The Cocoa Bay neighborhood sits along North Range Road, buried in the trees across the street from Cocoa High School and just down the road from the Eastern-Florida State College. The community sits on a loop road that helps keep traffic to a minimum and the homes are all modest single-family houses. With woods on three sides, the entire area is relatively tranquil with little chance of development nearby due to the makeup of the land.
Most of us prefer not to live too far from essential amenities such as grocery stores and, when you have a family dog, pet food and treats. While it might feel as though you live out in the middle of nowhere, the reality is that you are no more than ten minutes from stores like Walgreens, Harvey's Supermarket, and the local Walmart Supercenter. You should have no problem finding most of the things your family needs without having to drive too far.
Within the boundaries of Cocoa Bay, the two streets making up this neighborhood have no sidewalks for you and your dog to walk on, leaving you with no choice but to walk on the streets. While you will have some rush hour traffic to deal with, it isn't much, since it's restricted to residential vehicles only.
As an added bonus, you can make good use of the sidewalks along North Range Road to extend your walks. When using these sidewalks, your dog can walk beside you on the grass. While it might be tempting to use a retractable leash and let your pooch wander, North Range Road can be a bustling road at times, making a short leash a much better and safer choice for both of you. During the school year, the traffic increases significantly due to the number of school buses feeding the high school on weekdays. Keep this in mind as you take your daily constitutionals.
Let's face it, if you live in Cocoa Bay, you live in the middle of a vast green space. The woods around you are full of trails, including some that will take you to a lake in the middle of the woods. While walking with your dog out in the woodland can be a wonderful experience, you must be aware of what's going on around you. This area is home to a vast number of different birds and animals, including the occasional alligator and possibly a black bear or two. These sorts of animals require a bit of caution.
If you prefer grass, the college has a baseball and softball complex to the east on Tiger Trail, complete with a paved walking path that goes around it. The two of you might get away with using the trail, but be sure your dog is on a leash and that you carry waste bags to clean up after them.