Colin Park is a small residential community of single-family homes on the peninsula between the Halifax River and the beach. No matter where your home is, you are only a short walk from the coastal sands.
The community is just north of the Grace K. Barch Park and only a short drive from a selection of New Smyrna Beach's finest restaurants gathered along Flagler Avenue. While the waves in Daytona Beach get all of the attention, the surf in New Smyrna Beach is spectacular and is often described as superior to Daytona.
If you love to surf, you'll love the 90 degree weather all summer long. The beach is a great place to take some family time, a little personal time, or take Fido for long walks. One of the best things about living here is that you won't find many days when you can't go for your daily walks.
The terrain here on the peninsula is quite flat with little to challenge you and Fido on your walks. There are plenty of long blocks for the two of you to build into your routine and add in the distance you need to ensure you are getting exercise.
Be sure to keep in mind that pavement tends to have a relatively rough surface which will rub your dog's paws raw if you try to make them walk too far. Give those paws time to toughen up with short walks before you set out to see just how far you can go.
Along with this, during the summer months, any paved surface exposed to direct sunlight can reach temperatures of 135°F and higher. Take your walks during the early morning hours while the pavement is still nice and cool from the night before to avoid any discomfort for your pooch.
The Grace K. Barch Park just to the south of the neighborhood offers a large area of woods and trails for you to wander around in the shade as an addition to your daily walks. It's not overly large, but does have enough room to stretch your legs and get in a little exercise.
Then, of course, there are the white sands of the beach for you to take long hikes on every chance you get. The beach actually offers you two completely different types of walking terrain. The first is the soft dry sand up against the scrubs which is difficult to walk in. This provides your legs muscles with an excellent workout. On the other side of the beach is the wet sand and surf. The wet sand is much easier to walk on and you have the water to play in and cool off after the hard slog of your outbound journey.