Rio Del Mar is a small enclave of large luxurious homes on Rio Del Mar Drive, a quiet cul-de-sac off of S Riverside Drive to the west and sitting on the banks of the Indian River North. During the day, you can watch the boats cruising by on the water during the hot summer months. From the banks, you can also see Smyrna Yacht Club on Yacht Club Island.
Living here puts you close to a small strip mall along with several chain restaurants. It also puts you close to the center of town where you will find plenty of shopping opportunities, places to eat, bars, and more. If you take the South Causeway over the peninsula, you will find more of the same.
On the other side of the river is the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve, a great place to go boating with your dog if they like being out on the water.
US-1 is three blocks to the west and is a bustling highway. It's also one of the main north-south highways on the east coast that isn't an interstate. As a main road, US-1 is almost always busy, except for maybe in the wee hours of the morning. If you must walk your dog across or along the highway, be sure you keep them on a short leash.
The area around the cul-de-sac tends to pretty quiet, most of the time, and there are plenty of residential streets for the two of you to walk on. However, since most of the streets come up short in the sidewalk department, the two of you will have to settle for walking on the roads, meaning that you'll need to keep an eye out for the occasional car. You may also have to deal with school children in the morning and afternoon when the buses are running.
Green spaces abound in the New Smyrna Beach area starting with the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve. As part of the Indian River Lagoon network, there are miles of waterways for you and your dog to explore in a boat, along with places head ashore and go for short walks.
To the north is Spruce Creek Preserve, a massive 1,600-acre nature preserve with miles of trails for the two of you to hike. The trails take you all the way to Rose Bay and back if you have the stamina for the distance.
Let's not forget the beach which offers you and your pup the perfect place to go for your daily walks. It's only a ten-minute drive over the causeway and offers you plenty of room for exercise. Use the dry sand to give everyone's leg muscles a good workout and then wet sand for the return trip to let your muscles cool down!