The Seacoast Gardens Condo sits right on the beach and is only five minutes away from the main part of town. This puts you close to great restaurants, excellent shopping, and most of the amenities you might need on an average day. Living right on the beach means being able to get up in the morning to the sunrise coming up over the Atlantic Ocean and a nice walk with your dog on the sand.
Do keep in mind that this is a tourist area and, during peak seasons, the traffic both on A1A and the beach is going to be heavy at times. This doesn't mean you and your dog shouldn't go for walks. It just means you need to go out when the streets and sidewalks are at their quietest. The best time of day to go for your walks in the summer months is during the early morning hours before it gets too hot and the rest of the world comes to life.
The terrain here is relatively flat and unexciting, but don't let this distract you from getting out there with your dog for daily walks. This area of New Smyrna Beach is mostly condos, but there are a few stores and places to eat thrown into the mix. During the summer months, the beach can be very crowded as it is one of the few beaches in the area where cars are allowed on the sand.
So now the two of you have to not only deal with bustling traffic out on A1A that runs in front of the condos but on the beach as well. The difference is that most drivers know how to handle driving on the roads, but many seem to forget how to drive as soon as they hit the coast. The best way to avoid most of the traffic is to get up early in the morning and take your walks before the streets get busy.
The one thing about living here is that you have access to the beach which is a vast open space all on its own. You can use the soft sand to get in your daily workout and then the wet sand and surf to cool down at the end of it all.
For more green spaces, there is the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve, most of which require a rowboat or canoe to see. However, it’s a great place for both of you to explore and there is so much to see.
If you don't mind taking your dog for a bit of a drive, you should consider taking them to the Spruce Creek Preserve. Here, the two of you can hike miles of trails that take you through dense woods, past swamps, and all the way to Rose Bay if you are ambitious enough. Try to take your walks here in the morning before it gets too hot!