The neighborhood of Carltons sits between North Peninsula Avenue and North Atlantic Avenue on the beachside peninsula. It's a small, quiet residential area next door to Grayce K. Barch Park and the Grayce K. Barch North Beach Community Park. This is a quiet community that is close enough to the beach to walk to it in less than five minutes, but just far enough away not to be on top of the traffic.
For shopping, you have to check out historic Flagler Avenue. The street is full of boutiques, eclectic shops, bars, and great places to eat. If you travel a little further south to East 3rd Avenue, there is a Publix grocery store on the corner of where you can buy food for your entire family, including the four-legged furry member along with more restaurants and stores to check out when you have the time!
One of the many good things about living here is the distinct lack of heavy traffic. Once you go this far north on the peninsula, the bulk of the tourist traffic is to the south. You will have to deal with rush hour traffic in the mornings and evenings. Also, as this is a family area, meaning you and your dog will also have to deal with school buses running through the neighborhood twice a day during the school year.
The ground here is quite flat and unexciting, but there are at least a few sidewalks for you to use and the parks next door offer you the option of walking on sandy trails rather than pavement all the time. On top of this, you are a two-minute walk from the beach where you and your pooch can walk for as many miles as the two of you can handle.
Immediately to the south are Grayce K. Barch Park and Grayce K. Barch North Beach Community Park. The twin parks offer plenty of trails for the two of you to hike along, plenty of shade trees to help you stay cool, and one of the only Volusia County Beaches Fire Pit Areas. Treat your family to a bonfire on the beach while your pooch snoozes by the fire.
Did you know the beach offers you and your pup two very different terrains to walk on? The dry sand at the edge tends to suck your feet and your dog's paws in with every step you take. Walking in this type of sand is a great way to get a workout. Once you have gone as far as you can, make good use of the firm, wet sand at the water's edge to cool down. Be sure the two of you take time out for a swim before you call it a day!