Coronado Shores is the last single-family house community north on the peninsula. The only things further north are condos, a National Marine Fisheries Service, the Coast Guard Station, and Smyrna Dunes Park. The community is peaceful and sits on the scrub zone with trails down to the beach rather than being right up against the sand itself.
Living this far north on the peninsula means being away from the common amenities we take for granted such as grocery stores, gas stations, places to buy pet food, and places to go when you need someone else to do the cooking. The good news is that even though you have to drive to these amenities, most are within a ten-minute drive.
There are plenty of places to take your dog for their daily walks and even more for those special times when you both want somewhere a little different to walk. These include parks, nature preserves, and wildlife management areas.
Part of the community sits on the scrub zone and part within a neatly manicured neighborhood. The one thing you won't have to deal with a lot of is traffic. The main north-south road, North Peninsula, runs past the west side of the community and can be a little busy at times, but beyond this, the rest of the community is quite tranquil, especially for those who live on the water.
You are more likely to run into more pedestrian traffic as people walk to and from the beach. Be sure you keep your dog on a short leash while walking them around the neighborhood. A short leash is for your dog's safety as well as everyone else's.
Rather than walk around the community, you should stick to taking your dog out on the dunes in the early mornings when traffic is at a minimum and before the sun starts to climb too high in the sky.
The beach is, of course, the nearest and largest green space to your home in Coronado Shores. It starts at the tip of the peninsula and runs continuously all the way down to Port Canaveral. It may offer you and your pup the best possible place to go for a walk. Use the different types of terrain for the ultimate workout. Be sure you take the time to go for a nice cool dip in the waves at the end of your walk!
Five minutes to the north is Smyrna Dunes Park, one of the only dog-friendly county parks in the area. The park is home to five carefully and lovingly tended ecosystems including beachfront, riverbanks, dunes, saltwater marsh, and scrub zone. You can enjoy taking your pooch along the 1.5-mile-long boardwalk designed to let you hike the trails and spend time playing on the beach with your dog before going for a swim in the warm waters of the Ponce Inlet.