The community of Hardaway Estates sits on Esther Drive, a cul-de-sac branching off from North Atlantic Avenue. The houses on the south side of the street sit on one of the numerous canals leading out into the Banana River. The homes are upscale with large yards and plenty of shade trees. Those on the waterfront have private docks for securing a boat or for fishing.
For those of you who like to eat out instead of cooking every night, there are several restaurants within a few blocks. The nearest Publix Supermarket is less than five minutes to the north where you can fill the pantry with a variety of foods for your family.
If you like dog parks, you couldn't ask for a better place to have a home. The public dog park is literally across the street! Lori Wilson Park is just north of this and Sidney Fisher Park is across the street from the Publix.
One of the great things about living on a cul-de-sac is the lack of traffic. Sure, you have a few cars during the usual rush hours, but when the road you live on goes nowhere, it's pretty minimal. The one thing missing happens to be sidewalks, which means that you and your dog will be doing all of your walking in the neighborhood on the roads. These flat roads make it easy to make your way from one point to another, but keep an eye out for passing vehicles!
You can, of course, cross A1A to the wide sidewalk that runs up and down this major roadway. The sidewalk is broad enough for both of you to walk in comfort. Be sure that no matter where you go for walks that you keep your dog on a short leash. A leash that is six feet long will give you better control and make your pup feel more secure.
The Cocoa Beach Public Dog Park covers three-quarters of an acre and offers a fully enclosed area of grass that is split into separate spots for large and small dogs. There are water hoses to help keep the pups hydrated and plenty of chairs for you to sit on under the shade trees. The park also has a rinse station where you can cool your dog off and rinse the dust away before heading home.
The beach makes a great place to walk your dog and is open to your canine companion from 6 to 10AM and 5 to 7PM. The best time of day to go walking with your dog along the coast is early in the morning before the sun gets too high in the sky and the crowds start to arrive. Be sure you clean up any messes and that you always keep your pooch on a leash for everyone's safety.