Orlando Beach is one of the last residential communities to the north on the peninsula. While this is an excellent place to live if you like the beach and a little peace and quiet, if you need to shop, go out to eat, need pet supplies, or anything else, plan on a drive. The only thing close is the Smyrna Dunes Park at the very northern tip of the peninsula.
The homes here are all single-family houses with those sitting on the Indian River being quite large and expensive. Unlike many areas of the beachside, the homes on the coast are not condos. One thing that is very different on this end of the area is that you must hike through a narrow swath of scrub before you get to the beach itself. Be aware that motorized vehicles are allowed on this end of the sand, meaning you need to be very careful not to get run over while out walking.
Being so far north from the center of town, you aren't likely to have much traffic to deal with on most days. However, do keep in mind that the park does attract a fair amount of traffic, especially on the weekends. The ground itself is, for the most part, flat and unexciting and within the residential area, you aren't likely to encounter much in the way of pedestrian traffic beyond a few people walking their dogs.
The one problem you will have to deal with is a lack of sidewalks for you and your dog to walk on. This means you and your dog need to be extra-careful, despite the lack of heavy traffic. The beach makes a much better choice when comparing it to the rigorous and possibly hazardous pavement, not only for your dog's paws, but also for your joints. Plus, it's a lot more fun to walk!
If we are talking about green spaces, then we need to start with the beach running for miles upon miles from Ponce Inlet and uninterrupted past Canaveral Air Force Station. It is the perfect place for you and your dog to go walking, jogging, running, or to simply go for a swim out in the water. You can use the soft sand to put your leg muscles to the test and the wet sand to let your muscles cool down after your walk.
Smyrna Dunes Park offers you the opportunity to enjoy five different ecological systems including beachfront, riverbanks, scrub zone, dunes, and saltwater marsh. This is an excellent place to see numerous birds, reptiles, and many other animals living in their natural habitat. The park is dog-friendly, but you must keep them on a leash unless you are using the beach to take them swimming.