Pelican Bay is a large community consisting of several smaller neighborhoods, all built around the Pelican Bay Golf Course. The majority of the houses sit either on the golf course or one of the many waterways running through. To help make Pelican Bay a safe place to raise your family and take your pup for walks, this is a gated community with manned gate posts.
Located near the I-4 interchange, you will have to drive back into town for things like restaurants and pet supply stores. However, as an added bonus, you are only a few minutes away from the Daytona Flea Market and Farmer's Market. You can use the links virtually every day of the year as even the winters here are mild with temperatures in the 40s and 50s with a few rainy days mixed in. Summers, on the other hand, are perfect with temperatures in the 80s and 90s and not a cloud in the sky.
The terrain here is a blend of golf course, waterways, and suburban housing. One of the great things about living in a gated community like Pelican Bay is that you and Fido can walk pretty much anywhere you want in safety. Within each section of the community, there are several blocks for the two of you to explore.
When you get tired of your own neighborhood, there is always another one to check out! Although you live inside of a golf course, you may not be permitted to walk your pup within the golf course, so be sure to check your HOA handbook and the golf course rules. If they do allow you take them walking, be sure to keep them on a leash and ensure that you carry plenty of bags with you. The last thing any golfer wants is to find their golf ball sitting in the middle of a pile of doggy waste!
Starting with the fact that the entire community is built around a full 18-hole golf course, Pelican Bay is its own green space. Much of the land to the west is heavily forested and there are a few trails running through the forests.
However, if you want a real green space to play and hike in, it's only a short drive to the west on 92 where you will find the Tomoka Wildlife Management Area and Tiger Bay State Forest. The area comprises over 30,000 acres of which more than half was destroyed in the 1998 wildfires. Today, the WMA is enjoying a very healthy recovery and has miles of trails for hiking, biking, and taking your pup out for long hikes in the woods.
Be sure to keep your eyes open for any signs of wildlife such as deer, black bears, and the occasional alligator who might be laying out on the trail to catch a little sunshine.