Allapattah is listed as one of Miami's oldest neighborhoods and today is often referred to as Little Santo Domingo due to the high percentage of Dominicans who now choose to call this place home. Many of the houses here were built back in the 20s and 30s. Being close to Wynwood and the Design District, Allapattah is rapidly becoming a trendy area driving property prices up quickly in the last few years as investors have been snapping up properties at an ever-increasing rate.
Across the lower middle section of town, there is a swath of warehouses, industrial complexes, and numerous businesses. The housing areas include a range of single-family homes, multi-family units, apartment buildings, and high-rise condos. There are dog-friendly parks within a short driving distance from the community. The same applies to pet supply stores and an incredibly diverse range of restaurants. Count on warm winters, hot summers, and excellent dog-walking conditions all year round.
The terrain in Allapattah ranges from heavily paved commercial and industrial to suburban residential. Most of the residential areas offer sidewalks for you to walk on. Most who live here would say the land here is flat and dull and, to be honest, it could easily be seen this way. But to the dog owner with an imagination, it is really nothing more than a challenge when it comes to taking your pup out for their daily walkies. The trick is to try going around different blocks each time you go out for a walk. Add more blocks as you get more used to walking and as both you and your pooch build up endurance.
Keep in mind that you need to give your pup's paws time to build up a layer of callous to help protect them from the damage caused by the paved surfaces and from the high temperatures that it can reach.
Most of the residential areas have suburban-sized yards with plenty of shade trees. There are several parks within Allapattah for you and your pooch to explore. The largest of these is the Juan Pablo Duarte Park with gazebos that can be used for parties, a basketball court, a playground for the little ones, and plenty of grass. Recently the city has added a small waterpark for the kids to play in.
Up in the northeast corner of the community is Moore Park right behind Fire Station #6. Here, you will find plenty of parking, sports fields to play on, trails to walk on, and Orange Bowl Field where the namesake game was first played.
In the southwest corner sits Curtis Park where you will find another football field, a running track, a baseball diamond, and plenty of grass for you and your pooch to get some exercise out in the sunshine.