The Central Beach area not only includes a large number of residential neighborhoods but the Flagler Avenue business district as well. The community spans from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River and from Sapphire Road to East 3rd Avenue. No matter where you live in this area, you can be on the beach in less than five minutes. The housing here is a blend of single and multi-family homes, apartments, and condominiums.
There are many advantages to living in the Central Beach area, not the least of which is being able to take your dog out for a walk every day of the year. This is made possible by the fantastic weather people who live here enjoy.
Summers feature temperatures in the 90s with humidity to match. Winters are in the 60s and 70s with a little rain, but it rarely rains non-stop on any given day. The two of you should be able to go for walkies every day!
The terrain in the Central Beach area is a blend of residential and retail. Living this close to the beach means having to deal with a lot of traffic during peak tourist seasons, something you should account for when planning your walking routes. Not only are you going to see more vehicles on the road, but most of the main sidewalks are going to be teeming with tourists.
If your dog is the least bit skittish, try to take your walks early in the morning before everything starts to get busy. In addition, you'll have to deal with a distinct lack of shade. While many of the residences have trees in their yards, you won't find very many providing shade for those using the sidewalks.
As close to the beach as you are, you should plan to use it to take your walks. The sand will be more gentle and it's a much more beautiful place to walk than the sidewalks.
Although there may not be much in the way of parks within the boundaries of the Central Beach area, there are plenty within reach. To start with, there is the beach with its combination of soft, dry sand that's hard to walk on and wet sand that is much easier.
Across the river is the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. This is a nature preserve covering over 1,600 acres with over three miles of trails running from New Smyrna Beach all the way to Rose Bay. Be sure to check out the 15-foot observation tower that allows you to see far out across the swamp.
You also live next door to the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve where you can take your dog for a canoe ride through miles of waterways, stop and check out the local fauna, and, if you are very lucky, you might get to spend a little time with the dolphin pod that has made their home here.