Downtown Coral Gables, better known as the "Miracle Mile," has long been one of the most popular shopping districts in south Florida. It is home to over seventy restaurants ranging from fine haute cuisine from celebrity chefs to outdoor cafes. There are trendy boutique stores to check out, art galleries to wander through, and elegant apartments nearby. There are a couple of small parks for you to stretch your legs in, but for the most part, the Miracle Mile is paved. While many come here just for the shopping, the area does offer a unique place to call home.
The weather is phenomenal with summers that stay in the low 90s and winters that almost never go below the 60s during the day. While it does tend to rain frequently - over 59 inches annually - there are very few days when you and your pup can't go for a walk at some point.
The bulk of the terrain in downtown Coral Gables is level and paved over. That doesn't sound very exciting does it? If you think the terrain is boring to you, imagine what your pooch must think of it! Yet, despite the flatness of the ground around you, it is still possible for you to add just enough variety in your walks to keep them interesting. For instance, you can walk around different blocks, go different directions, even walk further back in the neighborhood into the residential area for a variety.
There are even a couple of small parks along the Miracle Mile with just enough grass to give your pup somewhere to relieve themselves and get off the pavement, even if it is only for a few minutes at a time. Beyond this, if you want an off-leash dog park, there's the Coconut Grove Dog Park over on the shores of Biscayne Bay.
Although the bulk of downtown Coral Gables is a major paved shopping district, the developers added two parks to help offset it. The bigger of the two is Ponce Circle Park which sits in the center of an elongated roundabout. While this is not a large park, there is plenty of grass for you to enjoy as well as a walking path. The park often hosts art exhibits and even live band performances from time to time.
The Plaza, on the other hand, is a tiny oasis of grass in the middle of an urban city center. If you want more space for your dog to run around in, you will have to cruise over to the coast and the Coconut Grove Dog Park. This is a vast fenced-in area of grass where you can let them off their leash so they can play with the other dogs and make their own share of friends.