The community of Clifton Heights is over on the beachside peninsula and is only a block and half from the beach and the Halifax River. Being this close to the beach puts you within walking distance of miles of sand as well as half of A1A where a short drive will take you to some of the finest restaurants and nightclubs in town.
However, if you are looking for somewhere to buy dog food and pet supplies, you will need to drive back over to the mainland side where you will find several big box pet stores.
Living on the beachside is the perfect place to enjoy the summer temperatures in the 90s and endless blue skies. However, it can be a bit chilly here in the winter, especially in January when the temperatures are in the 40s. But even then, you won't need much more than a heavy jacket to take your walks.
The terrain here on the beachside is mostly flat and semi-suburban in nature. Many of the blocks have sidewalks for you to stroll along. Remember that the best way to keep your hikes around the community interesting is to try walking around different areas as often as you can.
Do keep in mind that the pavement will be very hot during the summer months. If you cannot place the back of your hand on the surface and hold it for at least 10 seconds, you should not expect your pup to walk on it.
What many people do not realize is that this same theory also applies to the dry sand on the beach. While it can be great to walk on and the soft sand will definitely give both of you a workout, it gets just as hot as the pavement. The best time of day to take a walk is during the early morning hours before things heat up.
Living over on beachside doesn't give you much in the way of green spaces besides the beach itself. The good news is that it's only a short drive up Beach Street on the mainland side to Tomoka State Park. Here you, your family, and Fido can enjoy over 2,000 acres of hardwood hammocks straddling the Tomoka River.
There are a couple of short trails in the park. One is a half-mile long nature trail while the other is a mile-long paved trail. Both take you deep into the park where you can try your hand at spotting over 160 different species of birds, whitetail deer, and the occasional black bear. Of course, what would a walk in the Florida woods be without a gator or two just for fun?
Do keep in mind, you should keep your distance from local wildlife and never attempt to feed them. Keep your pup on a leash to avoid any dangerous encounters.