Nestled on the corner of Jefferson and North Atlantic Avenues, the Jefferson Villas sit across the street from the only grocery store nearby. It's only a small general store where you can buy snacks and a few necessities, but it can definitely come in handy. The lot these townhomes sit on has plenty of shade trees and a large area of grass where you and your dog can romp around and have a little fun.
While you can pick up a few supplies at the general store across the street, if you need more than this or want to do your weekly shopping, a drive is necessary. You'll have to drive south on North Atlantic until you reach the West Cocoa Beach Causeway where you find most of the shopping in town. A Winn-Dixie supermarket is available along with a few other big-box retailers and several restaurants for your family to eat at when no one feels like cooking.
If you live in Jefferson Villas, you live next to one of the busiest north-south thoroughfares in the city. While North Atlantic tends to be bustling during the day, it only gets worse during the morning and evening rush hours and when the cruise ships are unloading. The reason for this is that the locals use this road instead of A1A during these times to avoid the crazy traffic running along this major road.
While you can walk your dog back in the residential areas with flat terrain and no steep grades to hike up or down, if you feel the desire or have a need to hike along North Atlantic, you should plan to cross to the west side of the street. On this side of the road, the sidewalk is much wider. No matter where you plan to take your pup for walks, you should keep them on a short leash that will give you more control in this busy area.
One of the best things the City of Cape Canaveral has done for dogs since closing the beaches to our four-legged friends was to open the city parks to them! To make the parks even more welcoming, the city installed pet waste bag dispensers and trash cans to put them in. Please be sure you do your part to help keep the parks clean and be sure you always keep your dog on a leash!
If your dog is like most, they thoroughly enjoy running around without being on the end of a leash at every opportunity. Luckily, the 32,000 square foot Cocoa Beach Public Dog Park is no more than fifteen minutes to the south in Cocoa Beach. The park has sections for large and small dogs, water hoses to keep them hydrated, and plenty of shade for you to sit in while your canine companion runs off and plays, making it a great place for a weekend visit.