The community of Discovery Bay does, in fact, sit on a small bay along the Banana River. It is one of the only single-family home neighborhoods this far north and sits next door to a large group of townhomes. Half of the homes even have docks jutting out into the water! In addition, living here puts you and your dog within walking distance of two large public parks where both of you are welcome to come and play.
There are several restaurants along Astronaut Boulevard and a gas station as well, but beyond this, there are more parking lots for the cruise ship guests than any other form of business. However, if you go south on A1A, it will take you to a Publix supermarket where you can buy food for everyone in your family. A little further south is the West Cocoa Beach Causeway where you will find the central shopping district and plenty of restaurants!
Even though Astronaut Boulevard is within walking distance and generates a significant amount of traffic all day long, Discovery Bay is a tranquil oasis amid so much hustle and bustle. There are flat and easy-to-navigate sidewalks for you and your pooch to make use of, however, there will still be some traffic as people come and go to work.
The peaceful atmosphere will only persist as long as you stay away from the entrance to the Park Port Canaveral Cruise parking lot that has an entrance on Thrum.
If you feel you must take your dog walking along A1A, be sure you use a short leash that allows you to maintain control of your pooch just in case the traffic causes them to become nervous and jumpy. Early mornings are the best time of day to take your pooch out as the temperature is cooler and there is less traffic.
Living in Discovery Bay has the advantage of putting the two of you within walking distance of two of the biggest parks in the city. Here in Cape Canaveral, most city parks are open to pets since the beach is closed to them. The parks, luckily, provide waste bags and trash receptacles for your use!
Manatee Sanctuary Park offers paved walking trails that take you around this vast space and the lake it contains. The park also offers public restrooms, picnic pavilions, and plenty of grass for you and your pup to run around on. This is a very popular park, especially with those who live close by!
Next door to Manatee Sanctuary Park is Banana River Park which is more sports oriented with a soccer pitch, shuffleboard courts, and a miniature putting green. This park also offers a vast area of grass where you and your dog can run around and have fun playing until you have just enough energy left for the walk home.