The Smyrna Dental Medical Center Condo sits alongside US-1 and on 4th Street. While most of US-1 is heavily populated with businesses, this particular area is more residential in nature. The homes here are larger and well-established with large yards and plenty of shade trees to help keep you cool on your walks.
Just down US-1, there is a strip mall with movie theaters, places to eat, and stores to buy a few of the things you need. If you need a grocery store, a pet supply store, a bar, or hardware store, they are all within a ten to fifteen-minute drive.
Along with the beach, there are a number of green spaces within the area for you and your dog to go for walks in. Each of them offers a different type of terrain and rotating through them is a good way to keep your walks from becoming boring.
Just because this is predominately a residential area doesn't mean you won’t have traffic to deal with. In fact, US-1 remains busy from the wee hours of the morning until very late at night. The traffic in the area swells significantly during rush hours and while the school buses are running. Some of the streets here are lucky enough to have sidewalks while others seem to be missing them.
Due to the large shade trees, the streets are heavily shaded in some areas and exposed to bright sunlight in others. This tends to make it hard for motorists to see pedestrians like you and your dog. Be sure you wear light-colored clothing or something highly reflective to help them see you and avoid what could be a nasty accident. Also be sure you use a short leash while walking around the neighborhood for added control and safety for you, your pooch, and everyone around you.
There is a large recreation field on the corner of 4th and US-1 where you and your pup can play or go for walks, but most of the time, you are likely to find kids of all ages playing here so a short leash might be a good idea. However, you are only a few minutes from the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. This is a vast nature preserve covering more than 1,600 acres of prime Florida forests and swamplands. Inside the preserve, there are miles of trails including one that runs the full three miles to Rose Bay.
Five minutes to the east is the beach where you and your pooch can jump in the ocean to cool off before you return to your car. One thing to keep in mind is that the best time to go for walks on the beach is early in the morning before it starts to fill up with cars and beachgoers.