When your condo is on the coast at the southern end of New Smyrna Beach, it doesn't get much better than that! While living here might take you away from the heart of town where the majority of the stores and restaurants are to be found, you get a little more peace and quiet in exchange.
Not only does the condo sit on the beach, but you are also just a couple of blocks from the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve which is a vast area of water with small islands dotted throughout and large tracts of land. The preserve even has its own pod of dolphins who live here all-year-round. At one time, the lagoon was home to the dolphin with the prosthetic tail who inspired the movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale II.
During the heat of summer, you have both the fresh air coming in off the ocean and the lagoon to help keep you cooled down and reduce your monthly air conditioning bills.
Living in a condo comes with its own terrain with a tennis court and swimming pool. But these are not places you can take your dog for a walk. Not to mention that they are always crowded. The main road outside the west door is S Atlantic Avenue, which, further up into town, is a very busy road. However, when you live this far south, the traffic is much lighter, making it safer and easier to go for walks.
Not only are the streets much quieter, but so too are the sidewalks and the beach. Taking your dog out for walks is always much easier to deal with on a regular basis when you don't have to deal with crowds. You won't find much in the way of elevation changes out here, but you can make good use of the sandy dunes outside your front door to get the exercise both you and your dog need.
The beach is the obvious green space in the area with soft dry sand up close to the condo that is challenging to walk in and makes an excellent workout. Then there is the wet sand and surf to walk in! It is much easier on your legs and provides opportunities for a swimming break from time to time along the way.
Two blocks to the west, you will find the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve. While there are plenty of places to take your dog out for walks here, the best way to see the preserve is from a canoe or rowboat. There are miles of waterways to go boating in and, if you are very lucky, you might even get to see the resident pod of dolphins at play as you row along. However, do keep in mind the preservice is vast and it is easy to get lost unless you have a local guide with you.