Yacht Club Island Estates is a very exclusive neighborhood built on an island that has been built up to provide room, not only for the Smyrna Yacht Club, but also for the large luxury homes the island is known for. While the yacht club and marina are open to anyone wishing to visit, the community is gated and enjoys excellent privacy.
The island sits in the middle of the Indian River North and looks out over the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve. On any given day, you are likely to find dolphins swimming around in the river as the lagoon is home to a particularly large pod.
Just because you are on an island doesn't mean you are far from the necessities in life. There are several excellent restaurants within a short drive from your home. The same applies to pet supply stores and many other types of shopping outlets.
The one thing you will never have to worry about here is traffic. The only vehicles you are likely to encounter are those who live here, the mail carrier, newspaper delivery, and a few others. This is a very safe place to take your dog out for daily walks. You might encounter the occasional pedestrian, but for the most part, those will be others like you that are taking their dogs for a walk.
Once you leave the gated community, you will need to pay more attention to traffic as the marina tends to be a very busy place. As soon as you get to the mainland, there is a long walkway of grass you and your dog can use that runs from 6th Street all the way up to Riverside Park, giving you and your dog plenty of exercise while walking on grass instead of pavement, something your pup is sure to appreciate.
Consider the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Park where you and your dog can hike the many trails running through over 1,600 acres of swamps, scrub, and forests. The paths are shady in some places and not in others, but all are lots of fun to hike on.
A fifteen-minute drive to the east is the beach, a magnificent open space with miles of sand for the two of you to walk, jog, or run on. This is a drive-on beach and, as long as the tide is out, you are likely to encounter any number of tourists who are not used to driving on the sand along with dozens of tourists at play or sunbathing. This can be an eyeful for those driving and cause a lot of distraction, meaning you'll need to pay close attention to everything going on around you to ensure neither you nor your dog ends up falling victim to a hapless driver.