Sitting among the dense shade trees between Spruce Creek Road to the west and the and Spruce Creek Preserve to the east is the upscale community of Palms Del Mar. This is a well-established neighborhood which residents say is a great place to raise a family including your four-legged friend. With plenty of sidewalks and shade trees, walking your dog here should be a pleasure at almost any time of day or night.
Being this far south from the central part of town offers a lot of peace and quiet. What surprises many people is that despite the more rural setting, you are only ten minutes from Dunlawton Avenue where you will find grocery stores, clothing stores, department stores, and pet supply stores. Along with all of this, Dunlawton is also home the majority of restaurants in town and also takes you east to the beach or west to I-95.
Palms Del Mar is a carefully planned neighborhood of upscale homes, large yards, sidewalks, and plenty of shade trees. Like most communities, you will have rush hour and school bus traffic to deal with, but with limited access to Spruce Creek Road, you won't find much in the way of vehicular traffic outside of these times. This means plenty of time for you and your pooch to get out and make the most of those shady sidewalks!
This is a family neighborhood, which means children of all ages are likely to be playing in their front yards, on the sidewalks, and in the streets. It is up to you to be watching out for them. Keep your pup on a short leash as you pass some of these groups or take your stroll down some less busy residential streets if your pup is skittish. The terrain is flat and easy to navigate, making it simple for you to reroute, if necessary.
While the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve might only be a mile or two away, it's actually a 25-minute drive as you have to go all the way through town to the other side of I-95 to get to the entrance. However, once you get there, this 1,637-acre nature preserve offers wetlands, scrub, and dense forest. You and your pup will find numerous trails running through the preserve for the two of you to explore.
Much closer to home is the Seemore Memorial Dog Park that covers a full-acre. The park contains three sections instead of the usual two. The third section is for elderly dogs or those with special needs that prevent them from being safe in the main sections. Each area also has a watering station for the dogs and plenty of benches in the shade for you to relax on while your pooch goes off and plays with the others.