Don't let the name of this neighborhood fool you. There are no condos in the Cocoa Ocean Beach Condo community. It is, in fact, a community of upscale family homes between Ocean Beach Boulevard and North Banana River Road. The area is split down the middle by A1A, one of the busiest north-south roads in town. Living here, you can walk to the beach in less than ten minutes and that includes going past the condos and through the scrub to the sand.
Two and a half blocks to the south is the West Cocoa Beach Causeway where you and your family can shop for just about anything you need on a daily basis. This includes a Winn-Dixie Supermarket where you can buy food for the entire family, including the one with paws. Along this stretch of road, you will also find a selection of local and chain restaurants, bars, and the Florida Surf Museum.
While there are sidewalks along all three north-south roads for you and your dog to use, you won't find any on the residential streets themselves. This leaves you and Fido no choice but to take your walks on the roads where you will be sharing the space with whatever traffic happens to be going by. However, you shouldn't encounter and steep hills to navigate as you walk through the area.
All three of the north-south roads are considered to be major thoroughfares upon which the traffic during the day tends to be bustling from sunrise to sunset. Unless your dog is used to the sights, sounds, and smells of heavy traffic, you may not want to go walking during the busiest times of the day. If you must, be sure you are using a short leash to maintain maximum control over your pooch in the event they are startled.
The nearest green space is a few minutes to the east. In Cocoa Beach, most areas of the beaches are open to dogs from 6AM to 10AM and 5PM to 7PM which gives the two of you no excuse for not getting out there and enjoying the sunshine while getting in your daily exercise at the same time. The best time of day for the two of you to walk the sandy dunes is early in the morning when the only other people out there are other dog walkers.
If you prefer a fenced-in place where your dog can run around off leash, the Cocoa Beach Public Dog Park is just the spot. Covering almost three-quarters of an acre, the park has separate areas for small and large breeds where they can play without fear. Each section is equipped with a water hose you can use to keep your pooch hydrated and plenty of shade.