself in a situation with a hungry predator.