Beach bums, culture vultures, and four-legged fashionistas alike "pawsitively" love Miami. And with an array of Fido-friendly beaches, parks, restaurants, and shops, what's not to love? It's no wonder Miami is one of the top dog-friendly places to live in the US!
No stint in Miami is complete without a beach day (or three). Outside of Miami proper, you'll find a spectacular selection of dog-friendly beaches where Spot can make a splash off-leash. The Bark Beach at North Shore Open Space Park should be at the top of your itinerary. While a small admission fee applies for both locals and visitors, this pristine stretch of sand and surf is worth every penny.
The Bark Park at Haulover Beach is another "grrreat" place to sunbathe with your buddy, but a few rules apply. Doggos are only allowed off-leash in designated areas of the beach from 8 AM to 3 PM. The dog park, open from 8 AM to sunset, is separate from the beach itself and comes equipped with the standard facilities, including separate areas for large and small pups, drinking water, waste baggies, and plenty of shade.
This just scratches the surface of dog-friendly beaches in Miami, so do some digging and find a beach that suits your style. But before you set out on your excursions in this famously sunny city, there are a few things you should know. Miami-Dade County requires all dogs visiting the city's off-leash parks to have current rabies vaccination tags. Unfortunately, Pit Bulls aren't permitted to play in any of the city's off-leash parks. Officially, it's unclear whether leashed Pit Bulls are welcome in the community parks. Contact the city's parks department with any questions regarding breed restrictions.
Itching to experience Miami's bustling nightlife scene when the sun goes down? Your canine clubber will need to sit out for that adventure. But there's no need to leave your hound home all alone — find a professional dog walker in Miami with our easy-to-use smartphone app. Our Miami dog walkers go the extra mile to care for the canines in their charge, and you can even follow along their walk every step of the way using GPS.
Fortunately, Miami offers oodles of dog-friendly adventures. Below, we've covered the best dog parks in Miami and other Fido-friendly attractions in the city's charming neighborhoods.
With a name like Coconut Grove, this area just south of downtown is a postcard-perfect example of a tropical paradise. Miami's oldest neighborhood has truly gone to the dogs with not one, but two off-leash parks. First up is Blanche Dog Park, a fully equipped off-leash space that's really rolled out the red carpet for Miami's four-legged friends. Drinking water for hounds and humans? Check. Waste baggies? Check. Benches for tired pet parents? Check! This park has just about everything (except separate areas for large and small dogs). You'll have no trouble finding some new puppy playmates at Kennedy Dog Park, a firm favorite with Miami dog walkers. For some on-leash exercise with a side of history, head to Barnacle Historic State Park. This petite park features a historic home dating back to the late 19th century as well as a dog-friendly woodland trail. Check the park's event schedule beforehand — you just might sniff out an event that welcomes woofers!
The Edgewater neighborhood, located on the bay near the Wynwood neighborhood, is a super hip area in Miami with an array of dog-friendly things to do, see, and perhaps more importantly, eat! Between Edgewater and Wynwood, you'll find an array of dog-friendly restaurants and bars serving up hot food and cold drinks. Your pupper's favorite place in Edgewater is bound to be Margaret Pace Park, a lush, 8-acre oasis right on Biscayne Bay. Doggy water fountains and a fun fire hydrant make the on-site dog park a "pawpular" spot with tourists, locals, and dog walkers in Miami. Don't forget to bring the waste baggies!
If you and Fido are keen to escape the hustle and bustle of "muttropolitan" Miami, treat yourselves to a taste of the good life in the Venetian Islands. This lucrative locale encompasses six man-made islands offering spectacular panoramas of the ocean and cityscape at every turn. You'll love admiring the million-dollar homes lining the well-kept streets of Belle Isle on your way to Belle Isle Dog Park. This off-leash zone comes complete with everything you'll need for a fun frolic, including separate areas for large and small dogs, waste baggies, and doggy water fountains. When you're ready to head back into the big city, mainland Miami is just a bone's throw away along the Venetian Causeway.