Ocean Terrace is a large neighborhood of luxury homes and one large condominium building. The community sits between A1A and the Atlantic coast, giving those who live here an outstanding view of the sun coming up over the water. There is an access path from Westcrest Drive that you can use to take your dog for early morning walks on the beach.
Shopping for necessities like food for your family, access to a pharmacy, and other shopping options is only half a mile to the south along A1A at the Publix Supermarket and the strip mall occupying the same parking lot. There are even several excellent restaurants to check on both sides of A1A.
Here in Cocoa Beach, dogs are permitted on the coast from 4th Street to the north side of Murkshe Park, from 6 to 10AM and 5 to 7PM according to a new permanent ordinance passed in January of 2019.
Traffic along A1A remains busy during most of the day with so many condos, hotels, and shopping nearby. However, during the morning and evening rush hours, you should expect to see a significant increase in the number of vehicles on this vital stretch of road.
Ocean Terrace sits on Surf Drive and Westcrest Drive, but neither of these roads has sidewalks for you and your dog to use while out walking, so extra care is needed when there is traffic.
You can use the flat sidewalks running along A1A, but during the day, the traffic on this highway can be heavy and noisy at times. Be sure you use a short leash that gives you control in case something should spook your pup. Unfortunately, living here doesn't offer much in the way of large residential neighborhoods to wander in. However, you can always get up early and use the beach to get out and enjoy the fresh air.
By far, the best green space to take your dog for a walk is along the beach from 4th Avenue all the way up to Murkshe Park in the north. The beach offers both of you the opportunity to challenge yourselves to walk in the soft sand that gives your leg muscles a great workout. Alternatively, the two of you can meander along the ocean's edge, playing in the surf and looking for seashells. Early mornings before 10AM are the perfect time to go for a hike during the summer as the temperature is far more pleasant.
One mile to the south on A1A is a public dog park with 32,000 square feet of space divided into areas for large and small breeds. There are water hoses and plenty of chairs for you to relax on in the shade. Here, you will also find beach access in an area where you can take your dog on the sand during the prescribed hours!