Atlantic Villas has the distinction of being the second to last large condominium on the beachside of the peninsula. From the pool deck, you can sit and watch the sun coming up over the ocean into the crystal-clear blue Florida sky. If you have never seen a sunrise over the water, this is something you need to do at least once! Of course, since you should be taking your dog for a walk every day, why not take your walks at sunup during the summer when the air still has a bit of a chill to it?
You might think that living this far north from the central part of town would put you a long way from restaurants, shopping, and other amenities, but you are near Flagler Avenue, a historic street filled with eclectic shops, restaurants, and bars. A little further south is where you will find more places to eat, shop, and a Publix grocery store.
Living in a condominium means having to deal with a fair amount of pedestrian traffic during the day, so be sure to keep your dog on a short leash for their safety. Being at the northern end of N Atlantic and surrounded by both beachside condos and a large residential community also means having to deal with a fair amount of vehicular traffic, especially during rush hours.
The bad part is that you can't even get away from the traffic on the beach as you and your dog must deal with both pedestrian and vehicular traffic there as well. In fact, the sandy dunes can be more dangerous than the streets as no one seems to pay any attention to the rules of the road and are not always paying attention to where they are going. The best time to take your dog for walks on the coast is early in the morning before it starts to get busy.
Living in the Atlantic Villas puts you right on one of largest open spaces possible: the beach! You and your dog can walk along the coastal region using the soft sand to give your leg muscles a healthy workout. One thing to keep in mind is that no matter how far you go on the outbound leg of your walk, you'll still have to walk back!
To the north of you is Smyrna Dunes Park, an area that contains five carefully maintained ecosystems along with a 1.5-mile-long boardwalk going over the sensitive dunes. The park covers 73 acres and offers you and your four-legged friend places to hike, play, and a dog-friendly beach where you and your pup can play or walk into the Ponce Inlet and go for a swim.
You'll have to venture a little further out of the neighborhood to find any other green areas, but there are a few small ones here and there to explore as needed.