Downtown Cocoa Beach centers around the Minuteman Causeway and North Atlantic Boulevard. Like most downtown areas in a small city, it is home to the city offices as well as the fire and police departments. It is also home to several local restaurants serving up a range of foods for you and your family to sample. There are also several residential communities, condos, and townhouses nearby.
As the heart of the city, there are a couple of local grocery stores where you can buy just about anything you and your pooch need to keep the pantry stocked. At the east end of the causeway is the beach, which is only a block from the city offices. A person could take their lunch break on the sand with a small picnic! The area also sports a local craft beer brewery and pub set in a Navy house dating back to the 1930s.
Being the heart of the city and the intersection of major roads like North Atlantic Avenue and North Orlando Avenue means dealing with a significant amount of traffic during the day, with the worst of it during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Having said this, you can still enjoy the lack of any real elevations in the region, making it fairly easy to get around for any pooch.
Many of the streets in Downtown Cocoa Beach have sidewalks for you and your dog to make good use of. If possible, you should try and take your walks early in the morning before the traffic starts to build up and temperatures start to climb. Be sure you keep your dog on a short leash in case something should startle them. A short leash in busy areas will help give your dog a sense of security that will reduce the chance of this happening.
You won't find any parks here in the downtown area, but you do have direct access to the beach. Better than this, dogs are permitted on these coastal areas for a few hours out of the day! The only requirements are that you always keep your dog on a leash and that you clean up after them using one of the many pet waste disposal sites at every public access spot.
Five minutes to the north is the public dog park that is part of the Lori Wilson Park. The dog park consists of fenced-in play areas for dogs to run around in without being on a leash! There are separate play areas for large and small breeds with water hoses to keep them hydrated. For dog owners, there are plenty of chairs you can move around to keep you under the shade trees while your pup runs off and plays with the rest of the visitors in the park.