Venetian Way is large waterfront community of single-family homes sitting along North Banana River Boulevard and close to the intersection with the West Cocoa Beach Causeway. The majority of homes in the neighborhood sit on man made canals that feed into the Banana River. Many have fishing and boat docks and all are large in size. Most of the homes have plenty of space for a dog to run around in, even those with swimming pools in their backyards.
Living this close to the West Cocoa Beach Causeway puts you within walking distance of the central shopping district on the peninsula. On the south side of the street, there is a Winn-Dixie Supermarket where you can stock up on food for everyone in your family, even the one with the waggly tail. There are several restaurants in the area and, for the coffee lovers at the corner of the West Cocoa Beach Causeway and North Banana River Boulevard, there is a Starbucks.
Most of the roads within Venetian Way end in cul-de-sacs with the exception of Dorset Drive. This is a working community which means that traffic will be bustling during the morning and afternoon rush hours. On top of this, during the school year, there are plenty of yellow school buses running as well. To make matters worse, most of the streets do not have sidewalks for you and your dog to walk on. Luckily, the terrain is, at least, flat and easy to navigate, no matter where you happen to be strolling.
To keep you safe, plan your walks for early in the morning before the rest of the world starts waking up or shortly after the last school bus has come through. Be sure you use a short leash for these walks as this type of leash will give you more control over your dog. You can also use the sidewalk on the east side of North Banana River Boulevard to add more distance.
There is a vast area of open ground at the north end of the community with a boat ramp and plenty of wide-open space for you to walk your dog around. However, the nearest parks are a short drive away, as is the beach. The beach offers you and your dog plenty of room to hike. You can go for miles in either direction in the soft sand or stroll down the wet sand for a relaxing jaunt. During the summer months, be sure you take time to go for a swim. Your dog is sure to enjoy the chance to wash off the dust and fleas!
To the south, there is the Cocoa Beach Public Dog Park, a vast, 32,000 square foot facility with separate areas for large and small breeds. Each has a water hose for the dogs and plenty of chairs for you and other dog owners to relax on while your pups run off and have fun.