Inlet Villas is the last single-family home community on the north end of the peninsula. Beyond this, there are a couple of condominiums with Smyrna Dunes Park at the very tip. While living here might put you a long way from the part of town where there are restaurants, bars, and at least one grocery store, there is a Publix on the corner of E 3rd Avenue and S Atlantic Avenue. Here, you can buy groceries and supplies for the whole family, including your canine companion.
While your home here might not be directly on the beach, you and your pooch can be walking on the sand in less than five minutes. Along with being able to walk your pup in this wide open area, Smyrna Dunes Park to the north also offers the two of you somewhere to walk or play on warm sunny days with plenty of opportunities to go swimming nearby.
Being this far north on the peninsula and within a small community on a loop road set back off N Peninsula Avenue adds up to living in a neighborhood where you aren't likely to see much in the way of vehicular traffic with the exception of rush hours and the local mail carrier. Combine this with plenty of sidewalks for the two of you to use and going "walkies" should be a relatively safe and enjoyable experience for both of you!
You are more likely to encounter people on the sidewalks heading to or from the beach than cars on most days. With this in mind, you should use a short leash while out for walks, unless you are going to the waterfront where you can get away with one of these extendable leashes. Remember, keeping your dog on a leash is not just a good idea, it's the law!
Living here means you have direct access to the seemingly endless miles of beach. Not only will walking in the soft sand help build leg muscles but it will also help build endurance so that you can explore even more of the sand. Once you reach the end of your outbound leg, flip over to the ocean's edge where the wet ground is much easier to walk on and you can cool off in the water.
To the north is Smyrna Dunes Park, a park that covers the final 73 acres of the peninsula and offers you the opportunity to experience five co-existing ecosystems. This park offers a 1.5-mile-long boardwalk that takes you up and over the sensitive dunes to the beach. Here, you and your dog can play around in the sand and go for a swim in the warm waters of the Ponce Inlet to cool off.