The Seacoast Gardens Condos are located right on the beach, giving many residents the perfect view of the sunrise coming up over the ocean. For others, the view may be of a spectacular Florida sunset, equaled only by those on the west coast. Living in these condos puts you in a long line of condominiums running up and down S Atlantic Avenue.
Although you are a little south of the central part of town on the beachside, it's only a five-minute drive to a selection of great restaurants, pubs, and taverns for you to check out. At the same time, there is a grocery supermarket where you can stock up on food for the family.
Living on the beach gives you and your dog the perfect place to go for your early morning walks while the cool breezes flow in off the water. It's also the quietest time on the coast when the only other people you are likely to encounter are early morning joggers.
One of the only bad things about living on the beach is the crowds. The surf in New Smyrna is considered to be very good which attracts surfers from all over along with those who come to enjoy the water. At any time of the day, you are likely to find the sidewalks busy with tourists and locals going about their daily business. Thankfully, the sidewalks are pretty wide and you can take your pup out for walks earlier in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Beyond pedestrian traffic, S Atlantic Avenue is a bustling road and one you and your pup need to be very careful of if you decide to cross it. Pay very close attention during rush hours as they are just as busy as you would find in any large city. During daylight hours, you won't see much in the way of crime, but like any big town, you may want to exercise caution at night.
Since your front door opens directly onto the beach, why not make use of this vast open space? You can walk north to Smyrna Dunes Park and the Ponce Inlet or south until you can't walk any further. Do keep in mind that early mornings are the best time to go for walks with your dog and you will have to share the beach with vehicular traffic that can be very busy at times.
Over on Saxon Drive is the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve, a great place to hop in the canoe with your dog and go paddling around. You may even run into members of the dolphin pod that calls these waters home. It can make a great way to cool down a little when the summer sun is beating down. However, you need to use a GPS or take someone who knows the waterways to ensure you don't get lost.