Inlet Shores is an island community jutting out into Ponce Inlet. There are very few of the homes on the outside edge of the community that do not have a fishing dock and a place to tie up their boat. Those in the center of the community, unfortunately, don’t enjoy the same luxury. There is a tiny park on the island that has a playground for the "littles" and a small area of grass.
Living here might put you right at the inlet, but at the same time, it also puts you directly east of the New Smyrna Beach Airport so you will have to deal with a small amount of air traffic flying directly over your home. It also means that if you want to eat out, you have no choice but to hop in the car. The same applies to grocery stores, pet stores, and the beach which is a fifteen to twenty-minute drive to the east.
Living out on a virtual island with only a single road in or out of the community does have its advantages. Vehicular traffic out here is limited to those who live here and service vehicles like the mail carrier and school buses. The only exceptions to this rule are morning and evening rush hours. The easy way to avoid the problem is not to take your dog for a walk during these times. When there are lots of kids around, be sure you keep your dog on a short leash to eliminate any behavioral issues.
The land here is flat which really doesn't present much of a challenge for your walks. Along with this, you are dealing with a community in which only one small neighborhood has sidewalks. This means that extra care should be taken to keep an eye out for cars as you are more likely to see them than they are you.
Living here puts you on the edge of the Spruce Creek Preserve, a 1,600-acre nature preserve of swamps and forests. The preserve also offers the one thing you and your dog need more than anything else: Miles of trails for the two of you to explore daily. The trails run all the way to Rose Bay, a hike of three miles one way. Keep working at it and, before long, the two of you will be hiking the six-mile round trip on a regular basis.
A fifteen to twenty-minute drive will take you and your dog out to the beach. If you head out early in the morning, you will find it to be far less crowded and the cool breezes plentiful. Plus, if you wait until later in the day, you will find yourselves sharing the beach with motor vehicles, sunbathers, surfers, kids, and many others, making it much harder for either of you to enjoy your walk.