The Colonial Manor neighborhood sits along Colonial Drive and is filled with large single-family homes on shady lots with plenty of space. At the north end of the street is the Banana River where some people have docks for their boats or to fish from. While many of the communities have artificial canals running through them, this is not one of them. Those that are on the canals can be added into your walks for more distance and exercise.
Living here puts you within a short drive of the Minuteman Causeway where you will find a few small stores, including one grocery store for your smaller needs. Less than ten minutes north on A1A, there is a Publix Supermarket with a pharmacy where you can stock the fridge and find top brand dog foods. For more shopping choices, a ten-minute drive will take you to the shopping centers along the West Cocoa Beach Causeway.
During the morning and afternoon rush hours, Colonial Drive tends to be busy. There are sidewalks running along both sides of the road for you and your dog to use. They have grass berms which your dog is sure to appreciate during the summer months when the pavement is too hot to walk on. The flat terrain adds more walkability to the area as there are no hills to hike up or down in the region.
You can also extend your walks to include either 2nd Street or 4th Street and a detour through some of the other neighborhoods in the area. As these are all family communities, you should expect to run into other pedestrians. Be sure you use a short leash for your dog as this will give you much better overall control. Alternatively, venture to one of the nearby parks which will provide more space for your pup if they aren't fond of meeting strangers.
On the other side of 4th Street is the Ramp Road Park. You can walk there from anywhere along Colonial Drive in less than ten minutes. The park has a lot to offer including two playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, a walking track, and lots of room for you and your furry friend to romp around. Just be sure you keep them on a leash and clean up any messes they make.
If you want somewhere a little more challenging, the beach is only a fifteen-minute walk to the east. Here, you can use the soft sand for a workout or relax and enjoy a walk along the water's edge looking for seashells and sand dollars. It's a fantastic way to enjoy the sun, sand, and fresh air with your pooch. Just remember that the beach is only open to pups at certain hours of the day, so familiarize yourself with the regulations.