On the corner of North Atlantic Avenue and Harbor Heights, you will find the Sea Shell Cay Townhomes set amongst the shade trees. Living here puts you almost as far north as you can go on the peninsula before you reach the industrial area and the ports where several different cruise lines berth. Living here puts you in the east-west center of the peninsula, equidistant from the beaches to the east and the Banana River to the west.
Living this far north in Cape Canaveral leaves you with access to several restaurants, gas stations, and small stores. However, if you want bigger stores like a Publix Supermarket, you will have to drive a few minutes south on North Atlantic Avenue. By the time you get to the West Cocoa Beach Causeway, you will find shopping centers with a much more extensive selection of stores and, if you cross the causeway, you will run into a Walmart Supercenter where you can find plenty of grub for your pup.
Because you live on Atlantic Avenue, you can expect moderate traffic during the day with heavier traffic flow during morning and evening rush hours and when the cruise ships are off-loading. Within the residential communities to the east, traffic is much lighter, making it a much safer place to go walking with your dog.
The nearby residential areas also suffer from these rush hours. The one thing that seems to be missing in the neighboring communities is any form of sidewalk. You will be stuck with walking on the streets, which means you must exercise due caution, keeping an eye out for traffic.
You can use the sidewalks running along North Atlantic, but your dog might need a little time to get used to the extra noise and smell of automobile exhaust. You are also likely to encounter a fair amount of pedestrian traffic due to the number of restaurants in the area.
You might think that living within a few minutes' walk of the beach would give you the perfect place to take your dog for walks, but in Cape Canaveral, this is not the case. The beaches here are off limits to all dogs with the exception of service animals. The city did, however, recently pass an ordinance that allows pups in all parks, as long as they are on a leash.
The closest city parks are less than five minutes to the west on the bank of the Banana River. The first is Banana River Park, where there is a vast sports field to play on, a playground, and more for your family to do while you and your hound run about and get a little exercise.
A little to the south is Manatee Sanctuary Park, a vast space with paved walking trails running through it, a lake, and plenty of grass for you and your dog to go walking on.