Pine Island is a carefully planned community located between the New Smyrna Beach Golf Course and the tributaries leading into Turnbull Bay. The homes here are single-family with most having either direct access to the waterways or the lake in the middle of the community. For those who like to fish, you can do so from your backyard!
Living here puts you in a nice quiet environment that feels like you are further away from town than you really are. In fact, you can be in downtown in no more than five minutes! There, you can find the usual grocery stores along with pet supply stores, bars, and plenty of tasty places to eat.
Having a home here puts you near the beach and several other large green spaces where you and your dog can go for long walks. The good news is that thanks to the weather, there aren't many days you can't go out for walks!
As a planned community, the ground here is predictably flat with houses neatly arranged in rows along the closed loop road. There is a single road leading into and out of the community which keeps traffic here limited to residents on most days. Luckily, you and your dog won't be walking on the road as the developers included sidewalks that ran all the way around the community for you to use!
Keep in mind that this is a family neighborhood, so along with morning and evening rush hours, you and your pup will have to keep an eye out for kids and school buses on your walks. There are places along the creeks where you and your pup might be able to walk instead. But if you crave different scenery, you might be better off going for your daily strolls in one or more of the other surrounding communities.
The curious thing about living in Pine Island, which is, by the way, an island in the middle of the waterways, the only greenways nearby are either inaccessible or do not allow dogs. But a ten-minute walk south on Halleck Street followed by a turn to the right on Pioneer Trail will take you to the twin parks of Otter Park North and Otter Park South.
The reason for the split is the New Smyrna Beach Multi-Use Trail which runs from I-95 through the middle of the park and into the heart of town. The parks offer lots of shady trails for you and your dog to go walking on in the shade, helping to keep the summer sun off your head. There is a small lake in the northern half and Turnbull Creek runs from north to south. It's a perfect place to walk your pooch and let them cool off in the lake before heading home.