South Beach, once a waterfront of run-down warehouses, is now a dazzlingly beautiful area of contemporary glass apartments and fashionable clubs and cafes. Despite being such a small neighborhood, South Beach has many oases of lush green among the urban tower blocks.
The Sue Bierman Park backs onto the Ferry Plaza and the port, giving your dog a beautiful area overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Just south along the San Francisco Bay Trail which follows the waterfront, there is Rincon Park with its impressive ‘Cupid’s Span’ art installation. If you are looking to give your pooch a bit more freedom, the Rincon Hill Dog Park directly south is a lead-free park with a variety of fenced runs perfect for your dog. There are also several benches and water stations, making it a brilliant rest stop. There is also a pet shop on Brannan Street which can see to all your pet-related needs and ensure that your buddy is cared for.
South Beach is a highly built-up area, consisting primarily of apartment complexes, condos, and towering office spaces. The terrain is mostly flat, making walks nice and easy and allowing smaller dogs to explore without getting too tired of climbing. The bay which borders South Beach presents wonderful views over the water and the San Francisco Bay Trail skirts the waterfront and brings you past several parks. This variety of sidewalk and open grass-space makes South Beach ideal for casual walks as hikes will be easy and you can even comfortably hike in jeans and unsupportive trainers.
The location and terrain of South Beach make it perfect for those who desire a combination of both open, dog-friendly spaces and a convenient location with all the amenities required. You will never hear anyone say that South Beach isn’t ideal for dogs because it is undoubtedly a great place that your pooch will love.
The key greenways in the South Beach area are the Rincon Hill Dog Park, South Park, and Sue Bierman Park. Both Rincon and South Parks provide dog-friendly areas to explore as well as various fenced runs and footpaths. Sue Bierman Park is ideal if you are looking for a larger space for your dog to roam in. South Beach Park along the harbor is another dog-friendly park which gives lovely views of the harbor with playgrounds and recreational areas for children as well.
The AT&T ballpark, the home of the San Francisco Giants, is also situated in South Beach, although your dog may not be so welcome there if it starts chasing after the baseballs.
The broad variety of dog-friendly areas in South Beach, be it the San Francisco Bay Trail or the dog runs in Rincon Hill Dog Park, offer your pooch, and you, a balance of long walks and shorter stints of exercise.