Royal Palms is a single-developer family community on the west side of Interstate 95. The houses here are arranged neatly around five separate lakes and several areas of woods. The homes are all variations on a basic design and sit on small yards. The surroundings, however, thanks to the lakes and wooded areas, give you a tranquil place to live and raise your family, including the four-legged member.
Being on the other side of the interstate doesn't mean you live in exile. In fact, the communities out here are very friendly and close to the Westport Plaza and a large selection of stores. If you take Dunlawton and head east, it will take you to the rest of the shopping centers in town. Along both sides of the road, you will also find some of the best places in town to eat.
The beach is only twenty minutes to the east and the Tiger Bay State Forest is nearby. Both are great places to take your dog for extended walks.
The homes and streets here have been carefully laid out to provide smaller individual sections and this also seems to help keep traffic moving a little more slowly than in some areas. Traffic can be hectic during the morning rush to work and the evening dash home, so you'll have to exercise caution around these times of day.
Pedestrians may be a common feature of this neighborhood as it is primarily residential. Adults, children, and teenagers can come across you and your pup while out on a walk, so if your pooch is a little shy, you may need to take that into consideration before venturing out on these flat, easy-to-navigate streets. Alternatively, visit one of the local greenways to provide your canine companion with more opportunities to put a bit of distance between them and any passerby. This can make it much more comfortable and safe to venture out.
With several areas of woods dispersed throughout Royal Palm, you shouldn't have a problem finding a few trails in the shade to walk on. However, if you want more space to spread out and stretch your legs, take the drive out to the Tiger Bay State Forest. The forest is part of the much larger Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area that covers over 30,000 acres of wetlands, rivers, creeks, and forests. Here, you will find miles of trails to explore.If you prefer salt air, sand, and surf, the beaches are only fifteen to twenty minutes to the east. You can drive out onto the sand and park your car. Be careful to park above the high tide line! Now you and your pooch can hike for as many miles you can handle. You can always stop and cool off in the water when you get hot and turn around whenever you feel like it. There are no rules to walking on the beach when it comes to distance!