Bee Ridge is a very mixed community that encompasses single-family homes and both small and large businesses including a number of chain and non-chain restaurants along Bee Ridge Rd. to the north and Clark Rd. to the south. The housing areas within the community are a range of older to newer homes that have been very well-kept. The one thing missing is sidewalks for you and your pup to walk along. There are dog-friendly parks within driving distance as well as several pet supply stores and groomers. There is a great selection of places to eat on the outskirts of the neighborhood with some exceptional local restaurants worth checking out.
The climate in Sarasota is spectacularly mild with lows in the 50s and highs in the low 90s. It never snows here, but you do get 56 inches of rain, so be sure you take your umbrella with you when you go walking.
The terrain here is rather unremarkable with plenty of trees in the residential areas, but there is also a lot of pavement in the commercially developed areas to offset this. There are some large areas of green and a park in the northeast corner for you and your pup to go play on, but if you want to make the most out of your walks, you will need to get creative. With so many blocks of housing, you should never run out of new routes to try.
One thing to keep in mind when living in Florida is that on the hottest of summer days, the pavement temperature can increase to scorching levels. These temperatures can severely burn your dog's paws in seconds, so consider getting up early and taking your walks before the sun has had a chance to heat the pavement up for the day.
There are numerous areas of grass throughout the community where you and your pup can get in a little exercise. Up in the northeast corner is the Urfer Family Park. There is a fitness and nature trail that takes you and your pup through pine flatwoods alongside forested and herbaceous wetlands. The park is not only kid-friendly, but it's also pet-friendly, so you and your dog are very welcome here.
For those who don't mind a bit of a drive out of town, there is the Myakka State Park. This park is named after the Myakka River that courses its way across 58 square miles of some of the most amazing natural scenery. You and your pup can take your time hiking along trails that take you through vast expanses of 'rare Florida dry prairie,' through wetlands, and through vast pinelands. The park is only nine miles to the east of Sarasota, making it very easy to find.