Westgate at Pelican Bay is one section of the larger Pelican Bay community. The homes here are relatively new and the entire community has been carefully planned with waterways running throughout. Homes have larger suburban-sized yards to give each family a little more space and privacy.
For those who eat out, the nearest restaurants are a short drive away, but if you don't mind taking a drive, the city offers an incredibly diverse range of international cuisine. The same applies to dog-friendly parks and pet supply stores, but this is the price you pay for gaining the privacy of living in Westgate.
Living here in the summer means gloriously sunny days in the 90s with humidity levels to match, but you get used to it! The payback comes in January when the daytime temperatures are in the upper 40s and the worst you have to deal with is a little frost on your windshield.
The terrain here is a blend of carefully planned and carved flat ground and waterways connecting the neighborhood. Along with the waterways, there is the Pelican Bay Golf Club and course running throughout the community.
Going for walks here may sound like it could be boring, but Pelican Bay itself is quite a large community with several sub-neighborhoods. Try exploring the different sections as the more you mix your walks up, the less likely they are to become boring and routine.
There is also the golf course, but you should check the rules to see if you are permitted to walk here. If you are, be sure you always keep your pup on a leash. Do keep in mind that you should go for your walks with your dog in the morning during summer before the pavement has time to heat up to the point at which it can cause some burns and discomfort.
The entire community is built around a huge green space which is the golf course. But, unless you have permission to walk your pup on the course, you will have to leave Pelican Bay to find other alternatives.
Living this far out from the center of town puts you within a short drive of Tiger Bay State Forest and the massive 30,000 acres of the Tomoka Wildlife Management Area. Although over 15,000 acres were destroyed during the wildfires of 1998, with a lot of help, the area has grown back and is as beautiful as ever. There are miles of trails for hiking, biking, and taking your dog walking.
While you are out here, be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your pooch as well as a water bowl for them to drink from. Beware of the local mosquitos as they can run rampant and be sure you use plenty of insect repellant.