Located just south of the West Cocoa Beach Causeway, the St. Lucie Villas sit on South Banana River Boulevard. While you may not be able to see the river from your doorstep, it's on the other side of another large condo complex. This is a townhouse community with plenty of grass surrounding it for you to take your pooch out for walks.
Shopping is only a few blocks to the north along the West Cocoa Beach Causeway and in the surrounding area. There is a shopping center anchored by a Winn-Dixie Supermarket and a Bealls outlet store. There are even several restaurants nearby for you and your family to check out.
The beach is a short walk to the east with public parking at the end of Palm Lane. There are several other parks along the oceanfront where you can access the beach and a public dog park where your dog can run around off-leash.
Living in a townhouse community this close to the shopping center and the main causeway over to the mainland means dealing with a higher-than-average level of traffic. Morning and afternoon rush hours tend to add significantly to the congestion. Rush hours are never the best time to take your dog for a walk. Thankfully, there are sidewalks in the area for the two of you to use to stay safe.
Keep in mind that you are only one block east of North Atlantic Avenue, one of the busiest roads on the peninsula. Even the flat terrain doesn't save this region from the hustle and bustle. From early in the morning until late at night, this is a busy highway and not the best place to go walking with your dog unless they are very used to walking near this kind of traffic. No matter where you walk with your dog, be sure they are on a short leash.
Unlike Cape Canaveral, most of the coastal regions in Cocoa Beach are open to dogs during select hours in the day. Be sure you stay in the area where pups are permitted and the two of you can walk along the surf, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
There are several public parks within the city, but there is only one dog park. Located south of Lori Wilson Park, the Cocoa Beach Public Dog Park has almost an acre of fenced-in play space for your dog. There are separate areas for small and large dogs and a third section that has a rinse station for cooling pups down and rinsing off the dust. There are water hoses in each area to help keep the dogs hydrated while at play and plastic chairs for you to sit on in the shade. With so many amenities in this little dog run, your pup is sure to be satisfied.