The one thing that the Port View Townhomes don't have is a direct view of the cruise line ports. You can, however, watch the massive cruise ships coming and going all year long! At the same time, you have an excellent view of the beach and the Atlantic coast from your townhome while Cherie Down Park where you and your dog can go to exercise is right across the street.
While you won't find much in the way of shops and restaurants along Ridgewood, on the other side of the peninsula, North Atlantic Avenue has plenty of both, especially as you get closer to Cocoa Beach. Among the various stores is a Publix Supermarket where you can stock up on necessities and food for your entire family, including the one with floppy ears. If you need more shopping amenities, Merritt Island Walmart Supercenter is on the East Merritt Island Causeway for your convenience.
With a park at one end of Presidential Court and a beach access parking lot on the other end, traffic during the day here is quite steady. Unfortunately, you can't take your dog on the beach in Cape Canaveral, which leaves you no choice but to either walk up or down Ridgewood Avenue using the sidewalks or crossing this bustling road and walking your dog in the residential areas on the other side.
While traffic is generally hectic during rush hours, it does tend to quiet down in the residential areas during the day. Most of the streets have sidewalks for the two of you to use, but if you have to walk on the roads, be sure you walk facing the traffic.
With Cape View Elementary School across the street, you are likely to encounter lots of kids walking to and from school. Walking your dog during these times could be a slow process, but you can find other places to stroll if it's a large issue.
With the beaches off limits, the city allows dogs in all parks, providing they are on a leash and their owner cleans up after them. On the other side of Washington Avenue is Cherie Down Park, a modestly sized park where you and your dog will find plenty of room to stretch your legs and get in some much-needed exercise.
Four and a half miles south on A1A is the Cocoa Beach Public Dog Park. This is a large fenced-in dog park with sections for both small dogs and large breeds to play in. Each section has a water hose for your dog to drink from, lots of shade trees, and plenty of seating in the shade for dog owners to relax on while their pups run around off-leash and have fun. The park does not have any supervision, so you must keep an eye on your pooch and be ready to step in if there is trouble.