The Palms at Cypress Head is a residential community inside of the Cypress Head Golf Course. The homes here are arranged on Palm Vista Street which starts on Cypress Springs Parkway, forms a shallow loop, and ends back on Cypress Springs. Like most golf communities, the houses are tightly packed to ensure maximum per-square-foot usage of the available land. The neighborhood is surrounded by small lakes and tracts of woods.
While still part of Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach is almost as close to you here as the city center. Living on the west side of I-95 means you have to drive to find the essential amenities your family needs. You can find things like grocery stores, places to buy pet supplies, hardware stores, and a selection of restaurants and fast-food joints by taking South Williamson Boulevard to the intersection of I-95 and Dunlawton Avenue. You will find even more of the same further east on Dunlawton!
Living inside of a golf course definitely helps to minimize the amount of traffic you and your pooch are likely to have to deal with. Keep in mind, however, that even out here, you will have some rush hour traffic to deal with in the morning and late afternoon. Beyond these times, you should only see a limited number of cars and the occasional golf cart go whizzing by.
Every neighborhood within the bounds of the golf course has sidewalks for you and your dog to use for your daily walks. The same applies to the roads running between the various residential areas. The only thing missing from the sidewalks seems to be much in the way of shade trees. During the hottest part of the year, you should take your walks together early in the morning before the temperatures start to climb.
Just because you live inside of a golf course doesn't mean that you and your dog are welcome on the acres of fairways, in the rough, or on the greens, as inviting as they might look. However, between the golf course and I-95, there is a large area of woods that serve as a buffer zone.
You may find trails running through these woods where you and your dog can walk around in the shade on hot, summer days. On the other side of I-95 is the start of the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Covering over 1,600 acres of swamps and forest, the preserve offers miles of trails for the two of you to hike on. There is a 15-foot tall observation tower you can climb that looks out over the swamps. If you are up for the challenge, you can take the six-mile round-trip hike to the southern end of the preserve in New Smyrna Beach.