Homeland is a small neighborhood of single-family homes on the peninsula or "beachside" area of Daytona Beach. While it is closer to the Halifax River than the beach, it's still only a 2-block walk if you live in the house nearest the river.
Having a home on the beachside is truly living the Florida dream. You are only a walk away from the pristine white sands of the World's Most Famous Beach and, for those of you who like to get out and enjoy the nightlife, there are numerous clubs along the boardwalk and A1A. At the same time, there is a fabulous selection of restaurants up and down the beachfront serving an amazing variety of international cuisine.
Come for a visit and stay for the weather! It's the winters that really get you here. The only month that really gets chilly here is typically January, and even then, the temperatures are in the upper 40s.
The terrain on the beachside is pretty much the same no matter where you live. In other words, it is flat and unexciting. But you have a choice between walking on the sidewalks running all over the area and going over to the beach.
By walking the sidewalks, you can cover as few or as many blocks as you feel like covering. Just keep in mind that paved surfaces can be rough on your dog's paws. Be sure you check them regularly for any signs of damage.
Over on the beach, you have the soft sand where walking is challenging, to say the least. The sand will give your legs and Fido's paws a good workout! Alternatively, you can walk on the wet sand near the surf which is much easier to walk on and provides both of you with an opportunity to play in the surf and cool your feet off.
While many neighborhoods on the beachside have no immediate access to green spaces, living in Homeland puts you right next door to the Daytona Beach Lenox Playground. The park offers a playground, basketball courts, and lots of grass for the two of you to run around on. Be sure you keep your dog on a leash and take advantage of the walking trail that runs all around the outside of the park.
Beyond this, it's only a short drive north on Beach Street to the Tomoka State Park. There are over 2,000 acres at the headwaters of the Tomoka River. There are also trails to wander along, hardwood hammocks to explore, and in the middle of it all is Nocoroco, a 1,500-year old Timucuan Indian village. They lived here because of the abundant supply of fish and freshwater. Today, it’s a great place to take your pup for walks and the whole family for a picnic!