Casa Esperanza is a small set of townhouses along Filmore Avenue, close to Ridgewood Avenue. This neighborhood sits in the southern half of town in a mostly residential area. The Cape Canaveral Culture and Leisure Services Department has offices at the corner of Filmore and North Atlantic, providing courts for you to play handball, tennis, or shuffleboard with plenty of grass for you and your dog to enjoy. On the first Friday of each month, the city holds a Friday Fest with music, crafts, and food for you to enjoy!
Along A1A, you will find a Publix Supermarket where you can buy food and supplies for the whole family, even for the one who loves giving you those irresistible puppy dog eyes. For more shopping options, it’s a short drive to the West Cocoa Beach Causeway. In this area, you'll find a shopping center filled with several stores and restaurants for you and your family to sample.
Living in a residential area means having to deal with two types of traffic. First, there are the morning and evening rush hours, which can be pretty hectic at times. Then, during the school year, there are the school buses to create more congestion. Once you get the traffic patterns down, you will find it much easier to plan your walks with your dog to avoid the worst of it.
Alternatively, you can get up early in the morning to take your strolls. You and your dog will not only find less vehicular traffic, but a decided lack of pedestrian traffic. With the lack of any steep grades to hike up or down, you'll find any number of people and pets taking their walks in the neighborhood. Just be sure to understand your pup's limitations when it comes to meeting and greeting strangers as they walk by. For nervous canines, you may want to consider visiting one of the nearby parks to provide them with more space.
In Cape Canaveral, most of the city parks have been opened up to allow dogs on leashes. The parks are equipped with pet waste bag dispensers and receptacles to assist in keeping the parks clean. Your neighbors will appreciate the effort and you will avoid a fine!
Four blocks to the north, you can find the City Center Park, Sandpiper Park, Cape Canaveral Baseball Park complex. Along with two huge baseball fields, there are walking trails, restrooms, and plenty of grass for you and your dog to romp around on and get in a little play time. Just watch for any baseball games that might be going on!
If you want an off-leash dog park, the nearest one is down on A1A in Cocoa Beach. This public dog park has fenced-in areas for small and large dogs, water hoses to keep your pup's thirst quenched, and chairs for you to relax on in the shade.