Placido Bayou is a planned gated community that covers over 360 acres and features ten lakes, several preserve areas, and over 600 homes. The lakes are kept stocked with a variety of fish along with otters, turtles, and their own bevy of swans that are so pampered that they never go anywhere. Many of the homes sit on the shores of the lakes and all are within walking distance of open green space to explore. The community is within driving distance of both pet supply shops and dog parks as well as the shores of Old Tampa Bay.
The weather here is perfect for those seeking a temperate climate as the winters average in the 70s and the summer temperatures average in the low 90s. Summers do tend to see a lot of rain but you have to plan your walks around the daily showers or make sure you bring an umbrella with you.
The terrain here is quite flat which can make finding ways to make your excursions with your pup a bit challenging. The thing to remember about walking on flat ground is to find a new way to make your walks interesting. The community itself is guarded and very well-kept with sidewalks in some areas to walk on. However, many of the streets have no sidewalks, so if you plan to walk here, be sure to wear bright reflective clothing to help motorists see you better.
There are greenways you can use to access the shores of the lakes in some areas, allowing you and your pup to get to them easily. However, if you are new to Florida, you should be aware that the pavement temperatures can reach 135 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit which can scorch the pads on your pooch's paws within seconds. Exercise caution, walk along the grass, and know when to stop for a break.
There may be 636 homes in the Placido Bayou community, but when the design was drawn up, the developers made sure to include plenty of greenways and green spaces throughout. From small parks on street corners to numerous lakes of all sizes, there are plenty of greenways located throughout.
At the northern tip of the community sits Puryear Park covering 58.7 acres. Within the bounds of the park, there are wilderness areas, athletic fields, tennis courts, a playground, and a walking trail that goes all the way around the park for you and your pup to stroll along.
Further to the north is Weedon Island Preserve, a 3,190-acre nature reserve that features miles of hiking trails, large numbers of local wildlife to enjoy, and kayak or canoe rentals. This is a fabulous place to take your dog out for a nice, long walk in terrain that might be a bit more challenging than walking the streets.