East Daytona incorporates an extensive section of the beachside area of town. The community includes a wide variety of housing options, including multi-family housing, apartments, and condominiums. If you like to eat out, some of the top restaurants in town are within walking distance. For those who crave the nightlife, you are also close to Razzle's, the Ocean Deck, the Mai Tai Bar, and many others.
For regular shopping and pet supply stores, you will find a great selection of places to shop over on the mainland side of town. Then, of course, no matter where you live in East Daytona, you are only a short walk from the beach, perfect for those 90-degree days when all you want to do is grab your board and head for the water. On the flip side of the coin, winters here are mild with temperatures in the 50s and 60s, perfect for taking your pup walking on the sand.
The terrain here is mostly built up and flat. This area tends to be quite busy, especially during Spring Break and Bike Week. The blocks here are laid out in a grid, however, making it easy for you to vary where you go for walks each day, especially if you need to avoid the tourist crowds. For non-social pooches, there are options for quieter walkways if you need them.
Because there are some sections of road that don't quite have safer spaces to walk, your pup will have to be well acclimated to walking on the rough pavement. Keep your walks short to build up their resistance to the gritty terrain before venturing out for longer hikes. Remember too that Florida's heat can be a killer, especially in the summer months. Keep an eye out for pavement that may be too hot to walk on safely and choose appropriate times of day to avoid any uncomfortable burns.
Surprisingly, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of green spaces for you and Fido to enjoy beyond a few vacant lots and the beach. However, this part of Central Florida is awash with state parks and wildlife management areas if you know where to look.
To the north are Tomoka and Bulow Creek State Parks which both offer plenty of nature trails to hike along and the chance to see over 160 different species of birds who call these parks home. To the west is the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area and Tiger Bay Forest. Covering more than 30,000 acres, the WMA offers miles of trails running throughout the area. There are ponds and lakes for you to hike to and many critters to look for on your walks.
No matter what time of year you venture out, be sure you bring water and mosquito repellent as the little pests never seem to go away in this muggy environment.