Cocoa Hills is a vast residential community running along the curve of Dixon Boulevard where it intersects with US-1. Along Dixon Road are mostly commercial and retail businesses, but behind them, the rest of the area is a residential blend of single-family homes. The neighborhoods here are typical suburbia where they are arranged in neat rows on streets that come up short on sidewalks.
Shopping for groceries and the basics is on Dixon Boulevard in the guise of a Sav-a-Lot supermarket and, a little further west, Harvey's Supermarket. You can stock up the pantry, the fridge, and the dog food container between these two stores. If you get hungry on your walks, there is a McDonalds with a drive-thru you can use with your dog for a quick burger, fries, and an ice-cold beverage. If you need more than this, there is a Walmart Supercenter less than ten minutes to the north on Clearlake Road.
During the morning and evening rush hours, the streets within Cocoa Hills tend to be a little on the hectic side, making it challenging to take your dog for a walk. Compounding this problem is the fact that there are no sidewalks for the two of you to use on most of the roads. There is, of course, a sidewalk on both sides of Dixon Road and US-1 the two of you could use, as long as your pup is used to walking near heavy traffic.
When walking through a family-oriented neighborhood like Cocoa Hills, you and your pup should be prepared to deal with several other pedestrians along the way. The flat terrain of this region makes it easy for most pedestrians and pups to access amenities and residences, so keep this in mind if your pup is particularly skittish around strangers or new people.
To the north of Cocoa Hills, there is a small copse of woods with trails running through it. If you and your dog cut through the woods, there are several lakes on the other side the two of you can walk around. They make for a fun stroll that both of you can enjoy without having to worry about traffic and chances are good you won't run into too many others, especially if you go early in the morning.
For those in the southern part of the community, on the other side of Dixon Road is the northern boundary of Bracco Park. This park is centered on five large retention ponds built by the city to feed fresh water into the wastewater treatment plant. There is a paved path that runs around three of the larger lakes and grass to walk on around the other two, making a good option for neighborhood pups.