Des Pland is a compact neighborhood located on the corner of N Ridgewood Avenue and San Juan Avenue. While the community is small, it is a pleasant place to live as it is one block from the Halifax River.
Living in Des Pland means being close to plenty of places to eat ranging from your favorite fast foods to some of the finest international cuisine. Living here also leaves you within driving distance of a few small parks where you and your pup can get in at least a little play time. For dog food, treats, and toys, there are several pet supply stores nearby.
You will love the summers here as the temperatures are in the 90s fairly regularly. Beware, however, of the humidity as it often hits the 90 to 100% range. Luckily, the winters are why so many people love living here. The coldest month is January with temperatures in the high 40s during the day.
Living in this part of Daytona Beach means dealing with flat and mostly urban terrain. You might think this would lead to some very boring walks. But if all you do is keep going around the same couple of blocks every time you go out for a stroll, life is going to be pretty boring.
With this in mind, it’s a good thing you are within walking distance of the walking trail running along the Halifax River. The trail runs from just past the Main Street Bridge to the north and all the way down to City Island Park. It is very popular with joggers, walkers, and dog-walkers.
Keep in mind that the pavement on a summer day can reach high, uncomfortable temperatures. If you can fry an egg at 120°F, imagine what 135°F is going to do to your dog's paws! Be smart and head out in the morning as the summer weather starts to warm up.
Living in Des Pland doesn't put you close to much in the way of green space beyond the trail along the Halifax. The nearest park is Tuscawilla Park where there is at least some grass and woods for you to enjoy. But if you want more than just a token park to play in or some serious trails to go hiking along, it's only a few miles west to the Tiger Bay State Forest and Tomoka Wildlife Management Area.
The WMA has over 30,000 acres of pine-palmetto, cypress swamp, and fresh forest to explore. In 1998, more than 15,000 acres were damaged and destroyed by the wildfires, but they have since been cleared and are covered with new growth. Hiking through the park to see all of it will take you weeks of long hikes, but the journey is well worth it as the scenery is spectacular! Plus, you never know when you might some local wildlife!