If life in the country is your idea of heaven, then Abbott Farms may be just what you are looking for. The neighborhood is right next door to the Cypress Head Golf Course and a short drive from the heart of the city, but the peace and beauty of living out here are well worth it.
But there are disadvantages to living out here such as the fact that the nearest restaurants are back in town, as are the grocery and pet supply stores. In exchange for this, you are surrounded by acres upon acres of farm fields and woods. While you can’t go for walks in the fields, you can hit the trails in the woods for a little shade during the hot summer days. They also make a good windbreak during the winter months which can make things a little chilly. Be sure you stay away from the golf course as dogs are not welcome there.
The Abbott Farms area is far enough out of town that you won't have to worry about tourist traffic, massive amounts of pedestrians, and excessive noise. In fact, the only traffic you are likely to see out there are the residents.
Going for walks with your dog here can be a very refreshing experience, complete with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. The communities here all have plenty of sidewalks the two of you can use for your walks. The only thing missing is shade trees to help protect you and your dog from the sun.
For a change of pace, you can also take long walks on some of the backroads running through the farmer's fields. Walks like this can make a refreshing change for both of you and you won't have much in the way of traffic for you to have to worry about.
It's an odd feeling being surrounded by green space that you can't use to take your dog out for walks, but when you live between a golf course and farm fields, this is what you face. You can walk along the backroads and let your dog stroll in the grass alongside the streets, but this isn't much fun.
A much better choice would be to head a little further west to the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area and S Tomoka WMA. Covering more than 30,000 acres, these combined areas offer miles of trails to hike or bike on. They take you through dense forests, past swamps, and into areas where you might just as easily see a family of white-tail deer or a mama black bear and her cubs walking across the trail in front of you. Just remember to give these creatures a wide berth to avoid confrontation.